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  • April 24, 2012

    Catchbook Contest: Photo of the Week!

    Congratulations to Connor Brazell, who's early-season pike photo takes top prize in our weekly Catchbook Photo Contest! Connor gets a PFG Blood and Guts™ Ball Cap from Columbia, and also qualifies to win our monthly prize, a Columbia Airgill Chill™ Long Sleeve fishing shirt and his mug in the pages of our magazine. Click here to learn how you can enter this contest by. Click here for the official rules.

  • April 23, 2012

    18-Year-Old Catches 31 lb-8.4 oz CO State-Record Striper

    By Chad Love

    Is there a youth movement in state-record striped bass this year? First it was a teen in North Carolina and now word that another big striper has been caught by a peachfuzzer, this time in Colorado.

    From this story in the Denver Post:

    A Longmont High School junior caught what appears to be a state-record-breaking striped bass at McIntosh Lake on Friday evening. He reeled in a fish that tipped the scales at 31 pounds, 8.4 ounces when weighed as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer looked on. "I just got lucky," 18-year-old Isaac Sprecher said. The bass measured 41 inches long and 26 inches in diameter.

  • April 18, 2012

    One-Man Team Wins National Guard FLW College Bass Fishing Championship

    By Chad Love

    A "team" from Kansas State University has won the National Guard FLW College Bass Fishing National Championship. The KSU "team" beat out 24 other teams of anglers from colleges across the nation this week on South Carolina's Lake Murray. That's great, but why do I keep putting "team" in quotation marks? because this "team" consisted of one guy.

    From this press release on

    The National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray is a team event. Twenty-five teams from across the country competed in 20 qualifying events and five conference championship tournaments, and the top five teams from each conference competed for the title of national champion in this prestigious three-day nationally televised event... 

  • April 16, 2012

    Enter The Catchbook Photo Contest, Win Columbia Gear

    Last week we launched a new fishing app for the iPhone that automatically turns photos of fish you've caught into detailed fishing journal entries that show up on your map, then shares those entries exclusively with trusted friends. Our goal is to help you and your buddies learn more about the spots you fish. You can download the app from iTunes here.

    We want this to be a useful app for the hardcore angler. But we want it to be a source of casual fun, too. That's why any photos users post show up on the main page of the app, where everyone can see them.

    You won't be able to see the spot a fish was landed unless you're friends with the person who posted it, but it's still fun to check in and see photos of what people are catching around the country. We think it's a great way to burn a moment when you're standing in the checkout line, or stuck in the lobby at the doctor's office.

  • April 13, 2012

    231 High School Teams to Participate in Bass Fishing Competition

    By Chad Love

    If you don’t think organized, officially-sanctioned high school bass tournaments are becoming a mainstream sport just like football or basketball, then ponder this: the state of Illinois, which has long been active in promoting the sport, just announced that some 231 school's bass fishing teams from across the state will take part in the state's tournament.

    From this story in Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register:

    A growing number of Illinois high schools are participating in an annual bass fishing tournament. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 231 schools will take part in the sectional competition April 20. The top three teams from each sectional will advance to the finals May 4 and 5 at Carlyle Lake.

  • April 5, 2012

    Catchbook Fishing Reports: A Social Fishing App from the Editors of Field & Stream

    By Nate Matthews

    If you're an angler, you know that keeping a detailed journal of your time on the water is one of the best ways to up your catch rate. That's because, over time, your journal will show you patterns in when and where fish bite, and what lures and baits work best under different conditions. The more detailed your journal is, the more of these patterns you'll see. But keeping a detailed journal requires time and dedication that most anglers can't afford.

    Not anymore. Field & Stream's FREE new Catchbook app, just released on the iPhone, is designed to take all the work out of keeping a fishing journal. The app does this by taking photos of fish you've already shot with your phone and automatically converting them into detailed fishing reports that include the weather and water conditions present when those photos were taken. The app pins each report to a map, then lets you share them exclusively with trusted friends and fishing buddies. The more friends you have, the more reports you see on your map, and the easier it becomes to pattern your spots!

    Our editorial team has been working for nearly half a year on the project, and it finally launched last week. Now we're looking for feedback from the people we designed it for. You! If there are bugs, we want to know about them. If there's something you think we can improve, we want to know what that is. And if you love something we've done? We want to know that, too.

    We'll incorporate your comments into updates to the app, which we're planning to roll out regularly. You can give us your feedback by commenting on this post, or within a new "Catchbook" category in our online Answers section. And, right now, exclusively for readers of this site (and for a limited time only) if you sign up and request user "Field & Stream" as a friend within the app, we'll add 5,000 points to your F&S Online username.  

    Click here to view the app in the iTunes store, or follow the jump for more details on how Catchbook works. Thanks for checking it out! -- The Editors 

  • March 30, 2012

    Fish On the Brain?

    By Chad Love

    The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the toms are gobbling, the water's warming up and the Centers For Disease Control is reporting a dramatic uptick in cases of piscatorial brain fever, most of them terminal. It is, after all, that time of year.

  • March 27, 2012

    Another Bass Record Bites the Dust: DE Angler Lands 10-Pound Largemouth

    By Chad Love

    Hot on the heels of a new Sooner State record largemouth comes word that Deleware's largemouth bass record has fallen.

    From this story on

    When James D. Hitchens of Georgetown set out yesterday for his favorite Sussex County fishing hole, he planned to catch largemouth bass, baiting his line with a live shiner minnow. However, he didn’t expect to set a new state record with the big bass that took his bait. “I’ve never had one over eight pounds,” Hitchens said. “So I was hoping for over eight pounds.”

  • March 26, 2012

    Angler Sets New Oklahoma Largemouth Bass Record

    By Chad Love

    It looks like Oklahoma has a new state record largemouth bass, and unlike Arkansas' recent non-record, it appears that this fish was caught legally, by a person with a current fishing license, one he bought before catching the fish...

    From this story on

    A new Oklahoma state record largemouth bass was caught Friday, March 23, at Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma. The fish weighed 14 lbs. 12.3 oz. and was caught by Poteau angler Benny Williams, Jr. while on a camping trip at the 78-acre LeFlore Co. lake.

    Williams caught the bass at 11 a.m. on a ¼ oz. Striker King jig. This fish measured 26 inches in length and 22 3/8 inches in girth.

  • March 5, 2012

    Arkansas Angler Breaks State Largemouth Record by 1 Ounce

    By Chad Love


    UPDATE: This record has been invalidated. Click here for the full story.

    Arkansas' 36-year-old largemouth bass state record was recently broken, but just barely. The 16 lb., 4 oz. record, which was set in 1976, fell to a 16 lb., 5 oz. hawg pulled from Lake Dunn.

    From this story on

    Almost 36 years to the day, Arkansas's largemouth bass state record has finally been broken. On Tuesday, Paul Crowder of Forrest City set the new record on Lake Dunn near Wynne. Crowder's lunker weighed 16 pounds 5 ounces, breaking the old record by just a single ounce. Aaron Mardis of Memphis had held the state record since March 2, 1976. Mardis' 16 pound 4 ounce fish was caught on Mallard Lake near Manilla in Mississippi County.