Blanks groaned and drags screamed in our annual torture test of the year's best new rods and reels. Check out the hottest tackle of the year.
Summer means it's shark time on Montauk Point. Check out these monster sharks from the...
More than half a year after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana inshore...
To heck with winter! There's no better place to shake off the cold than to match wits...
Few fish are tougher than tuna. Here are some for the record book.
These billfish giants are among the biggest ever caught.
Dr. Julie Ball and her crew went head to head with some huge sheepshead and amber jacks...
Here on the Fish Report blog, some of our most popular posts have been videos of big sharks thrashing tarpon, marlin, and tuna. Why? Because sharks are cool.
To continue the trend, here's a recent clip of a mako taking out kingfish off of Norfolk Island, east of Australia (in this part of the world, southern yellowtail amberjack are called kingfish).
It's cool footage if you can ignore the annoying dubstep music playing in the background.
Photo by Alamy
Question: "I’ve been told soft crayfish are excellent fish bait. Is this true? Can you tell me where, when, and how to catch them, and the best method of fishing with them?" —Kim parrott, via outdoorlife.com
My Answer: As with most things fishing, you’re not likely to ever find two anglers who will agree on the effectiveness of soft-shell crayfish over hard-shell crayfish. Each has its proponents.
First, a bit of biology. Crayfish (aka crawfish, crawdads, crawls, ditch lobsters, and mud bugs) are common in streams and lakes throughout the country and live a rather short life—usually less than two years. They have a hard exoskeleton, which is great for protection but must be shed in order for the crayfish to grow. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo courtesy of Wes Crowell
Tampa’s Debbie Miller is the real deal when it comes to sport fishing, and she's earned her crown as the "Queen of Kings." She’s put the brakes on some of Florida’s toughest fish and just completed a double header of “royal” accomplishments.
She caught the largest king mackerel during the 20th annual Old Salt Fishing Club King of the Beach tournament at Madeira Beach on Nov. 9. While the trophy and crown (literally) for the team event was awarded to the boat’s captain, Billy Miller, her son and a Tampa Bay guide, everyone knows it was mom who laid the smack down on 44.5 pounds of hell-bent kingfish. [ Read Full Post ]
Score one for the Sunshine State's marine resources. Florida's inshore net ban -- the one approved by 73 percent of voters way back in 1994 -- has survived the latest, and possibly the most egregious assault on this constitutional amendment.
As we reported on Nov. 5, Circuit Court Judge Jackie Lee Fulford dismissed the net ban's 2-inch stretched mesh limit as a "legal absurdity" and ruled in late October that the use of mesh size could not be used to define the difference between an illegal gill net and a legal seine net. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the biggest misconceptions about outdoorsmen and women is that they don’t care about wildlife. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hunters and anglers love wildlife. They support the land and the waters with their passion -- and their money. They are animal lovers in the truest sense of the term.
A beautiful example of this came on September 30 when three Alaskan fishermen spent nearly four hours doing all that they could to free a stranded killer whale that had beached itself on rocks. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by David A. Brown
Florida's heralded inshore fisheries — currently in their best shape in decades — face a potential threat previously vanquished 19 years ago.
Commercial netters have made many legal challenges to a fishing net ban passed in November 1994, which prohibited gill nets and entanglement nets in all state waters and set a 2-inch stretched mesh size limit on all other nets. Each attempt has failed — until now. [ Read Full Post ]
Get in on five of the hottest bites of the fishing season.
1. Lake Trout (although smallmouth bass, steelhead, and brown trout may interrupt your party)
Photo by David J. Sams/Windigo Images
The Expert: Jeff Pierce, 42, Scottsville, NY, portfolio manager for Mustad
Where: Lower Niagara River, in front of Fort Niagara and the big sandbar at the mouth of the river leading into Lake Ontario
When: Late October through the end of November [ Read Full Post ]