Kite-Fishing with Plastic Baits


Flying-fish lures—the go‑to choice for most kite anglers—are rigged with a main single hook and a treble stinger. (Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing/) The origins of kite-fishing predate European contact with native Polynesians, who used rudimentary kites to move their live baits beyond distant surf lines. During the pre-World War II days of sport fishing on the West Coast, “Tuna” ...

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International Tackle Show Preview

The ability to see and handle new fishing gear not yet on the market equates to a dream come true for Sport Fishing’s editors. Thankfully, we realize that dream each summer during the massive trade show called ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades). This year’s event—July 9-12 in Orlando, Florida—will amass thousands of manufacturers, dealers, and media representatives for ...

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Boat Review: Intrepid 375 Nomad


The hull of Intrepid’s 375 Nomad features a single step that boosts fuel efficiency and maintains a consistently level running attitude. (Courtesy Intrepid Powerboats/) I arrived at the dock outside Intrepid Powerboats’ Dania Beach, Florida, facility about 15 ­minutes before my captain on the morning of my early-April test day—a calculated move that would allow me to privately peruse my ...

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Fly Fishing for Tarpon


Releasing a fly-caught tarpon is one of sport-fishing most rewarding accomplishments. (Pat Ford/) Most anglers would agree that of all styles of fishing, catching prey on fly requires the most skill. And with any form of sight-fishing, it’s a far cry more challenging to spot fish and make precise casts as opposed to blind-casting or soaking a bait. It takes ...

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Tarpon Fishing In Florida


Behind dozens of beefy jack crevalle, a school of majestic tarpon slowly fins over a sandy bottom. (Paul Dabill/) How can you distinguish dyed-in-the-scales tarpon fanatics from other anglers? It’s easy. Broach topics like sports, politics, religion or business, and all you’ll get is a wan smile and an appeasing head nod. Mention tarpon, however, and it’s like plugging in ...

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How to tie a leader to braid: Slim Beauty Knot

The Slim Beauty, which originated in the Florida Keys, was developed for tying leaders for tarpon, where a heavy leader or shock tippet must be joined to a much thinner main line. It’s effective with both monofilament and fluorocarbon leader material. With the main line doubled before tying, this knot maintains full line strength and is compact enough to easily ...

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Evinrude Introduces Three New Outboards

New 3-cylinder series from Evinrude. (SWS File/) Anglers looking for single or twin outboards to power popular sizes of fishing boats now have more options. Evinrude just released three new models in the growing G2 line-up. The new engines, 115 HO, 140 and 150 horsepower, are all direct-injection versions with three-cylinder power heads. The new designs produce more torque and ...

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Fishing in Belize

Belize offers ample opportunity to hone your skills and chalk up some memorable catches. (Jim Klug/) The tiny Central American nation of Belize offers some of the finest saltwater fishing opportunities on Earth, from the bonefish-rich waters around Ambergris Caye in the north, to the pristine Turneffe Atoll offshore, and all the way south to the legendary permit flats of ...

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Mercury Racing Announces 450R Outboard


The 450R comes in Cold Fusion white and Phantom black. (Courtesy Mercury Racing/) Mercury Racing has released a new 450R outboard that features the same 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead used on 300R outboards. The new engine is boosted by an exclusive supercharger that produces 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 40 percent higher torque than its 400R predecessor. Although this is ...

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Strange Fishes from the Deep: Opah and more

Tarheel Streamers QUESTION: My granddaughter saw these fish off my dock. No one seems to know what they are. Do you have any idea? Chuck HindermyerLittle River, South Carolina African Pompano (Chuck Hindermyer/) ANSWER: What magnificent little fish! Juvenile stages of several western central Atlantic jacks (family Carangidae) bear elongated dorsal-fin spines, including the Caribbean or full moonfish, Selene brownii; the ...

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Daytime Swordfishing

With its menacing bill firmly secured, a swordfish is held up for a quick photo prior to its release. (Jason Stemple/) Daytime swordfishing is jokingly called catfishing because when broadbills strike down deep, they make the rod tip bounce just like the whiskered freshwater scavengers do when nibbling on a bait. I’ve experienced that firsthand now that daytime swordfishing consistently ...

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How to Use Fishfinder Features

Scanning for new hotspots starts upon leaving the dock. (Courtesy Boston Whaler/) While trolling for tuna 30 miles ­offshore, all crewmembers scanned the water, ready to sing out at the first sign of feeding fish or bird activity at the surface. Meanwhile, a virtual crewmember was looking downward: our fish finder, pinging away, ready to sing out when the time ...

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