The Mayor Of Saltwater City
Lefty Kreh brought modern big-game fly fishing to millions.
On Greatness and Agony
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.
Lefty KrehRainy’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.
Here’s a Swiss Army knife of rod and reel combos.
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
How many anglers does it take to catch one 70-pound yellowfin? On some days, it takes all of them.
If you walk into any seaside pub, you’ll probably see fishermen chatting amiably as cold pints slide across a scarred bar top, each nick in the heavily varnished wood representing a beer
Volvo Penta’s pod-drive technology is finding a home into an ever-growing number of anglers’ engine rooms.
When Volvo Penta first developed its Inboard Performance System (IPS), with its articulated,
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
A South Carolina-based crew goes toe-to-toe with its first grander.
“Tom, do you have the binoculars?” I asked as the 58-foot Viking No Problem calmly cruised into Ocean
Ten must-do events for serious big-game anglers.
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.
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
Dredge for Success
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,
Why is the biggest tuna in the sea on the brink of collapse?
Atlantic bluefin tuna are arguably the most valuable commodity in the sea. A single fish can sell for thousands of dollars, and sometimes, tens of thousands. For that reason, you would assume stocks
A "Memorable" Season
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
Richard DeMarte is an old salt—at only 15-years old.
It's not unusual for professional anglers to be sponsored by gear manufacturers and boat companies. But typically those anglers aren't 15-years old. Meet Richard DeMarte.
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
Cindy Garrison never let adversity keep her down.
If you want to succeed as a professional fisherman, all you need is the dream and a cow. Or two.
Okay, maybe there’s a couple of other ways to go about it, but for adventure angler, TV show host, and
Sometimes a picture is worth a million dollars. Eight-year-old Emily Hudgens drew an image of a big whitemarlin on some paper and gave it to her daddy, Capt. Justin Hudgens, as he was preparing to run the 77-foot Hatteras, Orion, in this year's
A fish hanging by its tail on a weigh-in stand is acommon sight at any big-game tournament, asare photographers snapping shots of thewinner. But when tournament workers wavetheir
Florida fisherman hooked quite a haul in June: Instead of reeling in a red grouper, he snagged himself an air-to-air missile that had been fired by an F-15 fighter jet.
Longtime commercial fisherman Rodney Saloman says he was longlining in the Gulf of Mexico when he snagged the corroded missile about 50 miles off Panama City, Florida. He said he wasn’t
Angler Michael Barry’s line came tight as he sat on a kayak just a few inches above the bathwater-warm Pacific Ocean. He literally came eye-to-eye with his foe: a Costa Rican sailfish. The road to
It’s 6 a.m. and I’m in paradise.
A warm Belizean morning starts off with rain doing a two-step on the roof above my bed. I peel the pillow from my face and pry myself from the comfort of this marshmallow-soft queen bed. Shuffling my feet into a pair of sandals I step out from my villa, one
Everyone’s familiar with fishfinders; they’ve been around for years. But if your boat operates in deep water and you need outstanding resolution for, say, serious offshore fishing, your
You’re passionate about fishing. You know it. Your friends know it. And, darn it, you want the whole world to know it, too. Thankfully, there exist all manner of accessories—from jewelry to stuffed toys—to help angling enthusiasts like you celebrate your zeal for all things piscatorial. So, whether it’s a T-shirt with a sense of history or a mug that brings you back to the deep blue, consider
Part 1: The Hunt
We ride east in a black Mitsubishi SUV. This part of Grand Bahama Island is desolate. The sun cuts through low-lying conifers, scrub brush, and burnt forest. Oil-depot casks, rusting and caked in beige paint, are one of the few intrusions among the sparse growth. A few gravel driveways leading to bonefishing
What famous fishing locale did The New York Times once describe thusly: “A better fishing ground cannot be found than off this bold, desolate promontory...Within a rifle shot of the lighthouse…is to be caught almost every fish that swims in the Northern Atlantic”? None