Salt Water

Pilgrims in Inagua

  • By: Jerry Gibbs
  • Photography by: Jerry Gibbs

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Eighty-plus years after the
wreck of the
Great Inagua remains a
“damned queer little island.”
With leaping tarpon,
giant bonefish and more.

The Abaco Island Tarpon Experiment

  • By: Greg Thomas
  • Photography by: Greg Thomas

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Armando Pagliari likes to get under people’s skin. In Quebec, I’ve heard him shout at his favorite salmon guide, Rodney Gallon, “Hey Rodney, you are the worst effin’ guide in the world.” But then, to compensate for his evil entertainment, Pagliari spoils Gallon with lavish tips.

We Were Very Lucky

  • By: Brian Irwin
  • Photography by: Brian Irwin

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Bimini's Giant Bonefish

  • By: Greg Thomas
  • Photography by: Greg Thomas

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I don’t think Hemingway really cared about a quiet place to write when he spent consecutive years on Bimini, back in 1935 and 1936, although he did pen To Have and Have Not during that time.

Sight-Casting for Black Drum

  • By: Chico Fernandez
  • Photography by: Chico Fernandez
Black Drum

Black drum get no respect. And I really don’t know why: THEY TAIL while feeding on the flats, you can sight-cast to them in shallow water, they are plentiful, they grow to more than 100 pounds (that’s not a typo), they can fight hard and they are not easy. If you haven’t cast to a big, tailing black drum, I recommend you give it a try. You may become a better angler for it. I have always thought that when you go after a new species, you can’t help but learn more about the fish’s environment and the different foods in their habitat, while improving your casting accuracy, fly manipulation and fish-fighting.