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Finding bass can sometimes be the easiest part of the fishing equation. When getting them to eat becomes an effort in futility, keep these bronzeback bon bons in mind. Here’s my lineup for the best smallmouth bass fishing lures ever made. Let us know in the comments section below if we left out your favorite smallie bait. [ Read Full Post ]
A decade ago, salmon fishermen across the Great Lakes started fine-tuning the art of copper-line trolling for kings and cohos. No secret fishing manual was uncovered. Instead, technology had produced a more effective stranded copper line. [ Read Full Post ]
As spring fishing season has us all heading to our favorite fishing holes, consider two important points critical to the sport’s progression: 1) Host a kid, or any beginner, and you'll open the door to their personal angling development; 2) First-time lessons need a realistic starting point so hold the dock skipping and deep cranking stuff for down the road.
In many cases, catfish offer a user-friendly option with a good chance of catching something big enough to eat. From the smaller channel cats to the blue variety reaching hefty proportions, catfish are fairly indiscriminate eaters with respectable fights and tasty fillets. Other words, they're the ideal "beginner" fish. [ Read Full Post ]
Norman Dreger of Germany got the surprise of his fishing career — and possibly his life — when an eagle swooped in to steal his dolly varden char, all his backing, and his fly. Fortunately for those of us sitting in front of a computer screen the entire event was captured on film. [ Read Full Post ]
It’s a phone call I’m sure he’ll never forget.
At 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13 James R. Bramlett received official word that his goliath striped bass is the new International Game Fish Association world record for a landlocked stripers.
James caught the 69-pound, 9-ounce fish on the Black Warrior River, near the Gorgas Steam Plant in Alabama on February 28, 2013. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek told James that his fish entered the record books at 69 pounds 9 ounces, 44.1 inches long with a 37.75-inch girth.
To put these statistics into perspective, consider that an average 10-year-old American boy weighs 70 pounds and measures 51 inches tall.
That’s a big fish!
James’ fish tops the previous Alabama state record set in 1959 by 15 pounds and the former IGFA record by about two pounds. [ Read Full Post ]
During early summer, big bluegills, in full spawning hues, start their gradual migration toward the shallows. As water temperatures reach 70 degrees, their breeding nests begin to appear—imagine elephant tracks on a lake bottom. Breeding often continues through August. These fish, the biggest bulls you’ll see all year, are aggressive biters and hard fighters. Perhaps best of all, their shallow-water haunts are easily accessible from a boat or from shore.
Minnesota’s Dave Genz, an icefishing master, calls these fish “no-nosers”—nothing but forehead. He focuses on them the instant that the ice melts, trading his jigging sticks for 12-foot spinning rods. But that’s pretty much all he changes. His terminal gear strategy remains a constant, and it’s a topnotch way to catch plate-sized fish. [ Read Full Post ]
Richard Galloway landed this monster rainbow trout while fishing the Clearwater River in Idaho in early March.
Galloway took some photos and measurements of the fish before releasing it as required by state law. The fish measured 36 inches in length and had a girth of 28 inches, according to the Idaho State Journal.
“I think I had it on my line for 15 to 20 minutes. I was using 15-pound test, so I kind of horsed it in a little,” Galloway told the paper. “I thought it was a steelhead.” [ Read Full Post ]