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  • August 31, 2011

    New Hook Shots: The Great Alaskan Silver Rush

    By Joe Cermele

    So after nine days of traversing coastal Alaska, here's what I learned: There's nothing easy about salmon shark fishing, it is possible to catch so many silver salmon your arms turn to Jell-O, and good rain gear might just be the most important item in an angler's arsenal. There is no such thing as a guarantee in fishing, but regardless of some "liquid sunshine," the beauty of Alaska is always guaranteed to impress.

  • August 30, 2011

    I Like My Sushi Dancing Off The Plate

    By Joe Cermele

    What happens when you kill a squid for sushi purposes, then douse the tentacles with soy sauce just before consumption? The sodium in the sauce activates the muscles in the squid and the sucker dances right off your plate. Who's hungry?

    On a side note, if you injected soy sauce into a fresh-dead squid and sent it to the bottom of the ocean for fluke or drifted it back to tuna, would you get the same effect? Food for thought.

  • August 30, 2011

    Fish Hook Removal Kit Winner Announced

    By Joe Cermele

    Almost two weeks ago I asked you to tell me your best (or worst) getting hooked story. There were many entries, which did everything from make me wince, to make me laugh, to nearly make me vomit. As I've always found that a large portion of hooked stories become things to laugh about later, and laughter is often the best medicine (aside from Dr. Fishhook's Hook Removal Kit, below), in the end I had to choose a winner that spun a little humor into an event that's never humorous right at the time. 

  • August 26, 2011

    Now That's a Homemade Muskie Lure

    By Joe Cermele

    I've always enjoyed dabbling in homemade tackle, lures especially, but there is a big difference between "making" a lure and "engineering" a lure. Check out the clip below from  "Treasure Hunter's Roadshow."

  • August 25, 2011

    The Tale of the Twice-Hooked Smallmouth

    By Joe Cermele

    From time to time, reader emails end up in my inbox, most often telling me about epic trips or memorable catches. I always try to respond to them all, but last week I got one from reader Bill Mitchell that I thought was blog-worthy. While floating the Shenandoah River recently, Mitchell's stepson Barry connected with a decent smallmouth. During the fight, the knot joining his line and leader failed, causing him to lose the bass. So the fellas rerigged and kept on floating. According to Mitchell, over an hour later and about a mile and half down river, Barry hooks the same smallmouth (below), complete with lost lure and leader hanging out of its mouth.

  • August 25, 2011

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Shakespeare Sportcast

    By Joe Cermele

    You never know what you'll find at a garage sale. Andy Telepak stopped at one on his lunch break not long ago and picked up the old Shakespeare Sportcast reel in the photo below for $2. Then Andy entered it our ongoing vintage tackle contest. Did his two-dollar investment pay off? Let's find out.

  • August 24, 2011

    Weekly Pool Test: Salmo Zipper

    By Joe Cermele

    Here's a lure both the hard-water and open water fanatics will dig. New from Salmo is the Zipper, a small, rattling hardbait that was originally intended strictly as an ice jig. But then some of the Salmo folks started pitching it in thawed lakes and catching some serious smallmouths and walleyes. It's a tough little bugger, constructed of Salmo's unique hardened foam. I'm pretty excited about this one, as I'm already a big Salmo fan and like a good lure that's got great action while mimicking very small forage.

  • August 22, 2011

    Slim, Powerful High-Tech Rod: Sage's New "One"

    By John Merwin

    The oysters were Rockefellered. The crab was caked. The shrimp were sautéed to perfection. That's how it was last week at the fly-fishing trade show in New Orleans, a city famous for seafood. In between bites, though, one of the coolest new things I saw was the "One" rod from Sage. Click here for Kirk Deeter's take on the "One" on the Fly Talk blog.

    This company has been making high-end, high-performance fly rods for a long time. I've known Sage rod designer Jerry Siem, at least casually, for just about as long. So this year I quizzed him pretty closely on just why the world needs another $700 fly rod.

  • August 19, 2011

    Win a Handy Hook Removal Kit by Telling Gross Stories

    By Joe Cermele

    I've posted blogs in the past about removing a hook buried past the barb from your person by using fishing line. Most anglers are well aware of the technique. However, every time I've had to remove a hook from myself or someone else on the water, it's a scramble. Finding line to yank the hook out is easy enough, but not many people that fish on foot carry antiseptic ointment, bandages, or rubber gloves in case things get messy. But don't worry, Dr. Fishhook can help.

  • August 18, 2011

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Bass Bombs (Plus, New Prizes from Cabela's!)

    By Joe Cermele

    Here's a fitting winner in our ongoing vintage tackle contest given that it appears a new world-record striped bass was recently caught. The photo of these Bass Bombs was sent in by Robert Woods, and as an avid surfcaster I really enjoy old lures designed to entice cows in the waves. Robert wrote:

    Here are a couple of Bass Bombs made in Dighton, MA, from 1949 to 1955. The hook slides off and can be fished from both ends to change the action of the plug. These two were found at a yard sale in Dighton where I live. I've yet to find another one of them or find out much about them.

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