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  • August 31, 2010

    Cermele: Fishing in the Living Room

    By Joe Cermele

    You've got three shiny new Mercedes, a couple bass boats, two lake homes and a private chopper. But naturally you get bored with these things. Hey, we've all been there, right? If you've got another six figures burning a hole in your pocket, perhaps you should consider a custom aquarium. After all, fish are apparently the new status symbol.

  • August 30, 2010

    Cermele: The Old Fake Shark Fin in the Harbor Trick

    By Joe Cermele

    Remember the epic scene in "Jaws" when the spotter boats are scrambling in a panic and rifles get drawn on two punk kids swimming with a fake shark fin? Well, I guess two real live punks took a que from the movie and set a big fake fin afloat in Somerset, Massachusetts, last week. Mildly amusing? Yes. But not so much to the fire and police crews dispatched to deal with a hunk of Styrofoam. The pranksters have eluded capture thus far. What do you think?

  • August 26, 2010

    Cermele: Fish or Animal Taxidermy. Which is Harder?

    By Joe Cermele

    Remember Tom Healy's 41.7-pound brown trout caught in Michigan last September? It held the world-record title for a full 10 months before getting beaten by an ounce this July. Anyway, the original trophy now hangs on Healy's wall, but you better believe some replicas are getting pumped out.

  • August 25, 2010

    Cermele: Getting Looney with Lure Color

    By Joe Cermele

    How often do you look at a lure and decide it needs a stripe of red marker under the gills or a touch of bright-orange Krylon on the blade? Some of the most successful anglers I know buy a lure and immediately add their own subtle color changes. But Larry LaRue makes lure color his business. A Gulf War veteran, Oregonian LaRue is somewhat of a mad scientist of color, painting known Northwest producers like Kwikfish and selling them under the moniker Looney Lures. But if you think his wild color schemes are meant to catch the angler’s eye only, think again.

  • August 24, 2010

    Cermele: Cooking Your State Record Catch

    By Joe Cermele

  • August 23, 2010

    Merwin: Righty or Lefty for Baitcasting?

    By John Merwin

    Here’s a question for you baitcasting-reel fans: right-handed or left-handed?

    Most such reels traditionally have the handle on the right side. That means a right-handed caster will make a cast and then switch the rod to the left hand so the reel can be cranked with the right hand. That sounds cumbersome, but long-time baitcasters know that it’s quick and simple once you get used to it.

  • August 17, 2010

    Cermele: The Sexiest Fly in the Bahamas

    By Joe Cermele

    Quick story. The first time I ever went bonefishing was last November on my honeymoon in Turks & Caicos. At one point during that trip, I was surrounded by 300 bonefish that would eat a piece of hot dog if I threw it at them. Fast forward to today, where I just spent nine hours looking for a repeat performance on the flats surrounding Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. Guess what? I got spoiled the first time around. Today's fish were spooky, snobby, finicky, and loved to tease. They tracked my flies all day, turning away at the last second. But all that changed when guide Rick Sawyer broke out the sexiest bonefish fly I've ever seen.

  • August 16, 2010

    Merwin: We Need Studs on Boot-Foot Waders

    By John Merwin

    The felt-versus-rubber-sole wading-gear debate continues to heat up, now having garnered more national attention via a New York Times article published yesterday. The newspaper cites “...  fly fishers who pride themselves on a conservationist ethic...” as being concerned about invasive-species transport via fabric-soled wading boots.

    First, this kind of stereotyping is really dumb. As if spin fishermen and baitcasters, who also sometimes wear felt-soled wading gear, have no conservation ethic. That’s ridiculous. Please, it’s not just fly anglers, although the fly-fishing community has certainly made the most noise on this issue.

  • August 13, 2010

    Cermele: Bare Hands and Urine, a.k.a. How Bear Grylls Shark Fishes

    By Joe Cermele

    Bear Grylls already made our news blog once this week for a camera-related injury. We're not Bear-crazy here or anything, but I just found a video clip from the new season of "Man Vs. Wild" I had to share.

  • August 12, 2010

    Cermele: I Don't Get Paddle-Board Fishing

    By Joe Cermele

    Below is a video of one Mr. Carl Schroderer hooking and fighting a striped marlin from a stand-up paddle board off Baja. Apparently, this is the first documented marlin catch from such a vessel. It seems fishing from stand-up paddle boards is the new craze slowly creeping in, particularly in the inshore saltwater scene. I have to be honest, I just don't get the appeal. 

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