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Spearfishers seeking a little variety in their bottom time should take a close look at the waters off New England. You won’t find warm tropical waters off the Northeast coast, but you will find a freediving experience unlike any other.
Noah Mundt, 10, of Jupiter, Fla. is this year’s youth grand prize winner in the CCA Florida STAR fishing competition. The young angler was awarded a $25,000 scholarship from Realtree Fishing toward the college of his choice.
Two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Jordan Lee is returning to the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2024. For the last five years, Lee has successfully fished with Major League Fishing and makes a return to the Elites via a Legend’s spot in the field, which opened when Larry Nixon announced his retirement.
When it comes to warm water species and fly fishing, shoal bass are about as fun as it gets. Worldwide, these pugnacious river bass are native to only one river system: The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, and the swift-water habitat they prefer was years ago reduced to stretches between dams in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
Take the aggression of a largemouth and the fight of a smallmouth; mix them together in gorgeous scenery one might normally associate with trout. This is the recipe for shoal bass on the upper end of Georgia’s Chattahoochee River. It’s river fishing for a bass that’s as game as gamefish come.
Kingfish are highly sensitive to water temperatures and prefer a magic window around 70 degrees. For this reason, they are not a frequent catch off the coast of New Jersey, where a big 67-pound, 7.2-ounce king mackerel caught this summer was recently certified by New Jersey Fish & Wildlife as a state record.
This giant wahoo might not be a record, but it is definitely the fish of a lifetime for angler Mary Ritter, who caught the 110-pound ’hoo off Cape Lookout, N.C. on Nov. 8.
A Real Sea Story Off the Georgia Coast
Just Right, a 56 Viking run by Capt. Robbie Brown, rallied on the final day of competition to win the 20th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. The team released a blue marlin and sailfish on the first day before adding another nine sailfish releases on Saturday, good for 900 points overall and the tournament championship.
Tec diving is obstacle-ridden and humbling, but can reignite a fading passion. It can leave you with a sense of accomplishment and a refined set of diving skills. It grants access to depths beyond recreational limits, where lesser-known shipwrecks and deep reefs lie, waiting to be explored.