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    Kevin VanDam on changing hooks, throwing crankbaits, fishing spinnerbaits, and eating "Sherry's Lucky Cookies."

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    Frog baits can lose their potency over time if you keep using the same pattern. These 3 tweaks will turn on the bite.

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    The only required gear for bowfishing is a fish arrow tied to a line that’s tied to a bow. But good gear does make it more fun and productive. These items are definitely worth having.

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    Meet seven women with the chops and attitude to infiltrate the industry boys' club and wade into the mainstream.

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    Some sportsmen have started using unmanned aircraft for hunting and fishing applications. But, where do we draw the fair-chase line?

 

Top Picks

  • April 24, 2014

    Redington SonicDry Waders Anagram Winner

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    By Tim Romano

    Last week’s Fly Talk contest was a bit different than the usual contests we run. Instead of writing the best caption to a funny image, we asked you all to come up with the fishiest anagram using  the words 'Redington SonicDry Waders”, as this was the prize that was up for grabs. This was quite a popular contest with about 250 entries, which made for quite a bit of reading…

    After a bit of deliberation, I have to award the Redington SonicDry Waders to NateS, who wrote: “I DON, WADE DRY, SCORNING REST.” Nate, hit me up at tim@anglingtrade.com with your size and contact info, and I’ll get you set up with some new waders. I like your style...

    There were others that caught my eye and were in strong running for the win. I’ve posted those below for everyone’s reading enjoyment. Thanks to everyone for participating and making this a great contest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 24, 2014

    Fishing Tips: How to Catch Channel Catfish in Spring

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    By Mark Modoski


    Photo by Keith Sutton

    Most freshwater anglers associate spring with prespawn bass fishing and trout pursuits. While they're casting jigs and spinners, however, channel catfish are waking up from their long winter nap and putting on the feedbag. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 24, 2014

    Best Shotgun Loads for Your Style of Turkey Hunting

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    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photos by Luke Nilsson

    Not everybody hunts spring turkeys the same way, so one load isn't going to be perfect for everybody. Here's how to pick the perfect load to match your style of hunting.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 24, 2014

    The 7 People I Would Least Like to Hunt With

    By David E. Petzal

    Lists did not originate with the Internet, but they have flourished on it like toadstools on a dungheap. Ten hollywood stars whose names you won't remember in three years. Twenty most disgusting public gestures. Fifteen best car crashes involving severed body parts. You know the drill. We in the outdoors get it too, so here is the first of several lists that are guaranteed to raise your IQ and make you a better human being. Or something.

    1. Ernest Hemingway

    He was a Nobel laureate, the most influential American writer of the 20th century, and a lifelong hunter who produced the second-best book about an African safari ever written. He was also a drunk, a bully, a rotten shot, and a general a-hole. If you had Ernest Hemingway in camp, you knew that he was going to challenge someone to a fistfight before the hunt was done. Who the hell needs that? [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 24, 2014

    ATV Review: 2014 Polaris Sportsman ACE

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    By Lance Schwartz

    2014 Polaris Sportsman ACE
    MSRP: Starts at $7,499

    The Polaris Ace features an innovative hybrid design that shatters the stereotypical ATV and UTV definitions we've all grown accustomed to. With the footprint and dimensions of a traditional ATV and the ability to be piloted like a typical UTV/SxS, this machine has the capability to reach a whole new audience that would likely have never given a conventional ATV a consideration. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 24, 2014

    Two Girls In Bikinis + Camera = Totally Pointless Shark Wrestling

    By Joe Cermele

    Ever been to a frat party and the second a couple good-looking girls walk into the room dudes start doing crap like arm wrestling? This is that, only instead of flipping a table covered in Natty Ice cans or throwing a keg out the window, this guy goes all Stone Cold Steve Austin on a big lemon shark. I was kinda rooting for the lemon shark. I mean c'mon, man. Was this neccessary? Cut the leader and let it swim.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2014

    New Hook Shots: The Most Insane Walleye Day Ever

    By Joe Cermele

    When you're trying to get out on Lake Erie for walleyes in early April, you can set dates months in advance. The reality, however, is that they don't mean much considering how unpredictable the water and weather conditions can be this time of year. Case in point, friend and guide Ross Robertson and I were on pins and needles for a week prior to this trip, unsure if the ice would even be gone in time to launch his boat in Port Clinton, Ohio. Well, it was gone, and some how, some way, the weather gods threw us a bone. We had a window, and we filled that precious window with more trophy walleyes than most guys will see in their lifetime. It was just one of those days where each fish—which ranged from 9 to 14 pounds—made our jaws drop. Enjoy the show, because I very well may never shoot another walleye episode of such epic proportions again. 

