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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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  • March 5, 2014

    A Pike Carnage Double Feature

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    By Joe Cermele

    These two videos just started making the rounds, and as they're both great examples of just how voracious pike can be, it seemed only fitting to run them together. Feature one is a gripping drama about a plucky duckling that dreamed of one day starring in Aflac commercials. That dream will never come true, because he is now pike turds. In the second feature, a modern soundtrack helps set the mood for betrayal and cannibalism. Man, do I love pike!

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  • March 4, 2014

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Sage 2250 Fly Reel

    By Tim Romano

    You know how this works. Write the funniest, wittiest or smartest caption to the image you see here. We'll pick a winner next week and award him or her with a 2250 Large Arbor Sage Fly Reel. Keep it clean and classy, folks... Good luck and get to writing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 4, 2014

    EPA Invokes Clean Water Act for Pebble Mine Fight

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    By Bob Marshall

    Those fighting to save Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine operation moved once step closer to victory last week – but mine supporters have vowed to go down swinging.
     
    Opponents of the mine that threatens the priceless fisheries in Bristol Bay, Alaska – and the self-sustaining industries they support - were thrilled by the surprise EPA announcement it will invoke rarely used authority under the Clean Water Act to preemptively limit or stop the mine before the permit is filed because of its potential harmful impacts.
     
    The action came just weeks after the EPA released a study showing the mine would be devastating to fisheries, the industries they support and the native cultures that depend on them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 4, 2014

    Louisiana Boy Credits Vienna Sausages for State Record Catfish

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    By David Draper

    You know that beer commercial that says sports-related superstitions are only weird if they don’t work? Well, Lawson Boyte, 12, from Louisiana would agree. He boated what will likely be certified as Louisiana’s newest record fish – a 114-pound blue cat pulled from the Mississippi River.

    The humble Boyte admits it didn’t take any kind of skill to hook the cat, which weighed four more pounds than he does.

    He said the catch was a surprise because he was not expecting the massive fish to fall for a small piece of bait. And he believes his lucky snack played a big part in the catch. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    New Fishing Gear 2014: Best of the Best Award Winners

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    Photos by Travis Rathbone

    Our experts evaluated and rigorously tested a boatload of all-new, innovative tackle—rods and reels, lures and lines, electronics and more—on lakes and streams across the country. This is the equipment that withstood every trial and earned their final approval. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    What I Think About Knock-Off Fly-Fishing Products

    By Kirk Deeter

    I got an e-mail last week that ticked me off, and I think it's about time that somebody said something "for the record" regarding the knock-off, cheap imported products that are now steadily oozing into the American fly-fishing market. I think the whole situation is bull.

    The e-mail came from a manufacturer in China. The purpose of the note (at least as I interpreted it), was to unashamedly let me know that this company had successfully mimicked some big-name fly fishing products — from fiberglass rods to travel rods to high-end casting rods. And for very cheap prices, I (or whoever else wants to) can presumably buy my/our own batch, maybe create a brand name, and pawn them off on whomever I/we want to. Here's a verbatim excerpt from the e-mail: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    Some Science On How Bass Contract And Fight "Colds"

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    By Dave Wolak

    Not long ago, I was having a conversation with my friend Jim Burris, who is not only an avid bass fisherman, but a fish biologist at Duke University Medical Center. At the time I was just getting over a cold, most likely picked up from a shopping cart handle or something. This led us to a discussion about his studies on small tropical zebrafish. His work is aimed at helping us better understand immunological responses in humans, because fish were the first to develop an adaptive immune response, and thus contain valuable clues into the development of the immune system in people. Me being me, I immediately figured out how I could use Jim’s fishy knowledge to learn something new about bass.

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  • February 28, 2014

    Jumping Fish Are "Awesome." What's Making Them Jump Might Not Be

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    By Joe Cermele

    This short video gave me a good chuckle. Here you have a public beach and a man on a raft with a GoPro camera. He must have thought he was really lucky to capture hundreds of mullet suddenly spraying right into the crowd of swimmers. He even exclaims, "Holy cow! That's awesome!" There is exactly one comment under this video over on YouTube, which reads: Why aren't those people worried about what's chasing those fish? That was the first thought that popped into my head, too. I've never seen mullet spray like that unless they were scared to death. It could have been a few bluefish pushing them up...or it could have been a few bull sharks. Food for thought. Have a great weekend.

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  • February 28, 2014

    4 Top Catfish Stink Baits Put to the Sniff Test

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    By David Draper

    When it comes to whisker-fish food, the nose knows best. So we gave four popular brands a sniff test to see what all of the stink is about. 

    Magic Bait Great Scott Liver & Cheese Dough Bait

    Photos by Luke Nilsson

    Reminiscent of grandpa's "special" sandwiches, the Old Country odor blends the salinity of beef bouillon with a mineral mustiness not encountered since a high-school locker room after gym class. 

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  • February 28, 2014

    Gear Review: Ghillie Kettle

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    By Tim Romano

    If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.

    I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 27, 2014

    Sportsmen Need to Get Involved in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Battle

    By Bob Marshall

    On Feb. 5 headlines like this ran on news sites across the nation:
    From Alaska to Florida, 21 attorneys general join fight to halt Chesapeake Bay cleanup
     
    The story went on to explain the states’ opposition.
     
    “If this [cleanup] is left to stand,” they argued in their joint amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, “other watersheds, including the Mississippi River Basin, could be next.”
     
    Imagine that.
     
    But that story had no legs. It was gone from the news cycle almost as quickly has it appeared. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 27, 2014

    Angler Releases Potential World-Record Blacktip Shark

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    By Ben Romans

    Last January, an angler that caught what could have been the largest fly-caught blacktip shark ever caught, but he released the fish because he didn’t want to risk killing it to see his name in the record books.

    A report from Southern Fried Science says Michael Roth, an attorney from Scranton, Pennsylvania was fishing for sharks around the Turks and Caicos Islands when he saw a big blacktip shark swim past. Roth cast an orange-colored streamer in its path and the fight was on. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 27, 2014

    Thoughts on Keeping 'Secret Spots' Secret

    By Kirk Deeter

    One question I often wrestle with is whether or not to name certain places in the stories I write. After all, I'm an angler too. I appreciate solitude on a fishing stream as much as the next person, and I fully understand that you can love a place to death by writing about it in every detail.

    For example, I've written about this place, but I've never named it. Sorry, I'm not going to say where it is now. But those of you who fish in the Rocky Mountain high country know that this is one of thousands of little trout streams that look and fish the same way. It's no great discovery to chance upon a scene like this… certainly nothing an angler willing to dedicate a little hiking and map reading effort couldn't find on his own. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 26, 2014

    Snow Storm Strands Minnesota Ice Fishermen in Their Shanties

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    By David Draper

    About the only people I haven’t heard complaining about the cold and snow gripping the nation are hardcore ice anglers, who could enjoy one of the longest ice-fishing seasons in years. Though, if this news report from KSTP Channel 5 out of St. Paul, Minn., is any indication, even ice fisherman might be getting weary about the weather.

    According to the report, more than 100 anglers were stranded on Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake over the weekend when snow and high winds set drifts up to seven foot high, threatening to collapse ice houses and obscuring roads.

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