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  • April 18, 2014

    Yet Another Use For Asian Carp

    By Joe Cermele

    Do you smell what the carp is cooking? Have a fresh, clean weekend.

  • April 16, 2014

    Snap Goes The Rod A Whole Bunch Of Times

    By Joe Cermele

    Remember that rod warranty card you didn't feel like filling out? Let the misery of the people in this video remind you why you might want to do that. Rod breaking is much funnier when it's not happening to you. And that's coming from a guy who has broken a rod in every way showcased here.

  • April 15, 2014

    Commercial Ice Fishing The Baltic Circa 1933

    By Joe Cermele

    You think you're beat after a long day of lugging flashers and gas augers around only to catch three perch? Try hacking it with these guys on the Baltic Sea circa 1933. I know I couldn't. Pretty cool old footage, though.

  • April 14, 2014

    How To Learn From Those Rare Days When It Seems Bass Will Hit Anything

    By Dave Wolak

    In the video below, you’ll see a man catch a big ’ol bass on a hot dog chunk and a Barbie rod. It sort of proves the point that no matter how technical and complex we make bass fishing, there are those scenarios where it seems bass will eat anything that hits the water. During those rare opportunities to catch loads of big bass in short order, the average guy is simply going to try to catch as many as possible until the window closes. But when I’m treated to an all out frenzy of fish, I use it as a learning tool that helps me greatly on those more common slow days.

  • April 11, 2014

    Wendy's Vs. Burger King: "Super Official" Fish Taste Test

    By Joe Cermele

    In case you ever thought about lowering your standards enough to eat the mystery patties that Burger King and Wendy's call fish, thanks to this guy who goes by Daym, you'll know which one has a better ground fin to ground gills ratio. I don't want to give away the outcome of this "super official" taste test, but to quote my man Daym, "Wendy's all stuck all up in my throat!" Have a great weekend.

  • April 10, 2014

    Holiday Spirit: Fly Patterns With Easter Grass

    By Joe Cermele

    Back in January, I posted a news story about Sister Carol Anne Corely, who is a long-time fly tier and trout fisherman. She also teaches the kids at St. John's School in Arkansas how to spin up bugs. In that article, it said one of her signature patterns is the Resurrection Fly, which incorporates Easter grass. The other day I was at the drug store and noticed the, um, entire aisle devoted to this colorful shredded plastic. Taking a cue from Sister Carol Anne, I decided to see what I could come up with at the vise. I figured for $.89 a bag, it was worth a shot, and if it was any good, I'd have a big enough supply with just two bags to last until the Rapture. Here are the five patterns born of this madness.

    Ol' Dirty Grasstard: Easter grass, I learned, is much more durable than Mylar or Flashabou. With that in mind, I figure this fly will withstand multiple pike chomps before retirement. The grass is pretty kinky out of the bag, but if you give the strands a stretch, they limp right up and should breathe nicely.

  • April 9, 2014

    Carp Tip: Get That Fly Muddy

    By Joe Cermele

    If you're still one of those anglers that think carp of dumb oafs swimming across the bottom sucking up any morsel they find, I promise you're way off. Being a huge fan of flyfishing for carp, I'm always looking for any tip that takes the frustration out of constantly getting foiled by these picky fish. I picked up a great one shooting the latest Hook Shots episode. Turns out a little pond mud goes a long way.

  • April 8, 2014

    The Foam Is Home To Epic Dry Fly Eats

    By Joe Cermele

    This cutthroat, hooked by my buddy and fellow blogger Tim Romano last week on Montana's Blackfoot River did not, as you can see, cooperate for a quick mug shot. But the fish isn't what's important in the photo. Take a look at the thick layer of foam behind the cutty. The trout was one of dozens dimpling through this big swath of clean, rich, frothy goodness we stumbled upon late in the day. While there is no such thing as a bad dry fly eat, I have always found that finding trout and catching them when they're sipping in the suds is a special treat that can be more challenging and rewarding than targeting rising fish in clear water. 

  • April 7, 2014

    How Many Times Have You Caught The Same Bass In The Same Spot?

    By Dave Wolak

    I was in Jackson Hole, WY, not long ago and ended up having a long conversation with guide who fishes the Snake River. He’s a really busy guy in the spring, and knowing that he fishes the same stretches day in and day out, I asked if his clients ever catch the same trout multiple times a week. It didn't take him long to answer, "Yup, I could even call my client's shots every once in a while," he said. I can't even count the number of times I've caught the same bass, and when you’re talking about a big, educated fish, it can have the power to infect your brain lure you back over and over.

  • April 4, 2014

    Hand-Feeding Fish That Can Feed On Your Hand

    By Joe Cermele

    Hey, anyone can swing by SeaWorld and feed sardines to a stingray. It's a total snore-fest, though. I want to hand feed something that can actually eat my hand. This video is funny because people log thousands of air miles and dollars trying to hook into just one giant trevally. This guy has hit the motherload, though I imagine baiting and hooking one would be like bowhunting deer at the petting zoo. Still, they got big mouths and teeth, so hat's off to you, friend. Have a great weekend.

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