How To

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Trailer Bearing Replacement

A dirty job, but somebody has to do it. The only thing worse than doing a boat trailer bearing replacement is not doing a bearing replacement and then getting caught out along the interstate with a broken-down rig.

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Fly Fisherman: Tactics for Bluegill and Sunfish

Excerpts from an article by Dave and Emily Whitlock, on Flyfisherman.com Just before, during, and a week after spawning, males are aggressive near their nests and strike almost any fly that comes into range…

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Wiggle and Wobble a Dipstick Worm

The technique is a minimalist approach that lets the two ends of the worm sink slowly to the bottom, pulsating on the drop.

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Outsmart Professor Red

Sharpen your fly game for educated redfish. Not all that long ago, me and my circle of flyfishing buddies called redfish the antidote for bonefish. If we had a trying day with fussy, lockjawed Biscayne Bay bonefish, a trip to Florida Bay for tailing reds was the perfect elixir.

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Rigs for Catching Flounder

Flounder—the southern and Gulf varieties— are the ultimate bottom-dwellers, shuffling into sand or mud to lie in ambush. Flatties, or “doormats” when they get big, like their meals low and tight, so you’ll do best to keep a tempting bait in their zone.

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Launching Solo

Tips for getting in and out without help. If you’re boating alone, a simple plan will enable you to back her in, bump her off and keep her tethered long enough for a quick cleating.

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Maintaining Your Boat’s Cooling System

Florida fishing boats require special attention to cooling systems. It’s easy to lose track of time during those long summer days on the water. It’s also easy to forget that grasses and stirred-up sediments may compromise your engine’s cooling system. On coastal water, salt water itself, over the long term, is a threat.

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Chain Pickerel Fishing in Florida

Chain pickerel, or jack, are the ruin of shiners and fingers, but great fun nonetheless. How often have you heard “Oh, crap! It’s a bass,” from your buddy when his fish jumps in the middle of a dogged battle?  That’s right.  Not very often.

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Fly Fishing on Wrecks

Mixed-bag action during the spring migration Wreck fly fishing is fun and rewarding, but purists will need to check their mindset at the dock. For dependable action, chumming is key. Frozen block chum and freshly cast-netted baitfish really get the snappers, jacks and mackerels prowling the upper portion of the water column.

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Fly Fishing for Billfish

A historical piece about fly fishing with teasers for billfish with the “Robinson System” developed by Webster Robinson and his wife Helen Robinson in the early 1960s.

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Landing Fish in a Paddle Craft

Proper technique allows kayak and canoe fishermen to land large fish without getting dumped overboard. Offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority.

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Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10 percent ethanol) became widely available several years ago, boaters have complained about outboard engine problems.

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Ambidexterity

It pays to become a proficient caster with either hand, but until then, here’s a shortcut. The redfish materialized at 2 o’clock. I told my fisherman where they were and started turning the boat. He couldn’t wait.

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And Welcome Aboard, Kids

Make family boating grand. “Pa, can we go in the boat?” The words were music to my ears. Jax, my grandson, at not yet two years old, had already developed a fondness for the outdoors, especially time we share together on the water.

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Three Tips On The Hook Set

It is one of the set-apart moments of our sport. In the instant we connect to the fish, we are still anticipating the excitement of the strike and the satisfaction of success.

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Choosing a Kayak Color

Kayak color can enhance more than fishing pictures. Beyond economics, exercise and access to shallow backwaters, a major impetus [...]

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Man the Life Boats

Fishing far offshore? A life raft may be your most important boating investment. Let’s take a break from the daydreams for a moment and look at a serious piece of boating gear: a life raft.

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Shining the Way to Your Biggest Bass

Florida-grown livies are still the killers for trophy fish. We’ve got plastic worms, spinnerbaits, topwater toads and all kinds of monster killers, but the closest thing to a can’t-miss is a live wild shiner.

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Redo a Canoe for Better Fishing

Rowing kits give canoes speed, power. The great thing about rowing a canoe, as opposed to paddling, is that it’s fast and easy. The light, narrow hulls are very efficient.

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St. Marks Suwannee Bass

One of Florida’s spring-fed gems also contains one of the world’s rarest bass. The lower St. Marks River begins at the St. Marks Rise, a large spring vent located south of Natural Bridge near Woodville. From there the river is a swift-flowing chute of cool, clear water lined with limestone shoals and thick manes of eelgrass—perfect habitat for the scrappy Suwannee.