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  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80

    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends.

  • March 14, 2014

    Possible World-Record Spotted Bass Caught in California

    By Ben Romans

    Keith Bryan, owner of Powell Rods, won a team bass-fishing tournament last month on New Melones Lake in California, but even more noteworthy was the fact that one of his fish could be the new world-record spotted bass.

    A story from Bassmaster says Byran’s fish originally weighed 10.48 pounds on the tournament scale—a few ounces over the current world record set in 2001. But by the time Bryan weighed the fish on an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified scale, it lost some weight and only registered 9.91 pounds.

  • January 31, 2014

    Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace Sidelined After Treestand Fall

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Cliff Pace, winner of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, won’t be able to defend his title this year due to a deer hunting injury. Pace was bowhunting near his home in Petal, Mississippi when he fell. His hand slipped as he was climbing down the treestand steps. Pace was able to land on his feet, but his left leg landed in a hole. He broke the leg in two places and tore the ACL in left knee.

    Pace called a friend to come help him out of the woods once he realized the severity of his injury.

    “The whole 45 minutes I was waiting for him to come I was thinking about [the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in] Guntersville,” he said.

  • January 9, 2014

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases $18 Billion Plan to Squash Asian Carp Threat

    By Ben Romans

    On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an outline of options to stop Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes and threatening the region’s $7 billion sport fishing industry.

    However, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Corps two-year study might be too little too late, after a string of recent DNA findings along various shorelines hint Asian carp may have already infiltrated operational barriers and made their way into the Great Lakes.

  • October 3, 2013

    Reader Photo of the Day: "Today's Catch"

    Today's Reader Photo of the Day is this largemouth from McHenry County, Illinois, submitted by Beej214660 to Catchbook, our fishing app for iPhone. According to Beej the fish weighed 10.5 pounds and was caught on a Cotton Cordell bleeding shad rattle bait.

  • July 29, 2013

    Striper Angler Sues IGFA Because He Missed Out On $1M Mustad Prize

    By Ben Romans

    Rodney Ply, seen here with his 68-pound striper, is suing the IGFA.

    Last week, Rodney Ply of Diamond City, Arkansas, filed a lawsuit against the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) over its rejection of his 68-pound striped bass.  

    Ply caught the fish on February 18, 2012 on a homemade spinnerbait, but after reviewing his submission, the IGFA denied his entry claiming the lure was a spreader bar, a lure that emulates a school of fish, which is illegal under the agency’s rules.  

    The proverbial salt in the wound is Ply pre-registered for Mustad’s Hook A Million Contest—a competition promoted by the company that offered a $1 million prize to anyone that could catch a new, certified, world record fish in one of 13 categories. Without the IGFA’s blessing, Ply couldn’t enter his catch in the contest. Ultimately, Guy Yocom’s record tuna won the jackpot.

  • June 26, 2013

    Catchbook Photo: Sam Daniels' 18.5 Pound Father's Day Catfish

    By Ben Romans

    Field & Stream's Catchbook app for the iPhone is a social-fishing tool that allows users to share photos of their catches and create instant fishing journal entries.
     
    Every now and again a Catchbook user photo stand out above the rest—like this shot from Sam Daniels of an 18.5-pound channel catfish he caught on Father’s Day.
     
    Daniels, 15, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas says it doesn’t matter if he’s looking for bass or perch to use as bait, he simply loves to fish—and it was that urge to get on the water that led him to one of the biggest catfish he’s ever caught.
     
    “We fish on a lake called Lake Dabinawa. It’s a 100-acre private water about 10 minutes outside Lawrence, Kansas. My family has a cabin there on the shore and we go up there about every weekend of the summer,” Daniels says. “It has some really good bass fishing and the biggest one I’ve caught was about six pounds, but there are bigger ones out there. I’ve heard of people catching some 10-pounders. In fact, they did a shocking survey not too long ago, and in one little area, they were able to find about 50 or 60 bass that were all 5 to 10 pounds, so I think this is one of the better fishing lakes in the state.”
     

  • June 24, 2013

    Angler Going for World Record: Most Fish Caught in 24 Hours

    By Ben Romans

    Beginning at 7 a.m. on July 5, Johnny Wilkins of La Grange, Ill., will ply the waters of the Lake View Nature Center in Oak Brook Terrace in an attempt to break the world record for most fish caught by a single angler in a 24-hour period.
     
    According to a Chicago Tribune article, Wilkins, who founded the Chicago School of Fishing and has a list of angling accolades to his credit, says he will fish from shore, using outdated equipment to promote the sport of fishing and benefit two charities: the Ronald McDonald House and Wounded Warrior Project.

  • June 13, 2013

    A Long-Lost Photo of George Perry and His World Record Bass?

    By Ben Romans

    On a June day in 1932, George W. Perry was fishing the waters of Georgia’s Montgomery Lake with friend Jack Page when he caught a legendary bass—a 22 pound, 4 ounce largemouth that has maintained an 81-year reign as the world-record. Compounding both the mythic status of the man and the fish is the fact that no definitive photo of the two together were known to exist—until now.
     
    Last week, a photo of Perry holding a large bass was emailed to Augusta Chronicle outdoor writer Bill Baab from a man claiming to be a descendant of Jack Page. It landed in Baab’s inbox with a simple message, “Happy Anniversary.”
     

  • May 29, 2013

    Debunked: Photo of Nova Scotia "World Record" Striper is a Fake

    If this photo found its way to your inbox or Facebook page, don't freak out and start sending it to everyone you know. It's a fake.

    We talked to the photographer today and found out that the angler in the shot is a graphic designer seeing how far he can take a world record striper hoax.

    Greg Myerson, breath a sigh of relief.

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