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  • September 30, 2009

    Merwin: Does Bioline (Biodegradeable Fishing Line) Measure Up?

    By John Merwin

    So how about the new biodegradable fishing lines and flyfishing-tippet materials? A little-known company called Bioline has for the past few years been marketing a corn-based polymer fishing line that is clear and that the company claims will biodegrade naturally within 5 years. This in contrast to common nylon monofilament that can persist in nature for as long as 600 years.

  • September 28, 2009

    Merwin: Marabou Streamers for Fall Steelhead

    By John Merwin

    October is looming, and that brings thoughts of steelhead. River tributaries of both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are within striking distance, and fall-run steelhead are even now starting to trickle in from the big lakes. The fishing will improve through October and into November.

  • September 25, 2009

    Merwin: The Call of the Surf

    By John Merwin

    The call of the surf. That is partly why I’m on Cape Cod today, and before heading home tomorrow I want to try and explain just a bit of why surfcasting has such a magical appeal.

    Standing at the ocean’s edge, a fisherman seems infinitely small compared to the vastness of the water. It’s an odd feeling and makes trout rivers and bass lakes seem cozy by comparison. I have often felt oddly idiotic standing at the edge of the sea, wondering where in that huge expanse I might cast.

  • September 24, 2009

    Cermele: Does Anyone Care About Rock Bass?

    By Joe Cermele

    Not long ago I was wading a local river for smallmouth and mixed in with the day's catch were a bunch of chunky rock bass (a.k.a. redeye, goggle-eye and rock perch). I've been catching these fish since I was old enough to cast and enjoy them very much. If you ask me, they fight a hell of a lot harder than crappies and bluegills, and they might just be prettier. So I wonder, does anyone else target or care about them?

  • September 23, 2009

    Merwin: Live From Cape Cod

    By John Merwin

    Still reporting live this week from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where we’re on vacation and fishing for stripers between platters of fried clams. The weather has been outstanding; highs in the 70s, bright sun, and just a little breeze. As it turned out, that breeze was key to yesterday’s fishing.

  • September 22, 2009

    New Hook Shots: Giant Blue Marlin

    By Joe Cermele

    Without question, a large part of what makes fishing so appealing is the chance for the unexpected. Well, this Sunday, something incredibly unexpected happened...and my camera was rolling. Chad Love, who many of you know from our Field Notes blog, flew out from Oklahoma for a shot at his dream fish: tuna. He never caught one, but instead ended up boating a near 600-pound blue marlin, which in my opinion trumps any tuna in the ocean.

  • September 21, 2009

    Merwin: Gearing Up for the Striper Surf

    By John Merwin

    So I’m posting live this morning from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where my wife and I are vacationing. No, we did not hit the surf for stripers at dawn this morning. We are presently at the Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans scarfing down fresh fruit pastries and coffee. Stripers are iffy. The bakery is a sure thing.

  • September 18, 2009

    Merwin: Preparing for the Cape

    By John Merwin

    So Mrs. Merwin and I are headed for Cape Cod in the morning, an annual fall vacation on which we generally follow the migratory route of the fried clam. We will also of course be looking for stripers like this one that ate one of my homemade plugs down there a few years back.

  • September 17, 2009

    Cermele: Do You Keep A Fishing Log?

    By Joe Cermele

    While rummaging through a box of old books not long ago, I found a marble notebook that served as my fishing log. It was from 2003, and the first 10 pages had 5 trips logged, all with meticulous info ranging from water temperature, to wind, tide, hatches, and air temperature. The rest of the notebook was blank.

    You would think that since I'm a writer, I'd stick with a fishing log, but I guess on trip number 6 I came home dead tired and just said "eh, I'll skip it tonight." I never went back to it. But without question, I'd be a far better angler if I had kept it up.

  • September 16, 2009

    Merwin: The Price of "Green" Fishing

    By John Merwin

    Why should going “green” cost more money? Or to put it another way, when we as individual sportsman want to do something good for the environment in terms of the gear we use, why should we have to pay a financial premium to do so?

    This is a question brought up by a reader here, Wags, who was addressing the cost of rubber-soled wading boots versus felt. Rubber soles (with studs) are somewhat more expensive than felt, but better for the environment because felt soles tend to transport invasive species. The question, however, involves far more than wading boots.

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