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Reach Fish Where No Man Has Gone Before.You've been there, I'm sure. We all have. You're standing on the bow of a skiff, arm cocked, lure dangling, ready to cast. A moment before, you heard a smashing hit around a bend in the shoreline. As you approach the general vicinity of the strike, you ...
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So you fish often, and you'd like to take better photos that capture your love of angling? No problem. Read the list of tips below, follow the suggestions, and your photos will noticeably improve. Note that most of the info below applies to both conventional and digital cameras, though I'm as ...
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The hard facts on soft plastics

When it comes to realism and versatility, soft plastics are hard to beat.Of all the lures available to the shallow water angler, plastic "softies" may be the most versatile. Different styles of soft plastics have caught everything from bluefish and stripers to snook and redfish, and almost ev ...
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Sweet Summertime

Hot weather equals hot action in shallow water.Ah, summertime in Florida. The word conjures up images of smoking grills, white beaches, sunny skies and tan bodies. But to a skinny water angler, the word “summer” means one thing: redfish and (especially) snook, and lots of them. Roughly f ...
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Fly by Night

  When it comes to shallow-water success, your odds rise with the moon There's a sliver of moon barely peeking through the low lying clouds, lending scant light to the scene. You stand on the deck of a skiff gliding placidly through a residential canal, inching toward a dock light as th ...
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Dance a Little jig

Don’t overlook the most productive lure in the history of angling Jigs aren't flashy. They aren't new and exciting. They don't require special skills, and most of them aren't all that attractive. They don't lead to dramatic topwater strikes, they aren't glamorous, and throwing one all day c ...
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Backwater Bombing

Plugs Can Work MagicAlong Mangrove ShorelinesThere are many methods used to catch fish in shallow water. Finding and cast-netting bait is an acquired skill, as is using bait effectively. Jig fishing requires patience and an acquired feel, and accounts for a lot of fish. Reading the wakes and ...
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Cold Weather Commandments

Follow these simple guidelines to catch more chilly-weather fish1. Forget the flats So you found a lot of fish in a skinny water hotspot earlier in the year, and you're sure they must still be around? Sure, the water temperature has dropped into the high 60s, but judging by the number of fish ...
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Ten Terrific Topwater Tactics

Proven ways to get more out of your topwater plugsFishermen who use topwater plugs exclusively are a funny breed. They'll spend hours working a flat or shoreline, hoping for that one smashing hit. In fact, most die-hard topwater anglers I know would rather catch one fish on the surface where they ca ...
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Baitfishing Basics

Many anglers swear it’s best to “feed ‘em what they eat". Why natural bait? Like the song says, there's nothing like the real thing, baby. I'm an avid fan of artificial lures - mainly flies and plugs - but it's impossible to argue that, day in and day out, live bait in its many forms ca ...
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