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  • August 31, 2009

    Merwin: What's Your Fall Fishing Game Plan?

    By John Merwin

    Tomorrow is September 1, and a good thing, too. After the summer doldrums, we’re getting back into a prime fishing interval just about everywhere.

    There will be wonderful blue-winged olive hatches on local trout rivers where brown and brook trout are chowing down before late-fall spawning. Equinoctial line storms will stir the lakes, where bass, pickerel, and pike will feed more aggressively as waters begin to cool. Along the coast, striped bass are stirring, and I’m reminded of past fall blitzes when schools of stripers were feeding so hard they were bumping into the side of my boat. Just dapping a lure over the side almost guaranteed a fish.

  • August 28, 2009

    Merwin: Avoid Hang-Ups in Shallow Streams

    By John Merwin

    Here’s one for the ultralight-spinning folks. Specifically, how to cast midget spinning lures into areas of very shallow water without getting stuck on the bottom.

    The problem typically occurs in the low waters of late-summer or early-autumn trout or smallmouth-bass streams, where long and shallow clear pools are interspersed with short riffles.

  • August 27, 2009

    Cermele: Fish That Save The Day

    By Joe Cermele

    This Tuesday I caught a bunch of false albacore on the fly. They were boiling all around the boat. Ten of them would follow a hooked fish. Backing was stripped and knuckles nearly busted. Sounds great right? Of course it was, but the trip target was bluefin tuna. Let's just say that bite left a bit to be desired. Rather than pound sand over it, I found a day-saver in the albies. Day-savers, in truth, have made for some of my most memorable trips.

  • August 26, 2009

    Merwin: Online vs. Print Magazines

    By John Merwin

    So how do you take your Field & Stream -- on-line only or also in print? I get the feeling that the majority of readers here are not also subscribers to the print edition. On-line is free and the print edition is not, so perhaps that’s why. But still, a year’s print subscription only costs a measly 10 bucks. I think if you’re not also a print subscriber, you’re short-changing yourself. Here’s why.

  • August 25, 2009

    Cermele: Fishermen Should Watch More Nature Shows

    By Joe Cermele

    I don’t really watch that much TV, but I do love a good nature show. Outdoor shows are great, but they can’t teach you the same things about a fish or animal as can the high-speed cameras and dedicated research of the fellas on the National Geographic and Discovery channels. I've learned more about the way trout feed and how tuna coral bait from nature documentaries than I ever have from a fishing show. These shows can even make your bait seem more interesting. If you don’t believe me, watch the BBC video below.

    I know it’s not a video about fish, exactly, but c’mon, that’s pretty wild.

    I once saw a documentary about ...

  • August 24, 2009

    Merwin: Better Split-Rings for Bigger Fish

    By John Merwin

    Let’s get back to some hard-core fishing. As some here know full well, there are lots of little things in fishing that mean a great deal--sharp hooks, good knots, and--yes--split rings. These are the little double coils of wire that hold the hooks on many lures. The following doesn’t happen too often, but it can happen. You hook an unusually big or strong fish, the split ring pulls apart, the fish gets away, and the air turns blue with words you never heard in Sunday school.

  • August 21, 2009

    Cermele: Flying Carp & Broken Jaws

    By Joe Cermele

    In the past I've said that marlin and mako sharks are, in my opinion, the two most dangerous fish you can chase. Or at least the most likely to cause you bodily harm during the fight or once in the boat. Now I'm not so sure. Asian carp may be a contender.

    In this photo (which you can click on to see more), Chris Brackett of Brackett Outdoors in Mapleton, Illinois, assesses the damage inflicted to his fiance Jodi Barnes after a carp jumped and caught her in the face during a bowfishing trip. Turns out the sucker broke ...

  • August 19, 2009

    Merwin: Bare Bones Taxidermy

    By John Merwin

    As fish mounts go, these are definitely unusual and maybe even a little gruesome. A small Florida company called Helter Skeletons produces full-skeleton mounts of various gamefishes that are some of the most eye-catching things I’ve seen in years. The largemouth-bass skeleton shown here is one example. Can you imagine something like this rising from the lily pads?

  • August 18, 2009

    Cermele: A Rod With Bite

    By Joe Cermele

    Okay. In recent weeks we’ve seen posts here on the Honest Angler dealing with Barbie rods and camo rods. Why not bring up genuine rattlesnake rods from Arm Breaker Custom rods? Check out the slide show below. 

  • August 17, 2009

    Merwin: The Barbie Rod Challenge

    By John Merwin

    So are you ready for the Barbie Challenge? Barbie rods and related cartoon-character spincast outfits for little kids are sold by the hundreds of thousands every year. You can get one at your local chain-discount store for about 10 bucks. Everybody knows about these things and experienced anglers usually regard them as a bad joke. But have you ever actually fished with one?

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