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Freshwater

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 10, 2014

    Rigger's Bench: Tweak a Jet Bait for Better Dolphin 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.

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  • March 10, 2014

    Video: Two Guys Go Crazy When They Haul Monster Lake Trout Through the Ice - 0

    This is why we fish! Check out the absolutely infectious excitement these two anglers expend when one of them hooks into a monster 40-inch-plus lake trout.

    The two men scream “dude” umpteen times, hoot and holler constantly, and almost crack the ice with their girl-at-a-boy-band-concert shrills. It's like the ice fishing version of double rainbow. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 10, 2014

    Ice Fishing Tips: Jigging Bump and Run Technique - 0

    “There’s your guy. Get right up on him and bump him.

    Okay, now turn and run. Don’t stop!

    Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes.

    Now! Hit him!”

    Sounds like a defensive back coach pushing his cornerback on the bump-and-run technique, but I was actually tucked inside a heated shack on a frozen lake in Grand Rapids, Minn. And instead of glaring at opposing player, I was staring at the flasher sitting next to a hole drilled through 3 feet of ice. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 6, 2014

    Record 20-Pound Walleye Caught in Washington State - 0

    While fishing the Columbia River last week a Washington angler landed a 20-pound, 5-ounce walleye to break the previous state record. Wildlife officials were quick to confirm the catch. A walleye weighing more than 20 pounds hasn’t been caught in the U.S. since 1988.

    John Grubenhoff rushed home from work on Friday afternoon to squeeze in a few hours of fishing before dark, according to the Spokesman-Review. The 57-year-old has spent the past 29 years pursuing walleye and his most successful catches have historically occurred during the winter months after sunset. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 4, 2014

    Video: Little Pike Races to Shore to Avoid Getting Eaten by Bigger Pike - 0

    This is one of those rare instances where a fish is safer on dry land than in water.

    The northern pike in this video was just safely released and started swimming away only to return seconds later, hurling itself onto shore in search of safety. The reason for this strange behavior appears seconds later when a bigger pike strikes. If only the people on shore had thrown a bait in the water... [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 4, 2014

    Monster 17-Pound Largemouth Bass Caught in San Diego - 0

    Angler Justin Hanold landed San Diego’s largest bass of the year Monday morning when he snagged a 17-pound largemouth by accident. Hanold was fishing Miramar Reservoir, one of San Diego’s prime bass fisheries, reports sdfish.com. Although Hanold is a successful tournament angler and operates his own guide service, he attributes his latest catch to pure “dumb luck.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 4, 2014

    Kid Lands 114-Pound Louisiana State Record Catfish - 2

    Twelve-year-old angler Lawson Boyte landed a spot in the record books when he pulled a fish from the Mississippi River that was larger than him. The Oak Grove, La., resident admits that catching the 114-pound catfish took more than just skill. 

    "It was more luck than it was skill to catch that big fish. I think the thing that done it was eating Vienna sausages,” he told KNOE 8 News.
     
    Boyte’s fish was so large that it wouldn’t fit in a regular-sized freezer. Instead, it was held in a freezer at the concession stand at Oak Grove High School. [ Read Full Post ]