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  • February 24, 2010

    Cermele: What Would We Do If Fish Were Really This Smart?

    By Joe Cermele

    Note: The fact that this video is set to "Push It To The Limit," the theme from "Scarface," makes it that much better - JC

  • February 23, 2010

    Cermele: Bittersweet Fishing Achievements

    By Joe Cermele

    Pictured below is a 30-inch muskie caught this past Saturday by friend and guide Dieter Scheel. We were taking a gamble that the local walleyes would be on the feed, so we put on our thermals and hit the water. The walleyes, however, were nowhere to be found. But after only 20 minutes of jigging a known wintering hole, Dieter hooked what we  thought was the state-record 'eye when it first flashed. Wrong.  This muskie ate a small olive-green crayfish jig. Go figure.

  • February 22, 2010

    Merwin: A Brighter Future for a Few Less Orvis Sales

    By John Merwin

    This is an unabashed plug for the Orvis flyfishing catalog. And no, I am not on the Orvis payroll and I have no involvement with their advertising. What’s important here is the catalog space that Orvis devotes to conservation causes instead of product sales, which is very unusual.

  • February 19, 2010

    Cermele: Your Worst Fishing Habits

    By Joe Cermele

    In fishing there are rules that apply to all species in all bodies of water. Know what's behind you before you cast. Never reel against the drag. Keep constant pressure on the fish. We seem to have no problem following most of these fishing commandments, but there are also many that slip through the cracks more often than not. They are the rules that should absolutely become habit, yet they are overlooked in the heat of the moment. Here are the three no-brainer rules that I disobey most.

  • February 17, 2010

    Cermele: A Current Portrait of the Angling Public

    By Joe Cermele

    Yesterday I received an interesting tidbit from the PR firm that represents If you're unfamiliar with this website, it's a search engine that lets you pose questions instead of just search terms, i.e. "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" The site is pretty popular and widely used, so it was cool to get an inside look at the top ten fishing questions asked in the last 30 days. I think the info paints a neat little picture of anglers at large.

    Top Fishing Questions Asked on
    1. How do you tie the best fishing knots?
    2. When is the best time to go fishing?

  • February 16, 2010

    Cermele: Fate and a 212-Pound Sturgeon

    By Joe Cermele

    Last Saturday marked the opening of the sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. To kick things off, Green Bay resident Ron Grishaber speared and pulled a 212-pound specimen up through the ice. Not only does the fish break the 188-pound lake rod-and-reel record, but the 195-pound Winnebago spear record set in 1979. Of course this is an impressive catch, but what I find most interesting about it is the age of the sturgeon.

    According to this story on the Los Angeles Times Blog, the sturgeon has been a legal-size fish since 1918, which is the same year the U.S. entered World War I.

  • February 15, 2010

    Merwin: What's The Big Deal About Lead Sinker Bans?

    By John Merwin

    A recent proposal in Washington state to ban certain lead fishing weights has brought a surprising flurry of opposition. Surprising to me, anyway. I live and fish in a state (Vermont) where lead sinkers of 0.5-ounce and lighter are banned. This seems like no big deal. And I’m not sure why it’s so controversial.

  • February 12, 2010

    Cermele: RIP Captain Phil Harris

    By Joe Cermele

  • February 11, 2010

    New (And Improved) "Hook Shots"

    By Joe Cermele

    In the last episode of "Hook Shots" before Christmas, I told you I'd be rolling out the new season just after the New Year. You didn't think I was going to wait until spring did you? Just last week, I put up with a snot-dripping nose, numb hands, and ice-block feet for steelhead in Pulaski, New York. The pay-off couldn't have been better. There are also some changes I've made to the series starting with this episode I'd like to fill you in on.

  • February 9, 2010

    Cermele: Are Local Fishing Forums Helpful or Hype?

    By Joe Cermele

    As another big winter storm bears down on the Mid-Atlantic, I'm sitting here thinking about all the little things anglers do to stay sane when you just can't get out. If you're a fishing forum reader like I am, you'll notice a giant boost in nostalgic "this one day back in October" posts. Misery loves company, even if that company is digitally connected. There are countless local fishing forums on the web that cater to almost every nook and cranny of the country. Question is, do you think they're worth a lick?

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