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May 22nd, 2020

Got-Cha Plug Review: Pros, Cons, And How To Rig & Retrieve Them

The Got-Cha plug is one of the most popular lures for beach and pier fishing. I was recently at a pier fishing for Spanish mackerel and it seemed like every fisherman there was using them (including me!). They’re popular for a reason — you can cast them a country mile, they catch fish, and they’re

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May 22nd, 2020

How To Sight Fish Big Trout From A Kayak Or Paddleboard

Sight fishing is my favorite way to catch fish… I love quietly poling along shallow flats, hunting for big redfish or trout. It’s such a rush when you finally find them, pitch your lure, and watch them eat! In this video, I’m going to show you exactly how I do it, plus give you some

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May 22nd, 2020

Incredible Underwater Mangrove Snapper Strikes – How They Really Feed

Want to see how mangrove snapper actually feed on live shrimp? Here’s a scenario… You’re fishing a bridge using live shrimp in hopes of getting sheepshead or snapper for dinner, but you keep feeling little tap-taps and losing your shrimp. Sound familiar? What do you think is happening down there? I always thought snapper or sheepshead

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May 21st, 2020

How To Tie The Redfish Zonker Fly (A 1-Piece Fly)

You’re going to love learning how to tie this fly… This might be one of the easiest flies to make, plus, redfish love it! It’s called the redfish zonker fly and all it consists of is one strip of zonker. It’s got great presence in the water and looks great, too. In this video, we’ve

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May 21st, 2020

From Skunked Newbie To Inshore Slams In 6 Months!!!

We get a lot of requests for podcast topics, but here’s one of the most common ones… How do you catch inshore slams in a new spot? If you grew up in a place without access to saltwater (like this podcast guest did), or if you’re an experienced saltwater angler and you just want to

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May 21st, 2020

How To Plan An Epic Venice, Louisiana, Fishing Trip

Thinking about planning a Venice, Louisiana, fishing trip? From bull redfish to yellowfin tuna, Venice is a fisherman’s paradise. However, it’s also a very remote area with deceptive waters, so it can be dangerous if you’re not careful. In this video, we’ve got Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson from FloridaKeysFunFishing.com, who guides in Louisiana a few

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May 20th, 2020

New Redfish Lure Designed For Getting Strikes In Calm, Shallow Flats

Is it possible to catch smart fish in heavy-traffic areas with artificial lures? These fish are getting lures tossed at them all day every day, and the big ones are big for a reason — they’re smart enough to have not gotten caught and eaten yet. Plus, when the water is calm and clear, the

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May 20th, 2020

How To Choose The Right Fishing Net For You (3 Factors To Consider)

Looking to get a new fishing net? I’ve recently been testing out a few different types of nets and have found three factors to be really important to help you decide which net is right for you: Conservation Storage Capacity Length If you get the wrong net for the type of fishing you’re doing, you

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May 19th, 2020

Reaction Innovations Paddletail Review (Skinny Dipper & Little Dipper)

Looking for a new paddletail lure for redfish, trout, snook, or even bass? Or are you thinking about grabbing a pack of these Reaction Innovations swimbaits? Then you’re going to love this video. I’ve been using these lures recently and have been catching a lot of fish on them, so I decided to put together

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May 19th, 2020

Do Rod Sleeves Actually Protect Your Fishing Rods? (Rod Jacket Review)

Have you ever broken a rod while transporting or storing it? I have, and it’s incredibly frustrating. In hopes of protecting my rods, I recently started using rod sleeves. Rods (especially the eyes) can get stuck or tangled with one another or on other objects, which is a big cause of them breaking. Rod sleeves,

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May 19th, 2020

Spinnerbaits: Rigging Tips, When (And When NOT) To Use Them & More

It’s spinnerbait time! Do you fish in dark, murky water? When fish can’t see well, they have to rely on other senses, such as their ability to feel vibrations in the water with their lateral line, to find food. In these situations, a lure that gives off a lot of vibration works really well, which

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May 18th, 2020

How To Set Up Your Kayak For Inshore Fishing (Tackle, Tools, & More)

