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John Alden Knight’s Solunar Tables provide predictions for when game and fish will be most active based on moon phases. Get your moon table on
184 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:00 am

Would you like to better understand fish and their feeding habits? Maybe even get a leg up on your buddies so you tear them up the next time you go fishing together? 

Downriggers are an essential fishing tool for many freshwater and saltwater applications. Don’t scratch the surface
322 Views - Posted: July 06 at 9:00 am

Trolling offers a way to present baits to a lot of fish over a large area, but when fish aren’t at the surface, you must get your offerings down to them or you’ll have an empty fish box at the end of the day. Of the ways to get trolled baits below the surface, I believe downriggers are the most versatile.  

Cork rigs are a staple of fishermen targeting inshore species like speckled trout. Bobber-stop business
421 Views - Posted: June 04 at 9:00 am

I’m really not thinking about that song by the Beach Boys, but the catches that come from fishing a bobber-stopper rig can be enough to make you want to sing. If you have enough tackle to dedicate one outfit specifically for float fishing, a bobber-stopper rig is the way to go. It allows you to fish shallow or deep without re-tying, and it only takes a few seconds to adjust the depth.

Making all marine electrical connections as 
waterproof as possible is tough, but extra steps can be taken to reduce the chances of problems developing. Keep that spark going
362 Views - Posted: May 04 at 9:00 am

Do you ever think about electricity when you’re fishing? If you’re like most fishermen, the answer is a flat no. That is, unless the electricity stops working. As fishermen, we have become used to having the tools and conveniences of numerous electrical devices to the point of becoming almost addicted.  

Even when it’s perfectly stuck in the corner of a fish’s mouth, a circle hook can be tough to dislodge without injuring the fish. An unbroken circle?
719 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

I’m not a big fan of circle hooks. There, I said it, and those who believe circle hooks are the do-all, end-all for fishing can begin throwing stones. Still, I’ll stand by my statement. I believe in conservation and protecting our fishing resources, but I just don’t see using circle hooks in every situation as the absolute best way to do it.

A Cajun Sleigh combines the best of a spoon and an in-line spinner. Some great new stuff
812 Views - Posted: March 05 at 9:00 am

I won’t stop going to the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show held each July to introduce new fishing products, especially when it’s Orlando and I can schedule fishing trips before and after. However, a growing number of tackle and accessory manufacturers are introducing new products at the Big Rock Sports Group tackle shows held each January at Las Vegas and Raleigh. Some of these items were still in development at the previous ICAST show, and the bulk of the fishing season will be completed before the next ICAST show.

How you handle a fish between the time you catch it and return it to the water will go a long way to helping or hurting its chances for survival. Make your releases work
453 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:00 am

Hopefully everyone realizes there is more to properly releasing fish than simply taking them off the hook and throwing them back. However, there are times all you can do is watch and wonder. 

Fishing and boating shows will often have the latest line of vessels, whether kayaks or center-consoles. Time to be a show-off
552 Views - Posted: January 05 at 9:00 am

The Christmas holidays signal an unofficial end of the fall saltwater fishing season. Sure, there will be some days when stripers, speckled trout and red drum bite pretty well, but the number of folks enjoying the fishing will have dropped like the overnight temperatures. For those thinking of heading out, stripers seem to like the nastiest weather they can find, while specks and pups like days with sunshine and warming temperatures, and the second day is usually better than the first, and the third better than the second and so on.

Christmas gifts for anglers come in a huge range of prices, sizes and uses. A few gifts for sportsmen
414 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Wow, Father Time must have been wearing running shoes this year. It’s hard to believe we are already preparing for another Christmas. Have you been naughty or nice? Nice sportsmen have a good chance of getting what they want for Christmas. As for naughty sportsmen, well, you know how that goes. 

Gamefish such as black drum are often found along windy banks because the wind creates current that pushes bait into those areas. Learn to ride the wind
522 Views - Posted: November 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

North Carolina’s coast is windy; unless you have been living in a vacuum, you should know that. Some days it is merely a light breeze, and some days it is much more. Along the coast, the sun heats the land and creates sea breezes most afternoons from late spring to late fall. This has always happened and always will.

Side planers can spread baits out around an anchored boat using the available current. Side planers for saltwater
1362 Views - Posted: October 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

Even if you haven’t used one, I think most fishermen know what a side planer is. Sometimes called a planer board, it’s a device used to carry a trolling line out to the side of a boat. Oriented at an angle, as the boat moves forward, the flow of the water pushes the planer board away from the boat, along with the lure or bait trailing behind it.

Old Town’s Predator XL kayak won Best of Show honors at the recent ICAST. Paddle up a winner
1474 Views - Posted: September 08, 2014 at 9:00 am

Something’s fishy when Christmas comes in July, and for many it is the annual ICAST (International Convention of the Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. ICAST 2014 was held in Orlando, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Sportfishing Association said it was the largest yet, both in attendance and the size of the show floor. It certainly was very impressive, with lots of new products, remakes of current products and spiffed up long-time favorites to be seen.