Useful Charts for Fisherman

Useful Fishing Charts

A prepared fisherman is a successful fisherman. Having a fishing chart at your disposal can help you to be safer and better prepared for your next fishing trip. We carry a wide assortment of fishing charts on identifying fish species, bait rigging, knot tying, and fishing locations.

Saltwater Fish Identification Chart PreviewOur fish species identification charts include those covering saltwater species; freshwater species; snappers, porgies, and groupers; and, tunas and mackerel.

bait-rigging-chartOur bait rigging chart covers effective bottom rig, live bait rig, and trolling rig options that are used from Maine down through the Carolinas.

knot-tying-chartOur knot tying charts include quick-reference illustrations for how to tie an assortment of professional-level knots.

All of the aforementioned fishing charts are durable and 100 percent waterproof. They feature 3mm hard plastic lamination and can be easily rolled up to fit into your tackle box when not in use.  You can be sure that these charts are built to last.

In addition to the various identification, rigging, and knot tying charts, we carry the Outdoor Sportsman Group Fishing Chart for the Upper Keys and the Florida Bay. This chart includes 24 regional Florida fishing charts. Each one of the included charts has hot spots, GPS numbers, boat ramp locations, and fish ID illustrations. The included charts are tear-proof and waterproof.

Keep an eye out for new fishing charts. We’re always adding new inventory to our store. Do you have a useful fishing chart in mind that isn’t mentioned here? Comment or drop us a line.

Six things no fisherman should be without

6 Things No Fisherman Should Be Without

Every fisherman has their favorite tools and tricks that make their fishing trips as enjoyable as possible. We’ve all been caught in the middle of nowhere, wishing we hadn’t forgotten that one tool that would have made things just a little bit easier. So, we’ve put together a list of the top fishing accessories and tips that every fisherman should know and have.

Fillet Knife & Board
Fillet Knife with BoardWhen it comes to the experienced fisherman, the catch is just the beginning. Every fisherman should be able to fillet everything they catch. Having the right fillet knife and cutting board will allow you to expertly extract every ounce of meat so you can make the most out of every catch.


Polarized Sunglasses
Redbone Polarized SunglassesFor comfortable and unhindered vision of the water and surrounding area, polarized sunglasses are great not only for fisherman, but anyone with a love of the outdoors. These sunglasses are specially made with a lens coating that reduces glare reflecting off the water and other objects. They also help to reduce the harmful effects of UV rays.

Tackle Box
Ready 2 Fish Tackle BoxEvery fisherman should have a well-stocked tackle box and should know the lures and baits that work best for the types of fish in their area. A well-prepared fisherman should also have the proper fishing tools including pliers, cutters or universal tools to handle any situation. A well-stocked tackle box should also have all the essential terminal tackle equipment like backup hooks, sinkers and extra fishing line.

Repair Kit

Rod Tip Repair KitIf you want to stay on the water as long as possible, keep a repair kit in your (well-stocked) tackle box at all times. This should include replacement rod tips, pliers and screwdrivers, as well as anything you find yourself in need of when on the water – could be anything!


First Aid Kit
Fisherman's First Aid KitResponsible fishermen may never need a first aid kit, but they should always have one handy. Accidents will happen, but considering what’s in the water these days, it’s important to clean wounds immediately and thoroughly to ensure infections don’t set in and cause further pain or injury. Every first aid kit should have the proper antiseptics, ointments and bandages to ensure injuries are as clean as possible until the proper treatment can be applied – or until you’re done fishing.

A Love for the Water
Love for the waterIf we want to keep fishing our favorite watering holes, big and small, we have to show our respect by keeping them clean and free from debris, and removing it when we find it. If you’re like us, you love to visit as many beautiful fishing spots around the world as possible. We promise to keep our watering holes clean, so make sure you do the same.

These are just a few of the most important fishing accessories we feel can make your next fishing trip as smooth as possible. Share your favorite fishing accessories and stories in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

How to Fillet a Fish

How to Fillet a Fish

It is an unfortunate circumstance that you can’t just unhook your fish, slap it on a plate, and call it dinner. Well, you can. But you’ll probably get sick and a few bones wedged in your throat while you’re at it. Assuming you want to avoid the possibility of internal bleeding, the purpose of this blog post is to take you through the steps of filleting a fish. What you choose to do after you fillet your fish is up to you. We hope that you throw the fillets on a pan, on a grill, or in the oven for your next meal. But, hey. Your choice.

