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  • April 15, 2014

    Otter Fishing Tradition May Be Coming to an End in Bangladesh

    By David Draper

    In the past few months we’ve heard of otters eating alligators and terrorizing customers at a fast food restaurant, tarnishing the furry mammal’s cute and cuddly reputation. But not all otters are vicious creatures out for blood. Some, like the endangered short-haired otters, have been helping fishermen in Bangladesh catch fish for centuries.

    Otter fishing is a centuries-old tradition in Bangladesh; a rare technique that is passed on from father to son.

    “We use them because they catch more fish that we can alone,” Shashudhar Biswas, a fisherman in his 50s whose family has trained otters for generations, told Time.

  • April 14, 2014

    Angler Loses Pike to Snapping Turtle

    By The Editors

    We've seen plenty of anglers getting robbed by muskies, sharks, and even eagles. But this is a new one. The fisherman in this video lost his fish to a snapping turtle that bit the pike's tail near the water's surface.

    What would you have done in this situation?

  • April 11, 2014

    Video: Huge Muskie Strikes at Close Range

    By The Editors

    This is what every muskie fisherman dreams of: a huge fish following the bait to the boat and then striking at close range. You have to give credit to the angler for keeping his composure and enticing the fish to strike with a figure 8.

    Happy weekend everybody!

  • April 11, 2014

    Video: Man Falls Overboard Releasing Shark

    By The Editors

    It’s finally Friday, which means we’ve been scouring the web to find something to kick-start your weekend.

    This video was uploaded to YouTube a few years ago, but some things never get old. The angler unhooks the thresher shark, picks it up, and goes overboard during the release.

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Awesome Shark Fishing Highlight Reel

    By The Editors

    Fishing Editor Joe Cermele has blogged about and fished with the crew from Team Rebel and now this highlight reel video is making it's way around the web.

  • April 8, 2014

    Mississippi Man Catches State Record Amberjack

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Don Wheeler was fishing with an old friend from high school in the Gulf of Mexico near Biloxi on March 22 when he landed a 126-pound amberjack, beating the current Mississippi saltwater state record by just more than a pound.
     
    Wheeler told Gulflive.com he had just changed bait to an 8-pound Spanish mackerel when he hooked the fish in 200 feet of water, and then fought the fish for 30 minutes before bringing it into the boat.
     
    “Basically, I was holding on to the rod because the fish was putting a tremendous strain on my arms, back and legs. Amberjacks tend to pull like a donkey and I did my best to hold on. But my adrenaline was too high to quit,” Wheeler said.

  • April 2, 2014

    Video: Kayaker vs Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Jason Downs was working a hooked grouper from his kayak when a bull shark broke the water’s surface next to his kayak and stole the fish.

    He was fishing off Florida’s Navarre Beach and managed to film the incident. He said the fact the shark stole the grouper made him more angry than scared.
     
    “To be honest, my first reaction was anger,” Downs explained in an email to GrindTV Outdoor. “The reason I muted the video after the shark took my grouper was not because I was cussing out of fear; it was because I was cussing at the shark for taking my grouper!

  • April 1, 2014

    Lawsuit Filed Against Mining Exploration on Montana's Smith River

    By Sarah Grigg

    In the same week that some anglers received coveted lottery permits to float Montana's iconic Smith River—a bucket list experience for many trout anglers—environmental groups filed a lawsuit to prevent mining exploration near its headwaters.

  • 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 26, 2014

    Video: Sea Lions Use Boat as Cover from Killer Whales

    By Ben Romans

    A family fishing near Prince George, British Columbia got a close look at killer whales in action when sea lions swam alongside their boat, using it as cover to escape the orcas, Global News reports.
     
    This short clip filmed by Travis Twizell shows at least four sea lions swimming in the wake of the boat and directly under the hull while five orcas make arching dives and take positions around the boat’s perimeter, preparing to attack.
     
    “It was a little nerve-wracking. We were not sure if the sea lions were going to jump into the boat, because the killer whales followed them over,” Twizell told Global News. “You could see the three big whales backed off, and the two small orcas started to hit against it and take it down. You could tell at that point it was a total hunting training exercise for those babies.”

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