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Choosing Saltwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting
Choosing Saltwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting (guide)
Trying to pick between spinning and baitcasting for your next saltwater adventure. Let our expert break down the pros and cons for each type.

Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting
Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting (guide)
Spinning or baitcasting? Which is better for freshwater applications?
HOWTOS by Ron Brooks:

Florida Winter Crappie
Florida Winter Crappie (howto)
When winter weather hits Florida, anglers flock to the Harris Chain of lakes in search of crappie. For those heading south for the winter, here are a few tips to net your limit.

Kayak Fishing in Saltwater
Kayak Fishing in Saltwater (howto)
The Yaks are coming! The Yaks are coming! And they will soon catch more fish than the rest of us!

Chumming for Tarpon
Chumming for Tarpon (howto)
When tarpon roam the beaches and inlets in search of food, that's the perfect time to chum for tarpon. Learn the tactics used to chum for "silver kings" in this introduction to chum fishing.

Deep Drop Fishing
Deep Drop Fishing (howto)
All up and down the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico, fish can be found living in depths ranging from 200 to 3,000 feet. Learn the specific techniques and specialized gear you need to catch these deep-water dwellers in this deep drop fishing primer.

Pompano Basics
Pompano Basics (howto)
Between March and October you'll find Pompano anglers on the piers or the beach. Their angling methods are somewhat specialized, but they're not difficult to learn.

Targeting Summer Flounder
Targeting Summer Flounder (howto)
Knowing the habits of summer flounder can help put a mess of these flatfish on your dinner table.

Jetty Fishing
Jetty Fishing (howto)
Jetties provide ideal habitat for bait and the saltwater game fish that follow. Being there when the fish are there will mean a busy day for smart anglers.

Keeping Live Bait Alive
Keeping Live Bait Alive (howto)
In many situations, lively baits are crucial to getting that big bite. Learn how to keep your bait alive and kickin' with these helpful tips.

Fishing the Tide
Fishing the Tide (howto)
If you're in the right place at the right tide, you can catch fish, regardless of the time of day.

Fishing with Pogies
Fishing with Pogies (howto)
Fishing with pogies requires a bit of specialization, but no more than the average angler can handle.

How to Keep Fish Fresh, Cold
How to Keep Fish Fresh, Cold (howto)
Fish that are to be kept for eating need to be cooled down fast and they need to stay cold!

Poor Man's Tarpon
Poor Man's Tarpon (howto)
From February through May and June you can find this thrill all along the eastern seaboard!

Kingfish Basics
Kingfish Basics (howto)
With the right bait, the right tackle and the right place, you can catch a smoker of your own.

To Gaff or Not to Gaff
To Gaff or Not to Gaff (howto)
When, how and what to use to gaff fish.

Cobia Fly-By
Cobia Fly-By (howto)
Cobia can be frustrating at times. In the fishing world, they often personify the use of the term "patience".

Saltwater Hook-Setting Basics
Saltwater Hook-Setting Basics (howto)
Several factors are at play when a fish takes bait -- fish species, hook type, bait, water depth, and pure physics.

Mooching for Salmon
Mooching for Salmon (howto)
On the west coast from California to Alaska, moochers can be found fishing for salmon.

The Amazing Tripletail
The Amazing Tripletail (howto)
Three times the tail means three times the fight.

Saltwater Trolling Basics
Saltwater Trolling Basics (howto)
For the average saltwater angler, trolling can be broken down into a combination of four simple categories.

What to Do When the Fish Stop Biting
What to Do When the Fish Stop Biting (howto)
Sometimes the bite doesn't go away, but rather the angler that has left the bite.

Braided Line Basics
Braided Line Basics (howto)
The answer lies both in the drag setting on the reel and in the type of rod you use. It's as simple as that.

Beach Cobia
Beach Cobia (howto)
Cobia are on the beach in the spring and looking for food. What better way to spend a calm morning than drifting off the beach waiting for a flotilla of cobia to come by!

The Price of Quality
The Price of Quality (howto)
Can your choice of reel and rod really make a difference in your casting ability?

Redfish on an Incoming Tide
Redfish on an Incoming Tide (howto)
Low tide, a quiet boat, incoming current, and a good creek all come together to make for some fine redfish action.

Mangrove Snapper Tactics
Mangrove Snapper Tactics (howto)
Tagged as the most wary fish when it comes to a baited hook, here are some tips to make your trip a success.

Fishing the Chum Slicks
Fishing the Chum Slicks (howto)
Learning these few tips about shrimpers and trawlers can put you onto some really big fish.

Grouper Fishing Basics
Grouper Fishing Basics (howto)
Putting great table fare in the cooler can be easy if you follow a few of these tips.

Lifting for Sheepshead
Lifting for Sheepshead (howto)
Knowing just a few tips can help put some of these tasty fish on your table.

Offshore Angler Sea Lion Spinning Reels
Offshore Angler Sea Lion Spinning Reels (productreview)
"This is a great spinning reel for almost any saltwater application short of offshore big game scenarios."
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