Let’s Get Started

Fillet KnifeFirst, before any filleting happens, you want to make sure that you have all of the tools necessary to get the job done. If you can, get your hands on a good fillet knife and fillet board. Fillet knives are built specifically for filleting fish and many are sturdy enough to cut through bone. If you can’t get a fillet knife, go for one with a serrated edge. And any cutting board will do, but wooden ones tend to preserve flavor.

We also recommend that you put on gloves to cut back on the mess and the fishy smell. If you can’t wear gloves, rubbing a lemon wedge on your hands will neutralize the scent of handling fish carcass. If a lemon wedge is hard to come by—after all, you might be filleting your fish on the dock or on the side of a river where lemon wedges don’t just float idly by-Live to Fish offers Fish-D-Funk Fishing Hand Wipes that are specifically made for getting rid of that fishy smell. Of course, you’ll be wiping or “lemon wedging” your hands after you’re done filleting.

Mangrove SnapperOnce you have a knife and cutting board handy, don your gloves or brace yourself for fishy impact. Rinse your fish and place it on the cutting board horizontally with the bottom facing you. You can either choose to cut the head and tail off during the fillet process or leave them be. For larger fish, most people choose to leave the head and tail alone.

If you want to remove the head of the fish, position the knife behind the gills and cut at a downward diagonal angle towards the head and through the bone. Flip the fish over and make another diagonal cut. Then, remove and discard the head. To remove the tail, place the knife down where the tail meets the body and cut through the skin and bone. You can easily discard of the tail after doing this.

filleting-fishBegin filleting the fish by cutting behind the head or where the head would have been. Angle the knife towards the tail of the fish and cut down to the bone. Follow the line until you reach just behind the fins where the guts are located. After, turn your fish and run your knife just shy of the fins until you feel it touch bone. Follow the bone until you reach the backbone. Peel the fillet back and run the knife over the backbone. This will sever all of the lateral fish bones. Stop cutting and turn the fish over.

Repeat the first cut that you made behind the fish’s head. Then repeat the second cut near the dorsal fin. Be sure to angle the knife downward. Continue along the length of the fish.

Then, reverse the direction of the fillet knife and follow the bones until you reach the backbone. Again, peel the fillet back to cut around the backbone and through the lateral bones. At this point, you may run the knife through the underside of the fish. Once you reach the belly, you can cut through or over the bones of the belly. If your fillet knife is strong enough, you can just keep cutting right on through. Take a moment to cut though any sinew or skin that is still attached. Now, remove the first fillet. Flip your fish back over to the side that you were originally filleting. Cut the bones around the belly and then cut around the backbone to release the rest of the fillet.

Some people choose to discard the belly portion of the fillet because it is high in fat and generally cooks faster than the rest of the fish. If you don’t mind the extra fat, you can just get straight to removing the skin and bones.

Take a moment to clean off your knife and then place your fillet skin-side down and place the knife at the tail end of the fish between the skin and the meat. Slowly and gently run the knife along the length of the fillet. Again, be sure to angle the knife downward and firmly grip the skin as you cut so that the fish doesn’t slide away. You’ve now skinned your fish. If you like eating the skin, you can skip this step and remove the fish scales with a fish scaler.

Deboning Your Catch

Deboning your fish is very important as bones present a choking hazard and put you at risk for other internal injuries if you eat them. Wipe any residue from skinning your fish off of the knife. Return your knife to the area at which you removed the fillet from the underside of the fish where the guts are. Gently stroke the knife downwards to locate the fine bones. Many of the fine bones stop two-thirds of the way down the fillet. Once you have located the bones, place the knife on the other side of the bone lines until the point is under the bones.

Remove the knife and cut the flesh of the fillet from the bones. Stay as close to the bones as possible to preserve the integrity of your fillet. No one wants to eat something that looks like it’s been pre-chewed.


Once you are done filleting your fish, it is ready for cold storage or cooking. Do you have a favorite way to fillet your fish or a knife that you prefer to use? Have tips for making filleting even easier? Comment or drop us a line.

