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  • April 17, 2014

    Pike Fishing: How to Catch Big Fish on Small Waters

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    By Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Mark Modoski, and Ross Robertson


    Photo by Kyle Thompson

    Like me, you may have a handful of local waters known for pumping out small hammer-handle pike, but quite often there is a trophy fish swimming among the smaller specimens. You just have to be willing to sacrifice lots of hits to connect with any gators swimming in your favorite fishing hole. But seeing a 40-plus-inch northern pike shaking its head at the end of my line makes it all worthwhile.

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  • April 17, 2014

    Slide Show: Fishing the Kayak Classic Outtakes

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    By Tim Romano

    Last year I had the privilege of tagging along with F&S editor Nate Matthews on a photo shoot just outside New York City, camping at an abandoned airport in Brooklyn and taking photos of what has to be the craziest (in a good way) bunch of kayak anglers I've ever met. The shoot covered the Kayak Fishing Classic, put on by Jerry Collins, a retired FDNY lieutenant who owns a kayak shop on Long Island and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Yesterday Field & Stream published the piece which documents the fun and chaos. Today I thought I'd share the rest of the story with outtakes and a larger photo edit from the event. Enjoy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    E-Book Review: "The Tug is the Drug" by Chris Santella

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    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a good read on fly fishing that comes in short, palatable bites (a format I fancy most), go ahead and download Chris Santella’s new e-book titled "The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond." ($6.99; this is the first collaborative e-book by Headwater Books and MidCurrent.)  

    Santella, author of "50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" (which is soon to become a television series on WFN), is one of the best in this business, and every story, every word from this collection demonstrates why I say that.

    Over the years, I've not only become a fan of his writing, I also got to travel with him to some very cool places. We were both part of "The Kodiak Project"; fished together in Ireland; on Bimini in the Bahamas; and we went to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Kayak Culture: Fishing The Kayak Classic In NYC's Jamaica Bay

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    By Nate Matthews

    The second-largest kayak fishing tournament in the United States takes place in New York City. For three days in the middle of May, the Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay draws hundreds of anglers from across the country to the southern inshore waters of Brooklyn and Queens. Their target is striped bass, plus bluefish, weakfish, and fluke, four migrant saltwater gamefish that follow bait into the bay as the water warms each spring.


    Photos by Tim Romano

    Anyone can enter this tournament, so I registered to compete last year, together with photographer and Field & Streamer blogger Tim Romano. We were looking to learn what it's like to fish in one of these events, to see why they've become so popular, and to better understand why the sport of kayak fishing has grown so quickly in recent years. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Thing to Do in May: Go Flyfishing for Bluegills on a Float Tube or Pontoon Boat

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    By T. Edward Nickens


    Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck

    I'm four days late, but it's the best I can do. Every spring I plan to fish the full moon of May, the peak of a magical week when spawning bluegills simply can't keep their mouths shut. 

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  • April 16, 2014

    Snap Goes The Rod A Whole Bunch Of Times

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    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.

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  • April 15, 2014

    Otter Fishing Tradition May Be Coming to an End in Bangladesh

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    By David Draper

    In the past few months we’ve heard of otters eating alligators and terrorizing customers at a fast food restaurant, tarnishing the furry mammal’s cute and cuddly reputation. But not all otters are vicious creatures out for blood. Some, like the endangered short-haired otters, have been helping fishermen in Bangladesh catch fish for centuries.

    Otter fishing is a centuries-old tradition in Bangladesh; a rare technique that is passed on from father to son.

    “We use them because they catch more fish that we can alone,” Shashudhar Biswas, a fisherman in his 50s whose family has trained otters for generations, told Time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Write Best Anagram and Win a Pair of Redington SonicDry Waders

    By Tim Romano

    Here's my challenge to all you Fly Talkers: The person who writes the best anagram, rearranging the words "Redington SonicDry Waders," in the fishiest manner will win a pair.

    According to Wikipedia, “an anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled ‘anagrammatists’ is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Commercial Ice Fishing The Baltic Circa 1933

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    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.

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  • April 14, 2014

    Angler Loses Pike to Snapping Turtle

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    By The Editors

    We've seen plenty of anglers getting robbed by muskies, sharks, and even eagles. But this is a new one. The fisherman in this video lost his fish to a snapping turtle that bit the pike's tail near the water's surface.

    What would you have done in this situation? [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Channel Catfish

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Bill Lindner

    I was bank-fishing the upper stretches of a Tennessee River tributary and could hear the fight: The sounds of a strained Zebco 33 in the hands of a 12-year-old battling a catfish a third his size aren't subtle. The kid bear-hugged the thing all the way up the mud bank to land it. No more than an hour later, I reeled one up that was even bigger, and it was heavier than any cat I'd ever caught in a farm pond. Since then, I've never underestimated small moving waters for big channel cats.

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  • April 14, 2014

    Wish Granted: Fly-Fishing Fairy Godmother Awards "Do-It-Yourself Bonefishing" Book

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so I now wish that I hadn't posted a picture of myself wearing a dress for the Field & Stream nation to see. 

    But true to my word, I am going to award a copy of Rod Hamilton's "Do-it-Yourself Bonefishing," which I do believe to be one of the best bonefishing books ever written to airbornedoc, who said: "I wish there was a snow cone holder on my wading belt."  

    I just got to thinking about casting on a hot summer day, and having a snow cone attached to my wading belt, and I thought, "Now there is a good wish!" Who wouldn't want to fish with a snow cone? That's pure fantasy, and that earns a book.

    Granted, there were many funny answers. (I really liked Cermele saying he wished that I did birthday parties… if this writing thing ever doesn't work out, I could a backup plan.)  I also liked po2p7so's "I wish they would start testing for HGH in these Miss USA pageants." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

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

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    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.

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  • April 11, 2014

    Video: Huge Muskie Strikes at Close Range

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    By The Editors

    This is what every muskie fisherman dreams of: a huge fish following the bait to the boat and then striking at close range. You have to give credit to the angler for keeping his composure and enticing the fish to strike with a figure 8.

    Happy weekend everybody! [ Read Full Post ]

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