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  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80

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    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Crappie Fishing: How to Catch Prespawn Slabs

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Michelle Brantley

    If nothing fires you up like a bug-eyed, plate-size freak of a panfish, then you need to be on the water now—and try these prespawn trophy-slab tactics.

    As fishing goes, it doesn't get much easier than filling a bucket with summertime sunnies. But to stack up honest-to-goodness slab panfish—titty bream, elephant perch, and the like—now is the time.

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  • March 31, 2014

    On Low-Down, Dirty, Bass Tourney Cheaters

    By Dave Wolak

    A few weeks ago while fishing a bass tournament on California's El Capitan Reservoir, a competitor dredged up the contraption in the photo below. Per this story on SDFish.com, some folks believe it's a lure retriever. Others, however, think that the heavy weights on one end, nylon rope on the other, and addition of stringer clips points to it being a device meant to keep fish alive and hidden until tourney day. Honestly, I'm never shocked by the lengths people will go just to make a few bucks in a weekend tournament. What's even more depressing is that I don't think I've ever fished a tournament where someone wasn't accused of doing something illegal, or at least something against the rules. These claims are not always directed at the winner, nor are they always true, but the perpetual mentality is that there's always someone doing something shady.  

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  • March 31, 2014

    What's the Craziest Way You've Ever Crossed a River?

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I've crossed rivers in boats and simply walking to get to an eating fish. I've also crossed them with less traditional means like stand-up boards, kayaks, beach balls, and inflatable blow up dolls. No joke on that last one.

    This video from Live Leak however takes things to a whole new level.

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  • March 30, 2014

    Perch Fishing: How to Catch Prespawn Slabs

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Bill Lindner

    If nothing fires you up like a bug-eyed, plate-size freak of a panfish, then you need to be on the water now—and try these prespawn trophy-slab tactics.

    As fishing goes, it doesn't get much easier than filling a bucket with summertime sunnies. But to stack up honest-to-goodness slab panfish—titty bream, elephant perch, and the like—now is the time.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Slide Show: Arizona Bass and an Epic Day of Carp Fishing

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    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being invited out to the Arizona desert with my good friend and fishing editor at Field & Stream, Joe Cermele.  We went out to shoot the opening episode of the 2014 season of Hook Shots. As usual, going anywhere with Cermele is a gas and this trip did not disappoint.

    While the weather somewhat stymied us on bass, we did have one of the most outrageous days of carp fishing I've ever had. We also stumbled onto one of the strangest little cities out in the desert named Quartzite. Which made for some pretty good photography. It had very little to do with fishing, but was well worth the couple hour stop. I'll let the photos do the talking...  Enjoy the photos from the trip and make sure to watch the full episode here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Proposed Stream and Wetlands Rule is Great News, But with a Caveat

    By Bob Marshall

    You’ve heard of clouds with silver linings. Well, this week conservation news can be described as a bright sunny day--but with some threatening clouds on the horizon.

    Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finally announced the long-awaited proposed rule for which streams and wetlands would regain Clean Water Act protection stripped by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.

    Well, the bright light of salvation is now shining down on those intermittent and ephemeral headwaters that feed 60 percent of the nation’s water supply--including most of our trout fisheries. And the sportsmen’s conservation community rejoiced.

    But dark clouds are still hovering over isolated wetlands absolutely essential to waterfowl such as the prairie potholes and the playa lakes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Small-Stream Smallies: How to Catch Monster Bass

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


    Photo by Brent Humphreys

    In spring and summer, there's nothing I love more than wading for smallmouths. Sure, there are plenty of big, well-known bodies of bass water close to home, but I find more challenge (and reward) in hunting for hogs in the local streams. Spend a day casting an in-line spinner or drifting worms, though, and you may assume a 12-incher is a real prize. In some of these bodies of water, it might be, but if you're willing to explore and put in a little time, you could earn a bigger bronzeback than you ever thought lived in the local "crick."

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  • March 28, 2014

    Diving with Tarpon Can Make You a Better Fly Angler

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I am on a family vacation on the island of Bonaire. It’s part of the "ABC islands” (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. While I have been doing some bonefishing — which I will write about later on (there are some really big bonefish here, the flats are very interesting, and I caught eight fish the other day, between breakfast and lunch) — much of my time, however, has been spent under the surface of the sea. Bonaire is one of the best do-it-yourself shore diving destinations in the world. You literally just pick up your tanks and go. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Ferrell Vs. Redford: Raise The Colorado Or Move The Ocean?

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    By Joe Cermele

    The loss of water in the Colorado River is a very serious conservation issue. In fact, the Colorado doesn't even meet the Sea of Cortez anymore. In this video, Will Ferrell and Robert Redford propose two different solutions to this problem. Side note: this is how you shoot a conservation campaign video! Have a great weekend.

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  • March 27, 2014

    Fire Up The Wood Chipper. It's Time To Make Chum

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    By Joe Cermele

    Not only is this guy super enthusiastic about making chum, he's never going to get the smell out of that nice wood chipper. I would imagine what's left in the bin when this task is completed looks very similar to the slurry that is hot dogs before they're cased and cooked. Bon appétit.

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  • March 27, 2014

    Fly Tying: Turn Common Flies into Deadly Hellgrammite Imitators

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    By Joe Cermele


    Photo by Travis Rathbone

    It’s difficult to find a big smallmouth or trout in a rocky river that will pass up a live hellgrammite. It’s also difficult to find live ’mites in the bait shop—and time consuming to catch your own. For fly anglers, large black stonefly nymphs are the standard hellgrammite imitators, but they’re not the only option. If you make a few modifications to some common trout and smallie patterns, you can turn them into bugs that are almost as lethal as livies. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 27, 2014

    Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Pan-Fried Rainbow Trout

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    By Jonathan Miles


    Photo by Johnny Miller; Food Styling by Roscoe Betsill

    The James Beard Award–winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier of Arrows restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine, put a Far East spin on Down East trout with this dish: a whole trout that’s encased in a crispy coating of sesame seeds and flavored with an exotic blast of ginger, garlic, scallions, and cilantro. Many supermarkets stock Chinese black bean sauce; if yours doesn’t, the sauce is still great without it. Gaier and Frasier developed this dish for Maine’s brookies and rainbows, but consider this a pan-species stunner; whole crappie would be exceptionally good. Skin-on fillets will work, too—just adjust the cooking time accordingly. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2014

    Video: Sea Lions Use Boat as Cover from Killer Whales

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    By Ben Romans

    A family fishing near Prince George, British Columbia got a close look at killer whales in action when sea lions swam alongside their boat, using it as cover to escape the orcas, Global News reports.
     
    This short clip filmed by Travis Twizell shows at least four sea lions swimming in the wake of the boat and directly under the hull while five orcas make arching dives and take positions around the boat’s perimeter, preparing to attack.
     
    “It was a little nerve-wracking. We were not sure if the sea lions were going to jump into the boat, because the killer whales followed them over,” Twizell told Global News. “You could see the three big whales backed off, and the two small orcas started to hit against it and take it down. You could tell at that point it was a total hunting training exercise for those babies.” [ Read Full Post ]

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