Position the sun behind or to the side of the photographer so the natural light is on the subjects (Photos 1, 2, 3, 4).
Frame pictures with scenery in the composition to document the location as well as the moment. (Photo 1).
Take several shots from different angles. You can always erase extra photos later.
Don't take too many pictures of the angler holding the fish and looking directly at the camera (Photo 2).
Include the rod, reel, boat, guide, and even other anglers in the shot to tell the story behind the catch (Photo 1).
Use a fill flash to freeze the action and add additional light to the angler's face. It also brightens colors on the fish.
Hats and visors should be tilted up or removed to allow light on the subject's face. Remove sunglasses as well (Photo 2).
Just prior to taking a picture, dip the fish in the water. This adds drama, action and life to the subject (Photos 2 and 3).
A bright-color hat, bandanna or shirt adds vibrancy to an otherwise bland scene. Toss a red hat or bright shirt in your gear bag and wear it for a few pictures to add some color to your shots (Photo 2).
A polarizing filter removes glare and enhances the depth of colors, especially in the turquoise waters of many saltwater destinations (Photo 4).
Whenever possible, keep your lenses protected by a UV filter.