What’s the World’s Most Difficult Sportfish?

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What’s the World’s Most Difficult Sportfish?

Muskie are the fish of ten thousand casts—or is that steelhead? Nothing really runs and jumps and straight-up brawls like a tarpon. Marlin are undoubtedly the marquee, among the largest and fastest, rare, unbelievably powerful, enigmatic. I’m sure we have ol’ Ernie Hemingway to thank for that...
Sam Lungren May 5, 2021
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A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

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A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

About one minute into the recent high-profile docu-drama “Seaspiracy,” the director and host Ali Tabrizi hits us with a motion graphic of a whale taking a watery excretion along with the following statement: “When dolphins and whales return to the surface to breathe, they fertilize tiny marine...
Sam Lungren Apr 27, 2021
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Photos: Texas Anglers Land State Record 10-Foot Bluefin Tuna

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Photos: Texas Anglers Land State Record 10-Foot Bluefin Tuna

Most fish are measured in inches. Most fish fights are measured in minutes. But some anglers get the rare gift—or punishment, depending on when you ask—to battle fish better measured in yards for the better part of a day. Troy Lancaster of Port Aransas, Texas, and his friends left Fisherman’s Wharf...
Sam Lungren Apr 21, 2021
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Can You Catch Fish in the Suez Canal?

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Can You Catch Fish in the Suez Canal?

The giant container ship “Ever Given” was stuck sideways in the Suez Canal for nearly a week, providing endless fodder for news outlets and meme creators. But the piscatorially-minded among us had only one question on our collective minds during this debacle: If we were stuck on a 1,300-foot-long...
Sam Lungren Apr 2, 2021
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Is This the World’s Greatest Sportfish?

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Is This the World’s Greatest Sportfish?

What is the world’s greatest sportfish? This question has caused much debate among generations of fishermen. It’s the kind of question that warrants a convicted response passed down from your forefather or earned by experience. You might’ve eyed the title of this article and began mentally rebutting...
Alycia Downs Mar 12, 2021
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Mountain in the Mangroves: Martin Luther King and His Bonefish Guide

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Mountain in the Mangroves: Martin Luther King and His Bonefish Guide

In 1968, four days before he was gunned down on his hotel room balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lounged in the bow of a skiff, savoring the solitude of the remote mangrove labyrinth surrounding Bimini Island.  A little-known footnote to his short but monumental life, Dr...
Sam Lungren Mar 8, 2021
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Photos: Florida Man Attacked by Shark After Bite from Gator

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Photos: Florida Man Attacked by Shark After Bite from Gator

Justin Stuller is well on his way to some kind of Floridian grand slam. After enduring a nasty alligator bite a decade ago, he was bitten by a large lemon shark earlier this month. What comes after that? Barracuda? Burmese python? Wild boar? Stuller, guide and owner of Estero River Outfitters, took...
Sam Lungren Aug 11, 2020
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Bar Room Banter: Did Fishing Superstition Change Our Underpants Forever?

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Bar Room Banter: Did Fishing Superstition Change Our Underpants Forever?

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and get lost in a dark world of fishing superstition, alternate realities, and tighty...
Joe Cermele May 7, 2020
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Coastal Worm Hatches: Nighttime Striper Magic

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Coastal Worm Hatches: Nighttime Striper Magic

Most anglers caught their first fish on a worm beneath a bobber. Saltwater junkies often skip worm hatches for bigger bait like menhaden, herring, sardines, mullet, or ballyhoo, but worms aren’t just for little kids in sweetwater. When salty species like black drum, weakfish, striped bass, tarpon...
Tom Keer Apr 27, 2020
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Blue-Collar Bonefish: Wading the Texas Coast for Reds

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Blue-Collar Bonefish: Wading the Texas Coast for Reds

As a Westerner, it always takes me time to adjust to the sight of the sun sitting on the horizon early in the morning. That’s not the way it works on the Pacific Coast. But there it was, casting gentle, oblique light across the surface of the Laguna Madre, the long strip of inshore shallows that...
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Run of Show: What to Expect on Your First Offshore Charter

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Run of Show: What to Expect on Your First Offshore Charter

The best cowboy is the one who’s in the way the least. Same goes for greenhorns—those of us who’re curious enough to try new things and ain’t afraid to suck. If you’re headed out on your first offshore charter trip this summer, here’s what to expect no matter where you are in the world. Get ready...
Shane Townsend Apr 20, 2020
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