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  • April 23, 2014

    How to Catch Jumbo Bluegills in Your Local Bass Lake

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    By Don Wirth


    Photo by David W. Skok

    Most fishermen target bluegills solely in farm ponds and other small bodies of water. But these scrappy fish are abundant in sprawling lakes and reservoirs as well and are a fun alternative when heavily pressured bass or walleyes aren't biting. "Bluegills and shellcrackers tend to be totally ignored in big waters," says Tennessee guide Jim Duckworth. "And they can grow huge as a ­result." Here's where Duckworth finds the fish and how he rigs for them.

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  • April 23, 2014

    Hunting Public Land: The Ethics of Lying

    By Phil Bourjaily

    I am a terrible and unwilling liar. That’s one reason I’m not a more successful public land hunter. If I run into anyone out in the field, I have a hard time not telling the truth about what I have seen and shot. Good public land hunters are a close-mouthed bunch, and not above fibs, sins of omission, misdirection, and the occasional outright lie.

    For instance, the other morning I was out scouting turkeys on the local WMA and saw a truck coming down the road toward me. I recognized it as belonging to a friend we’ll call Mr. T. He is one of the best hunters I know, and he has a lot of his success on a crowded public area. We’re really more like friendly acquaintances, although we hunt together a time or two every year. He and a friend had been out hunting since before daylight. We stopped in the road, rolled down the windows and compared notes. He told me where he had heard a few birds and seen one. I told him what I had seen, which was nothing but some other hunters. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2014

    Spring Walleye Fishing Tip: Slow Down to Catch Giants

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    By Ross Robertson


    Illustration by Ryan Kirby

    In May, most walleye waters are still cold, and the bulk of the big girls will be in their postspawn stages. That means you have a prime shot at hooking the 'eye of a lifetime

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2014

    Don’t Forget to Save the Turkey Legs

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    By David Draper

    I know many folks (including F&S deputy editor Colin Kearns) have already hung their tags on some turkey legs, but much of the country’s hunters are just hitting the peak of turkey season. This makes it the perfect time for my annual soapbox speech on saving the leg quarters from your turkey. I know so many hunters just pull the breasts from their birds and call it good, but that technique, which has sadly become culturally acceptable, leaves a lot of meat behind.

    Good meat at that. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Retrievers: Train Your Dog for the Diving Duck

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    By Michael R. Shea


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    The last phase in Cabela’s pro staffer Jennifer Broome’s three-month retriever-training plan is called the Diving Duck—in which you’ll be working with a live bird. “Some people may not like the idea of live-bird training,” says Broome. “But this one pen-raised duck may ensure hundreds of successful and ethical retrieves.” If you don’t have a local gamebird breeder, a nearby dog trainer should be able to point you in the right direction. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Bighorn Curls Found in Alberta Could Break The World Record

    By Ben Romans

    The Edmonton Journal reports that Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers recently found a set of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep horns that may be the largest in the world. A preliminary measurement of 209 1/8 inches beats the current Boone & Crockett record by less than an inch.

    Wildlife officers had kept track the ram in the past because of its particularly large body and horn size and went looking for it after it seemingly disappeared from the foothills near the town of Hinton. They found the skull and horns and said the decade-old ram apparently died of natural causes in the spring of 2013. They took the set to Dean Bromberger, a measurer for Boone & Crockett, though the official measurement will take place June 10th, after a mandatory 60-day drying period. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    How Long Has Your Fly Shop Been in Business?

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    By Tim Romano

    Why is the man pictured above smiling? Because he was celebrating his fly shop’s 32nd anniversary. His name is Steve McLaughlin and he owns Front Range Anglers. FRA — as we in Boulder affectionally call it — has moved and changed hands a number of times, but it’s one of the fly shops I grew up with, and it has been a part of my life and I’m sure many others for as long as I can remember. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Leafs Fans Want A Little Less Fishing And A Little More Playoff Hockey

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    By Joe Cermele

    I find this short story on Nesn.com very comical because I can totally relate to thinking you are harmlessly posting a little factoid about yourself on BookFace or the like, and people manage to go on a tangent over a post you didn't think could possibly supply ammo for a tangent. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel decided to drop a little Tweet yesterday that read “Night fishing with friends doesn’t get much better." Well, sorry dude, all the Leafs fans that were hoping you'd make the playoffs disagree. The Twitter responses—such as Night fishing with friends doesn't get much better” Except perhaps playing hockey in the #StanleyCupPlayoffs—got so out of hand, Kessel eventually fired back, telling followers they need to "chill out." He quickly deleted the response, then likely spent the rest of his night fishing trip completely frustrated.

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  • April 22, 2014

    Turkey Hunting: How Close is Too Close?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Our youth turkey season opened a few weeks ago, and I heard three reports from friends who had taken kids into the field. Three kids had shots at birds. One missed, one killed, and one decapitated his bird. The shots were taken at 10, 12 and 7 yards respectively. That brings up the question: how close is too close?

