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  • March 30, 2010

    Cermele: A Little Fishing Road Trip Quiz

    By Joe Cermele

    So there I was at about 3 p.m. today, basically lost on a winding back road near Cedartown, Georgia, when what doth magically appear? The Sportsman Hut. I swear there was nothing else around. It was like an oasis. Never being one to miss a chance to visit an unfamiliar tackle shop (and in need of directions and a drink), I pulled my rental car into the gravel lot. Walking into a small-town bar can be risky, but not a local bait shack. That's because fishing is an international language.

  • March 29, 2010

    Merwin: Thoughts on Mud Season

    By John Merwin

    The world around here this morning is “mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful,” as a very good poet once wrote. It is indeed spring, and we are in the throes of mud-season. The melt-and-thaw cycles of warmer days and overnight freezes turns our gravel roads--and my driveway--into a deep, coffee-colored goo.

    Trout season opens soon. Maybe I’ll make it and maybe not. The problem will be getting there.

  • March 24, 2010

    Cermele: Win a Date with a Cover Model

    By Joe Cermele

    One lucky reader is going to earn the chance to go fishing with one of these two cover models. At left we have the March 2010 cover of Field & Stream featuring a Sebile Magic Swimmer. On the right we have actress Alice Eve, who is on the April 2010 cover of Maxim. Both are sexy, no doubt. Question is, which one do you think I have the power to hook you up with?

  • March 23, 2010

    Cermele: Caught Up in the Swimbait Craze

    By Joe Cermele

    Last Sunday, pro bass angler Byron Velvick won the Bassmaster Elite Series Golden State Shootout on California's Clear Lake with a four-day total of 98 pounds, 6 ounces. Every fish he caught fell to a BV3D swimbait (shown below) of Velvick's design produced by lure maker Jerry Rago. "Swimbait" is a relatively new term that encompasses several types of lures. Though characteristics vary, swimbaits as a whole have started a craze.

  • March 22, 2010

    Merwin: Stocked Trout are Ignorant, Not Dumb

    By John Merwin

    Hatchery trout aren’t so much dumb as they are ignorant. That’s important because for many people the opening of trout season means trying to catch newly stocked trout. These are fish that might not eat the most artfully presented artificial nymph simply because they have no experience with the natural food it represents.

    That’s why you’ll often have better opening-day luck with a flashy streamer pattern or a Mepps spinner or even a worm. Recently stocked trout often respond very aggressively to something that moves and flashes through the water. And the scent of a worm can bring an immediate bite. But not a Light Cahill dry fly. Huh? What’s that?

  • March 19, 2010

    Cermele: Thank Goodness for Pickerel

    By Joe Cermele

    If you live in an area where your water is hard in the winter, I'm betting you can relate to what I call "tweener" fishing. For me March is that "tweener" month when things are starting to happen, but no fishery is really going off the hook just yet. It's not trout season, rumor of one or two stripers circulate on the Internet, and though the lakes may be thawed, the water is still frigid, keeping bass and crappie in their cold-season patterns. But if there is one fish I can always count on this time of year, it's chain pickerel.

  • March 17, 2010

    Cermele: Bait Shops and Boat Ramps the Smart Phone Way

    By Joe Cermele

    Not long ago, Tim Romano over at the Fly Talk Blog asked how you felt about downloading fishing applications to your iPhone. There are "apps" out there that give you real-time stream flow rates and tell you how to tie fishing knots. Of course, before you can download one of these programs to your smart phone, you have to actually own a smart phone. Love the idea or hate it, in due time these gadgets will likely replace the common cell phone. So when they do, you may as well take advantage of the useful fishing tools at your fingertips. Take, for example, the recently introduced Boat Ramp and Bait Shop applications.

  • March 16, 2010

    Cermele: Fish with 6-Pack Abs

    By Joe Cermele

    Just when you thought you'd seen everything, now we have the rainbow trout equivalent of Brock Lesnar. That's right, these fish are pure muscleheads, complete with six-pack abs and broad shoulders. This, of course, is all courtesy of science.

  • March 15, 2010

    Merwin: Stocking Up on Hand-Poured Worms

    By John Merwin

    The weekend’s snow is melting quickly, and spring, as they say, is just around the corner. So I’m looking forward to fishing soon and thinking about what tackle and lures I want to stock up on right now.

    In a nutshell: hand-poured worms. No, not nightcrawlers dumped out of a can. I mean some very special soft-plastic worms that worked so much better than anything else in my bass fishing last year.

  • March 11, 2010

    Cermele: Why I Hate Geese During Trout Season

    By Joe Cermele

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