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  • April 24, 2014

    Fishing Tips: How to Catch Channel Catfish in Spring

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    By Mark Modoski


    Photo by Keith Sutton

    Most freshwater anglers associate spring with prespawn bass fishing and trout pursuits. While they're casting jigs and spinners, however, channel catfish are waking up from their long winter nap and putting on the feedbag. 

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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

    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 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 ]

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