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  • December 31, 2012

    A New Year's Resolution: Fish More

    By John Merwin

    So here we are on the last day of 2012, traditionally a day for looking backward and then looking ahead. The backward part is easier.

  • December 27, 2012

    Learn to Spey Cast and Steal Your Buddy's Fish

    By Joe Cermele

    Try as I might, I have not yet managed to master spey casting. And it drives me crazy because I know, at least in certain situations, the benefits are tremendous and you can catch a lot more fish. Every time I give up in frustration, I find another reason to start practicing again. In the video below, guide Tom Larimer explains benefit 452 of spey casting. I'll call it long distance mugging.

  • December 26, 2012

    Santa Leave Anything Fishy Under Your Tree?

    By Joe Cermele

    I'd be remiss if I didn't run my usual post-Christmas follow up for anglers, so here it goes...

  • December 20, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Raymac Revolving Minnow

    By Joe Cermele

    Today's vintage tackle contest entry comes from Patrick Rohlfsen, who didn't specify where he got this lure, but says he has a whole "box of them." Patrick, as your about to find out per Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, if you truly have a whole box of these old-school metals in this condition, you're about to be a very happy man.

  • December 18, 2012

    Why You Shouldn't Tell an AK Wildlife Trooper You Caught a Chupacabra

    By Joe Cermele

    Here's a funny (or not so funny, depending on how you look at it) story posted on the website of The Alaska Dispatch. Alaskan fishing guides are required by law to submit logbooks to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game every year so their catches can be tracked. Matthew Terry, an Alabama resident who guides on the Kasilof River during the summer, decided to spice up his catch report a bit noting that besides loads of salmon, he also boated a bluefin tuna, "jack" beluga whale, a blue whale, and last but not least, a chupacabra (below). Mildly amusing, right? Yeah, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers didn't think so. Question is, did Terry make a boo-boo really worthy of punishment, or do Alaska Wildlife Troopers just have zero sense of humor?

  • December 17, 2012

    Getting Ready for Winter: What's on Your Fishing To-Do List?

    By John Merwin

    Every year about this time, I have the same problem. First, our area fishing has pretty much shut down for the winter. I never got much into ice-fishing, so that’s it until next spring. Instead, my fishing thoughts turn inward to all the things I might accomplish over the winter. 

  • December 14, 2012

    The Blood, Sweat, and Blood Involved In Putting a Camera on a Shark's Head

    By Joe Cermele

    Do you ever watch TV shows like "Planet Earth" or "Blue Planet" and just scratch your head wondering, how the heck did they get that shot? Well, however they got it, it probably took a while to perfect, case in point, the "critter cam" shot. Critter cam is when you see from the perspective of an animal, and the only way to achieve it is by literally strapping a camera to a critter's back or head. In the video below, marine biologist Greg Marshall re-tells the story of the first time a crew from National Geographic attempted to rig a critter cam...on a live shark. And it ain't pretty. Next time you see this shot on TV, remember that bloody was shed perfecting it. Have a great weekend.

  • December 13, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Jiffy Ice Auger

    By Joe Cermele

    In two years of running the vintage tackle contest, we've yet to see something with an engine entered as a contender. That changed just this week when Paul Gedgaudas sent in this old-time gas auger. Given that it's getting pretty close to hardwater season, and given that resident tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog is a northern Midwest native, I figured he'd get a kick out of this one.

    Dr. Todd says:

    "At some point, all items of fishing tackle become collectable -- even power augers. As a lad growing up in Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, I always envied the power drill guys -- and the most popular brand of power augers were manufactured by Feldman Engineering of Plymouth, Wisconsin. Sold under the "Jiffy" name beginning in 1951, it was invented by Marvin Feldman, a fireman who loved to ice fish but (like me) hated the hand-twist auger and ice spud method of cutting holes in the frozen lake. 

  • December 12, 2012

    Taking A Seat to Catch Trout

    By John Merwin

    Some of my best trout fishing has always been done sitting down. That’s mostly because I try to watch a piece of water for a while before actually starting to fish. I can often do that as well sitting instead of standing. For that same reason, many of my favorite trout pools have a flat rock somewhere along the shoreline that invites sitting, relaxing, and watching attentively.

    I have at times shared such places with others. There are fond memories of sitting on a bench along Pennsylvania’s fabled Letort Spring Run, watching and waiting for trout to rise. They were Charlie Fox’s benches, which he built behind his house for trout watching. Back in the 1970s, he’d sometimes see me there and come out to sit along side, visiting while all the while watching for fish.

  • December 10, 2012

    Hook Shots Season Finale: Sticking It To Hurricane Sandy

    By Joe Cermele

    The plan prior to October 29th was to wrap up the "Hook Shots" season with a little redfishing in South Carolina, followed by fall striper action in Jersey. Hurricane Sandy changed all of that. The day after the storm, I started shooting snippets of video, and two months later ended up capturing the chaos in my home state, the coming together of anglers in the storm's wakes, and ultimately the long road to getting back on the water to reclaim the season Sandy tried to take away. This was a painful episode to put together, but at the same time one of the the most uplifting I've ever done. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you all tuning in to "Hook Shots." It's been a fun season with a trying end, but "Hook Shots" will be back in early 2013, and I can't wait to see what kind of trouble I get into next year. Thanks again for watching!

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