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  • October 31, 2011

    Because Nothing Says "Happy Halloween" Like a Zombie Fighting a Shark

    By Joe Cermele

    Granted, this video doesn't teach you much about fishing, but it does teach you that tiger sharks are no match for zombies. And that, my friends, could be useful information for the pending zombie apocalypse (which has oddly popped up in another recent blog of mine). This piece of exquisite cinema comes from the great Italian horror flick, "Zombies." By the way, to the best of my reckoning that's a real tiger shark. Have a happy Halloween, and have fun out there tonight.

  • October 28, 2011

    Fish Tasting Radioactive Lately? This Plate Can Help

    By Joe Cermele

    Just in time for the holidays, German designer Nils Ferber has unveiled a dinner plate that tells you how much radiation is present in your fish. So if you're just not sure what to buy that special someone who wants to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse or WWIII, no need to thank me. Kidding aside, Ferber crafted the plate with people living in close proximity to the Fukushima disaster in mind. That's a very here-and-now reason to own one, but according to this story on U.K. Daily Mail, Ferber believes his invention will "become an indispensable tool of survival in the future."

  • October 27, 2011

    Vintage Tackle Contest: The Jim Bo

    By Joe Cermele

    Swim baits are quickly becoming one of the most popular lure styles around, and though major advances have only recently been made in this lure category, predecessors go way back. Take the Jim Bo pictured below. This photo was sent in by Steve Plock, and you can bet this bait was sticking big bass long before the multi-jointed, kickin' tail, sexy-paint-job wearing swim baits of today. Steve wrote:

    I found this a while back in my dad's old tackle box and thought the 3-cent stamp might be worth something, so I put it away for safe keeping. I'm not sure when he got this lure because I can't read the post mark on the box. I have never used the lure, knowing I would get it hung up or snagged on something and lose it. So I'm hoping you can tell me which is worth more, the lure or the stamp?

  • October 26, 2011

    A Letter from My Wife to the Folks at Berkley

    By Joe Cermele

    I am writing to praise you as my heroes and express my sincere gratitude for your new Mini Line Spooler (below, $5), which showed up at our house the other day. Even though I know Joe can spool a reel by himself, he insists it works better when someone helps. So for years now I have been my husband’s spooler. He often springs this task on me late at night while prepping for an early morning fishing trip. Just as I get snuggled up in front of the TV he comes in and says, “Will you help me put line on this reel? It will only take a minute." My hands came to dread this request.

  • October 25, 2011

    Despite Pockets of Abundance, Bass Numbers Are Down, 2012 Rules May Change

    By John Merwin

    There’s good news and bad news on the striped-bass front these days. Both the good and the bad will almost certainly be hotly argued as usual when the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meets November 8th in Boston to consider changes in striper-fishing rules for 2012.

    First, the good news. Young Of The Year surveys of juvenile stripers in Chesapeake Bay were announced last week to show spawning success at near-record levels in 2011. Most stripers appearing along the Northeast coast in spring, summer, and fall come from the Chesapeake, mixing with smaller numbers from other spawning areas such as the Hudson and Delaware rivers. This year, apparently, environmental conditions such as water levels and temperatures were ideal for spawning. So in 4 or 5 years, I and millions of others should start catching fish from the big 2011 year class of striped bass.

  • October 24, 2011

    New World-Record Striper Officially Confirmed

    By Joe Cermele

    In August, Connecticut angler Greg Myerson (below) brought a striped bass to the scale of a Westbrook tackle shop that pinned the needle at 81.8 pounds. It trumped the weight of the all-tackle world record set by Albert McReynolds in 1982 by more than two pounds. Of course, no record is legit until it's legit with the IGFA. Last Wednesday, the organization signed off on this record, and Myerson can now officially say he has landed what was easily one of the most coveted all-tackle records in saltwater fishing. So how does Albert McReynolds, who rode the record-fame train for almost 30 years, feel about it? 

  • October 21, 2011

    Fish Farts: One More Reason You Might Not Be Catching Anything

    By Joe Cermele

    It's official. According to this story from the Huffington Post, scientists have confirmed that fish fart to communicate warning signlas to each other when they feel danger is near. The story is about herring and the super high-pitched bombs they blow, the frequency of which can only be picked up by other herring (and sometimes whales, which stinks for both the whales and the herring I guess). There have been no fart studies on gamefish yet, but have you ever rolled up to a hunk of structure in a bass boat, suddenly seen lots of bubbles, then caught nothing? You might have gotten fart busted. On a related note, do you think big carp and catfish would have worse farts then, say, a brook trout? I do. Have a good weekend.

  • October 20, 2011

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Air-Light Reel (Plus, New Prizes from Cabela's)

    By Joe Cermele

    The Air-Light pictured below is definitely one of the more odd-ball reels submitted in our vintage tackle contest. Bob Brown sent in the photo, explaining simply that he found this gem in his grandfather's garage and that it was made in Nebraska. It's a design I'd never seen before, so I was really curious to find out what vintage tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog would have to say about it.

  • October 19, 2011

    Just Fight the Fish. Leave Your Cell Phone Alone

    By Joe Cermele

    Aquapac watertight case for your iPhone, $30. Cost of replacing dunked iPhone, $100-$200. Video of your buddy dunking his iPhone because he wants to take a picture of himself fighting a fish, priceless. I've felt this pain too many times. It's funnier, though, when it happens to someone else. Special thanks to Camp Walker of Catalyst Charters in Florida for letting me use the video. And to the guy on the casting platform, I feel for you, bro.

  • October 18, 2011

    How to Choose a Fishing Guide Based on the Condition of His Truck

    By Joe Cermele

    Last July, while backing my float boat into the river at a tight ramp, I made the mistake of focusing only on my side-view mirrors and not watching my front end. Next thing I know, there's a nice little paint scrape on the bumper thanks to a tree stump (below). It's one of those truck wounds that's not so bad I feel the need to dump buckets of money to fix it, and it's not so terrible that it bothers me every day. But over the weekend a buddy of mine saw it and said, "wow, you should really take better care of your truck." I probably should. At the same time, I look at a truck as another tool that is going to get somewhat messed up if you're using it properly. Take the trucks of fishing guides, for example.

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