The Irish Specimen Fish Committee is currently examining potentially the largest trout caught in Ireland in 118 years. Ceri Jones, a Welsh angler boated the big brown trout after an epic hour-long battle.Jones, a big fish specialist, was trolling a Roach brand dead bait; one that resembles a freshwater wild shiner. Jones said he thought he’d “hooked a car” when he tied into the 23-pound, 12-ounce fish.
I have a recurring nightmare that’s haunted me since I was a knee-high toddler. In my dream, I’m naked, bouncing on a trampoline in the middle of a Super Bowl halftime show. Half-fish, half-snake creatures surround me, snarling and snapping their bloody teeth. Sound crazy? Well, maybe not.
If you haven't heard by now, a Woodbridge, Maryland man caught what locals call the “Frankenfish.” The slimy, aberration of nature was pulled from a tributary of the Potomac in Washington, DC. It seems this fish, a northern “snakehead,” may be a pending world record. The grotesque monster, half-fish/half-snake (sounds familiar?), all teeth—weighed in at 18-pounds. The current snakehead record was set in Japan and stands at 17-pounds, 4-ounces.
Berkley’s new PowerBait 4-inch Thief is the latest in innovative soft bait designs created by the Berkley soft plastic design team. The versatile bait can be rigged and presented to fit a wide range of applications and conditions.
The PowerBait Thief utilizes its high-action tentacles and pinchers that entice strikes with movement and water disturbance. The broad body allows the Thief to maneuver through heavy cover and dense forage.
Over the last few years, micro-guides have become a fixture in the fishing rod market. They are advertized as helping anglers cast farther and manage line better than conventional guides. Most rods equipped with micro-guides are high-end offerings that come with a hefty price tag.
All Star, a perennial leader in the prosumer rod category (professional series rods built specifically for consumers), just introduced their Academy Sports Micro Series of casting rods.
Joe Pitruzello of Northeast Taxidermy has worked on everything from African big game to the world record striper replica. Here he explains how wrap your trophy fish if you're planning to get a skin mount. This is what to do and what not to do ...
Yo-Zuri America is a leading manufacturer of saltwater hardbaits, and in my opinion, its Sashimi series of finishes is one of the best innovations in tackle design in years. This year the company has expanded its freshwater line of baits, adding the Sashimi Shallow Crank and the Sashimi Flat Crank.
Both new crankbaits feature the Sashimi finish as the name implies. As the bait moves through the water, the color changes depending on the angle of viewing. Another unique feature to these baits is what the company calls their Wave Motion Vibration. The exterior of the baits have a series of vertical lines. When pulled through the water, these vertical lines disturb the laminar flow (non-turbulent flow) of water around the bait, sending out more vibration than typical smooth-sided baits.
As usual, the fish were stonewalling me. Left scratching my head and rummaging through my tackle box, I stumbled across a cache of battle-weary Rapala original floaters. They’re unmistakable, with their hand-lacquered red smirks. And the way I see it, each slender Finnish minnow was cut from genetically superior Viking stock. These are water warriors, immensely gifted fish catchers.
These cocky deceivers had been my first-string, The A-Team, for over a decade. My technique rather rudimentary: cast, twitch and retrieve big fish. But for some reason, my confidantes had now faded into the shadows of a tackle tray — not too far from my bent and tarnished Shysters. Their once surgical-sharp trebles, which I’d hand-honed with loving care (and a wet stone), had grown rusty; their finish now lackluster.
Bait bags are a necessary evil when it comes to fishing. But managing all those bags of different shapes and sizes is tedious at best. Berkley’s new Bait Binder makes managing these packages simpler and a bit easier with their portfolio-style binder.
The Bait Binders are available in two sizes, a small 1170 model and larger 1490 size.
Both Bait Binders are equipped with a removable padded shoulder strap, carrying handle, pliers holder, seven heavy-duty inner bags and zippered pockets for tool storage.