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Fishing

Best of the Best Fishing

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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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  • March 19, 2014

    California Drought: Salmon Stocks Might Get Shipped to Sea

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    By David Draper

    As it’s been said, desperate times call for desperate measures. The ongoing drought in California has made conditions beyond desperate for salmon stocks (as well as plenty of other fish and game). As a result, hatchery managers there are planning to give salmon smolts a lift by transferring them via water trucks to the ocean if water levels in the Sacramento River drop below a pre-determined level, the Sacramento Bee reports:

    “[S]tate and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own. Shrunken habitat could deplete food supply for the young fish, and make them easier prey for predators. It also would make the water warmer, which can be lethal to salmon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    Is It Bait Or Alien Spawn From A Far-Away Galaxy?

    By Joe Cermele

    A German lure maker called Fresh Bait recently posted a video about their new biodegradable, edible soft-plastic lures made purely from an organic, protein-rich gelatin. I was going to post that video, but then I found this one. The same company sells kits to make these maggot-filled gel balls. They're intended for carp, but I bet a bruiser brown or steelhead would slurp one up faster than my dog lunges for a fallen Dorito crumb. On another note, is that not the creepiest, most alien-like bait you've ever seen? Looks like something Ellen Ripley would have torched with a flame thrower.

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  • March 19, 2014

    Suckers: Fishing for Spring’s Most Overlooked Species

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    By M.D. Johnson


    Photo by Bill Lindner

    Suckers are a spring thing. As water temps rise into the 50s, the fish begin their spawning runs into shallow tributary streams. Here, males scoop out rudimentary nests and await the females. Both white and redhorse suckers will measure up to 24 inches and weigh from 1 to 4 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    Float the Colorado River from Home via Google Street View

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    By Tim Romano

    Last week Google and American Rivers announced a partnership that brings Google's "Street View" to a river. Specifically, they're working on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For the first time ever you can ride through all 286 miles of the chasm in 360-degree photo spheres without leaving your house.

    While part of me hates this, I understand what a powerful tool it is. How many of us are ever going to raft down the entire length of the one of the most amazing canyons in the world? I would guess a small percentage. It's certainly at the top of my bucket list, but until then you can bet I'll be taking a tour of the rapids and my future camp sites via Google. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    Florida Angler Catches Possible World-Record Pacific Snook

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    By Ben Romans

    A Florida man caught a pending world-record 60-pound Pacific snook in Costa Rica two weeks ago.
     
    According to FloridaToday.com, Ward Michaels, a fishing guide from Orlando, Fla., has traveled to both coasts of Costa Rica more than 80 times in the last 27 years to target snook. He planned his latest trip around March’s new moon, knowing the chances of catching big, spawning females were high.
     
    “The new moons in March and April are when the big females stage off the beaches before they move into the rivers to spawn,” said Michaels. “Each time, everything happens in three days.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    One Feisty Reef Shark. One Scared Spearfisherman

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    By Joe Cermele

    Part of the reason why I have little to no interest in spearfishing is exemplified in this video. Diver Jason Dimitri was just minding his own business, removing invasive lion fish from the reefs of the Caribbean, when suddley the whole thing goes sour thanks to a reef shark full of pee and vinegar. And just when you think the little bugger is done, he comes back at Dimitri again...hard and fast. Per the full story on The Province, Dimitri "bears the shark no ill will." Though I'm sure the shark at least owes him $20 for the soiled bathing suit he probably had to throw out.

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  • March 17, 2014

    How to Catch Trophy Largemouth Bass on Trout Swimbaits

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    By Mark Hicks


    Photo illustration by David Arky

    Before bass nut Matt Peters moved from California to Georgia, he used to fish the San Diego reservoirs with big trout-­imitating swimbaits for giant largemouths that grew fat on stocked trout. As Peters started to explore new waters in Georgia, he soon discovered that many of the bass lakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains were also stocked with trout. He couldn’t help but wonder: Would trophy largemouth bass in these waters strike trout swimbaits, too?

    The answer is yes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    Use A Compass To Catch More Early Spring Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    When you’ve been cooped up all winter, it’s very easy to get on the water for that first run of these season and start pounding the first bank or piece of structure that looks good. Let me tell you, looks can be deceiving. Remember that this time of year, bass are starting to move shallow, and good shallow-water bass anglers are always hunting for those skinny areas that yield both size and numbers. The best of them have a knack of finding those spots that seems to be constantly replenishing themselves with fresh bass. Though honing this skill can take years, there is one common factor shared by their hot spots more often than not, and figuring it out simply requires a compass.

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  • March 17, 2014

    10 Reasons Why Every Fly Angler Should Fish Ireland Someday

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Sláinte! Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Fly Talk nation!

    This is a special holiday for me, partly because I am of Irish descent (on my mother's side), and also because it gives good cause to tilt a pint or two and remember one of the best fishing trips I have ever taken. I spent a week in Ireland a few years back, playing golf and fishing with my good friend Chris Santella, author of the "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" books. Ireland was tops on his list, and it is now also tops on mine.  We didn't catch a ton of fish that week, mind you, but I'd go back tomorrow. And next month, and the month after that, if I could. The fishing in Ireland interests me almost more than anywhere else. And the more you fish, the more you realize there are many factors that make a "lifetime" trip.

    Here are my 10 reasons why Ireland should be on any serious fly angler's list of dream destinations: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    They'll Strap A GoPro To Anything These Days

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    By Joe Cermele

    As someone who uses a lot of GoPro cameras, I can tell you part of the fun is figuring out new things to attach them to in order to get better, more interesting shots. This video, however, takes the cake. It's a bit of a stretch for fishing, but hey, pelicans live on the water, and they do try to steal your bait or catch frequently. Regardless, I had to share this because it's just too wild. Have a great weekend.

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  • March 14, 2014

    False Choice Presented by Speaker, New Bill Highlight the Coming Fight Over Water

    By Bob Marshall

    A few weeks ago one of the most powerful men in America made a statement conservationists should take as the opening shot in the biggest war we will ever fight. And it’s a war we are likely to lose if we are not very, very smart.
     
    John Boehner, Speaker of the House, looked at a drought-stricken landscape in California and said, “How you can favor fish over people is something people in my part of the world would never understand.”
     
    That’s only the start.
     
    As the droughts that climate scientists warned about begin to deepen and spread, we’ll be charged with favoring waterfowl, upland birds, big-game herds, even forests over people.
     
    Anything we try to conserve by protecting its water supply will be – well, fair game. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Kansas Man Catches Pending State Record Rainbow Trout

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    By Ben Romans

    A Kansas angler fishing Kill Creek Lake on Feb. 23 landed a 15.72-pound possible state record rainbow trout, The Kansas City Star reports. Josh McCullough was just minutes into his trip when he caught the fish.
     
    “I really thought I had a turtle at first,” said McCullough, 22. “It just wasn’t fighting that hard. But then it came to the surface and my heart started racing. I had never seen a trout this big.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Possible World-Record Spotted Bass Caught in California

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    By Ben Romans

    Keith Bryan, owner of Powell Rods, won a team bass-fishing tournament last month on New Melones Lake in California, but even more noteworthy was the fact that one of his fish could be the new world-record spotted bass.

    A story from Bassmaster says Byran’s fish originally weighed 10.48 pounds on the tournament scale—a few ounces over the current world record set in 2001. But by the time Bryan weighed the fish on an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified scale, it lost some weight and only registered 9.91 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]