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  • February 25, 2014

    Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Uses Dead Sailfish As Fashion Accessory

    By Joe Cermele

    I have not gotten a chance to look at the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in print or online, so I can't take credit for this find. Dave Ferrell, the editor of sister publication Marlin Magazine did, however, get a chance to scope out SI's swimsuit coverage, and he wasn't too happy with what he found. Though I'm sure he was more interested in the articles than the photos, if you chase billfish and are hip to the issues surrounding billfish conservation, you too might not be keen on seeing a dead sailfish worn like a scarf. 

  • January 22, 2014

    Now That, My Friends, Is A Serious Cobia

    By Joe Cermele

    I've caught some nice cobia in my time, but I never thought I'd see a photo of a 172-pounder. Knowing just how hard a 30-pounder fights, and how insanely they thrash once they're on board, I couldn't imagine what it would have been like to fight this beast.

    Unfortunately, we'll never know, because this cobe was taken by a spearfisherman off the coast of Brazil. Of course, the story is still pretty impressive. Per the article on the website of the Bradenton Herald, Marcelo Mello Lobato and Cyrus Bravin had to shoot the cobia 3 times to finally sudbue the monster. The first shot, Lobato says, didn't even register with the fish. It just kept swimming as if it had been bitten by a gnat. It wasn't until Bravin swam closer that the battle began. 

  • December 6, 2013

    GoPro Captures Angry Mako Chowing Down On Dredge Teaser

    By Joe Cermele

    Have you ever heard of a TrollPro? It's an underwater housing for a GoPro that is specifically designed to let you troll the camera behind your boat. I got one last spring, and no less than 6 times this summer I rigged it up and dropped it in various tuna spreads while trolling offshore. You know what I've captured so far? About 3 hours of skirts, cedar plugs, and rigged ballyhoos swimming by their lonesome. Not once not ever has a fish come in on the lure the camera was filming. I wish like crazy the mako footage below was something I shot. Guess I'll just have to keep trying. Have a great weekend.

  • November 15, 2013

    Slap On. Slap Off. The Shark Slapper

    By Joe Cermele

    Tip of the day: Tiger shark getting a little too close for comfort? Give him a good old fashioned slap in the face. He'll get the hint. Hang tough, and have a great weekend.

  • November 8, 2013

    Pull The Trigger, Catch The Fish

    By Joe Cermele

    When you're deep-dropping for swordfish in 3,000 feet of water, you can still look cool using an electric reel. It's acceptable. When you're casting to crappies off the municipal dock at the park lake, you're just the weirdo with the pronton pack attached to his spinning reel. Have a great weekend, and don't wear those arms out too much.

  • November 6, 2013

    New Hook Shots: Running Of The South Carolina Bulls

    By Joe Cermele

    When it comes to inshore saltwater fish, my first love will always be striped bass. But if you asked me if I thought my beloved stripers were the hardest inshore fighters, I'd say not by a long shot. In the brute strength department, I am always in awe of redfish, whether they weigh 3 pounds or 40. "Hook Shots" regular Captain Eric Kerber had never caught a red, and therefore wasn't quite sure he believed my claim of a redfish out-fighting a striper. So I threw him on a plane to South Carolina to prove it. We not only bent some rods on some bulls, but we got to play with light tackle and fly rods—or what our host, Captain Tommy Scarborough, refers to as "buggy whips"— in the backcountry. If you're a redfish freak like me, I highly recommend a visit to Georgetown, SC. Lots of fish and not a lot of pressure. Enjoy the show.

  • October 29, 2013

    Marlin Jumps In Boat. Man Jumps Out.

    By Joe Cermele

    I've never been on a offshore boat when a mako shark, wahoo, or marlin launched itself into the cockpit during the fight. But it definitely happens, and there are enough Youtube videos out there to prove it. The one below is the latest edition of "Marlin Leaps Into Boat Theater," and it demonstrates what may not be a terrible response to a hot billfish thrashing around on the deck. Stay and risk getting speared? Cower in the corner? Get the heck off the boat? Which would you pick?

  • October 22, 2013

    Tiger Shark Breaks Rod: Why Is This News?

    By Joe Cermele

    It must have been a slow news day in St. Petersburg, FL, last week, because Bay News 9 ran with a story about an angler snapping his rod in half while fighting a 9-foot tiger shark. The battle of man vs. beast was captured in the video below. According to the dude fighting the shark, the rod that was snapped cost him $1,000 dollars. Now, I'm a guy pretty plugged into the tackle world, and I've yet to come across a rod (other than custom bamboo fly rods) that cost a grand. If on the off-chance that stick really was worth that much, you might think he'd have fought such a big fish with a bit more, um, form.

  • September 3, 2013

    Can You Use Bug Spray In Place of Starter Fluid? Nope

    By Joe Cermele

    When your outboard is acting up, don't try this. Although—as the gentlemen in the video point out—bug spray is flammable, "redneck ether" will not get the motor back up and running.

  • June 27, 2013

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Miñano Big Game Lure

    By Joe Cermele

    It's just about mid-summer, and along many coasts throughout the country, that means it's tuna and marlin season. How fitting is it then that this week we have our first big-game lure in the vintage tackle contest (and a cool one at that)? This Miñano trolling lure belongs to Jame Marcheselli, who got it from an old friend that fished in "the Far East." To be honest, there was very little info on this lure, but I got the impression from the email it wasn't made in the U.S. I kinda worried it would stump Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, but he found some more info on this wicked skirted troller, which appears to have a real baitfish cast into the head.

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