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Tackle Test 2014

Blanks groaned and drags screamed in our annual torture test of the year's best new rods and reels. Check out the hottest tackle of the year.

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Grande Bass

Lake El Salto is one of the most legendary trophy bass lakes in the world, but the Mexican drug war has tainted its appeal. We head south of the border to see why El Salto is still the best place to catch your biggest bass.

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Fishing Articles

Fishing in -50

These anglers braved -50 degree wind chill temps in hopes of catching a few pike,...

13 Jungle Fish

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Finicky Fish

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King of Crab

An Outdoor Life Web Exclusive: You know him best as crab-catching Captain Sig Hansen...

15 Signs of Spring

At long last, it's April and if you look hard, Spring is everywhere. By now, most of...

  • July 22, 2014

    Supermoon Stripers for Outdoor Life's Summer Interns - 0

    As my buddy Paul and I rigged our first eels of the night, I watched my dad thread a 9-inch Slug-Go onto a jig-head. I was confused, because I thought we had plenty of eels in the live-well. When it comes to stripers, live bait—especially live eel—almost always trumps artificials.

    “Don’t you want a hook for an eel, Dad?” I asked, lowering my own slimy bait into the water.

    “No, you boys fish the eels. I didn’t grab too many and they’re the best bait we have. I got them just for you guys.”

    I had high expectations when I invited my fellow Outdoor Life intern, Paul Kemper, to join me and my old man for a night of striped bass fishing on Block Island, R.I., two weekends ago. Over two days of fishing before our own trip, my dad and his buddy hauled in more than 40 fish between them. This would be Paul’s first striper trip, and I was anxious to show him what he’d been missing. Paul is a Pennsylvania native and a total fish nut, but his landlocked hometown has limited his saltwater fishing opportunities. 

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: The New Binksy Lure From Jackall - 0

    There's not much that can beat a top-water bass bite, and Jackall's new Binksy lure provides the splash, flash, and water displacement to call up the giants.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Frabill F1 Storm Gear - 0

    Northern bass and walleye anglers are familiar with heavy-duty rain suits for long days on the lake. Frabill has developed an all-weather suit that keeps you cool and dry in hot and humid climates.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Plano Hybrid Hip Tackle Storage - 0

    Plano continues to advance tackle storage, making it easy to make the change from walleye rigs to crankbaits with the switch of a tray. Here, Pat Kalmerton walks us through the features of the new Hybrid Hip Tray Box.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Frabill 371 Ice Fishing Reel - 0

    95 and humid was the forecast, but at ICAST, there was something for every angler–including the hardwater fanatics. Frabill introduced the latest in their line of fly-style ice fishing reels: the 371.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Jackall's Pompadour - 0

    Jackall's new topwater bait, The Pompadour, features a set of wings and a noisy tail prop. The designers say that the crawling action and ruckus on the surface will call in fish from long distances. 

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  • July 21, 2014

    4 Trusty Shrimp Rigs for Sport Fish - 0

    You can try listing the saltwater sport fish that don’t eat shrimp, but you won't get very far. The fact is, these tasty crustaceans offer anglers much more than a shrimp cocktail appetizer: They're a can't-miss bait that will reliably catch fish during any season.

    The time of the year does affect the size and availability of shrimp, but this handful of options should cover most of your rigging needs.

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