Author Archives: Avid Angler

Reel to Reel: Shimano Saragosa SW vs Penn Slammer III

Ok, so you are ready to step up from your current go-to saltwater spinner reel to a reel that offers better quality, performance and corrosion protection. Sooner or later we all get there as our needs or expectations (or both) evolve and catch up to our passion for saltwater fishing. But you’re not quite yet ready for the leap into the Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano Stella kind of performance stratosphere – or price. Well, the good news is that, between… Read More »

Bristol Bay Salmon: Drawing a Line in the Tundra

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is a breathtaking place with a unique ecosystem rich in vast wetlands, winding rivers, streams, forests of spruce and alder, and home to many species of animals, birds, and fish. The bay is a pristinely beautiful ecosystem that supports thousands of human life and countless wildlife. But It is also home to the most prized salmon ecosystem in the United States, with legendary runs that see some 50-plus million sockeye return annually to spawn and rear in… Read More »

Florida Fall Snook Season Open 2017

Florida Fall Snook Season Is Finally Here!   Today is a very special day throughout the state of Florida for die-hard snook anglers. September 1st marks the opening of the fall snook season throughout the Sunshine State, and from coast to coast Florida recreational fisherman will finally be able to let go of months of pent-up anticipation and once again target their favorite inshore game fish. Florida has two snook seasons that vary only slightly, depending on whether you fish… Read More »

Boat Shoes Aren’t Just for Boating Anymore

On Deck or Around Town, Boat Shoes Are In   High-quality boat shoes are available in many different styles, colors, and materials including leather, canvas, and suede. They have evolved significantly since first appearing on the market in the mid-30s. Today you no longer need to own a boat to enjoy a stylish pair. You see plenty of people casually walking around wearing boat shoes with jeans, khakis or shorts. However, regardless of whether you want them for fishing, boating,… Read More »

5 Best Electric Trolling Motors for Your Money

5 Electric Trolling Motors Worth Your Dollars   Looking for the best trolling motor for the best price possible for your small to medium size fishing boat, inflatable boat or fishing kayak? There’s plenty of great trolling motors available for reasonable prices, and even affordable options can offer a wide range of benefits for anglers looking for that perfect trolling motor. Trolling motors are ideal for countless situations when out on the water fishing, from slowly navigating those hard to… Read More »

Review: Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ vs FishHunter Directional 3D Wireless Fish Finder

Deeper Smart Sonar Pro+ vs FishHunter 3D Head to Head Small enough to fit in your tackle box or pocket for that matter, smart portable fish finders are expanding the possibilities for anyone who enjoys recreational fishing. These versatile, mini fishing sonars are leveling the playing field for those of us who do not own a boat or just prefer more flexibility in where and how we fish. Right from the start, two key features set this new type of… Read More »

Quality Time on the Water: The Citizen BN0151-09L Promaster Diver Watch

A Wristwatch Built for Adventure on the Water   I’ve had a love affair with watches since the time I also discovered another one of my great passions – fishing. To be honest, I am a wristwatch fanatic. It started around the time I was about 8 years old, shortly after I was introduced to the wonderful world of angling. Many, many years later, I am still fascinated with both. So, unlike many of my fishing buddies, I like to wear… Read More »