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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

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King of Crab

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

  • April 17, 2014

    Record Freeze on the Great Lakes Has Big Impact on Fish and Waterfowl - 0

    This winter’s merciless conditions have brought reports of wildlife struggling to survive all across the country. The Minnesota DNR reluctantly rolled out an emergency feeding plan for its whitetails and a cold-stun kill in North Carolina devastated trout fishing prospects. And even though we’ve officially made it to spring, scientists say the effects from this winter will persist for months to come in the Great Lakes region.

    The Great Lakes have experienced near-record ice cover this year, with 48 percent of the five lakes still covered in ice as of April 10. That figure is down from the high on March 6 when 92 percent of the five lake’s 90,000-plus square miles were choked with ice, according to The Atlantic Cities. In comparison, ice coverage of the Great Lakes maxed out at about 38 percent in 2013 and just 13 percent in 2012. (This NASA photo shows 80 percent ice coverage on Feb. 19.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    New Mexico Anglers Wrongly Kept from Public Waters by State Game Commission
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    What happens when a state game commission blatantly works against the rights of sportsmen and women who help fund it?

    Let's look to New Mexico where another question is being asked:
    May a private landowner exclude others from fishing in a public stream that flows across the landowner's property?

    And now, the answer:
    No. A private landowner cannot prevent persons from fishing a public stream that flows across the landowner's property, provided the public stream is accessible without trespass privately owned adjacent lands.

    It is an answer so clear and free from ambiguity that it's hard to believe it was written by attorney. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Slow Motion Video: Pike Destroys Popper - 0

    It seems that OL readers just can't get enough pike action. Check out this video from some pike anglers from across the pond. They've captured one of the coolest, slow-motion pike strikes that we've ever seen.

    Check out their YouTube channel for the full video. We can't understand what they're saying, but they seem to be having a pretty good time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Learn How to Read Your Sonar for Better Spring Walleye Fishing - 0

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    Today's space-age sonar and GPS units can seemingly make us better fishermen overnight. However, as with cell phone technology, many of us harness only a fraction of the potential. Then there's Bruce Samson, aka Doc Sonar. Capable of interpreting sonar imaging in plain terms that any angler can understand, Samson has made a living teaching anglers how to better understand their electronics. 

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  • April 16, 2014

    Gear Review: 6 New Flyfishing Packs for 2014 - 0

    A good flyfishing pack is a model of efficiency. At a minimum, it should be able to manage a day's worth of fishing gear without undue bulk and be comfortable to wear. It needs to organize flies, fly boxes, hemostats, tippets, floatant, nippers, and other accessories so that they are easy to get to, yet do not become tangled in your line as you cast, mend, and strip.

    The storage compartments in a well-designed pack can be accessed with one hand, and the zippers can be manipulated with numb fingers. On top of all that, it should protect its contents from the elements. After all, just because the weather turns foul, it doesn't necessarily mean the fish are going to stop biting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Spring Fishing Tip: Pester Postspawn Bass for Vicious Strikes - 0

    Sara Palin once said the only difference between a soccer mom and a bulldog is lipstick. Okay, I’m not going political here, but interestingly enough, the former Alaska governor’s meaning actually bears a timeless truism that’ll help you catch more springtime bass.

    Palin referred to a simple principle we should all respect: Don’t mess with the young’ns.

    In the bass world, the males are kind of the soccer moms, at least during the postspawn stage where bucks guarding fry get props for equally fierce dispositions.

    For crappie, bluegill, catfish or anything else with a taste for tiny bass, this means back off.

    For anglers, it means a great opportunity. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Huge Wave Nearly Knocks Cod Fishing Crew Off Ship - 0

    Here’s living proof that your job is easy.

    These guys were cod potting, trapping cod in a large netted enclosure or “pot,” in Alaskan waters when a crushing wave throws the full wrath of nature upon them. The men are washed away like some anatomically correct bath toys only to right themselves and get back to work.


    I’d be off camera holding on for dear life while crying through every prayer I know.

    Here’s to you cod potters! You’re far tougher men than I am. [ Read Full Post ]