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There are precious few undammed rivers in America. Fewer still where you can float for days without seeing another party. And almost none where the trout are as hungry and the upland birds are as accessible as on Idaho’s Middle Fork Salmon River. I spent a week on the wilderness river last fall, casting to colorful cutthroats and hiking the canyon walls for chukar partridge. [ Read Full Post ]
So the flight attendant sees me editing big fish photos and stops to chat. She's a casual angler with more enthusiasm than regulatory knowledge. The clue came when I scrolled to a Gulf of Mexico gag grouper and she resolutely stated: "I like those but you're not supposed to eat them – they're an endangered species."
There you have it — a shining example of misinformation marring good intentions. Yes, gag grouper is a controlled species with size, season and bag limits. Keep one out of season, one that's too small, or more than you daily limit and I won't hesitate to call you out on it. But seeing someone munching on their fresh grouper sandwich after investing the time, effort and resources to legally harvest that fish — all I have to say is "Good for you." [ Read Full Post ]
We've reported on a lot of big gators already this year from Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. And now, Arkansas is getting in on the action.
Drew Baker of Little Rock landed this state record gator that taped out at 13 feet 9 inches and weighed 1,100 pounds. The alligator beat Arkansas' state record by 6 inches. Baker was on Lost Lake when he spotted the behemoth.
Fishing isn't about breaking records. But, even the purest of heart admit that having your name attached to a world record fish is an attractive proposition.
But achieving angling immortality is a lifetime quest, one rewarded only to the most passionate and skilled anglers, right? Well, not really. For the careful observer of current standing records, placing your name among the greats could be easier than you might think. Here are 10 angling records that are just begging to be broken. Get out there and rewrite the books. Thanks to the IGFA for providing the photos of the following records. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Jen Finger/Windigo Images
It might seem like a fish tale and you might even be a little disgusted, but splat fishing for catfish is so easy, you’ll quickly overcome your aversion. My first time out splat fishing, I caught more than 100 fish in a four-hour period, and it made a believer out of me.
The much-maligned cormorant is responsible for this surprising tactic. Cormorants, also known as water turkeys or grease chickens, roost on lakes across the country once the first cool front of the year arrives. It’s common to find hundreds of roosting birds on lakes and reservoirs, where each can consume up to one pound of fresh fish in a single feeding. However, their digestive systems work poorly, so the fish they eat are only partially digested before they are expelled. The result is a catfish angler’s dream. [ Read Full Post ]
I am not too proud to admit that I’m not a very competent fly caster. Frankly, there’s simply no hiding the fact, and therefore no reason to deny it.
Having grown up using spinning gear for bass, pike, and walleyes, I harbor a mental block that prevents me from fully comprehending the mechanics required to make a clean, long, and accurate one-handed fly cast (or I’m just hopelessly obstinate). [ Read Full Post ]
English tourist Peter Jones and his wife were only 30 minutes in to their cruise on the East Alligator River in Australia when they came upon a massive saltwater crocodile munching on a bull shark.
"Its hard for me to say how large they both were as I lack the experience in estimating the size of both crocs and sharks, both being very rare in rural Cambridgeshire," Jones told the NTNews.
"Big, springs to mind, even bloody huge or perhaps enormous. Our guide referred to both the croc and shark as being 'very big.' " [ Read Full Post ]