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We tested a boatload of new, innovative tackle. Here's what withstood every trial and earned our approval.

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Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck As a teenager, my box of go-to winter trout flies consisted...
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  • 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 14, 2014

    Wish Granted: Fly-Fishing Fairy Godmother Awards "Do-It-Yourself Bonefishing" Book

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so I now wish that I hadn't posted a picture of myself wearing a dress for the Field & Stream nation to see. 

    But true to my word, I am going to award a copy of Rod Hamilton's "Do-it-Yourself Bonefishing," which I do believe to be one of the best bonefishing books ever written to airbornedoc, who said: "I wish there was a snow cone holder on my wading belt."  

    I just got to thinking about casting on a hot summer day, and having a snow cone attached to my wading belt, and I thought, "Now there is a good wish!" Who wouldn't want to fish with a snow cone? That's pure fantasy, and that earns a book.

    Granted, there were many funny answers. (I really liked Cermele saying he wished that I did birthday parties… if this writing thing ever doesn't work out, I could a backup plan.)  I also liked po2p7so's "I wish they would start testing for HGH in these Miss USA pageants." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How To Learn From Those Rare Days When It Seems Bass Will Hit Anything

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    By Dave Wolak

    In the video below, you’ll see a man catch a big ’ol bass on a hot dog chunk and a Barbie rod. It sort of proves the point that no matter how technical and complex we make bass fishing, there are those scenarios where it seems bass will eat anything that hits the water. During those rare opportunities to catch loads of big bass in short order, the average guy is simply going to try to catch as many as possible until the window closes. But when I’m treated to an all out frenzy of fish, I use it as a learning tool that helps me greatly on those more common slow days.

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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 11, 2014

    Video: Man Falls Overboard Releasing Shark

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    By The Editors

    It’s finally Friday, which means we’ve been scouring the web to find something to kick-start your weekend.

    This video was uploaded to YouTube a few years ago, but some things never get old. The angler unhooks the thresher shark, picks it up, and goes overboard during the release. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Wendy's Vs. Burger King: "Super Official" Fish Taste Test

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    By Joe Cermele

    In case you ever thought about lowering your standards enough to eat the mystery patties that Burger King and Wendy's call fish, thanks to this guy who goes by Daym, you'll know which one has a better ground fin to ground gills ratio. I don't want to give away the outcome of this "super official" taste test, but to quote my man Daym, "Wendy's all stuck all up in my throat!" Have a great weekend.

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  • April 10, 2014

    Holiday Spirit: Fly Patterns With Easter Grass

    By Joe Cermele

    Back in January, I posted a news story about Sister Carol Anne Corely, who is a long-time fly tier and trout fisherman. She also teaches the kids at St. John's School in Arkansas how to spin up bugs. In that article, it said one of her signature patterns is the Resurrection Fly, which incorporates Easter grass. The other day I was at the drug store and noticed the, um, entire aisle devoted to this colorful shredded plastic. Taking a cue from Sister Carol Anne, I decided to see what I could come up with at the vise. I figured for $.89 a bag, it was worth a shot, and if it was any good, I'd have a big enough supply with just two bags to last until the Rapture. Here are the five patterns born of this madness.

    Ol' Dirty Grasstard: Easter grass, I learned, is much more durable than Mylar or Flashabou. With that in mind, I figure this fly will withstand multiple pike chomps before retirement. The grass is pretty kinky out of the bag, but if you give the strands a stretch, they limp right up and should breathe nicely.

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  • April 10, 2014

    Secrets for Catching Bigger Trout on Local Streams

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


    Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck

    If you live in the Rockies or Adirondacks, there's a good chance you've got wild trout and some true wilderness close by. Lucky you. As for the rest of us, spending a day on the stream might mean parking along the railroad tracks, hiking down under the power lines, and casting within eyeshot of the interstate bridge. Still, whether your local stream or river holds native fish or stockers, some tweaks to a classic trout producer and its strategic placement can score you bigger trout than worm dunkers will catch.

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  • 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 10, 2014

    Video: Awesome Shark Fishing Highlight Reel

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    By The Editors

    Fishing Editor Joe Cermele has blogged about and fished with the crew from Team Rebel and now this highlight reel video is making it's way around the web. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Perspectives from a Great Guide: Tim Linehan

    By Kirk Deeter


    Photo by Tim Daughton (Linehan left, Deeter right)

    I got to do something I have wanted to do for a very, very long time last week. I floated and fished with Tim Linehan. He rowed 16 miles of the Clark Fork in western Montana, and I casted along with Tim Daughton, product development specialist for the Orvis Company (this coincided with the 2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous). The trout fishing was fair to good, but the day ended up being one of the most memorable and rewarding times I have ever spent in a drift boat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Bass on Your Hometown Waters

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


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    There must have been two dozen ponds and strip-mine lakes within a 5-mile radius of my folks' place when I was a kid. Back in those days, my buddies and I guessed weights on a lot of big bass. Our biggest ever was 24 inches long (we always had a tape measure), and we figured she was 9 pounds. I've fished top bass lakes in Texas and Mexico since then and have never caught a bass any larger. It makes me think twice about traveling for bass.

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  • 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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