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  • February 27, 2009

    Merwin: That's Such A Drag

    By John Merwin

    Sometimes I have the happy occasion of testing a bunch of different baitcasting reels, which includes testing the drags. The last time I did this, things got a little crazy. 

  • February 26, 2009

    Cermele: Immune to Big Cat Fever

    By Joe Cermele

  • February 25, 2009

    Merwin: What Gets Your Smallies Going?

    By John Merwin

    Crooked Creek is one of those legendary smallmouth-bass rivers in the northern Arkansas Ozarks. A couple of years ago, Bob Perino and I had the pleasure of floating and fishing here with local expert "Crazy" Mike Neher. The river has lots of fishy-looking holes like this one, where Neher is briefly holding the jonboat on a log so Perino can fish. 

  • February 24, 2009

    Cermele: Hollywood's Greatest Fishing Scenes

    By Joe Cermele

    Mr. Petzal over at the Gun Nut blog is a huge fan of western movies and posts about them frequently. I thought maybe it was time to look at fishing in films and figure out the best of the best. Granted, "fishing" is hardly a movie genre, but it pops up enough to warrant a list of top scenes. Here are my picks. Unfortunately, while YouTube has videos of babies dancing to "Thriller" on top of Mount Everest, they did not have clips of all these scenes.

    Jaws - "Put your gloves on": Hands down the best fishing scene ever. Quint yanks on that old Fenwick and cranks the giant Penn Senator, then when they lose the fish, he tells Hooper that no marlin or stingray could have "bit through that piano wire."

  • February 23, 2009

    Merwin: Splice of Choice

    By John Merwin

    So here's a question I was wondering about last night. For those of you using superlines (e.g., braids or FireLine), how are you splicing those lines to a nylon mono or fluorocarbon leader?

  • February 20, 2009

    Merwin: Deep Snow and Happy Trout

    By John Merwin

    I take some solace from the fact that this morning's snowfall will eventually become part of next summer's trout stream. That's how I consoled myself while clearing the driveway so my wife could get to work. It is still snowing hard as I write this, 15 degrees, and with a harsh wind.

  • February 19, 2009

    Cermele: Fish Eat Weird Stuff

    By Joe Cermele

  • February 18, 2009

    Merwin: Do You Own Some Best-Sellers?

    By John Merwin

    My old pal Rob Southwick has just released his annual compilation of best-selling fishing brands as determined by his Angler Survey.

    Based on more than 20,000 survey responses during 2008, here are the brands and items that were the top sellers in their respective categories last year. Check the list to see if you were following the herd in 2008, or were you a more independent-minded consumer?

  • February 17, 2009

    Cermele: Creeped Out On The Water

    By Joe Cermele

  • February 17, 2009

    Limerick Contest Winner

    By Online Editors

    Jim Pettit isn’t from Buffalo, or Fargo, or some other cold, snowy region of the country where residents might be inspired to write a limerick that would win them a free swordfishing vacation in the Florida Keys.
    He’s not even from Nantucket.

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