Offshore

January 21, 2020
In case you missed Top Rigs for Tuna Part I last month, we discussed constructing a bird/green machine tuna rig. That rig utterly destroys the tuna, but even so, the number-one top trolled bait on…
December 28, 2019
Anglers are notorious when it comes to trying to build better fish-catching rigs, including those they drop back behind the boat when setting a mixed spread for offshore fishing. It seems we’re never…
December 10, 2019
You want to find and bait marlin? Set out to fish for bigeye tuna? No one ever hit a 95-mph fastball, shot par on a round of golf, sank three-pointers on the court, or strapped on a pair of skates…
October 15, 2019
As fall kicks in many small boat anglers hang up the spreader bars and gaffs for the season – and that’s a shame. While it’s true that good weather windows are smaller and harder to come by, the…
October 9, 2019
“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October,” said author Alexander Smith, and although it may not have been his intention that pretty much sums up…
August 1, 2019
Despite their aerial antic, awesome colors, and willingness to eat when many other offshore species seem lock-jawed, truth be told, for many offshore trollers mahi-mahi (properly called dolphinfish)…
July 4, 2019
Nah, no one really chunks for billfish, do they? Not around here – but if you spend enough time chunking for tuna in the Mid-Atlantic region, sooner or later you’ll look over the transom to see a…
June 30, 2019
Whether you’re a dozen miles from the inlet, 30 miles out, or 60-plus miles at the Baltimore Canyon, any time you see the floats of commercial fishing pots you’re in luck. All too often people run…
June 14, 2019
We hope you trollers saw Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Tactics Part One: Trolling, and that chunkers have seen Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Tactics Part Two: Chunking. Now, let's check out jigging for tuna.…
May 13, 2019
Trolling is often the way to get yellowfin tuna on the line and last month we touched on the how-to info in Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Tactics Part One: Trolling, but at times it's the chunking bite that…
April 24, 2019
Trolling, chunking, and jigging are popular methods for pursuing offshore gamefish, and all three tactics are effective – but not every day. The savvy tuna angler keeps options open when running…
February 11, 2019
Several boats were always moored at the end of our pier growing up. At age eight, my first boat was a 14-foot leaky flat-bottom planked rowboat. That fantastic fishing platform took me as far as my…
January 8, 2019
A buddy with limited offshore fishing experience bought a new Grady-White, and asked for some assistance getting set up with equipment, rigging and tackle. So we made a trip to the tackle shop, where…
September 13, 2018
Call them dolphinfish, mahi-mahi, dorado, doe-does, or whatever you like, if you enjoy fishing for mahi-mahi you’ll find the discoveries made by the Dolphinfish Research Program over the past year…
August 29, 2018
The inshore mahi fishing options are over for the season, and you want to cap off your offshore action of the year with some nice mahi-mahi to stock the freezer - before the weather gets too chilly…
August 21, 2018
When it comes to offshore trolling, White marlin certainly get the most attention at this time of year with double digit releases headlining offshore canyon reports. Longfin tuna also adds a new…
August 19, 2018
The night before an offshore fishing trip is usually set on a tight itinerary, but before you attempt to catch some Zs prior to a canyon excursion you should look up the latest offshore waters sea…
July 31, 2018
In Billfish Special Part I: Fishing and Baiting Marlin we examined factors like how to locate an appropriate area to troll for billfish, and how to troll for them. But once a marlin is in the spread…