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  • May 21, 2012

    Protect Your Skin: How to Use Sunscreen and Keep it Off Your Lures

    By John Merwin

    “If you get any of that stuff on your lure, you won’t get another bite,” said Florida guide Terry Shaughnessy as he watched me slather on some sunscreen. And I think he’s right. Fish dislike the sunscreen smell. But sunscreen is pretty much essential protection while fishing. So there’s a conundrum for you.

    Happily, I’ve found some ways to use sun-protection goop without screwing up the fishing at the same time. Some sunscreen products come in applicator containers that allow use without getting the stuff on your palms and fingers. That in turn means you won’t be contaminating your lures or flies when changing or handling them.

  • March 30, 2011

    What Do You Do When a Mako Jumps in Your Boat?

    By Joe Cermele

    According to this story from the Associated Press, the 375-pound mako shark hanging next to fisherman Jason Kresse of Freeport, Texas, didn't require a lot of angling prowess to catch. No, it actually just jumped into his boat while he and his crew were tossing fish guts from their red snapper catch over the side. Now this is not the first time a mako has shot skyward and ended up flopping on a deck. Question is, what would you do if it happened to you?

    Option 1: Get as far away from the shark as possible and let it thrash itself to death on the deck.

    Option 2: Find the closest long, heavy, blunt object and swing away at the fish's head.

    Option 3: Jump on its back like a gator wrestler and sever its spine right behind the head with a knife.

  • February 17, 2011

    Surprise! You're Swimming in a Blood Cloud with a Huge Shark

    By Joe Cermele

    Pretend you're a pro photographer filming a marlin's release from underwater. You've done this many times and everything is going smoothly. Then, out of nowhere, a monster mako shark shoots up from below you and tears up the marlin. Blood starts clouding the area. Do you a) freeze up, b) swim away, or c) keep shooting? Well, this happened to Australian photographer Al McGlashan, and he went with choice C. It was gutsy, but he scored some amazing and rare shots. Check out the video below and then click here to see a gallery of the still photos Al was taking and get an even better idea of what was going through his head when old snaggle-tooth showed up. By the way, this is a U.S. exclusive, so you saw it here first. If it had been me in this situation, there would have been more than fish blood in the water.

  • August 13, 2010

    Cermele: Bare Hands and Urine, a.k.a. How Bear Grylls Shark Fishes

    By Joe Cermele

    Bear Grylls already made our news blog once this week for a camera-related injury. We're not Bear-crazy here or anything, but I just found a video clip from the new season of "Man Vs. Wild" I had to share.

  • January 14, 2010

    Cermele: Brutal Shark Attack "Tweeted" in Real Time

    By Joe Cermele

    Not too long ago, Mr. Merwin posted a blog about the boom in on-line social media, particularly the micro-blogging site Twitter, and how it relates to anglers. John is not a "tweeter," and (at the moment) neither am I, though I have been sucked into the black hole that is Facebook. Twitter basically allows you to track what your friends are doing 24-7, and that can range from drinking a beer on the couch to watching a man get ripped apart by a great white.

  • January 7, 2010

    Cermele: Raw Eyeballs and Life-Saving Lures

    By Joe Cermele

    In an attempt to drum up excitement over the new season of "Man Vs. Wild," the Discovery Channel just threw a few teaser clips up on Youtube. In the one below, host Bear Grylls, who is stuck on a Pacific Island, eats the eyeballs out of a triggerfish. According to old Bear, the eyes are full of fluid that can thwart dehydration. That may be true, but I still don't think I could ever eat a fish eye. But what I have thought about is what lures I'd want to have on me if I ever got stranded in the woods or on an island.

  • October 30, 2009

    Merwin: Avoid Hypothermia With a Mustang Survival Jacket

    By John Merwin

    Staying alive. Personal safety is high on my fall fishing list. The water temperature this morning on one of the big lakes I often fish is 51 degrees. Normally dressed, if I fall out of the boat there’s a good chance of death by hypothermia.

  • May 21, 2009

    Cermele: Best Wishes, Tred

    By Joe Cermele

  • April 16, 2009

    Cermele: Are Marlin The Most Dangerous Fish?

    By Joe Cermele

    We've talked a lot in the past about the dangers of shark fishing. While lots of people have close calls boating threshers and makos, you don't often hear stories that result in hospitalization or bloodshed. I'd say that's because while sharks may have a mouth full of teeth, those teeth don't extend four feet out in front of their heads.

  • March 3, 2009

    Cermele: Common Sense On The Water

    By Joe Cermele

    When I was about 11 years old my family had a big boat at the beach. On the next dock over there was a smaller boat, about 25 feet long, and one day they went out on a trip to the canyon and never returned. The weather had turned on them, and all the Coast Guard ever found were the fuel bladders they had strapped to the bow, floating 80 miles out.

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