Want to know what items you actually need to go inshore kayak fishing? Some people have way too much stuff on their kayak that they don’t actually need that’s weighing them down or getting in the way… But on the other hand, some people are making life more difficult for themselves by not having a

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May 17th, 2020

Here’s What Happens When A Company Declares They’re Christian…

Do you want to know what happens when a company publicly declares they are Christian? Let me take you back to Oct 13th, 2019… It was 9 am. I was sweating bullets. We were about to hit “SEND” on an email about God to our entire email list (almost 70,000 fishermen). Was this going to

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May 17th, 2020

DieZel MinnowZ Review: How To Rig Them, Where To Use Them & More

Want to catch big fish? Then use a big lure! Bigger redfish, snook, and tarpon around inlets and passes aren’t looking for a small meal, so it’s best to use big baits in these areas. In this review, I’m breaking down the Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ. In particular, I’m sharing my thoughts on the 7″ model.

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May 16th, 2020

Nixon Base Tide Pro Watch Review: Features, Pros & Cons

Looking for a watch that tells you the time and the tides? You’re in the right spot! In this video, I’m sharing my review of the Nixon Base Tide Pro. I got this watch a few months back so that I can always know what’s going on with the tides. It’s originally made for surfers,

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May 15th, 2020

Strong Angler of the Week: Steve Thomas

It’s time for the Strong Angler of the Week! Each week this honor is given to one Insider who’s out on the water catching fish, helping others, and making memories with their loved ones. This week is an especially good story of a fun trip that Steve Thomas and his young daughter had. He was

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May 15th, 2020

How To Tie This Simple Fly That Snook Can’t Resist

It’s snook fly time! Insider member and former Orvis instructor, Joe Sherer, is back today with a tutorial for a simple, yet effective, snook fly. It’s made of just four materials and mimics a glass minnow so it’s perfect for when you’re fishing in the mangroves for snook. Plus, it has a bulky head, so

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May 15th, 2020

How To Use Topwater Lures To Catch Redfish & Trout

It’s topwater time! In this video, Capt. Jud Brock of Eastern Angling is back to take us to school on how to use topwater lures. This is one of the most exciting ways to catch fish and as the water is heating up, so is the topwater bite. Capt. Brock is breaking down everything you

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May 15th, 2020

YakAttack Leverage Landing Net Review (Top Pros & Cons)

If you fish by yourself a lot, you’ve probably noticed that it can be tricky sometimes to use a landing net to land fish. You’ve got the rod with a fish on in one hand, and a big net in the other, and it can get a little hairy if you’re not careful. In hopes

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May 14th, 2020

How To Rig & Retrieve The Alabama Leprechaun Lure

This page will show you how to catch the most fish possible while using your Alabama Leprechaun lures. The great thing about soft plastic jerk baits is that they are so versatile and can be effectively used in so many different applications making them a lure type that can catch fish in pretty much all

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May 14th, 2020

HeadlockZ Jig Head Review: Pros, Cons, & Rigging Tips

In this video, we’re going to be talking about HeadlockZ jig heads. These are heavy-duty jig heads made to be paired up with Z-Man’s stretchy ElaZtech material. I’ll share the top pros and cons I’ve noticed with these jig heads, as well as show you how to rig lures on them. Let’s dive in! P.S.

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May 14th, 2020

Virtual Fishing Tournaments (And How To Win Them)

He’s back! Capt. Patric Garmeson was our guest on the Salt Strong Podcast for episode 60, a guest instructor for our Flounder Mastery course, and now he’s back as a guest on the podcast again. Capt. Patric has been a busy man since last joining us here… In the spring of 2019 he set the

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May 13th, 2020

How To Make Your Cast Net Last Longer (And 4 Mistakes That Will Ruin It)

You invested in a nice cast net… It wasn’t cheap, so you’re hoping to make it last as long as possible. But how do you make sure your cast net lasts for years? That’s exactly what you’re going to learn in this video. I’ve had one of my cast nets for over 20 years now

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May 13th, 2020

4 Steps To Clean Snapper (Without Filleting Them)

Up until recently, I always threw back mangrove snapper that were just barely over the limit. I only wanted to keep the big ones because I didn’t think the small ones were worth filleting. And I was right… sort of. After seeing a few videos about cooking fish whole, I decided to give it a

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