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Depending on where you're mounting your light, there are several paths you can take to get to the center console or electronic box. The same wiring concept works on any wiring job you do on a Fishmaster T-Top.

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Having the right gear can make all the difference when it comes to the success and enjoyment of your < a href="https://fishmaster.com/blog/saltwater-fishing-basics/"target="_blank">saltwater fishing experience. Not only will your gear make the sport easier, but it will also make it safer while you’re in or around the water trying to get the strike. When it comes to choosing your saltwater fishing gear, you need to consider where you’re going to be casting in your line. Whether you’re fishing from the pier, off a standing platform into the ocean, or trolling flats is going to impact what type of rod, reel, line and other gear you want to have at the ready. In general, there are a few basic necessities you want to be sure you include in your saltwater gear ensemble.

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Any experienced angler can tell you, saltwater fishing uses lots of different fishing knots. When it comes to choosing the one you need for your fishing excursion, there is one critical thing to consider: Which fishing rig are you planning to use? Saltwater fishing rigs are comprised of multiple different components, like the hook and leader line, the line to rod, swivel and drop line, bobber, and beads. But when it comes down to it, your rig is going to depend on which fish species you’re after, since this determines whether the rig needs to sink or float. Thankfully, there are a number of reliable saltwater fishing knots you can use for a wide variety of lines, leaders and lures to match up with plenty of the rig styles you’ll be fixing up before you head out, or even while you’re out on the water.

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There is an art to fly fishing, and when you mix it with saltwater prepare for fantastic strikes and unforgettable fights. But, you may be wondering why you would want to toss a line onto the top of the water while fishing out in the middle of the deep ocean, so let’s start with a quick overview of the top game fish you can land by saltwater fly fishing.

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Seasoned flats fishing (backwater fishing or sight fishing) anglers know how to read the flats and respond to different variables as they experience them, but to a new angler the flats can be complex waters. The truth is, even with experience the flats are a mixture of elements and patterns that often require quick thinking and adaptability for an angler to find success getting strikes. With many different kinds of shallows that can be fished in many different ways depending on the conditions while you’re out on your flats or shallow-water fishing boat, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the waters you could be facing so you can find success when you go out.

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Fishmaster Pro Series was featured on Ship Shape TV! Find out how the Fishmaster's new Pro Series t-top folds, installs, and fairs in blue water.

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At first, you may believe you’ll be restricted when it comes to surf fishing since you’ll be casting from dry land, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Aside from deep sea game fish, there’s a surprisingly wide variety of fish you can catch right off the shoreline, including Flounder, Rockfish and Mackerel. This makes it easy for saltwater anglers to catch good game fish without having to leave land at all, so if you’re saving up for a new boat and casting platform to get out on the water you can still get a feel for saltwater fishing and be primed for when you’re ready to go out and land even bigger strikes.

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Fish ‘n ski boats are a genre all their own, but truth be told, virtually any outboard powered fishing boat can be turned into a fish ‘n ski. You can quickly change your angling machine into a crossover model with one small addition: the TurboSwing.

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The new and improved Electronics Box features a stainless steel latch and is still priced at $280.

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Any fisherman knows that the sport of saltwater fishing is much more than just a hobby. It takes years to master the sport, and from the very first cast you are practicing an art form. There’s a lot more involved than just tossing a line into the water and hoping for a strike. Aside from learning which rod, reel, line and other gear to use, you also need to understand the nature of the fish you plan to catch. Where can you find them; around structures or deep on the ocean floor? What waters are they most likely to be in; rough or calm, shallow or deep, hot or cold? What time of year is best to find them? Finally, what bait is going to tease them onto the hook for the strike?

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Saltwater Fishing Basics

2/28/2018 11:30 AM

Saltwater fishing is a rather generalized term used in reference to any method of fishing in the ocean. This applies if you’re casting your line into the waves beneath a pier, fighting a fish from a kayak or trolling a line behind you on a boat. Whether you’re a seasoned angler looking for a different way to experience the sport, or a beginner fisherman learning how to saltwater fish, this guide has been designed to offer some insight into the world of saltwater fishing basics.

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Fly Fishing Basics

2/27/2018 3:37 PM

If you look up the dictionary definition of fly fishing, it will say “the sport of fishing using a rod and an artificial fly as bait,” but any angler knows this sport goes well beyond this simplified explanation. Fly fishing is one of the most unique and complex angling methods. Unlike traditional casting, fly fishing relies on the weight of the fly line to toss a virtually weightless artificial fly onto the surface of the water. It’s a very different technique designed to imitate the natural skirting motions of insects to trick the fish into taking the fly.

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You’ve invested in your fly fishing equipment, practiced your overhead cast and picked out the perfect fishing spot, but now you need to figure out how you plan to catch that trophy-worthy fish. That means picking out one of the most important pieces of your fly fishing ensemble: the fly.

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There is a lot involved with fly fishing, from choosing your fly rod, reel and line, to figuring out which fly is going to land you the fish you’re looking for and how you’re going to wade into the water with everything you might need. That’s why we’ve put together this list of essential fly fishing gear to help get you started and make your experience a more enjoyable one. But before you read through this list, be sure to check out our guide to choosing the core components of your gear, Fly Fishing Basics: Choosing Your Fly Rod, Reel and Line, to make sure you have the basic necessities covered before adding to your ensemble.

