The One That Got Away #2: Don’t Be a Slacker

I moved to southwestern Florida in 2008 with visions of massive tarpon competing for my perfectly presented fly. But despite many concerted efforts to make that happen–often spending days at a time anchored up waiting on fish to show–it would . . .

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3 Guide-Tested Patterns for Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of the more productive and unique fisheries in the world. Located at the southern tip of Florida below the subtropical line, where southward-flowing fresh water finally collide with the salty Gulf, the Everglades is a . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 05.05.21

As blooms of blue-green algae–which can produce a variety of harmful cyanotoxins–on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee are bad enough in and of themselves, but the prospect that this toxic water may be released into . . .

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Moment of Thrill 03.17.21

Most tarpon are lost in the first few seconds of the fight, when the fish produces its most impressive, head-shaking leaps. Anglers are taught to bow to the fish, which introduces some slack into the line. A tight line can snap if . . .

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Fish Facts: Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)

The permit’s Latin name, Trachinotus falcatus, identifies the species as a real warrior. Trachinotus is a fusion of Greek words that mean “rough back,” while falcatus is a Latin adjective that translates roughly to “armed with scythes.”

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Fish Facts: Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)


Catching a really large snook is a bucket-list item for many saltwater anglers.
Photo via Livit Films

The most abundant of the twelve snook species, the common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is prized by anglers for its aggressive strikes and go-for-broke fighting style. You can target. . .

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