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Fishing—the melodic vibe of the great outdoors, the thrill of family competition, and the breathe-easy feeling of having nothing to do except watch your bobber.  
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No matter where you live, there is some sort of fishing within a few hours' drive, even in larger cities. San Diego has the bay, Miami has Biscayne, and Seattle has Puget Sound.  
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Landlocked states have lakes, streams, and ponds to explore—expect to hook yourself a channel catfish, largemouth bass, or walleye, to name a few.  
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The summer months are swarming with tournaments where competitive anglers can walk home with extra cash or at least a sense of accomplishment from their catch. To test your skills, check out the Xtreme Bass Series in Guntersville, Alabama, where the champ wins a fully rigged Legend bass boat, or the Southern Fried Bass Tournament in Lake Wheeler, North Carolina.  
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Beginning where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset is a quiet region of down-home restaurants, rich history, and untrammeled wildernesses; and the jumping-off point for numerous fishing charters.  
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Islamorada, Florida, is a legendary spot for bonefishing, typically done in waters less than one-foot deep. The backcountry sand flats are ideal homes for the bonefish that move inshore with the tide. Special flats fishing boats are most commonly used for bonefishing; they are capable of getting into shallower waters with less noise.  
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Challenge the mighty tarpon off Georgia's southeast coast. Nearby islands harbor dark waters, hidden inlets, and hundreds of sandbars where the tasty fish come to feed during summer months. Taming these sea beasts—which can weigh up to 100 pounds—may take more than you bargained for; just getting the behemoth aboard can take an hour.  
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Late March to early June is prime tarpon season on the East Coast, when the 'Silver King of the Mangroves' is so abundant that many fishing guides guarantee a catch.  
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New Orleans's romantic demeanor makes for an ideal vacation; pier fish 'til sunset then feast on your catch for dinner.  
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For a vacation out of the ordinary, climb aboard a lobster boat setting sail on the extraordinary Maine coastline. Watch and learn as your boat captain baits and sets lobster traps while explaining lobster biology and the history of the occupation.  
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The scenery surrounding your working lobster vessel is the real attraction—lighthouses that look like they came from a painting, seals sunning themselves on rocks, and privately owned islands and summer cottages nestled against the charming postcard-perfect coast.  
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Dozens of fabled rivers in Montana attract anglers from all over the world. Two of its 'blue ribbon' streams, brimming with trout and surrounded by Rocky Mountain vistas, are the Madison and Flathead rivers.  
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Close to Yellowstone National Park, the Madison River features wild rainbow and brown trout that hide out amidst its islands, eddies, and undercut banks. Wade on your own, fish from a drift boat, or raft with a professional guide.  
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Explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast on a shrimp boat, one-on-one with the good eats of the area—if you can catch them. Your best bet for a real-life shrimping expedition is to board a charter boat in Biloxi. Once adrift, you will learn to cast the net, to identify the creatures that are caught, and the precision that goes into being a shrimp-boat captain. More than 15 million pounds of shrimp find themselves in a Mississippi boat net annually, averaging $28 million per shrimp harvest.  
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During their annual migration, fish from Long Island Sound and the waters of Rhode Island and Massachusetts swim by New York's Montauk Point. Whether trolling for striped bass, heading offshore for shark and tuna, or casting from the rocky shore, Montauk offers some of the best and varied fishing in the country.  
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Though Cape Cod and the islands get most of the press, New Englanders looking to avoid crowds and traffic head to Rockport, 25 miles northeast of Boston on the Cape Ann peninsula for epic fishing among the artists and photographers that flock to the picturesque town for inspiration.  
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