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  • August 30, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Meadow Mouse Spook

    By Joe Cermele

    Ah, mouse lures. They're super effective and really fun to use, because any fish willing to make a move on a helpless, swimming rodent has got to be worth catching. This particular mouse was entered into our vintage tackle contest by Josh Wiedel, who bought it at an auction. Lucky for Josh, Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog knows his mice.

  • August 29, 2012

    Why You Don't Always Need the Latest and Greatest Rod & Reel

    By Joe Cermele

    Do you have any rods or reels kicking around the garage that you just don't use anymore because they're old or just no longer top of the line? I do. There is one corner where I've stacked the rods that have been retired because I've picked up newer, lighter, stronger sticks. I have reels I don't use anymore because they were all I could afford at the time, and now I don't trust the drags. The same thing happens with bowhunters. A bow that took plenty of deer in 1995 is suddenly old hat because the manufacturers convince you the latest, lightest, fastest model is best. The video below, however, might make you think differently. These bloke's from Australia have recreated a circa-1920 big game adventure using gear from that era. Barring what sounds like the reel unseating momentarily, they fight a marlin as efficiently as you would with new stuff. The beginning is mildly hokey, but it's definitely worth watching. A nod to Doc Larson over at the Fishing for History Blog for this find. 

  • August 28, 2012

    An Open Letter to the Guy that Smashed into my Guide's Trailer

    By Joe Cermele

    Dear Sir,

    I was having a really enjoyable morning last Saturday bass fishing on Table Rock Lake with my new friend and tourney angler Drew Simon. Good conversation. Nice weather. But slow fishing. So around noon Drew suggests we hitch up the boat and head to Branson to float some eggs for big trout. I was pretty jazzed up for the switch. Of course, we never got there, because you rammed Drew's trailer so hard while we were on the water, it dented in his fender to the point that the tire wouldn't spin. We figured this out quickly from the loud screeching and smoke when Drew threw the truck in reverse.

  • August 27, 2012

    Berkley Introduces Non-Lead Gulp! JiggHeads

    by John Merwin

    The long-simmering controversy of potentially banning lead in fishing gear hasn’t made many headlines lately. But it’s not going away, either. There are already a few states that have banned lead sinkers below a certain size (usually meaning smaller sinkers). I live and fish in one of them.

    I think because various angling-related lead issues have been simmering rather than boiling, many major tackle manufacturers have been slow to embrace non-lead substitutes. That in turn makes Berkley’s new non-lead Gulp! JiggHeads big news indeed. The new Minnow JiggHead, one of three styles, is shown in the above photo.

  • August 24, 2012

    A Snowboard that Shreds the Slopes and Catches Trout

    By Joe Cermele

    Where are all my snowboarders at? I mean, I'm not one of them or anything, but I guess my love of punk music gives me an appreciation of the extreme sports. I've written about fishing inspired skateboards from Santa Cruz before. Graphically the boards were awesome, but they had no fishing function. The same cannot be said of the custom snowboard built in the video below. 

  • August 23, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: DAM Wobbler

    By Joe Cermele

    This week in our vintage tackle contest we have an import from across the big pond. Many anglers may have heard of the company DAM, but other than their reels, the brand never quite took hold in the states. In Europe, DAM is bigger than Wonder Bread. This lure was submitted by Jim Macormic, who found the mint-condition gem in his grandfather's old tackle box. Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog has more on the German beauty. 

  • August 22, 2012

    Muskie Clamps Onto Angler's Foot, Screaming Ensues

    By Joe Cermele

    You know, every muskie outing I've been on required hours upon hours of casting heavy lures and cranking spinners that fought harder than muskies. Then you finally get a follow and the fish turns off as if to say, "nice try, but that's not really a baitfish." Apparently, I'm trying too hard. All you have to do, per video below, is dangle your piggies in the water and muskies latch right on. 

  • August 21, 2012

    Where The Locals Hang: Lundeen's Tackle Castle

    By Joe Cermele

    Have you ever walked into a bait shop and instantly gotten the vibe that the place is more than a spot to buy some minnows? It feels nostalgic and iconic. If feels like a historical landmark. That's the impression I got last week when I walked into Lundeen's Tackle Castle on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. It had the vintage smell of an antique shop or a flea market, and I'd bet that the ghosts of the long-gone walleye and muskie anglers that bellied up to that counter to buy leeches or ice jigs over the years still linger around. It's the kind of place where the locals go, leaving the other hundred area shops glutted with the latest and greatest gear to the tourists.

  • August 20, 2012

    Is Buying US-Made Fishing Gear Worth The Dent in Your Wallet?

    By John Merwin

    Very often when I write about various fishing tackle items, some readers comment that they wish the item in question were made in the U.S. They’d be much happier buying a domestic-made product. They’d like to support American jobs in the tackle industry. So this morning I’ll give you a chance to put your money where your mouth is.

    American-made fishing tackle is far from dead. To be sure, giant, global-tackle brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, Rapala, and more depend, for the most part, on overseas (usually Asian) factories. But look around a bit, and you’ll find plenty of quality gear that’s made here at home--hook, line and sinker. Here are a few examples.

    Fishing lures are the toughest, but there are still notable examples. One is Dardevle spoons (pictured here). Michigan’s Eppinger Manufacturing is in its third generation of family ownership and still stamping out spoons by the millions every year. Want to support American-made? Buy more Dardevles.

  • August 16, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Borgen Weedless Casting Spoon

    By Joe Cermele

    This week's winner in our vintage tackle contest was submitted by Garrett Wood. Garrett acquired this spring-loaded spoon from a friend's dad who was looking to get rid of some old gear. Garrett writes that, "as soon as I saw this thing I was intimidated. This beast of a lure is pretty gnarly looking and acting in the water." But does it have a pretty gnarly price tag? Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog has the score.

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