Our first excursions to this natural wonder nearly 150 miles west of Key West consisted of a simple recipe for success. We relied on lightweight power assist outfits for deep drop duties. Clamped to a fully charged deep-cycle marine battery, these power assist reels would crank for days and provided plenty of pulling power to subdue trophy grouper, snapper, and tilefish. Starting with 48-inches of 150 lb. extra-hard monofilament leader, a pair of swivel sleeves were evenly spaced to where the branching lines could not tangle with the hooks above or below. On the centerline of the sleeves was a 6-inch branch of the same 150 lb. leader crimped to an 8/0 inline circle hook. What we found was that the bottom was literally carpeted in life and bait worked wonders. Some anglers still choose to fish with squid and elongated strips of fresh flesh, and not to say that the fish have sniffed us out, but bait is no longer a necessity and many of the most impressive catches react best to metal, not meat.
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A Whole Different Animal - Wild Cats that Got the Cream
MOST ANGLERS HAVE STRONG BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT HULL TYPE IS BEST. Running hard in rough water requires a seaworthy platform with the strength and stability to keep you safe, comfortable and dry. Among the different trends that have consequently become evident from the evolution of center consoles, boat builders are cornering a new niche of complex and competitive catamarans harnessing more outboard power than ever before. Breaking the barrier with innovative hull designs and deck layouts, the newest catamarans offer unobstructed fishability while providing increased fuel economy and speed per applied horsepower.
Pulley Ridge 2.0 The Jig Is Up
WE’RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME of the most rewarding bottom fishing north of the equator. If the Sunshine State’s countless reefs, wrecks and ledges aren’t enough to keep you entertained, then you should know about a unique deep-water coral community that exists within a day’s boat ride from Key West. For adventurous anglers lucky enough to have experienced these rich waters, the area has proven to yield a bottom fishing bonanza beyond anyone’s imagination. However, the approach at Pulley Ridge has changed dramatically since we first started exploring the depths nearly a decade ago.
The Lotus Effect - Exploring The Science Of The Shine
THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS inspired by the animal kingdom, with the science of emulating nature known as biomimetics. Evolution has perfected natural designs and environmental approaches over hundreds of millions of years, providing chemists, biologists and engineers with a perfect platform to advance modern materials and manufacturing processes. Learning the way of the lotus leaf has revealed remarkable self-cleaning properties resulting from the unique flora’s ultrahydrophobic surface architecture producing water droplets in nearly perfect spherical shape.
Ailing Florida Bay Shows Promising Signs of Life
Yellow [Fin] Fever
Amid the Confines of Pristine Natural Habitat, Tuna Aplenty Defines This Pacific Island Hideaway
Secrets Of Sargassum
EXCLUDING FRAGILE CORAL REEFS, aging shipwrecks and massive seamounts, the ocean is a rather featureless expanse. Off the coast of Florida and across much of the tropics, fish migrations are largely dictated by prevailing currents. Caught in the same gyres, floating ecosystems of sargassum seaweed are the basis of life that provide structure and sanctuary for a host of predators and prey.
Tips for Maximizing Rod Storage and Usage
Full Steam Ahead
I RELOCATED TO FLORIDA FROM MARYLAND about a year ago and cherish the year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Although I have fallen in love with saltwater fishing, I miss crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. What is the most effective method to catch blue crabs in Florida and what are the rules and regulations for recreational harvesters setting traps here?
REMAINING RATHER UNCHANGED for thousands of years, cast nets appear to be simple tools. Toss atop a school of baitfish and haul in your bounty. However, cast nets are available in a variety of sizes and styles comprising minute differences to suit a host of species and water conditions. Delivery is important, but it is the sewing of panels, lead line weight and mesh size that determines a net’s performance.
BRINGING OVER FOUR DECADES of yacht building excellence to the table, Henriques Yachts has established itself as one of the most reputable manufacturers in the industry with an extensive collection of offshore fishing platforms trusted by big game anglers around the world. Included in the impressive lineup is this well-equipped express with a newly designed deep-V hull, delivering dependable performance and fantastic fishability