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Bass Fishing

The Japanese Way: Using Techniques From Across the Pacific on U.S. Summer Bass Lakes

It’s a fine summer Saturday, and all week you’ve been looking forward to...
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20 Secrets To Help You Catch Fish All Summer Long

These 20 fishing secrets will help you catch trout, bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes, and...
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  • July 18, 2013

    Slip Bobbers Work Great for Fly Fishing

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    By Tim Romano

    The last couple summers I've been spending a day or two with friend and superb high altitude lake guide John Perizzolo, chasing big trout on the lakes here in Colorado, our home state, with fly rods. John guides for Breckenridge Outfitters and manufactures JP's Nymping Mud as a side business. He is especially adept at figuring out the picky trout that reside in our high altitude impoundments.

    Occasionally we'll resort to 25-foot leaders with three-fly rigs. In these instances a slip bobber is invaluable for landing fish and an almost must have. In this video John demonstrates how and why a slip bobber is so effective on a fly rod in certain situations like this.

  • July 15, 2013

    Four Key Elements that Make A Good Bass Lake

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    By Dave Wolak

    It's very easy for a bass angler to jump the gun and say one lake is better than another simply based on how many fish he or she catches in that body of water. I've been just as guilty of making numbers the lone criteria for loving a lake over the years. But the reality is that picking a good lake is a process that should really come from a more thorough evaluation from a non-biased and more technical perspective. So whether you’re looking for a new local lake or the perfect vacation destination here are some key features I look at when scouting.

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  • July 12, 2013

    Missing John Merwin at ICAST and IFTD

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Being at the ICAST and IFTD (conventional and fly tackle) trade shows in Las Vegas this week has been, as usual, wonderful. Gun Nuts get charged up about SHOT show; we “fish heads” get all worked up about the fishing tackle shows, and they did not disappoint this year. I’ve seen and played with more interesting, legitimately innovative new products than I have at these shows in years.

    But I have to say there’s a big piece missing. It isn’t a “something,” rather, a “someone,” and that person is John Merwin, the former fishing editor for Field & Stream who sadly passed away last February. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 8, 2013

    Don't Be So Quick To Look For Bass Deep During Hot Months

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    By Dave Wolak

    There is a widespread belief among serious bass anglers that during the summer heat, the biggest fish, and largest concentration of fish, are going to stack up on deep offshore ledges. Years ago it was a little harder to get good at targeting these bass and finding the best ledge, but now, thanks to advancements in technology like side-scan sonar, you may notice that a ledge that used to be a “secret spot” on your favorite lake is suddenly receiving lots of pressure. If you find yourself amongst a sea of boats loaded with anglers bombing cranks, football jigs, and big worms on the deep ledges, don’t fret. My experience has taught me that if you’re a strong, persistent shallow-water angler, you don’t need to fall for the “ledge myth.”

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  • July 3, 2013

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win Signed Copy of "What a Trout Sees"

    By Tim Romano

    Here's how this works: I pick a photo and put it here on our blog. You all write what you consider the funniest caption to said photo. We let it marinate for about a week and at the end of that time we'll pick a winner and send them a copy of "What a Trout Sees." It's signed by the author, Geoff Mueller. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 3, 2013

    ICAST and IFTD 2013: What Are You Most Interested in Hearing About?

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    By Kirk Deeter

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  • July 1, 2013

    A Six-Pack Interview with Chef Charlie Palmer

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    By David Draper

    Back in April, I clued you in on a new cookbook that’s now out on the shelves titled "Remington Camp Cooking." The leather-clad book is more than beautiful; it’s also inspiring and has quickly become one of my favorite go-to cookbooks for weekend barbecues, as evidenced by the ever-growing amount of smudges and stains from referencing the book while I cook. The man behind the book, chef Charlie Palmer, took a few moments out of his insanely busy schedule to answer a few questions about the collaboration with Remington and where he finds inspiration for his recipes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 28, 2013

    Early Summer Fishing Slide Show

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    By Tim Romano

    Howdy, boys and girls. I realized it's been a good long while since I've shared some photographs with you, and thought it was about time. This batch includes some set up shots of the dirty South Platte, high plains lake fishing, a little wilderness float fishing in Wyoming, a few salmon flies, trout fry, and a dash of high alpine brookies. Hope you enjoy them. Have a great weekend. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 26, 2013

    Catchbook Photo: Sam Daniels' 18.5 Pound Father's Day Catfish

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    By Ben Romans

    Field & Stream's Catchbook app for the iPhone is a social-fishing tool that allows users to share photos of their catches and create instant fishing journal entries.
     
