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Saltwater

  • November 12, 2013

    Money Bugs: The Panty Dropper

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    By Joe Cermele

    Installment number one in our new fly-tying mini series produced by vise master Brian Wise. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 8, 2013

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Simms Windstopper Flap Cap

    By Kirk Deeter

    A few weeks ago, I told you all about the "Photarium," which is a pretty interesting concept, in that it keeps fish in water when you are taking pictures of them. Good for the fish... but I'm not entirely sure about the quality of the grip 'n grins. Seems a bit goofy, now that I look at it. So goofy, in fact, that I'm going to toss this shot out there for a caption contest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 8, 2013

    Pull The Trigger, Catch The Fish

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    By Joe Cermele

    When you're deep-dropping for swordfish in 3,000 feet of water, you can still look cool using an electric reel. It's acceptable. When you're casting to crappies off the municipal dock at the park lake, you're just the weirdo with the pronton pack attached to his spinning reel. Have a great weekend, and don't wear those arms out too much.

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  • November 6, 2013

    New Hook Shots: Running Of The South Carolina Bulls

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    By Joe Cermele

    When it comes to inshore saltwater fish, my first love will always be striped bass. But if you asked me if I thought my beloved stripers were the hardest inshore fighters, I'd say not by a long shot. In the brute strength department, I am always in awe of redfish, whether they weigh 3 pounds or 40. "Hook Shots" regular Captain Eric Kerber had never caught a red, and therefore wasn't quite sure he believed my claim of a redfish out-fighting a striper. So I threw him on a plane to South Carolina to prove it. We not only bent some rods on some bulls, but we got to play with light tackle and fly rods—or what our host, Captain Tommy Scarborough, refers to as "buggy whips"— in the backcountry. If you're a redfish freak like me, I highly recommend a visit to Georgetown, SC. Lots of fish and not a lot of pressure. Enjoy the show.

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  • November 5, 2013

    Overhyping the Fear Factor Doesn't Help Fishing

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I gave another elementary school talk the other day, and was once again blown away by the enthusiasm 10-year-olds have for fishing. They asked many great questions, but there was a pattern that left me feeling concerned.

    "Have you ever been attacked by a shark?" (Nope… but I've watched them jump and thrash when I've fought them on a fly rod, and I've had them brush against me when I'm scuba diving.)

    Have you ever been bit by a rattlesnake? (No… but I am afraid of them, so I try really hard not to step on them.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 4, 2013

    Product Review: Carnivore Cutting Board

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    By David Draper

    I’ve cut deer, fileted fish and cleaned birds and other game on a variety of surfaces, from flat rocks at waterside to flimsy plywood perched on rickety saw horses. Of all those, the best place I’ve found to butcher is the back of my truck.

    A truck’s tailgate, at least that of a late-model F-150, is the perfect height for me to skin and slice, either while standing or seated on a tall stool. I can usually cut an entire deer on a tailgate or clean a limit of ducks and geese without too much strain on an aging back, something I can’t say about most other locations. Of course, some folks might be lucky enough to have a dedicated space for butchering, or an understanding spouse who doesn’t mind blood, fur or feathers on the kitchen counter, but until I get either of these, I’ll stick with my Ford. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 30, 2013

    Spectrum Response UV Spray Caption Contest Winner Announced

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    By Tim Romano

    The most recent caption contest proved to be a popular one. There were a number of entries — many of them very funny, which made it tough to choose. My favorites are below, but I gotta give the 2-ounce bottle of Spectrum Response UV Spray, the new Hemo holster, and a package of Thingamabobbers to abiddle013, who wrote: "Finally, a brief case that holds my financial reports and my dry flies."

    Congrats, adiddle0013! Send me an email to tim@anglingtrade.com and I'll get your stuff sent out right away. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 29, 2013

    Marlin Jumps In Boat. Man Jumps Out.

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    By Joe Cermele

    I've never been on a offshore boat when a mako shark, wahoo, or marlin launched itself into the cockpit during the fight. But it definitely happens, and there are enough Youtube videos out there to prove it. The one below is the latest edition of "Marlin Leaps Into Boat Theater," and it demonstrates what may not be a terrible response to a hot billfish thrashing around on the deck. Stay and risk getting speared? Cower in the corner? Get the heck off the boat? Which would you pick?

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  • October 24, 2013

    Surfer Punches Tiger Shark in the Eye to Reclaim Surfboard

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    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photo by Leah Fitch

    Jeff Horton, a 25-year-old former boxer, fought off a tiger shark in the surf off Kauai, Hawaii, when it attacked his board. Horton was sitting on his board with his feet over the sides when the shark, which was estimated as a 12-footer, attacked. The impact rolled Horton off the board and onto the shark’s back. With “flight” not being an option, Horton chose “fight.” Holding onto a fin with one hand, he punched the shark several times and landed one good shot to the eye that made it release his board. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 22, 2013

    Tiger Shark Breaks Rod: Why Is This News?

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    By Joe Cermele

    It must have been a slow news day in St. Petersburg, FL, last week, because Bay News 9 ran with a story about an angler snapping his rod in half while fighting a 9-foot tiger shark. The battle of man vs. beast was captured in the video below. According to the dude fighting the shark, the rod that was snapped cost him $1,000 dollars. Now, I'm a guy pretty plugged into the tackle world, and I've yet to come across a rod (other than custom bamboo fly rods) that cost a grand. If on the off-chance that stick really was worth that much, you might think he'd have fought such a big fish with a bit more, um, form.

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  • October 21, 2013

    Everglades Reopens, and Everyone's Happy—Especially Florida Keys Guides

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    By Mike Toth

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    The government shutdown affected many Americans, but hit one group particularly hard—the backcountry fishing guides of the Florida Keys, who rely upon entry to Everglades National Park so their clients can cast for snook, redfish, seatrout, snappers and other species in a beautiful, remote, wild area.

    These 16-day closure directly affected the guides—who must buy annual permits that allow access to the Everglades—because if they can't fish, they can't take clients out. And unlike federal employees, there's no possibility of back pay. But it also took away another element. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 16, 2013

    Giant Oarfish Found Off Catalina

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    Here's a fish story that made national news: Jasmine Santana, a marine science teacher, came face to face with an oarfish in 15 feet of water off Catalina island in southern California. At 18 feet long, even a dead oarfish is a scary thing to run into. Once she realized what it was, Santana took the fish by the tail and dragged it to shore where she needed the help of 14 other people to lift the 400 pound carcass. Tissue samples were taken and the skeleton of the fish will be preserved. The fish appeared to have died of natural causes.

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  • October 15, 2013

    New Fly Fishing Movie to Benefit Front Range Flood Relief

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    By Tim Romano

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    On Nov. 8, Confluence Films will be showing its newest fly fishing flick called "Waypoints" at multiple locations throughout the world. The movie follows in the footsteps of Confluence's three previous films "Drift," "Rise," and "Connect." It is a multi-segmented fly fishing film shot all around the world, with locations that include St. Brandon's Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Patagonian Chile, Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, India for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for payara. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 14, 2013

    Getting Kids Interested in Fishing is My Greatest Catch of All Time

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Having chased many fish species on this planet with flies and a long rod, I can tell you that there is nothing you can aspire to land that's more worthy than the fishing soul of a young human being. That is, bar none, the greatest catch of all.

    In this job, I often find myself being swept along in the current — literally and figuratively. If I hear about new fishing rod or reel, I want to check it out and write about it. If there's a threat to wild fish and waters, I want to fight it with all I can muster. And I'm always looking for that special new experience, or trying to coax that "bucket list" fish to tug my line. [ Read Full Post ]