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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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  • July 13, 2009

    40-Pound Catfish Swallows 20-inch Bass

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    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Toledo Blade:

    “We took [the catfish] on shore and opened his mouth to see what the problem was. We noticed his stomach was full of air and huge. We found a tail protruding from his throat. A pair of Vise Grips was used to pull the fish out. It was a 20-inch smallmouth bass, partially decomposed . . . .

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  • July 10, 2009

    Caption Contest: Write the Best... Win Gear

    By Tim Romano

    Yes I know, some of you might have seen this image in the magazine a couple of months ago. You didn't get to write your own witty caption for it though.

    We'll give it about a week and whomever comes up with the best caption for this photograph will win...

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  • July 10, 2009

    Merwin: There's Always Room for Worms

    By John Merwin

    Every fisherman needs a few earthworms once in a while. I was using a small backhoe (pictured) to clean out some drainage ditches the other day. A bunch of garden worms that I saved in an old coffee can were a happy by-product.

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  • July 9, 2009

    Cermele: Light Fight Addict

    By Joe Cermele

    Last weekend I jumped on my boat for a little inshore catch-and-release shark action with friend and former FS intern Rick Bach. Though I initially set out heavy "shark-worthy" rods, by the time we hooked brown shark number five, I had had enough. I pulled a few lines and re-rigged on gear more suited to catching flounder. Why? Because a 100-pound brownie is far more fun that way. I just couldn't help myself. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 9, 2009

    It's All About Habitat

    By Kirk Deeter

    Having wrapped up a week of backcountry fly fishing, it's time to reflect on the many lessons learned along the way (if you aren't learning, you aren't really fishing are you?) 

    The number one lesson I took away from this adventure is that habitat is the number one factor that influences the quality of the fish, and fishing.  It's no different than deer hunting, bass fishing, or anything else.  But the picture comes into clear focus when you actually get out on different waters, and can contrast for yourself the experiences from one river to another. 

    What makes a trout stream great? [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 8, 2009

    Father & Son Fish Fifty States in Fifty Days

    By Tim Romano

    Fifty trophy waters in fifty states in fifty days, and guided no less... Trout to Tarpon and everything in between. I don't know about you all, but this trip would have been a dream come true for me at seventeen years old. Check that... Any age. Heck, I'd go tomorrow if my old man offered to take me. Problem is my old man doesn't even fish. No one in my family does. I'm literally the only person in my whole family who wets a line. I've got two moms, two dads, two brothers, and two sisters and not one of them fishes. My question to you is...

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  • July 8, 2009

    Gear Review: Coleman LED Quad Lantern

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    By Jay Cassell

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    I probably own about half a dozen Coleman lanterns – a couple of propane  and duel-fuel lights, but mostly those that run on Coleman fuel. My favorite is a lantern that my father used to have back in the 1950s. It’s in mint condition and it still works perfectly (though I had to replace the generator and O rings a couple of years ago). [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 8, 2009

    Merwin: There Is No "Best" Lure

    By John Merwin

    I sometimes see questions in our popular Answers Tool along the lines of “What’s the best lure for bass?” First, there’s no such thing as a “best” bass lure since whether or not a particular lure will work depends on so many variables. Time of year, time of day, lake type and topography, fishing pressure, and many other things dictate different lure choices. There are, however, certainly favorite lures among all the possibilities, and one of the easiest to use is a weightless worm.

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  • July 7, 2009

    The Three-Day Cutt Slam... Mission Accomplished

    By Kirk Deeter

    Tired... dragging... whipped... and ultimately satisfied, after hiking up and down throughout the Colorado high country for the past three days with the hope of accomplishing one of my longest-standing fly fishing goals: The Colorado Cutt Slam.  Three species of native cutthroat trout--the Colorado River strain, greenback cutthroats, and Rio Grande cutthroats, in three consecutive days.  (This is a greenback.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 7, 2009

    Cermele: Name The Fish, Win Expensive Lures

    By Joe Cermele

    Last week, I posted a blog featuring the latest installment of F&S Hook Shots filmed on the Susquehanna River during a smallmouth trip. In the video, our guide Eric Kerber talks about a new lure from Sebile called the Magic Swimmer. While I have been and always will be a great advocate of classic Rapala and Rebel Minnows for smallies, I have to admit this new Sebile stuff is pretty wild and has a shimmy like you wouldn't believe.

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  • July 7, 2009

    Chad Love: Saving Salmon vs. Climate Change

    By Chad Love

    Here's one of those damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't environmental conundrums that seem to face us with ever-increasing frequency. What's more important: stopping man-made climate change or protecting the last of our wild salmon? 

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  • July 7, 2009

    Sarah Palin Steps Down As Alaska Governor

    By Dave Hurteau

    In all the hubbub of the pending world-record largemouth (which is still hubbubbing; see our coverage), I failed to post the other big news. As you probably know by now, Sarah Palin announced Friday that she is stepping down as Alaska Governor—and that she is not a quitter. By most accounts, she has had it with being a lightning rod for partisan politics. Politically speaking, she says “If I die, I die.” But there is much buzz about a 2012 presidential bid.

    Here are few excerpts from the latest coverage:

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  • July 6, 2009

    Special Report: The Latest On The Would-Be Record Largemouth

    By Dave Hurteau

    The bass world is abuzz again with reports of a new world-record largemouth bass. But this time the news is not from southern California, where Mac Weakley famously foul-hooked the 25-pound, 1-ounce Dixon Lake behemoth in 2006 and where, it’s been widely assumed, the record was bound to come from. Instead, as we reported late Thursday afternoon, it appears that the new No. 1, a reported 22-pound, 5-ounce giant, has been caught on the other side of the planet by Depps Tackle Co. pro-staffer Manabu Kurita, form Lake Biwa in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 6, 2009

    Most Memorable "Eats" Ever...

    By Tim Romano

    Last week I had the pleasure of fishing with my father-in-law, Mabon Childs and Mr. Deeter on the North Fork of the South Platte River about an hour west of Denver.  Mabon lives in North Carolina and frequently finds himself on small brooktrout streams there and in upstate New York.  So, while he fishes some he doesn't often find himself throwing giant dry flies for 20 inch rainbows. Come to think of it, I guess I really don't either.... Kirk and I watched Mabon target, hook, and lose a couple of big fish on gaudy dry flies.  After a hour of fishing we came across two big fish rising in a shallow riffle. Mabon threw a gorgeous cast, mended and got an absolutely perfect drift...

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