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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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Best 6 Baits

Although you may covet a tackle box stuffed with lures, these essential baits will fool (almost) every fish that swims. Clear out your tackle box this spring and cast these super six baits.

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Freshwater Articles

Strange Brews

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Largemouth Bass Tips

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Best Lures for Bass

There are thousands of bass fishing lures on the market, but in most situations these...

Big, Ugly Record Fish

Everyone loves looking at big fish, truly oversize, gut-swollen monsters. And when...

On Thin Ice

A simple, homemade tool that could very well save your life

America's Best Crappie Lakes

Looking for crappies? Look no further than these 5 hot spots. Be sure to comment and add...

  • March 18, 2014

    Killer Lures: 6 Classic Baits That Will Always Catch Fish - 1

    Photos by Ralph Smith

    A select few baits have souls—personalities that defy their production. Why one chunk of plastic or wood outperforms the next is curious, to say the least. But these six specific lures have become favorites because they catch fish when nothing else can, to hell with explanation. Beneath the teeth marks and battle scars you can sense their desire to be in the water, looking to add to their legend. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    President Obama’s Budget is a Mixed Bag for Outdoorsmen - 0

    The president recently unveiled his new budget for 2015. For hunters and anglers, it’s a good-news-bad-news scenario. Some things make perfect sense while others will leave you scratching your head.

    Either way, the president’s budget is a starting place, when it comes to protecting access and investing in America’s public lands.

    The Good
    The president has included full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF helps pay for fishing access sites, boat ramps, and protecting key habitat, using royalties that oil companies pay for offshore oil drilling. LWCF has given American hunters and anglers some premier spots for chasing big game. Places like the Tenderfoot Acquisition in Montana, the Silvio E. Conte National Wildlife Refuge in New England, and inholdings in the Tahoe National Forest in California. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Rigger's Bench: Tweak a Spinnerbait for Better Bass Bites - 0

    Illustration by Kevin Hand

    For fishermen, sometimes good isn't good enough. From the tinkerings of dissatisfied anglers come lure modifications that home in on very specific bites in very specific conditions. These alterations can turn a cold bite into a hot frenzy. So, tweak away. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Lessons from Lake El Salto: How to Catch Pressured Bass - 2

    Photos by Alex Robinson

    Not everything that happens in Mexico should stay in Mexico.

    Lake El Salto might be the best place to catch the biggest bass of your life, but don't head down there expecting to find virgin water. The 14,000-acre lake, located 800 miles from the U.S. border, has a reputation as a premier destination for trophy largemouths. Every summer it draws flocks of anglers that even the drug war hasn't deterred. Outfitter Billy Chapman says he's hosted up to 3,000 fishermen a year, and he's one of only three on the reservoir.

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  • March 14, 2014

    Video: Crazy Boat-Side Muskie Strikes - 1

    If you've got 8 minutes to kill today, you owe it to yourself to check out this video. The guys from Kramer Bros Tackle posted the clip below a few years ago, but it's just as good today.

    Many anglers will fish a whole lifetime and never see the volume of boatside action captured in this video.

    Happy Friday, everybody. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Shawn Brillon on How Flies End Up in the Orvis Catalog - 1

    Photo by Everett Meissner

    Here, I've got something to show you," says Shawn Brillon. "Wait until you see the most recent submission."

    "Is it a Woolly Bugger?" I joke.

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  • March 13, 2014

    Spring Fishing: Florida Angler Catches Trio of Monster Bass - 0

    Even if Florida’s Joseph “Brooks” Morrell doesn't catch another fish this month, he'll count March as a personal record breaker after landing three massive largemouths that most anglers will never see in a lifetime. [ Read Full Post ]