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How to Choose a Good Fishing Guide
Feb 20, 2020
For my 28th birthday, I decided to treat myself to a fishing trip. I’d grown up fishing, but never with a guide and I’d certainly never booked a guided trip before. But I badly wanted to catch my first tarpon and I’d seen this guy on TV make it look pretty easy, so that felt like a logical starting point.
I tracked down the website of that celebrity-ish level fishing guide who I’d seen on screen, then proceeded to book a half-day trip for $795.3...
Puking on the Portside: Tactics for Preventing and Treating Seasickness
Nov 4, 2019
My love affair with offshore fishing began as a kid. We’d spend days off the Florida Keys, venturing out in search of diving birds, trash, and weed lines—the essential clues for finding mahi. I also learned a lot about preventing and treating seasickness.
Hours of trolling in sweltering heat were justified when a blue-green streak clobbered a skirted ballyhoo, line ripping from the outrigger, reel screaming as a hooked mahi ran wild.
Don’t Be a Googan: The Unwritten Rules of Boating
Aug 20, 2019
I don’t recall the first time I heard the word “googan,” but, growing up along the Florida Coast, the word has been a part of the local vernacular for as long as I can remember.
It’s a phrase used by the fishing community in reference to a boater or angler who, whether intentionally or not, acts with pure stupidity, obliviousness, or blatant disregard for other boaters, anglers, marine laws, and the environment. The definition varies slightly...