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  • January 30, 2009

    Merwin: Football and Knots

    By John Merwin

    It's pretty hard to avoid the Super Bowl, even though I'm not a wild-eyed sports fan. So I'll be glued to the television set this Sunday like millions of others. But I'll also have a fishing something in hand.

    The mute button on our remote gets a pretty good workout through all the commentary that surrounds the actual game. While that's going on I'll be practicing a couple of fishing knots. I've already put a spool of mono, some paperclips, and a pair of clippers on the living room table.

  • January 29, 2009

    Cermele: If It Ain't Broke...

    By Joe Cermele

    Hardy Perfect

  • January 28, 2009

    Merwin: The Fried Fish Debate

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    Crappies are arguably America's most popular gamefish, even more than bass. I love catching them, but even more love to eat them. It was on today's date a few years ago that my wife and I were catching a mess of crappies like this one down in Florida.

    We spent several evenings down there cooking fillets in various ways to see which we liked best. Beer batter was the winner. And we also talked about whether we liked eating crappies better than walleyes.

  • January 27, 2009

    Cermele: Talking Trash

    By Joe Cermele

    Dogfish Flag

    While surfing the web the other day, I stumbled across a bit of pure genius. Operating under the slogan "Looks Like Crap, Tastes Like Chicken" is a new website called What you'll find is a site dedicated to catching, cooking, and being generally unashamed of chasing species like dogfish, skate, and sea robins...a.k.a. "trash fish." They're even selling catch flags with these species emblazoned upon them.

  • January 26, 2009

    Merwin: Largemouth and Lost Limbs

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    It was pretty cold up here over the weekend, which naturally got me thinking about places I've fished where it was warm. Florida is one such, of course, where you can toss a plastic worm into some likely shoreline bass cover and come face to face with something like this gator.

  • January 23, 2009

    Merwin: The Old Bottle Trick

    By John Merwin

    Anybody else do this? Make a line-remover out of a water- bottle cap and bottle. It's fast, cheap, and you can use it to store line or throw it away as you like. Here's how.

    Photo by John Merwin


    Photo by John Merwin

    Take a common water-bottle cap and drill a centered 1/4-inch hole, within which you'll use washers and nuts to fasten a 2-inch-long by 1/4-inch-diameter bolt. The bolt shank will stick out of the top of the bottle cap.

  • January 22, 2009

    Cermele: He Said Wal-Mart, She Said Target

    By Joe Cermele

    Honest Angler

  • January 21, 2009

    Merwin: States vs. Sportsmen

    By John Merwin

    We ran a post yesterday under Field Notes about how California's governor wants to tap into state fish-and- wildlife funds to rescue his general-fund budget. This is going to be coming up more often as state budgets feel the squeeze of a tight economy.

  • January 19, 2009

    Cermele: The Quickest Way to Lose Your Rod?

    By Joe Cermele

    Camo Rods

  • January 19, 2009

    Merwin: Gulp! Gulping?

    By John Merwin

    So Berkley's Gulp! and Gulp! Alive! biodegradable and heavily scented soft baits have gotten a big marketing push from that company over the past couple of years. But I'm wondering more about what's happening among anglers.

    Are you guys using any of this stuff? If so, in what circumstances and how well does it work?

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