The world’s biggest tuna is less than half the fish it used to be.
I stood on the dock in Bimini, Bahamas, surrounded by the carcasses of a dozen or more giant bluefin tuna, the result of the day’s weigh-in of the local tuna tournament. A few locals descended on the dock with large knives to cut off steaks for dinner. The
Blending electronics know-how with natural angling instinct can give your team a leg up on tournament day.
The old saying in fishing is “you can’t catch what’s not there.” And when people ask me for one piece of angling advice regarding fishfinding, my response is “fish where the fish are.” When heading offshore, one of the most difficult
The waters off the mid-Atlantic are the new 1,000-pound marlin hotspot.
Over the last three years, record-setting blue marlin of more than 1,000 pounds have been brought to tournament scales in the mid-Atlantic region three times. The White Marlin Open (WMO) in Ocean City, Maryland, hoisted two in consecutive years (1,062 pounds in 2009 and 1,010.5
Forty-five miles off Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica, I was recently fortunate enough to witness one of life’s intimate and constant dramas. Onboard were marina executive Juan Montalto, his sons Esteban, age 15, and Jose, 13, and the crew. We were trolling the
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song that changed everything.
It was 1980, and my family was taking a vacation to the Sunshine State. I had just finished the school year and was excited to go on my first airplane ride. The flight was very cool, but even more awesome was when my dad, my brother, Chip, and myself
The sea was glass-calm. A mid-summer’s sun shone bright over cobalt waters that featured hints of purple. Our Blinky IV fishing team was trolling a 500-fathom contour line that lies about 65 miles offshore of Ocean City, Maryland. The scene was set for magic to
Knowing who designed and made your fishing gear can be rather alluring.
Rainy’s Flies Lefty Kreh began making his flies in 1947 and though he no longer actually ties them, his designs can be found on the shelves of almost any bait shop. In particular, Lefty’s Deceiver has become an icon of fly fishing.
I have separate reels and rods for fishing tuna on the chunk, while jigging, and for trolling. I have other gear for white marlin, blue marlin, shark fishing, and more. So last season I decided to simplify at least my inshore setup by finding a rod-and-reel combination that I could use for a variety of
Technology has put major fish-stopping power in midsize reels.
Thanks to enhancements in technology, such as extra-strong braided lines that have a thinner diameter than traditional monofilament but the same strength as conventional mono, we’ve entered a new era in reel design. New models have been downsized as line capacity has increased and now feature specially machined gears
Throughout their lives, most anglers will spend a majority of their time fishing tournaments in their local waters.
But one of the great appeals of heading off to blue water is the unknown. So perhaps it's time to spread your tournament wings and try trolling those baits across some new fathom lines. Here, in no particular
An epic billfish bite (and great food) dominated the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.
The weather could’ve been better (damn hurricane), but the Virignia Beach Billfish Tournament saw one of its best billfish bites ever as the barometer dipped.The fish flags this rain-soaked crew is flying tell the story.
Are you ready to wet a line? Is your crew prepared to compete against the best? If the answer is yes, then we have a tournament here for your team. Actually, we have about 50 events to choose from. Everywhere from the marlin-rich waters of Cabo San Lucas to the Mid-Atlantic's tuna-filled canyons, we
Trolling your own school of fish can pay big dividends when targeting marlin.
For many years, top billfish crews had a white marlin-raising, tournament-success secret: They used dredges. As many of you know, a dredge involves hanging dozens of hookless baits off multi-arm umbrella-shape rigs and trolling them. The secret’s out now, but, even so,
It all started last June when my brother Chip showed up to the boat as we departed for our first tournament of the year in a sling. "What happened?" I asked. "Work," he replied. "I'll be alright, I took some Advil." We left for four days and Chip did his best, sling and
Saltwater spinning reels have come a long way, baby. Gone are the slow, heavy models of the past; today's reels are seriously high-performance—smooth, strong, and sprightly. Many of the newest offerings work just as well with mono or braided line and the real creme de la creme feature must-haves like fully supported main shafts and dent-resistant materials. Here are a few of the very best models
If you haven’t yet seen the Evo 43 then you’re in luck. This boat uses some really inventive design to amp up function in a sharp dayboat with a nice turn of speed. But when you anchor out, the Evo plays her trump card.
Check out the surprises she has in store here. ▶