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  • May 29, 2009

    Merwin: Feel It In Your Sole

    By John Merwin

    Here’s another rubber-sole test (with apologies to The Beatles), this time of the Simms StreamTread wading-boot soles that may in the long term help to prevent the spread of invasive species.

  • May 28, 2009

    Cermele: When It's In Past The Barb

    By Joaquin Arocena

  • May 27, 2009

    Merwin: Look at Flowers, Catch More Fish

    By John Merwin

    Here’s an arcane branch of fishing lore that you don’t hear much about but which I’m sure is more prevalent than most people think. It’s called Phenology, which is simply the study of how the timing of various animal or plant life-cycle events relate to one another. Paying a little attention to this can actually help you catch a few more fish.

  • May 26, 2009

    Cermele: How Was Your Long Weekend?

    By Joe Cermele

    So it's back to work today. Yes, I too am pining for a few more days off after a most eventful Memorial Day weekend. Though you can certainly count on crowds, this weekend has always been the official kick-off of the serious fishing season for me. Case in point, former F&S Intern Rick Bach (below) came down to Jersey, as I told him Memorial Day always coughs up the first big stripers of the season. I wasn't lying. We boated bass to 41 pounds. Those fish were not around one week ago.

  • May 21, 2009

    Cermele: Best Wishes, Tred

    By Joe Cermele

  • May 20, 2009

    Merwin: Pinch a Barb For Fewer Stitches

    By John Merwin

    Using barbless hooks makes a lot of sense much of the time, but I think too many people ignore the idea. I was rigging a box of lures this morning for my older kids to take striper fishing later in the week. And I took the time to pinch down all the barbs on a variety of treble-hooked plugs. No, I am not being mean--doing so in hopes they’ll land fewer fish. I am instead thinking of them and hoping they’ll fish more safely.

  • May 19, 2009

    Cermele: Big City Hooking and Cooking

    By Joe Cermele

    Last Friday, I had the chance to fish the Manhattan Cup Tournament here in NYC. While it might seem odd to have a fishing tourney here, many people don't realize that the waters around New York are prime striped bass and bluefish habitat, and the fishing can be pretty outstanding. Click here or the photo below to check out the latest episode of "F&S Hook Shots," which we filmed that day.

  • May 18, 2009

    Merwin: Brown Trout Battle Plan

    By John Merwin

    This morning I’m fishing for advice on catching brown trout. Here’s the deal. One of my favorite bass lakes also holds a number of large browns. Right now in the cold, clear waters of early spring, the trout are cruising the shoreline drop-offs chasing baitfish. These browns are skittish and easily spooked. They are also serious fish--from 2 on up to 6 or 7 pounds and more.

  • May 14, 2009

    Cermele: Eat Your Bait

    By Joe Cermele

    With summer approaching, I got to thinking about crabbing last night. It's actually one of my favorite kinds of "fishing," though there are no fish involved. I find the tug of a big blueclaw on a hand line as exciting as a largemouth blowing up on a Jitterbug. Blueclaws make a fine summer feast, but head down to Florida and they make a fine tarpon bait, too. A bucket of live ones will cost you.

  • May 13, 2009

    Merwin: The Great Braid Debate

    By John Merwin

    There hasn’t been much discussion of braided lines--so-called superlines--around here yet, so here are a few comments for openers.

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