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One of the most frustrating things for a beginning angler is having your bait stolen. You know the bait was on the hook — after all, you put it there not 30 seconds ago — and now it’s gone, leaving you with just a bare hook. Fish can be sneaky, no doubt about it. But there’s a way you can le…

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When we were kids, it seemed like summer break was somehow both very long and very short. You and your friends would make your plans for it like it was the next year of your life. Then it would start, and next thing you knew it was over. There was lots of time during those several weeks, but…

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With all the rain we have gotten over the past couple of weeks, water levels should not be a problem. However, when that water is constantly getting stirred up, you need to be prepared to change your techniques if you want to keep catching bass.

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When you boil it all the way down, I think the reason we like to fly fish is because it’s downright hard. Fly fishing is a challenge, and it’s therefore very rewarding when we’re successful. I know for a fact that many people have taken the plunge into using the “long rod” because of the flo…

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The pale meadowbeauty (Rhexia mariana), also called the Maryland meadowbeauty, is found throughout most of the United States east of the Mississippi and north as far as Michigan, New York and Massachusetts. It is a Florida native plant and grows throughout the Panhandle and much of the penin…

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I have used quite a few different techniques to catch mullet. I’ve never really fished them commercially, so I have no experience with large-scale gear such as gill nets or stop nets — though back in the 1970s and ‘80s, I did sell a modest number to the fish houses for crab trap bait.

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Pre-planning your fishing trips is always a good idea, but in summer it’s crucial. The number one thing I do: The night before my trip, I look up the weather see which way the wind is blowing and how hard.

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Kayakers are initially concerned with making their kayak go. No doubt about it, paddling is a skill best learned on the water. Kayak anglers, though, often find themselves needing to slow down or even stop to fish a spot for a while. Just like a boat, there are no brakes. Reverse thrust work…

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I got a slightly panicked call last week from one of my Fish Coach clients. He’d gone back to one of the places I had shown him in the Gasparilla Sound area and was fishing with a live threadfin, hoping to hook into a tarpon. While the bait was out swimming around, he got preoccupied with so…

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