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January 25, 2023

Fishing gear has evolved over the years and anglers are now better equipped for everything from bad weather to picky fish. These improvements have made ice fishing a surprisingly effective way to catch fish. While pulling in big numbers is nice, ice fishing is one of the most social forms of fishing...

January 13, 2023

What is a Grouper?

Grouper is the name used to describe a diverse family of fish. Typically, grouper have stout bodies similar in shape to snapper and a large mouth for catching prey. They range in size from several hundred pounds down to only a few pounds. The markings grouper have can range...

January 12, 2023

What is a Grouper?

Grouper is a general name typically used for fish in the generas Epinephelus, Mycteroperca, and several other smaller genera. Grouper are a diverse group of fish that can vary in appearance but they typically have a stout body similar in shape to snapper and a large mouth fo...

January 4, 2023

Oyster reefs are more important to coastal communities than most people realize. As a fisherman, you probably already know that oyster reefs provide good structure for fishing. For some bay systems, oyster reefs are the primary habitat for holding target species such as speckled trout during certa...

January 4, 2023

Two species that I confused easily when I first began duck hunting were buffleheads and hooded mergansers.

However, once I learned the distinguishing features, I could quickly identify each species as they buzzed across the water.

Instead of looking at the similarities, let’s look at the diff...

January 3, 2023

How does avian bird flu affect hunters?

With the 2022-23 avian bird flu season in full swing, what do hunters need to be aware of as they wrap up the end of their hunting seasons? Let's walk through some frequently asked questions about avian bird flu and dive into what makes this such a bad d...

January 2, 2023

Wearing 200mm waders into the thigh deep 30 degree marsh to wait 5 hours for ducks? Only a dumb Texas resident would do such a thing for the sake of shooting a few gadwall and greenheads. Such are the things we do to shoot a few birds.

My buddies and I try to take one destination duck hunt each...

January 2, 2023

There is no marsh more marshy than the floodplains of the southern Mississippi Delta, and there is nowhere I’d rather be tossing a streamer for redfish.

I’ve been chasing a big bull red on the fly for a few years now, and when I was invited to a friend’s wedding in New Orl...

January 2, 2023

Miami. The city of great nightlife, nice beaches, quality fishing, and beautiful weather. As we prepared to touch down for our Christmas away from home, we were lucky enough to be greeted with 45 degree rain. We thought we were escaping the poor weather, but when the entire country is engulfed in th...

December 15, 2022

Florida Grouper Fishing

Grouper are stout predators that prefer to lie and wait rather than chase their prey. These fish are also opportunistic scavengers that wont pass up an easy meal. The large mouth and powerful gills of a grouper create avacuum that sucks prey into their mouth in the blin...

December 15, 2022

Whether you have an upcoming work retreat, you belong to an organization, or you just have a lot of friends and family, someday you might have the pleasure of planning a fishing trip for a large group of people. When it comes to fishing, a small group of fishermen might be able to fit on one or two...

December 14, 2022

With the holidays upon us, everyone is looking forward to a few well-deserved days off. For some lucky people, the winter holidays might mean a week or more of time away from work to spend your days relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family. What better way is there to relax and enjoy your...

December 12, 2022

After a successful fishing trip, you may have brought home some fresh fillets to enjoy with your family and friends. It’s time for a fish fry! Here is a look at some of the equipment that can help make your fish fry a success.

Deep Fryer for Fish

For a l...

December 12, 2022

Ducks are one of the most popular game animals in America. While there are infinite reasons for that, I’m sure many of us would still hunt every year even if we only downed one bird each season. Success is part of the fun but it’s not everything. A successful hunt where ducks are killed will still b...

December 11, 2022

With duck season well underway, hunters are blessed with the opportunity to sample a variety of ducks. Like all animals, the dietary differences between duck species and even individual ducks can be quite different which greatly changes the flavor of the meat. Ducks also migrate at different times w...

December 9, 2022

What are Catfish?

There are more than 1,000 species of catfish spread across the globe and the variety is stunning. 26 species of catfish from tiny to gigantic reside in the waters of the United States. Catfish are named after their characteristic barbels which resemble a cat's whiskers. These...

December 7, 2022

Not everyone grew up exposed to the joys of fishing and the outdoors. For many, if your family fished, then you learned to fish. If your family did not fish, then you might get lucky and encounter a friend, roommate, or work colleague somewhere along the way who is willing to teach you to fish. But...

December 5, 2022

Panfish is a term coined by anglers to describe a handful of fish that are delicious and are roughly small enough to fit into a pan. The fish species that are included when someone mentions panfish largely depends on the region they are fishing. However, five species of fish almost always make the l...

December 5, 2022

Freshwater Vs. Saltwater Fishing

Salt is the one element that differentiates two entirely different fisheries. Here’s everything you need to know about fishing in saltwater versus fishing in freshwater.

Types of Freshwater Fishing

inland fishing is an umbrella term that c...

December 2, 2022

Black drum and sheepshead are two popular inshore fish on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. While these fish are both a blast to catch, there’s more to them than meets the eye. Here’s a breakdown of both species and what makes them unique.

What is a Black Drum

Black drum are a popular...

December 1, 2022

Salmon and Steelhead are anadromous and known for swimming upstream to spawn. These fish have been incredibly influential across the Northwest U.S. and share many of the same traits. Here’s how steelhead stack up with other species of salmon.

What is a Steelhead?

Steelhead are...

December 1, 2022

The team here at Captain Experiences decided to shut our laptops for a couple days to hunt and fish on the Texas Coast. With duck season being open in November and the fishing still going strong, there may be more sporting opportunities now than any other time of year. We couldn’t resist getting out...

November 30, 2022

The team here at Captain Experiences is composed of men and women all from different places but were brought together by our shared enjoyment of the outdoors. Seeing as though outdoor experiences are what our company is all about, we decided it was time to take a break from staring at screens and ge...

November 29, 2022

Muskie and northern pike are close relatives that frequently live together and rarely get along. These are two of the most exciting inland sportfish in the country and both have dedicated fans. However, for many anglers the similarities between these fish are sometimes easier to name than the differ...

November 29, 2022

Fishing is a year-round obsession. Spring, summer, and fall offer opportunities to catch a wide variety of species in both freshwater and saltwater. Winter is no different for anglers in much of the country and throughout the more tropical parts of our planet. For fishermen in the Southern States of...