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To the beginner fly fishing angler, the possibilities seem endless when it comes to picking out fly fishing gear. From different lengths and weights of rods and fly lines, to flies that imitate virtually any insect you can think of, there is no shortage of variety; and over time you will learn how different combinations of gear are going to create ideal conditions for that perfect catch. For now though, let’s keep it simple.

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Fly fishing is different from traditional casting mainly because, rather than relying on the weight of the lure when the angler casts their rod, they rely on the weight of the fly line to toss out a virtually weightless artificial fly. The goal is to trick the fish by imitating the fish’s natural food source, a fallen insect that skirts the surface of the water. One of the most common ways to fly fish is wading, but this sport offers enough flexibility that it can also be done from land, a canoe, a kayak or even a boat.

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The five second memory myth is engrained in our brains as a fact, but it has been busted in recent years. Fish may not be as intelligent as mammals, but experiments have shown that fish can remember up to five months and have the capacity to learn new skills.

If fish have a strong capacity to learn and are proven to have good memories, then where did this myth come from?

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Science has brought us weather forecasts and education on fish behavior, so we are better prepared before hitting the water. From myths about fishing during thunderstorms to avoiding overcast days, you may find that a little planning is the only thing keeping you from a great day on the water!

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A popular fishing myth is to have banana ban on board. Some anglers believe that having bananas along on a trip will not only lead to a fishless day, but they can be responsible for a crew falling ill or just bringing bad luck. Stricter anglers will even go as far to have no reminisce of a banana on the fishing boat, including Banana Boat sunscreen! Bananas on boats have a storied past. When did this crazy myth start?Read More
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It is no secret that fish are effected by weather patterns and water conditions. Fish respond to their environment and exhibit different behaviors during the day and night. For the first time since 1918, North America will be able to witness a full solar eclipse. Since a full eclipse is a rare occurrence, no one knows for sure what will happen, but we do know there will be complete darkness during the day and that the moon effects the tides.

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Hungry bass are attracted to certain baits on the surface or in the depths. Be prepared at the tackle store and find out which one will work for you!

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Fishmaster t-tops are constructed of aluminum tubing and feature an anodized finish, which is ideal for marine environments. Without the anodized finish, aluminum is vulnerable to corrosion and rust. Fishmaster uses aluminum because it produces a strong t-top. FIshmaster proudly covers our t-tops with Sunbrella™ marine canvas. This fabric is perfect for marine environments, however, basic maintenance is required, for maximum sun-protection. We use the best materials so you only need to do a bit of at-home care to keep your t-top performing its best.

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Safely Catch and Release Fish

6/21/2017 10:20 AM

Catch and release fishing helps maintain fish populations for future generations of anglers. Every angler will eventually practice catch and release fishing, whether it is voluntary, or if they happen to catch a fish under regulation. Even though catch and release fishing is done to protect fish populations, problems can arise when done haphazardly, causing the fish to die after a few days.

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Top 4 Saltwater Fishing Baits

6/14/2017 4:25 PM

Saltwater fishing can be done from the coast line to the deep sea, commonly on a pier, boat, or on-shore. Saltwater fish are going to be attracted to different bait than freshwater fish, however, all fish are going to use their sense of smell to hunt their prey. Narrow down which bait you need to hook at the tackle store by pinpointing your target species.

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Freshwater fishing is done in streams, lakes, ponds, or rivers. Freshwater fishing bait differs from saltwater fishing bait, since the bodies of water are home to different species of fish. Identifying the fish you aim to hook is going to help you narrow down the right freshwater fishing bait for you. Lots of anglers don’t have a particular fish in mind, so common natural freshwater fishing baits include worms, leeches, insects, and minnows.

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Narrowing down the right bait for you does not need to be a daunting experience. Consider these tips the next time you visit your favorite tackle store and leave with the right bait.

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Catching Big Fish

3/22/2017 10:47 AM

Whether you are aiming to catch largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish or trout, oftentimes it isn’t just the fish aren’t biting. Examine your tactics and find out where you can improve with these proven fishing tips by Fishmaster.

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The 2017 Fishmaster Best Catch Contest will be held between April 1st and September 30th, 2017. Find out how to submit your best catch!

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Hi! I’m Chris. Today we’ll be installing a Universal Fishmaster TTop to this beautiful 21-foot Carolina Skiff. Fishmaster T-Tops are very simple to install, highly universal, make a perfect addition to fishing vessel. Let’s get started.

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Listen to nationally-noted hunting & fishing television & radio host O'Neill Williams speak about the Fishmaster Folding T-Top.

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Own the Same T-Top as the Pros

3/14/2017 8:22 AM

Professionals count on their boats on a daily basis and prove products better than non-commercial customers. These boats and their accessories have to be dependable because in some cases its a matter of life and death. These professional do the research and use only the best products on their boat.

These professional use the Fishmaster Folding T-Top.

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