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Humminbird’s 360 Imaging

Electronics manufacturer Humminbird has long served the freshwater angling market and kept an eye on the big picture. And now they’ve developed a radar-like sonar system that could change the game for all boaters, saltwater and fresh. Learn more about this category-killing development here.

SST View from Terrafin Software

Here’s how to know where the fishing is hot: Terrafin’s Web-based software service gives you Sea-surface temperature (SST) data for your cruising range and beyond at an affordable price.

Cheeky Fly Fishing Mojo 425 Reel

PMY Tested: Form follows function in this work of American art. I can still hear the rain pelting the bill of my cap as I stepped aboard the water taxi in Ketchikan, Alaska. I had arrived to join a motoryacht delivery to Seattle via the Inside Passage, and I couldn’t wait to see the wild country...

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,

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

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,

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

Angler accessories

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

Quantum Leap

A call out from a crewmember standing on the dock with a drag scale in hand broke the steamy August morning's silence: "Six pounds." Another crewmember stood in the 57-foot sportfisherman's behemoth cockpit with a 30-pound-class reel secured to a rod set in the rocket launcher and, after hearing the number, dropped the outfit's smooth-sliding lever drag back to

Fishing by Satellite

This chart from Offshore Satellite Services shows a break's predicted path.

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) charts seem to be exactly what the name implies. But when it comes to the ones tuned for anglers, there's a lot more to them. A variety of companies offer an assortment of SST charts, and the cost ranges from free to more than

Reel Big Fish

Heir Apparent

Alutecnos Albacore Veloce 20

The Albacore Veloce 20 is a member of the next generation of Alutecnos Reels, and it certainly is a worthy descendant. The Italian company gave its new reel, which retails for around $500, a more rounded look and an improved, ergonomic handle that has the

Take a Seat

You've got the boat, the rods, the reels, and the tackle, and you're ready to head offshore where the big billfish swim. But before you go, you need one more thing: a rugged fighting chair that screams "serious fisherman onboard" to old salts and dock walkers alike. But how and exactly where in the cockpit do you install it once you've found the right chair?

Fighting-Chair Physics

All the time and money you’ve spent to match perfectly tuned engines to your well-rigged convertible, researching and selecting the most advanced electronics, and all those practice runs boil down to this moment: You’re sitting on the biggest school of tuna you’ve ever seen.

You run to the cockpit, rig the lures, drop the lines, and toss that bait out there, just waiting for it to be

In The Field: One Reel Deal

I’ve had the opportunity to fish with a large selection of saltwater reels. And after spending the summer trying out Avet’s latest EXW 4/02 reel, it’s become a fast favorite.

This two-speed reel,

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