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  • August 5, 2013

    10 Best Shark Stories

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    By The Editors

    It's that magical time of year...Shark Week has begun. The Discovery Channel has lots of cool shark documentaries and specials on the docket for their annual salute to the apex predators of the deep. They've also drawn some heat from viewers over a fictionalized special that aired Sunday about the extinct Megalodon, the largest shark to ever swim the oceans, and how some might still be alive. The "search" was kicked off by a recently uncovered photo of a Nazi U-Boat off Cape Town with what appears to be a 64-foot long shark in the background. You can watch a clip from "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" here.

    Well, we haven't written about any extinct sharks big enough to swallow a whale. And don't worry, they really are extinct—but these are the 10 best, and true, shark-related articles, blogs, and videos featured on Field & Stream in the past two years. Take a look and get pumped for Shark Week!

    Record Mako Shark Caught in California

    Jason Johnston reeled in one of the largest sharks ever caught with a rod-and-reel—a 1,323.5-pound mako that could shatter the 12-year-old International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record of 1,221 pounds. See how he caught what may be the largest mako ever. Read story [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 5, 2013

    Twin Brothers Start Program to Trade Games for Fishing Gear

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    By Tim Romano

    Strolling the isles of the Outdoor Retailer trade show last week, I stopped to see the good folks at the Orvis booth and say hello. Almost immediately I was introduced to two young brothers around 15 or 16 years old named A.J. and Jace Garcia. They were in the booth talking to people, playing with gear and generally just having a good time. Turns out AJ and Jace are twin brothers that fish, hunt, and love being outdoors. They love it so much they started a program called Twin Territory at local sports shows and around their state home state of Utah to try to get kids off the couch and into the outdoors any way they can. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 1, 2013

    Quick Look: Switch Sunglasses Magnetic Interchange Lens System

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim Romano and I are cruising around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City at the moment. This show is unreal—everything "outdoors" is under one roof, from hiking boots to stand-up paddle boards to backpacks to fishing gear.  We, of course, are locked on fly-fishing products, and there is definitely more fly-fishing flavor at this year's event than there has been before. I'm trying to uncover some products that may be a bit out of the mainstream fly shop but no less worthy for the typical angler/consumer. My first contender comes in the form of an eyeglass company called Switch. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 23, 2013

    Gear Review: Is the New Scott Radian the Best Fly Rod Ever?

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I have a Will Rogers attitude when it comes to fly rods: I haven't met one that I do not like.  

    Sure, I prefer some above others. I think some are overhyped, overpriced, and overrated. I think three quarters of the marketing-techno speak that promotes fly rods is sheer hogwash. But if you put any rod in my hand, it's hard for me to hate it, and on rare occasions, I will fall head-over-heels in love.

    Such is the case with the new "Radian" fly rod from Scott, which deservedly won "Best in Show" in the New Product Showcase of the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer trade expo. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 19, 2013

    How a Florida Shark Angler Hooked Three Huge Sawfish In Three Nights

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    By Ben Romans

    Zach Miller fighting a sawfish from a Florida bridge.
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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 17, 2013

    Video: Angler, Diver Rescues Endangered Whale Caught in Fishing Lines

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    By Ben Romans

    An experienced diver on a fishing trip near Virginia Beach recently freed an endangered North Atlantic right whale that was tangled in fishing lines.
     
    WVEC reported that Adrian Colaprete was fishing with his friend Pat Foster on July 12 when the pair found the whale caught in fishing lines and struggling to swim.
     
    "You could see the lines wrapped around his pectoral fins," Colaprete told WVEC. "It was actually dugged into his skin a little bit." [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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 12, 2013

    Gulf Coast Economics: Fish and Wildlife Dollars Hammer Development

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    By Bob Marshall

    Conservationists fighting to protect fish and wildlife habitat usually are up against the same opponent: Business development.

    In the Midwest, that can mean agriculture. In the Northeast, it’s often sprawling business parks.

    But down on the Gulf Coast, where protecting wetlands is critical for fisheries, the other side is typically represented by oil and gas drillers or waterfront residential developments that turn marshes into finger canals with boat docks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2013

    "What a Trout Sees" Caption Contest Winner Announced

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    By Tim Romano

    We put a signed copy of my friend Geoff Mueller's book, "What a Trout Sees" up for grabs last week for a caption contest. There were a number of solid captions for this image, but the one that got me was from Mibasshunter, who wrote: "Finally Jedis have used the force for something useful."  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 3, 2013

    North Carolina Boy Gets Billfish Grand Slam on First Deep-Sea Fishing Trip

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    By Ben Romans

    UPDATE 7/5/13: Teen's Billfish Grand Slam Won't Be Recognized by IGFA, Was Handed Rod by First Mate For Blue Marlin Fight

    An eighth-grade student from North Carolina completed a billfish grand slam by catching and releasing three species of billfish in one day—a feat the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) says has only happened three times in the state since the agency began keeping records in 1964. [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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 2, 2013

    Catch-and-Release 300-Pound Tarpon Could Have Been a World Record

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    By David Rose

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