    The closest shot I ever took at a turkey was five yards. I missed. After I missed the bird up close I found a piece of cardboard in my car and shot a pattern with it at five steps. It made a hole under two inches in diameter which, I can attest, is easy to miss with when a turkey is almost close enough to touch and your heart is hammering. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Topwater Tactics for Tidal Creek Stripers

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    By Ben Duchesney


    Photo by Jim Levison

    Throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, striped bass begin swimming up the coastal creeks, inlets, and rivers in May, where many will often remain for the summer to feed on the plentiful baitfish that get pushed with the tide in these high-current areas. Targeting these bass takes some stealth, as they can be highly pressured and wary. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    The Magic Of Bass Tail Regeneration (And How It Can Help Humans)

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    By Dave Wolak

    I'm sure many of you have caught a bass around the spawn with a tail that was pretty worn out from fanning the nesting area. By early fall, however, those gnarly tails regenerate, and that's a pretty amazing phenomenon as far as I'm concerned. It kind of makes you wonder why if fish can do it, why can't we regenerate new toes if they get run over by the lawn mower? I recently called my friend Jim Burris from Duke Medical Center to ask a few of these questions, and the answers I got were pretty amazing. Thanks to studies of fish regeneration abilities, people in the future may, in fact, be able to regrow toes that collided with a John Deere.

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  • April 21, 2014

    Is This the Best Shed Season Ever?

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    By Scott Bestul

    Last week, my hunting buddy Alan and I spotted the antler pictured above. It appears have come from 3-1/2 year old deer that I have trail-cam pictures of but never saw in person. This one side measures roughly 55 inches, putting the buck in the mid-120s last fall. Not a giant, but not bad either. More to point, it's one of many decent sheds we've found this spring and helps support a claim I've been hearing a lot lately—that 2014 has been one of the best shed hunting seasons in recent memory.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Win New Tenkara Rod: What's the Dumbest Way You Broke a Fly Rod?

    By Kirk Deeter

    The bad news is that the flash of inspiration for this blog post happened yesterday, as I was getting ready to shove off on a trip.

    The good news is that my wife is now entered in this contest, not me.

    We've all had rods break the normal ways, like when dogs eat them, we slam them in tailgates or screen doors, or walk the tips into trees, but Mrs. D discovered a new way yesterday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Recipe: Orange Rosemary Fish with Maple Carrots

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    By David Draper

    The presentation for this dish was inspired by Texas chef Jesse Griffiths, who features a similar recipe for Baked Flounder with Parsnips and Carrots in his great cookbook, “Afield.” I love how the contrast of the white fish looks atop the bright orange of the carrots, but the dish is more than just looks. It tastes delicious as well, with the maple glaze on the carrots playing well with orange compound butter. You can use just about any firm, white-fleshed fish here such walleye and catfish that are starting off the spring bite this year. I have to admit, this dish in the photo was baked with hake I bought at the store, but hopefully I’ll have some fresh fish soon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    A Good Place to Say Good-Bye

    By David E. Petzal

    The other day at the range I was talking with a pair of fellow codgers, and one of them allowed as how he had been hit by lightning a few years ago. A thunderstorm came up suddenly and he was unaware that his right foot was in a puddle of water. He became aware when a bolt struck his right foot, went up his leg, destroying a number of veins, into his chest where it punched a hole in his heart, and out his left hand, which for some reason it spared.

    He reminded me of a barber I used to go to who was with the Second Division at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea; every day he had after that was a gift.

    “But,” he said, “my wife doesn’t want me to go hunting any more. She’s afraid I’ll have a heart attack and die in the woods.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Q&A: Bill Heavey Takes on Kevin VanDam

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    By Bill Heavey

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  • April 21, 2014

    Video: Moose Charges Snowmobilers

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    New Hampshire snowmobilers Bob and Janis Powell captured a run-in with a moose on video last Friday. The couple was riding a trail near Jackson, Maine when they encountered the moose. Moose frequently use the trails and ordinarily run away from snowmobiles. This moose turned and charged.

    Bob Powell jumped off his snowmobile and tried to keep it between himself and the moose but had to make a run for his wife’s machine. Janis fired a pistol shot into the air which seemed to dissuade the moose from further attacks. It wandered off the trail and into the woods, leaving the Powells shaken but unhurt. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Potential World Record Mako Shark Caught on Gulf Coast Beach

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    By Ben Romans

    Here’s a bit of advice to any angler who catches a potential record-breaking fish and wants to keep it hush-hush: don’t leave the fish draped out in the back of a pickup truck while making a pit stop for gas in broad daylight.

    Florida anglers Earnie and Joey Polk learned that lesson the hard way this week after they teamed up to land an incredible 11-foot long, 805-pound shortfin mako Tuesday night. They wanted to keep the catch a secret, but the shark exceeded their pickup’s bed capacity. A protruding dorsal fin and tail draped over an open tailgate attracted onlookers when the cousins stopped for fuel. A candid photograph of Joey at the pump landed on Facebook and has since gone viral. [ Read Full Post ]

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