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Fishing

Best of the Best Fishing

We tested a boatload of new, innovative tackle. Here's what withstood every trial and earned our approval.

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Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck As a teenager, my box of go-to winter trout flies consisted...
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  • April 23, 2014

    New Hook Shots: The Most Insane Walleye Day Ever

    By Joe Cermele

    When you're trying to get out on Lake Erie for walleyes in early April, you can set dates months in advance. The reality, however, is that they don't mean much considering how unpredictable the water and weather conditions can be this time of year. Case in point, friend and guide Ross Robertson and I were on pins and needles for a week prior to this trip, unsure if the ice would even be gone in time to launch his boat in Port Clinton, Ohio. Well, it was gone, and some how, some way, the weather gods threw us a bone. We had a window, and we filled that precious window with more trophy walleyes than most guys will see in their lifetime. It was just one of those days where each fish—which ranged from 9 to 14 pounds—made our jaws drop. Enjoy the show, because I very well may never shoot another walleye episode of such epic proportions again. 

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  • April 23, 2014

    How to Catch Jumbo Bluegills in Your Local Bass Lake

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    By Don Wirth


    Photo by David W. Skok

    Most fishermen target bluegills solely in farm ponds and other small bodies of water. But these scrappy fish are abundant in sprawling lakes and reservoirs as well and are a fun alternative when heavily pressured bass or walleyes aren't biting. "Bluegills and shellcrackers tend to be totally ignored in big waters," says Tennessee guide Jim Duckworth. "And they can grow huge as a ­result." Here's where Duckworth finds the fish and how he rigs for them.

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  • April 23, 2014

    Underwater Video: Bass Crushing Umbrella Rig

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    By The Editors

    The umbrella rig has earned plenty of popularity (and a good deal of criticism over the last few years) but you don't usually get to see it work underwater. This video from Chris Zaldain shows some pretty sweet footage of what it looks like when bass attack an umbrella rig.

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  • April 23, 2014

    Spring Walleye Fishing Tip: Slow Down to Catch Giants

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    By Ross Robertson


    Illustration by Ryan Kirby

    In May, most walleye waters are still cold, and the bulk of the big girls will be in their postspawn stages. That means you have a prime shot at hooking the 'eye of a lifetime

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  • April 22, 2014

    How Long Has Your Fly Shop Been in Business?

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    By Tim Romano

    Why is the man pictured above smiling? Because he was celebrating his fly shop’s 32nd anniversary. His name is Steve McLaughlin and he owns Front Range Anglers. FRA — as we in Boulder affectionally call it — has moved and changed hands a number of times, but it’s one of the fly shops I grew up with, and it has been a part of my life and I’m sure many others for as long as I can remember. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Leafs Fans Want A Little Less Fishing And A Little More Playoff Hockey

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    By Joe Cermele

    I find this short story on Nesn.com very comical because I can totally relate to thinking you are harmlessly posting a little factoid about yourself on BookFace or the like, and people manage to go on a tangent over a post you didn't think could possibly supply ammo for a tangent. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel decided to drop a little Tweet yesterday that read “Night fishing with friends doesn’t get much better." Well, sorry dude, all the Leafs fans that were hoping you'd make the playoffs disagree. The Twitter responses—such as Night fishing with friends doesn't get much better” Except perhaps playing hockey in the #StanleyCupPlayoffs—got so out of hand, Kessel eventually fired back, telling followers they need to "chill out." He quickly deleted the response, then likely spent the rest of his night fishing trip completely frustrated.

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  • April 21, 2014

    Topwater Tactics for Tidal Creek Stripers

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    By Ben Duchesney


    Photo by Jim Levison

    Throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, striped bass begin swimming up the coastal creeks, inlets, and rivers in May, where many will often remain for the summer to feed on the plentiful baitfish that get pushed with the tide in these high-current areas. Targeting these bass takes some stealth, as they can be highly pressured and wary. 

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  • April 21, 2014

    The Magic Of Bass Tail Regeneration (And How It Can Help Humans)

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    By Dave Wolak

    I'm sure many of you have caught a bass around the spawn with a tail that was pretty worn out from fanning the nesting area. By early fall, however, those gnarly tails regenerate, and that's a pretty amazing phenomenon as far as I'm concerned. It kind of makes you wonder why if fish can do it, why can't we regenerate new toes if they get run over by the lawn mower? I recently called my friend Jim Burris from Duke Medical Center to ask a few of these questions, and the answers I got were pretty amazing. Thanks to studies of fish regeneration abilities, people in the future may, in fact, be able to regrow toes that collided with a John Deere.

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  • April 21, 2014

    Win New Tenkara Rod: What's the Dumbest Way You Broke a Fly Rod?

    By Kirk Deeter

    The bad news is that the flash of inspiration for this blog post happened yesterday, as I was getting ready to shove off on a trip.

    The good news is that my wife is now entered in this contest, not me.

    We've all had rods break the normal ways, like when dogs eat them, we slam them in tailgates or screen doors, or walk the tips into trees, but Mrs. D discovered a new way yesterday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Recipe: Orange Rosemary Fish with Maple Carrots

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    By David Draper

    The presentation for this dish was inspired by Texas chef Jesse Griffiths, who features a similar recipe for Baked Flounder with Parsnips and Carrots in his great cookbook, “Afield.” I love how the contrast of the white fish looks atop the bright orange of the carrots, but the dish is more than just looks. It tastes delicious as well, with the maple glaze on the carrots playing well with orange compound butter. You can use just about any firm, white-fleshed fish here such walleye and catfish that are starting off the spring bite this year. I have to admit, this dish in the photo was baked with hake I bought at the store, but hopefully I’ll have some fresh fish soon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Q&A: Bill Heavey Takes on Kevin VanDam

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    By Bill Heavey

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  • April 18, 2014

    3 Killer Frog Rigs for Big Bass

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    By Ben Duchesney


    Photo by Travis Rathbone

    Frog baits can lose their potency over time if you keep throwing that same pattern over and over. Rather than look for the next great frog, I started tweaking my favorite patterns to re-up their hog-fooling capabilities—and I’m not the only one doing this. My frog tweak, plus two from pro anglers Jamie Pistilli and Jonathon VanDam, will turn the heads of the biggest, most pressured bass in the lake. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Potential World Record Mako Shark Caught on Gulf Coast Beach

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    By Ben Romans

    Here’s a bit of advice to any angler who catches a potential record-breaking fish and wants to keep it hush-hush: don’t leave the fish draped out in the back of a pickup truck while making a pit stop for gas in broad daylight.

    Florida anglers Earnie and Joey Polk learned that lesson the hard way this week after they teamed up to land an incredible 11-foot long, 805-pound shortfin mako Tuesday night. They wanted to keep the catch a secret, but the shark exceeded their pickup’s bed capacity. A protruding dorsal fin and tail draped over an open tailgate attracted onlookers when the cousins stopped for fuel. A candid photograph of Joey at the pump landed on Facebook and has since gone viral. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Yet Another Use For Asian Carp

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    By Joe Cermele

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

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