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Fishing

Best of the Best Fishing

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 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt

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    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    All That Remains: How to Make Game Stock

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    By David Draper

    One thing you can do to amp your kitchen credibility quickly is learning to make stock—a flavorful cooking liquid that forms the base of many soups, sauces, and other recipes. Making homemade stock from venison bones or bird carcasses not only give your favorite dishes, such as the duck pho in the photo, a flavor boost, but you’ll be get every last scrap of use from your bird or game animal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Finally, NOAA Officially Recognizes Saltwater Sportfishing

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    By Bob Marshall

    How should you react when a person you’ve been standing in front of for decades finally recognizes you?

    Do you cheer, or snarl?

    I did a little of both late last week when the Fisheries department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was going to develop a national recreational fishing policy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    How Many Times Have You Caught The Same Bass In The Same Spot?

    By Dave Wolak

    I was in Jackson Hole, WY, not long ago and ended up having a long conversation with guide who fishes the Snake River. He’s a really busy guy in the spring, and knowing that he fishes the same stretches day in and day out, I asked if his clients ever catch the same trout multiple times a week. It didn't take him long to answer, "Yup, I could even call my client's shots every once in a while," he said. I can't even count the number of times I've caught the same bass, and when you’re talking about a big, educated fish, it can have the power to infect your brain lure you back over and over.

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  • April 4, 2014

    Spring Fishing: A Trolling Tactic That Works for Almost Every Species

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    By Mark Modoski


    Photo by Brian Grossenbacher

    When the ice disappears and the water temperature starts to climb, many species of gamefish migrate to shallow water. Bass and walleyes head to spawning areas, pickerel hunt for emerging weeds, and trout, panfish, and pike utilize the transition zone between deep and shallow water to look for food. One of the easiest ways to cover water and hook a mixed bag at this time of year is flatline trolling. The best part is you can leave the weights and downriggers at home. 

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  • April 4, 2014

    Hand-Feeding Fish That Can Feed On Your Hand

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    By Joe Cermele

    Hey, anyone can swing by SeaWorld and feed sardines to a stingray. It's a total snore-fest, though. I want to hand feed something that can actually eat my hand. This video is funny because people log thousands of air miles and dollars trying to hook into just one giant trevally. This guy has hit the motherload, though I imagine baiting and hooking one would be like bowhunting deer at the petting zoo. Still, they got big mouths and teeth, so hat's off to you, friend. Have a great weekend.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Field Test: Best Bowfishing Rigs

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Satoshi

    Don't trash your whitetail bow shooting carp, suckers, and gar. Get a dedicated bowfishing rig. We tested four top models to find out which one is best for you. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    More Misleading Fishing Info From Your Friends At eBay

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    By Joe Cermele

    I think it's great that the eBay people are posting tutorial videos about fishing. We need more anglers buying more fishing gear and getting on the water. But listen, eBay, give us a call when you're planning the next one. If you thought their reel buying tutorial was tough to watch, you'll love this one on choosing spoons. First of all, eBay, you're showing spinners, not spoons. Second, I've never heard anyone use the term "large cast." Third, please, please do not try to sum up spoon tuning in 3 words. You're going to have every novice that watches this shopping for flat spoons and bending the heck out of them. 

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  • April 3, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Walleyes on Hometown Waters

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


    Photos by Bill Lindner

    Countless destination lakes have well-known reputations for producing giant walleyes. Still, a good majority of the biggest fish ever documented came from smaller lakes and reservoirs. With much less water to sort through, you can actually have a better shot at catching the 'eye of a lifetime on these smaller bodies. In many cases, the reason you don't hear about big walleyes in that lake up the street isn't because they don't exist, but because they aren't targeted. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Outdoor Survival: First-Aid Kits

    By David E. Petzal

    I was asked what’s in my first-aid kit. Since I don’t remember, and I’m too lazy to dig it out, I’ll give you some general rules about first-aid kits that will be more useful than an item-by-item rundown.

    Don’t think about a first-aid kit as a fixed and immutable object. The kit should expand and contract, depending on where you’re going, what you’re likely to encounter, and how long will it take to get to a doctor, or have a doctor get to you. I have two first-aid kits, one for hunts, which are in close proximity to civilization, and the other for places like Alaska, where you may be left to your own devices if something happens. This saves me the trouble of re-building a single first-aid kit over and over.  Whatever you take, it should be small enough that you can keep it with you. My small kit is a little bigger than a fist and fits in a fanny pack with no trouble. The larger one is the size of maybe two fists. Package it in something waterproof, like a Ziplock bag, or better, the rollup Velcro-seal plastic bags sold in camping-supply stores. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    The Elusive Blue Trout of Pennsylvania

    By Joe Cermele

    Genetically modified Palamino or Golden trout have always been a prized catch in the areas I grew up fishing in Jersey and Pennsylvania. But to be completely honest with you, they never did much for me. I never found them pretty and they weren't something I was dying to catch, though I have many comical memories of watching swarms of crazed anglers bombing a poor Palamino in a hole with every kind of bait and lure in their vests. I think the fact that the fish stick out like sore thumbs in most waters contributed to the loss of luster in my mind. However, if you dig hooking those orangey-white slobs, I've got a new quest for you: the elusive Pennsylvania blue trout.

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  • April 2, 2014

    Video: Kayaker vs Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Jason Downs was working a hooked grouper from his kayak when a bull shark broke the water’s surface next to his kayak and stole the fish.

    He was fishing off Florida’s Navarre Beach and managed to film the incident. He said the fact the shark stole the grouper made him more angry than scared.
     
    “To be honest, my first reaction was anger,” Downs explained in an email to GrindTV Outdoor. “The reason I muted the video after the shark took my grouper was not because I was cussing out of fear; it was because I was cussing at the shark for taking my grouper! [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    My Favorite Online Fishing April Fool's Day Gags

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    By Tim Romano

    As every new April Fool's day comes and goes, the internet hoaxes seem to get more prevalent and elaborate. I was had by my mom (just briefly) and few jokes online today. Here are a few of my favorites from the fishing world.

    1. YETI Coolers sent a press release that was titled "YETI Launches Casket for Die-Hard Outdoor Enthusiasts." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    App Review: Gogal's GPS Topo USA

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Granted, sometimes you want to get out in the wild to intentionally get lost and be out of touch.  But then again, it's always nice to have at least a hint of where you are going.  I get to test a number of GPS and navigation devices, some of which cost hundreds of dollars, but the GPS Topo USA from Gogal Publishing is a simple iPhone (or iPad) app that I've taken a shine to because it costs $6.99, and it can be used either online or offline.

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