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  • May 28, 2010

    New Hook Shots: Atlantic Salmon in Legendary Waters

    By Joe Cermele

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending three days on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. Since I began fly fishing, I vowed to one day pull an Atlantic salmon from this hallowed river where anglers like Lee Wulff honed their craft. Atlantics are hailed as the "king of all gamefish," and they are one of the first species to be seriously pursued by fly anglers in the early days of the sport. But I found out quickly that bucket list fish don't come easy. Of course, I've never been one to complain about working hard on the water.

  • May 26, 2010

    Cermele: Sushi Push Pops...Anyone?

    By Joe Cermele

  • May 25, 2010

    Retro Caption Contest Winner Announced

    By Joe Cermele

    Thanks to all of you that participated in the latest Retro Caption Contest. I'll do some more of these down the road for sure. This photo lent itself to a wide variety of caption directions. There could only be one winner, but some of my favorites included:

  • May 24, 2010

    Merwin: Study Says Most Women Don't Like Pink Fishing Gear

    By John Merwin

    Last fall, I wrote about all the pink fishing gear and clothing being marketed to female anglers. I said I thought pink gear was tasteless and idiotic, insulting to female outdoor types who might want to be taken seriously as hunters or anglers. The only exception would be the use of pink to enhance breast-cancer awareness--certainly a worthy cause--but even at that I wish a different color had been chosen.

    As usual, some agreed with me and some didn’t. Then last week I was talking with Rob Southwick, a resource economist and statistician who runs both Angler Survey and Hunter Survey to collect information on the preferences and attitudes of sportsmen and women. It turns out he had surveyed color preferences--including pink--among hunters and fishermen.

  • May 21, 2010

    Cermele: Abandoned Boats and Restoration Shortcomings

    By Joe Cermele

    One website I'm always sure to look at on a weekly basis is This site compiles the most insanely ridiculous Craig's List posts sent in by viewers and comments on them. If you've spent any time on Craig's List, you know people try to sell, trade, or barter some really off-the-wall stuff. Take, for example, this post I recently read on yousuckatcraigslist.

    Unique Sand Box for kids
    We have a really unique sandbox for the kids to play in – Free...

  • May 19, 2010

    Retro Caption Contest: The Fish Mobile

    By Joe Cermele

    A few months ago I posted a caption contest with a vintage photo from an old issue of Field & Stream. Several of you commented and emailed that you really dug the old-school photos, so here's another contest. This photo is from an ad for the Corvair Greenbriar van in a 1963 issue of F&S. I cut out all the text so as not to give you any ideas. Let's see what you can come up with for this one.

  • May 18, 2010

    Cermele: Resorting to Desperate Measures on the Water

    By Joe Cermele

    Picutred below are my two wire-line trolling outfits. I own just these two, and the massive bunker spoons attached to each are the only bunker spoons I have. This is because pulling these heavy hunks of metal on 200 feet of wire at 2 miles per hour for striped bass is about as fun for me as a root canal. But the fact remains that they catch big bass, and if I've absolutely exhausted every possibility for hooking them on live bait, dead bait, flies, or lures, I will break down and pull wire. Striper fishing, of course, is not the only game where desperate-measure tactics apply.

  • May 17, 2010

    Merwin: Defining a Perfect Day of Fishing

    By John Merwin

    What makes a perfect day of fishing? I had one such day over the weekend as my wife and I worked a rough-and-tumble, pocket-water river in the Adirondacks of northern New York.

  • May 13, 2010

    Cermele: 30 Fish in 30 Hours to Fight Asian Carp

    By Joe Cermele

    If you are an angler and pay a little bit of attention to the news, you must have the Asian carp issue somewhere on your radar. This invasive species is on the verge of busting through the Chicago canal and running rampant in the Great Lakes. This would be a very, very bad thing. There is no shortage of support groups rallying to close the canal locks, cutting off carp access to Lake Michigan. But Tony Hansen of Michigan Out-Of-Doors Magazine is taking a different approach to raise awareness about the impact the carp would have on Great Lakes anglers. To educate the masses on the abundant fishery in the lakes, he and a partner will fish 30 hours straight in an attempt to catch 30 different species of fish.

  • May 12, 2010

    Cermele: How Dialed In are Your Electronics?

    By Joe Cermele

    I can remember being really mesmerized many years ago on a party boat where the captain could point out different species on his sonar based on the size if mark created by the wave hitting their swim bladders. He was dead on, too. We'd have a mess of bluefish under the boat, the suddenly he'd say, "Ut, oh. The guys are about to get covered up with dogfish" or "There's a small blue shark down there." This was pretty old technology, but fishfinders have come a long way in recent years and have gotten so accurate that I think they are borderline scary.

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