Redbone Rods

Redbone Rods: Catching the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

Designed by charter captains, Redbone Rods were constructed to give saltwater anglers exactly what they look for in a good rod: dependability and durability. Each rod is made of lightweight graphite and features quality parts that work together to create an enjoyable fishing experience. With supreme fishing strength, the Redbone Rod is more than just a saltwater fishing pole; it is a hope for a cure.

When charter captain, Gary Ellis, and his wife Susan found out that their newborn daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, it became their life’s mission to help fight the disease. In 1988, Ellis started organizing events such as the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series. At this tournament, fishermen were on the hunt for redfish and bonefish, hence where their brand name ‘Redbone’ was born. The group raised $16,000 for the cause during their first run. Since then, Redbone has teamed up with Hurricane to raise more than $10 million for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Fishing Rods for a Cause

So, what’s so special about Redbone Rods? Well, despite their attractive appearance and smooth handling, these rods help support a cause. With every rod purchase, Hurricane donates a small percentage of the profits to helping find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. You don’t need to be a tournament winning fisherman or charter captain to get involved, all you have to do is purchase one of these stunning rods. Live to Fish offers 8 basic types of Redbone Rods ranging from casting to spinning, and everywhere in between. Designed for either inshore or offshore fishing, each of these premium performance rods offer supreme saltwater action. In this entry, we’ll be going over some of the basic details that make each Redbone Rod unique.

Redbone’s Inshore Fishing Rods

All Redbone Inshore Rods are made of a high modulus graphite so they’re super strong, yet still able to bend with ease. This also helps with rod sensitivity, so you can feel every move at the tips of your fingers when fishing with live bait. Generally, inshore fishing rods are meant to be used in shallow waters less than 30 meters deep. Use these rods for fishing in shallow waters such as bays, lakes, and other bodies of water that are close to land.

Inshore Casting RodsRod lengths range from 7’ to 7’6”
Inshore Spinning RodsRod lengths range from 7’ to 8’

Redbone Inshore Spinning Rod

Redbone Inshore Rod Features:

Rod Blanks Reel Seats Rod Guides Rod Handles Rod Extras
IM7 High-Modulus Graphite Fuji Graphite w/ Cushioned Hoods Fuji Aluminum Oxide Genuine Cork Triangle Hook Keeper

Redbone’s Offshore Fishing Rods

Offshore fishing rods are best for fishing in water that’s anywhere over 30 meters deep. Ideal for deep-sea fishing, these rods are better built for hooking large trophy fish such as tuna, grouper, and sharks. Each Redbone offshore rod is constructed from a high modulus graphite and features quality parts that make it a genuinely powerful rod. These rods even have special rear grips and gimbal butts to help transition your rod more easily from holder to hand.

Offshore Casting RodsRod length: 7’
Offshore Jigging/Casting Rods: Rod lengths range from: 6’ to 6’6″

Offshore Spinning RodsRod length: 7’
Offshore Jigging/Spinning Rods: Rod lengths range from: 5’6″ t0 7′

Offshore Trolling Rods: Rod length: 5’6″ to 7’

Redbone Offshore Spinning Rod

Redbone Offshore Rod Features

Rod Blanks Reel Seats Rod Guides Rod Handles Rod Extras
IM6 High-Modulus Graphite Fuji Graphite w/ Cushioned Hoods Fuji Aluminum Oxide EVA Foregrip & Slick Butt Rear Grip Gimbal Butt

Redbone’s Fly Fishing Rods

Designed for the fly fisherman, the Redbone Fly Rod features a sturdy, 9’ body constructed of high modulus graphite. 

Fly RodsRod length: 9’

Redbone Fly Rod Features:

Rod Blanks Reel Seats Rod Guides Rod Handles Rod Extras
IM7 High-Modulus Graphite Steel Snake Guides Aluminum Oxide with Locking Ring Genuine Cork Protective Travel Case & Sleeve

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Each of the above listed rods come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from Redbone, you just need to make sure that you register your rod online to ensure coverage.

Live to Fish also offers free returns for up to one-year on all Redbone Rods, provided they are unused and in their original packaging. Learn more about our returns policy.

Have questions?
We’re ready to answer any Redbone Rod or other product questions that you may have. Just give us a call at 1-844-9-FISHIN or drop us a line on our contact page.