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  • April 30, 2009

    Cermele: My Two Favorite Knuckleheads

    By Joe Cermele

    Though very short-lived on U.S. television, the British comdey show "Trigger Happy TV" was always a favorite of mine. It's sort of a "Candid Camera" concept, where the film crew shoots the actors doing whacky things in public to get the reactions of passersby. Check out the clip below. I think you'll enjoy it, because although it's ultmately a spoof, the acting portrays very real characteristics of fishermen.

  • April 29, 2009

    Merwin: Cold Water Spring Bass Lures

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    After posting the other day about fishing and not catching, I thought I should redeem myself with a little fish porn. Here’s a nice largemouth--I guess around 6 or 7 pounds--that I took with a deeply fished soft-plastic swimbait on a very cold day. Our northern bass are still pre-spawn right now, and there are still frost warnings in the evening weather forecasts.

  • April 28, 2009

    Cermele: Do You Really Know Your Home Waters?

    By Joe Cermele

    I've just returned from a trip that had me following the Delaware River from its branches in New York to the tide line at Trenton, NJ, in five straight days. The goal was to catch a different species at each location. I nailed it except for the muskie...which, for the record, are the toughest fish in the river to catch.

  • April 27, 2009

    Merwin: Brooklyn Fishing Report

    By John Merwin

    So the great Brooklyn, New York, bass-fishing expedition was a bust in some ways, a success in some other ways. Prospect Park Lake is simply gorgeous and very fishy looking with lots of shoreline cover. We didn’t see so much as a swirl, however, nor did any of the many other people fishing catch anything as we watched. The best part was that I was able to give some bass tips to my youngest city-dwelling son, while watching my wife showing his girlfriend how to use a spinning rod.

  • April 24, 2009

    Merwin: Odd Fishing Spots

    By John Merwin

    A bass grows in Brooklyn, to paraphrase an old book title. Or so I hear. I’ve just packed a little tackle for a weekend trip to New York City. There, in the heart of Brooklyn, is Prospect Park Lake. It’s a 43-acre pond that New York biologists say has one of the highest densities of largemouths per acre in the state.

  • April 23, 2009

    Cermele: Fried Chicken = Official Fishing Food

    By Joe Cermele

    Yesterday, I had the pleasure of floating the upper Delaware River with F&S Senior Editor Colin Kearns and guide Gary Henderson from the West Branch Angler. The fishing was pretty good, with as much dry fly action as we could hope for on a cloudy, windy, chilly day. But what I could not have hoped to be better was Henderson's lunch of choice for a day on the river. Before putting in the float boat, he swung by the local grocery store and picked up a nasty, delicious, dirty, mouth-watering bag of extra-greasy fried chicken.

  • April 22, 2009

    Alive Lure: Gimmick or Not?

    By John Merwin

    Here’s one of the most unusual lures to cross my desk in a long time. 

    The Bee model “Alive Lure” is a battery-operated surface plug that vibrates every few seconds as it sits in the water. The vibration makes its flat, plastic “wings” send ripples across the water like a helpless insect. Fish will, as the maker says, “catch the buzz.”

    It weighs about three-quarters of an ounce, and is 2.75 inches long. 

  • April 21, 2009

    Cermele: Have Camera, Will Shoot Fishing Videos

    By Joe Cermele

    Here's the scoop. I have been authorized by the powers that be to shoot a fishing show of my own styling for our website, dubbed "Field & Stream Hook Shots." Now, my own styling means loud music and antics, though my ultimate goal with this project is to bring you insider fishing info, tips, tricks, and a generally good way to waste time at work. Wherever I fish this season that I think would interest you guys, the camera comes along. I figure, if you'll watch Hank Parker for 30 minutes on Sunday, maybe you'll watch your old buddy Joe for 10.

  • April 20, 2009

    Merwin: The Science of Rod Busting

    By John Merwin

    We were talking the other day here about breaking fishing rods, which reminds of some testing I once did to see how much force is required to actually snap a rod. I took 7 brand-new medium-weight, one-piece casting and spinning rods and rigged each one in a fixture that held the rod rigidly by its grip at about 45 degrees above horizontal. Then I ran some parachute cord through the guides and tied it off to the reelseat.

  • April 17, 2009

    Merwin: Broken Rods and High-Sticking

    By John Merwin

    So I broke yet another rod yesterday when I got distracted somehow and our spring-loaded screen door slammed shut on the rod tip. Pretty stupid. I can get the rod tip replaced okay, so that’s not too big a deal, but breaking a fishing rod is always a little traumatic. It got me thinking of other breaks at other times.

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