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  • July 1, 2013

    A Six-Pack Interview with Chef Charlie Palmer


    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


    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 28, 2013

    Mako Shark Stuck in Propeller Costs Crew $63K in Tournament Winnings

    By Chris Jennings

    Author's Note: Captain Travis Rolan is a good friend of mine and being a captain for so long, he has his share of fish stories.  When I noticed the pictures he posted to his Facebook account on Sunday afternoon, I had to call him and hear the whole story. Once you see the pictures you’ll know why I rushed to call him.

    From under the boat, Capt. Travis Rolan snapped this image with his GoPro as he began his first attempt to pry the fish from the screws.

    The Woodcleft Fishing Station’s Mako and Thresher Tournament out of Jones Beach, N.Y., began on Saturday, June 22 with a 96-boat shotgun start. Leaving the pack behind, Capt. Tom D’Angelo’s 50-foot Viking, Blinky 4, crewed by Capt. Travis Rolan, Capt. Patrick Sciacca and Dave Nockler were first-on-the-scene at a whale carcass less than 10 miles offshore. They found a full-fledged shark feeding frenzy.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 27, 2013

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Miñano Big Game Lure


    By Joe Cermele

    It's just about mid-summer, and along many coasts throughout the country, that means it's tuna and marlin season. How fitting is it then that this week we have our first big-game lure in the vintage tackle contest (and a cool one at that)? This Miñano trolling lure belongs to Jame Marcheselli, who got it from an old friend that fished in "the Far East." To be honest, there was very little info on this lure, but I got the impression from the email it wasn't made in the U.S. I kinda worried it would stump Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, but he found some more info on this wicked skirted troller, which appears to have a real baitfish cast into the head.

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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


    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

    Video: Handline Fishing for Sharks


    By Tim Romano

    Are you the kind of person that love the simplicity of Tenkara, or fishing your favorite river with one spool of tippet and a couple flies? Think you're a purist with your dry fly rod? Well, I've got news for you, the Holeman Brothers down in Key West have you beat. In this episode of Kings of the Game my friends go hand-lining for sharks. That's about as pure as it gets. Pure insanity that is...

    Raise of hands, who would try this if the option presented itself? [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 20, 2013

    What Should I Name My New Wooden Drift Boat?

    By Tim Romano

    I visited my friends at Boulder Boat Works last week and noticed an old-ish wooden drift boat rotting away in the field next to the shop. The photo above is it with my daughter sitting in the bow. 

    Casually, I asked Andy Toohey, owner and boat designer, what it was and what he was doing with it. Apparently this was the first boat he'd built almost 10 years ago and that he was going to burn it in effigy. Almost in the same sentence he asked if I wanted it. Without thinking of where I'd put it or how I'd even get it off the lot, I said yes. So I am now the proud owner of a 10-year-old wooden drift boat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2013

    Hook Shots Countdown: Best Episodes From The Past 5 Seasons


    By Joe Cermele

    Five years ago, the “Hook Shots” video series started partly as an experiment, and partly as a joke. When Santa left a video camera under my tree in 2008, I asked editor-in-chief Anthony Licata if I could start a fishing show on the F&S website. “Go for it,” he said. Thing was, I had no formal video shooting or editing training. All I knew was that I wanted to create a show that strayed far from the boring fish-after-fish model seen too frequently on TV and capture the good, bad, and ugly sides of ever trip I put on camera. Throw in a dash of punk music and “Hook Shots” was born. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2013

    Video: Florida Teen Rides Whale Shark


    By Ben Romans

    Chris Kreis, a 19-year-old from Florida, was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico with his family when he jumped overboard and grab the dorsal fin of a 30-foot whale shark swimming past.
    “I decided, you know what, maybe I should go try and swim with him. I might not be able to do it ever again,” Kreis said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 17, 2013

    Florida Moves Forward With New Tarpon, Bonefish Regs


    By Ben Romans

    The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission recently approved new angling regulations for tarpon and bonefish—citing their economic value as a recreational resource—and loosened regulations for lionfish and snook.

    Here are some of the rules, if they get formally approved in September, according to an article in the Key News: [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 13, 2013

    Great Underwater Photography from International Competition


    By Tim Romano

    Photo by: Laura Rock, Florida
    Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, FL.

    Last week the University of Miami announced the winners for its annual Underwater Photography Competition. The contest, which is international in scope and had over 700 entries landed some absolutely amazing images of fish of all types. As a photographer first and an angler second I find these images as gorgeous as they are technically challenging. I know what goes into them after taking a year and a half to shoot my first book, of which a majority was underwater. It isn't easy, at all. In fact, it's one of the harder things I've every done with a camera. So, looking at these incredible images of fish all below the surface makes me envious and want to learn that much more. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2013

    Video: Killer Whale Snatches Halibut from Alaskan Angler


    By Ben Romans

    A few anglers in Alaska recently had an up-close-and-personal encounter with a killer whale when it approached their boat and grabbed a halibut from the end of a fishing line.
    In a clip recently posted by The Alaska Life, you can hear the men behind the line talking, but they seem relatively calm considering what happened. This has led to some comments online alleging the men knew the whale was in the area and were purposely trying to entice it closer.

    Also, no additional details about the location of the encounter with the orca have been reported. Do you think it was a truly candid moment?
      [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2013

    300-Pound Mako Shark Leaps Into NJ Angler's Boat


    By Ben Romans

    While everyone was focused on the potential world record mako caught last week in California, another mako off the New Jersey coast also made headlines.

    On June 4, two Garden State anglers got more than they bargained for near the Manasquan Inlet when they hooked an 8-foot, 303-pound mako—and it leapt into their 31-foot boat.
    Clint Simek of Brielle, NJ and Tom Rostron Jr. of Wall, NJ described the incident in the Asbury Park Press, saying they were simply in the area on Rostron’s boat, TNT, scouting for potential areas to hold shark fishing tournaments later this month. By mid-afternoon, the men had caught and released 14 blue sharks, and as the wind calmed and conditions improved, they were eager to see what else they’d find. That’s when the big mako showed up. [ Read Full Post ]