Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Why Register?
Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.

Fishing

Best of the Best Fishing

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

[Read More]

Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck As a teenager, my box of go-to winter trout flies consisted...
[Read More]
  • March 13, 2014

    Gear Review: GRAYL Filtration Cup

    0

    By Tim Romano

    I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.

    Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Video: A Lure Specifically Designed For Catfish?

    5

    By Joe Cermele

    Try as I might to find a video of the MP Seeker from Whisker Seeker Tackle in action, I failed. Still, I can't recall seeing anyone promoting an artificial lure designed specifically for cats, though I'm sure these guys aren't the only ones that have tried it. 

    Per the description, they can be used in combination with bait, are for aggressive post-spawn cats, and you should: "use these catfish lures when trolling, drifting, or when stationary and current is present. Trolling and drifting speeds should be between .5 - 1.25 mph and adjusted depending on the water temperature & time of year." 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Best Fishing Rig for Catching Springtime Walleyes

    0

    By Nicholas Conklin


    Illustration by Steve Sanford

    Springtime walleyes in the Great Lakes can be finicky—if not infuriating. Since it’s too early for live bait and shiners, the trick to filling your limit fast is giving the fish an extra reason to hit your trolling spread. Using a three-way swivel on their trolling rigs, anglers are fishing two lures per rod. This tactic creates the illusion of a bait ball and allows anglers to cover the water column more thoroughly. It’s an effective way to kick-start a lethargic walleye’s appetite. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Extremely Rare White Marlin Caught in Costa Rica

    8

    By David Draper

    Earlier this week, Karen Weaver, from New York, hooked and landed an all-white blue marlin while fishing out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. She was fishing aboard the 43-foot Spanish Fly and fight lasted an hour. Weaver, along with her husband Bob, Captain Juan Carlos Zamora and mates Carlos Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Salinas, quickly realized they had something special on the line when the fish made a series of several jumps, many of which were caught on camera. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    The Secret to Better Casting With Your Non-Dominant Hand

    By Kirk Deeter

    I can think of many situations where being somewhat ambidextrous as a caster can pay off in a big way.  

    Say you're left-handed and fishing your way upstream along a left bank. When you want to pop casts around the bushes that protrude into the water (where the fish often are), it would be better to use your right hand than reach across your body with your left. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    If a Fishing Hook is Stuck in Your Throat, Rice and Water Will Not Remove It

    7

    By Joe Cermele

    Came across this news snippet in the China Post about a Taiwanese woman that bit off a little more than she could chew while having a fresh fish dinner. According to the story, "after having a few bites the woman stated she felt extreme pain in her throat, and was rushed to the hospital." Turns out she had swallowed the hook her grandson used the catch the fish earlier, along with 5 inches of line still tied to said hook. I have questions.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    Video: Great White Shark Attacks Divers, But Not the Way You Would Expect

    1

    By The Editors

    Great white sharks are the most majestic predators in the sea … except when they're not. This big shark lets one rip right in front of a group of divers. The white pointer then rattles the divers' cage and swims off. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Ice Castle Maker Adds New Factory to Meet Increasing Demand

    0

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Here is one positive effect from the endless winter of 2013-2014: there will be more Ice Castles on midwestern lakes next year. American Surplus and Manufacturing, the Montevideo, Minn., maker of these RV-style luxury ice houses, is expanding to a second factory in the face of increased demand.

    “Ice fishing is just hot right now,” Mike Nussman, president of the American Sportfishing Association, told StarTribune. “[It] has certainly had some decent growth. In past winters, when we had warm weather, all my ice fishing guys were singing the blues and saying, ‘The world will end.’ But this year, they are all like, ‘Yes! Let’s expand.’” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Indiana Fails to Pass Amendment That Would Protect Hunting and Fishing

    2

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Seventeen states have passed amendments to protect hunting and fishing. Indiana has been trying to pass a similar “right to hunt and fish” amendment since 1998 and once again, the measure has faltered.

    State Senator Brent Steele, (R-Bedford) says the amendment is more than symbolic.

    “There are people that don’t believe you ought to hunt or fish. We need protection from them,” he told reporter.net. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Caption Contest: Sage 2250 Fly Reel Winner Announced

    4

    By Tim Romano

    This last caption contest was a popular one with you folks. I gotta say it was a very tough choice to pick who won the Sage 2250 Fly Reel. There were so many entries that made me laugh. Some of my favorites are below, but I have to give the reel to BEich0117, who wrote: "Hey Bob, check it out!" "that sucker took the bait hook, line, and sinker."

    Congrats, BEIch0117! Shoot me an e-mail at tim@anglingtrade.com with your mailing address and I'll get you hooked up.

    Here are some of the others that got my goat… [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Singing Big Mouth Billy Bass Thwarts Robbery

    2

    By Joe Cermele

    When the singing Big Mouth Billy Bass first popped up on shelves at every Wal-Mart, Target, Bass Pro, K-Mart, truck stop, and Stucky's in America, all I can remember thinking was Oh God, please don't let anyone buy me one of those. Thankfully, no one ever did. And as far as I know, the owner of Hooked On Fishing Bait & Tackle in Rochester, Minn., is the only guy who is genuinely glad someone picked him up a Billy. Watch the video and you'll see why. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    What's the Strangest Thing You've Ever Eaten?

    By David Draper

    A few weeks ago I was up in Milwaukee, speaking about food at the 2014 Pheasant Fest. I ate plenty of good food while I was there, and had a couple beers of course, but by far and away the best meal I had was at Hinterland. I can’t recommend it enough. Along with Hank Shaw and several friends from Pheasants Forever, we were lucky enough to secure the chef’s table, and gave ourselves to the whims of Chef Dan Van Rite and the rest of his staff.

    After an initial appetizer of roasted Brussels sprouts, I don’t think we saw another vegetable for about eight, or maybe nine, courses. Instead, we got salami, beef heart tartare, oysters, elk loin and I don’t even remember what else. It was all amazing and by the end I was in physical pain from the food, drink, and laughter we enjoyed over several hours.

    One thing I did not get while I was there, but was featured on the menu, was the Pan Seared Duck Testes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    New Trout Fishing Boat: Raft or Drift?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Many of you know that my partner Tim Romano is a rowing fool. He has a handful of boats, from inflatables to an old wooden dory (drift boat) he is restoring. Tim has let me row his boats over the years. I've borrowed a number of others and I’ve had a small inflatable raft and whitewater canoe for many years now, so I feel pretty comfortable behind the oars (or with a paddle).

    Now that my son is 13 years old and taking a strong interest in rowing himself, I'm vowing to make this the year when I step up in class and get a new boat. But I am still on the fence as to what type I should get. Should I get a drift boat or a raft with a frame? Your advice would be appreciated. Here’s some baseline information to help you guide me: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    A Jig Trick Sure To Score More Ice-Out Bass

    3

    By Dave Wolak

    For many bass anglers, ice-off is both cause for celebration and frustration. Yes, you can launch the boat again, but now you’ve got to manipulate bass in frigid water into biting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: location is the most important part of bass fishing. You have to be where they are first. But if there is ever a time to think more critically about lure selection, it’s just after the ice melts. Some anglers have a habit of being so gung-ho when the season starts that they fish too aggressively. What I’ve noticed is that there are baits that get a handful of bites this time of year, and a few that get consistent bites. I’m going to tell you about the one that works best for me, and how to tone down your approach to make it produce for you while the other guy is fiercely ripping a crankbait, hoping for that first big slam of the season.

    [ Read Full Post ]