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  • January 29, 2010

    Winter Doldrums Redfish Slide Show

    By Tim Romano

    Its been a while since I've had a reason to shoot a ton of photographs in regards to fishing.  Last week I had a reason. Three days of fishing New Orleans, LA, for bull redfish with friends Gregg Arnold, Malcolm Robertson, Travis and "Bear" Holeman, and of course Deeter.

  • January 29, 2010

    Chad Love: Book Your Trips Before 2029

    By Chad Love

    Did you know an asteroid almost hit the Earth on Jan 13? I didn't, either. Not to worry, though. According to this story on Wired.com the asteroid probably wasn't large enough to create any sort of Deep Impact-type carnage.
     
    The rock, between 30 and 50 feet across, was not in danger of striking the planet and probably would have burned up in the atmosphere before hitting Earth’s surface, if it had headed our way. The asteroid, dubbed 2010 AL30 was first spotted and announced Monday. It is the closest encounter Earth will have with any known object until 2024.
     

  • January 29, 2010

    Merwin: Are Some Electronics Unfair to Fish?

    By John Merwin

    Two major brands of marine-electronic devices are at each other’s throats this week as Humminbird (Johnson Outdoors) filed a federal lawsuit against Lowrance (Navico) alleging patent infringement. At issue is a patent--granted to Humminbird this week--regarding Humminbird’s side-imaging sonar.

  • January 28, 2010

    Trout Unlimited Names New CEO

    By Kirk Deeter

    Trout Unlimited has named Chris Wood, currently TU's chief operating officer, to fill the chief executive officer's position held by Charles Gauvin since 1991.  Wood will take over February 1.

    Since Gauvin took the helm of TU at the age of 34, the organization's development has been nothing short of extraordinary.  According to a TU press announcement, back then,

    "TU’s budget was $2.5 million and it had approximately 50,000 members. There was just one staff person who worked on conservation issues.

  • January 28, 2010

    Cermele: Art Projects for Anglers

    By Joe Cermele

    If you live in an area where winter generally means slow fishing, there's a good chance you assuage your cabin fever by dreaming up plans for next season. Some may be as simple as new lures you intend to try. Others might be as complex as new rigging styles you think will work on your home waters. You may even try building a boat. By this time of year, I've got a laundry list of schemes ready for spring, but some of them aren't exactly tactical.

  • January 27, 2010

    Merwin: Want a Boat? Build Your Own

    By John Merwin

    Speaking of winter projects, have you ever considered building your own boat? I thought about that for a long time, researching boat plans on the Internet and measuring my basement door to see if what I might build would fit through it.

    My wife was terrified, wondering if some huge project would linger for years unfinished. Then I got lucky and found the home-made skiff shown here. The guy who made it in his garage soon decided he wanted a bigger boat. So I was able to buy this boat very inexpensively (partly because the resale value of owner-built boats is typically very low).

  • January 26, 2010

    Florida's Cold Weather Fish Kill

    By Tim Romano

    Unless you were living in a hermetically sealed and heated bubble the past couple of weeks (or reside in Hawaii) you probably experienced some of the coldest temperatures in a long time. Most of the country was under a deep freeze for days or even weeks on end.

    Unfortunately for many gamefish in Florida, the ruthless cold was a brutal killer. Freezing temperatures were recorded along the coast from the central and southern part of the state for multiple nights in a row. Apparently this is not a good thing for saltwater gamefish that are used to much warmer waters. Many fish died from the extreme cold.

  • January 26, 2010

    Retro Caption Contest: The Trophy Dolphin

    By Joe Cermele

    Sorry to riff off the Fly Talk blog, but I came across this photo and it was too good to pass up. If I'm not mistaken, it originally ran in a 1912 issue of Field & Stream. And yes, that's a big old porpoise (a.k.a. "Flipper" if you want to make it cute), hanging on a Naples, Florida, dock like a marlin or tuna. Oh my, how things have changed.

  • January 26, 2010

    World-Record-Size Pacu Found Dead In Florida

    By Dave Hurteau

    Florida’s recent record cold snap claimed countless numbers of fish last week, and among the belly-up corpses bobbing near beaches and boat docks was a 38-inch, 52-pound, world-record-size pacu. The current IGFA all-tackle record is 44 pounds.

  • January 25, 2010

    Chad Love: The Invasive Species Cookbook?

    By Chad Love

     
    It seems, at least judging by most of the responses to last week's blog, that most guys take the "hey, if they're here might as well hunt them" attitude to invasive species.
     
    Then I saw this story and decided to take the question one step further. What invasive species would you consider turning into table fare?
     
    From the story:
     
    The chef who tried to get us to eat the nutria turns his attention to the invasive carp. Will people buy it?