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Battling Black Marlin Off Costa Rica

Middle-Aged Man & the Sea

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

From The Tackle Box

The Screamin’ Drag

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

2011 Big Game Tournament Listings

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March 11-13
Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff 2011
Location: Key West & Lower Keys, FL
Contact: Doris Harris, Box 2514,
Key West, FL 33045
Phone: 305-295-6601
Web site:

Fishing head-to-head

He Said, He Said

Two anglers go head-to-head at the Bertram-Hatteras Shootout and offer the final tally as they see it.

Capt. Bill Pike (with camera) onboard Screamin Eagle.

Triumph of the Geezer

By Capt. Bill Pike

Saltwater Fly Fishing with Lefty Kreh

The Mayor Of Saltwater City

Lefty Kreh brought modern big-game fly fishing to millions.

Kreh is not only famous, he’s famous for being a renegade. His casting technique (“Lefty’s Composite Cast”) emphasizes a side-arm style—he’s shown here “shooting line”

Handmade Lures

Knowing who designed and made your fishing gear can be rather alluring.

Lefty Kreh

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.

However,

On Greatness and Agony

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

Shimano Tekota 500

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

A Tuna Story

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

Inboard Performance Sportfishing?

Volvo Penta’s pod-drive technology is finding a home into an ever-growing number of anglers’ engine rooms.

Spencer Yachts built the first sportfisherman to be powered by Volvo Penta's IPS. She's equipped with twin 435-hp IPS600s.

When Volvo Penta first developed its Inboard Performance System (IPS), with its articulated,

Reel Games

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 Memory-Making Marlin

A South Carolina-based crew goes toe-to-toe with its first grander.

Thousands gathered to see this once-in-a lifetime fish.

“Tom, do you have the binoculars?” I asked as the 58-foot Viking No Problem calmly cruised into Ocean

The Fish Bucket List

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

Virginia is for Sailfish?

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.

Last

2010 Big Game Tournaments Listing

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

Tackle Tips

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,

Conservation Corner

Sorry Charlie

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

From the Tackle Box

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

The Kid Can Fish

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.

DeMarte has caught and tagged more than 550 striped bass.

Like many

Get a Good Spin on it

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

Making It Her Way

Cindy Garrison never let adversity keep her down.

Garrison has fished from Alaska to Africa.

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

A Record Year

Even a bad transmission couldn't keep this team from taking first place.

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

Shark Attack Tournament

For most attendees, The Monster Shark Tournament is just a day of great fishing. For others, the sight of the hanging sharks is a call to protest.

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

Catch of the Day

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

Catch’em in the Kayak

Barry and one of his foes gettin’ cozy in the cockpit of his kayak.

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

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