Fish Stories

Fish Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send a Strong Signal

Want a razor-sharp image like this 17" Furuno’s? Then you’ll need a top-quality sounder module.

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

Patience In Paradise

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

When Fishing Gets (Un)Fun

Most trips start off with dreams of a boatload of fish. But a bad forecast can make angling shift from uncomfortable to dangerous in a blink.

I looked up into the frothy-white-topped wave, which towered five feet over my head, and watched a yellowfin tuna swim by me. "Wait a

When Fishing Gets (Un)Fun

Most trips start off with dreams of a boatload of fish. But a bad forecast can make angling shift from uncomfortable to dangerous in a blink.

I looked up into the frothy-white-topped wave, which towered five feet over my head, and watched a yellowfin tuna swim by me. "Wait a

Give a Little, Get a Lot

Sgt. Aaron Hackett, who completed one tour of duty in Iraq and is headed out for a second one this fall, took a weekend out for quality family fishing time. Here's Hackett with son Chance.

Many years ago while working as a newspaper journalist, I was assigned to cover The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of The Vietnam Veterans

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