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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 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

    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 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 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 ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Gyotaku: The Most Ancient Form of Taxidermy

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    By Tim Romano

    The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.

    "Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable ‘hidden elbows,’” Wells said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Bowfishing Gear Guide: 8 Must-Have Items for More Fun and Fish

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    By Will Brantley

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  • April 9, 2014

    Carp Tip: Get That Fly Muddy

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    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. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt

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    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Walleyes on Hometown Waters

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


    Photos by Bill Lindner

    Countless destination lakes have well-known reputations for producing giant walleyes. Still, a good majority of the biggest fish ever documented came from smaller lakes and reservoirs. With much less water to sort through, you can actually have a better shot at catching the 'eye of a lifetime on these smaller bodies. In many cases, the reason you don't hear about big walleyes in that lake up the street isn't because they don't exist, but because they aren't targeted. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80

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    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Slide Show: Arizona Bass and an Epic Day of Carp Fishing

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    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being invited out to the Arizona desert with my good friend and fishing editor at Field & Stream, Joe Cermele.  We went out to shoot the opening episode of the 2014 season of Hook Shots. As usual, going anywhere with Cermele is a gas and this trip did not disappoint.

    While the weather somewhat stymied us on bass, we did have one of the most outrageous days of carp fishing I've ever had. We also stumbled onto one of the strangest little cities out in the desert named Quartzite. Which made for some pretty good photography. It had very little to do with fishing, but was well worth the couple hour stop. I'll let the photos do the talking...  Enjoy the photos from the trip and make sure to watch the full episode here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Diving with Tarpon Can Make You a Better Fly Angler

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I am on a family vacation on the island of Bonaire. It’s part of the "ABC islands” (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. While I have been doing some bonefishing — which I will write about later on (there are some really big bonefish here, the flats are very interesting, and I caught eight fish the other day, between breakfast and lunch) — much of my time, however, has been spent under the surface of the sea. Bonaire is one of the best do-it-yourself shore diving destinations in the world. You literally just pick up your tanks and go. [ Read Full Post ]

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