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  • October 30, 2009

    Merwin: Avoid Hypothermia With a Mustang Survival Jacket

    By John Merwin

    Staying alive. Personal safety is high on my fall fishing list. The water temperature this morning on one of the big lakes I often fish is 51 degrees. Normally dressed, if I fall out of the boat there’s a good chance of death by hypothermia.

  • October 28, 2009

    Merwin: Do Pro Bass Tournaments Promote the Sport of Fishing?

    By John Merwin

    That’s a tough question, and some of the answers I’ve gotten over the years might surprise you.

    There’s no question that all the media buzz around pro-bass anglers and their tournaments has made them hugely visible. Put really big bucks into a fishing contest, and the television cameras will roll. But is it the fish that count? Or is it the money?

  • October 27, 2009

    Cermele: Fish Cannibalism and Half A Great White

    By Joe Cermele

    I clearly remember my first taste of cannibalism in the fish world. I was maybe 7 and reeling in a small bluefish when all of a sudden a bluefish five times the size of the one on my hook pounced on my catch and severed my line. This happens all the time. Big pike eat little pike. Giant brown trout eat little browns. So how big is a great white shark that cuts a 10-foot great white in half in two bites?

  • October 26, 2009

    Merwin: Fishing in the Danger Zone

    By John Merwin

    While surfcasting in Rhode Island over the weekend, I stopped for a look at an old favorite spot where I no longer fish—off the aptly named Hazard Avenue in Narragansett. (As in “Hi, Neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett!” for those with a memory for old beers.) These rock ledges (pictured) are algae-covered and slicker than oil on ice.

  • October 23, 2009

    Merwin: On Favorite Fishing Knives

    By John Merwin

    Let’s talk fishing knives. Everybody has at least one; many will have several. And it’s a sure bet these knives are as varied as fishermen themselves.

    The idea for this topic came up last Wednesday, when I posted about the list of things I needed to bring on board my boat. One reader suggested a serious rescue-style knife to be carried on one’s person at all times. A good idea. The Spyderco Atlantic Salt shown here is one such--the heavy duty serrated blade will cut through ropes and lines quickly anytime a tangle means imminent disaster. One-hand opening is a plus.

  • October 22, 2009

    Cermele: Can This Bag Save Dunked Electronics?

    By Joe Cermele

    Just yesterday, Merwin posted a blog on essential items you should never forget to bring out on a boat. I might have a new essential item if the Bheestie Bags I received the other day do what they're supposed to.

  • October 21, 2009

    New "Hook Shots:" Colorado Trout Marathon

    By Joe Cermele

    Some of you who read Kirk Deeter and Tim Romano's Fly Talk blog may have picked up that I paid them a visit in their home state of Colorado a couple weeks ago. A trip to beat up some rivers with these guys was long overdue. As often happens on a "Hook Shots" quest, the wind follows me. This trip was no different, but we persevered, had a blast, caught some fish, and even got chased by a moose.

  • October 21, 2009

    Merwin: Help Me Pack My Boat

    By John Merwin

    It’s a little warmer today, so I’ll have the boat out on a local lake testing some gear and trying to catch a few late-season bass. First, though, I’m checking a list, printed in large type and pinned up just inside the kitchen door where I can’t miss it. Call it a reminder list for a forgetful fisherman.

  • October 19, 2009

    Merwin: Trolling Motor Runs By GPS

    By John Merwin

    The most impressive--and useful--new fishing product I’ve seen for the coming year is a GPS-based trolling-motor control system from the folks at Minn Kota. A small navigation unit in the bow-mount motor head combined with a hand-held remote will automatically operate the motor so you can “hover” in place, for example, or precisely follow a pre-recorded track as you fish.

  • October 16, 2009

    Merwin: Free Bonefish Trip, Anyone?

    By John Merwin

    Chances are it’s already getting colder where you are, so here’s a warming thought: a free bonefishing trip to Andros Island in the Bahamas.

    Fishing-lodge operator Deneki Outdoors is holding a drawing for a week’s fishing for one angler at their lodge on south Andros anytime between November 2009 and December 2010. All you have to do is sign up for the company’s e-mail newsletter here. The entry deadline is November 11, when the winner will be announced.

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