    Every now and again a Catchbook user photo stand out above the rest—like this shot from Sam Daniels of an 18.5-pound channel catfish he caught on Father’s Day.
     
    Daniels, 15, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas says it doesn’t matter if he’s looking for bass or perch to use as bait, he simply loves to fish—and it was that urge to get on the water that led him to one of the biggest catfish he’s ever caught.
     
    “We fish on a lake called Lake Dabinawa. It’s a 100-acre private water about 10 minutes outside Lawrence, Kansas. My family has a cabin there on the shore and we go up there about every weekend of the summer,” Daniels says. “It has some really good bass fishing and the biggest one I’ve caught was about six pounds, but there are bigger ones out there. I’ve heard of people catching some 10-pounders. In fact, they did a shocking survey not too long ago, and in one little area, they were able to find about 50 or 60 bass that were all 5 to 10 pounds, so I think this is one of the better fishing lakes in the state.”
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  • June 25, 2013

    House Kills Farm Bill and Sportsmen’s Hopes

    By Bob Marshall

    The House of Representatives stunned sportsmen’s conservation groups last week when it suddenly and unexpectedly killed its version of the Farm Bill, putting the nation’s largest and most effective conservation programs on a three-month death watch.

    Earlier, conservation groups had hailed the Senate passage of a Farm Bill and voiced hope a House version would be clearing that chamber in a matter of weeks, based on optimism from the GOP leadership. But those hopes melted quickly with the passage of two amendments supported by more conservative members. The first would have undone traditional price supports for milk producers; the second would have deepened already steep cuts in food stamps.

    Those measures eroded Democratic support, and when the vote was called, the bill failed 195-234. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2013

    Angler Going for World Record: Most Fish Caught in 24 Hours

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    By Ben Romans

    Beginning at 7 a.m. on July 5, Johnny Wilkins of La Grange, Ill., will ply the waters of the Lake View Nature Center in Oak Brook Terrace in an attempt to break the world record for most fish caught by a single angler in a 24-hour period.
     
    According to a Chicago Tribune article, Wilkins, who founded the Chicago School of Fishing and has a list of angling accolades to his credit, says he will fish from shore, using outdated equipment to promote the sport of fishing and benefit two charities: the Ronald McDonald House and Wounded Warrior Project. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2013

    The Blessings and Curses of Jumping Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    If you are an avid bass fisherman, chances are you've seen a lot of monumental jumps during your time on the water. In many ways, jumps sum up why bass are so sought after. It transpires like this: The morning fog lifts just as a slight breeze picks up as you're moving in to pitch a jig to your favorite stump. The lure sinks away when suddenly a little tick in your line accelerates. That morning calm turns into instant mayhem as the bass goes airborne five times in three seconds. Over the years I've seen bass perform about every conceivable act to try and shake a hook. Jumps are like snowflakes to me; no two are the same. The thing is, a jump can be a blessing or a curse depending on who you talk to, and more importantly, how much it matters whether or not you land that fish.

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  • June 21, 2013

    The Japanese Way: Using Techniques From Across the Pacific on U.S. Summer Bass Lakes

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    By Don Wirth

    It’s a fine summer Saturday, and all week you’ve been looking forward to fishing today. But when you arrive at the lake at 5 a.m., you find 27 other boats in line ahead of you at the ramp. By the time you get on the water, hordes of anglers are already pummeling the local bass population with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and topwater plugs. Worse, the dreaded weekend armada of wake-making pleasure boats and personal watercraft is beginning to show up, and it won’t be long until the lake turns into a churning maelstrom. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 21, 2013

    Creative Lure Color Names: Urinal Puck

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    By Joe Cermele

    I don't know about you, but I get so tired of hearing about how bass pros smoked fish on "Water Melon-Green Flake" and "Tennessee Shad" pattern lures. Boring. Why is it that it's never the lures with the off-the-wall color names that blow up on the fishing scene? Some of my favorites are actually in the lure line of Reaction Innovations. Their colors are so raunchily named I hesitate to write them here. 

    The other day I stumbled across small lure maker Cryptoid out of Toronto. They make what look to me like trout and salmon trolling spoons. Not only are their color names creative, but they're just downright weird. They are all named after monsters, such as Mothman and Ohio Grassman. My favorite is Urinal Puck, which is explained in the product description as follows: 

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