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Later this month Berkley will start shipping out NanoFil, its latest fishing line designed specifically for light and medium spinning tackle. NanoFil is a monofilament/braid hybrid that runs in extra small diameters. It's made of Dyneema (a gel-spun polyethylene), which is the same sort of material that's commonly used in bullet proof vests, windsails and Berkley's other superline - Fireline.
The difference between NanoFil and Fireline is that NanoFil consists of hundreds of Dyneema filaments that are molecularly bonded together, not fused together by heat like Fireline. The idea behind NanoFil was to create a line that has the strength and no-stretch, no-memory properties of a braid while retaining the smoothness of mono. [ Read Full Post ]
Gene Swope was snagging for paddlefish with his grandsons on the Lake of the Ozarks when he hooked and landed an unfortunate Missouri state record.
Swope hauled in a 106-pound bighead carp, which easily passed the previous 80-pound state record and outweighs the IGFA all-tackle world record by 16 pounds. However, Swope's catch won't be counted as an IGFA world record because snagging isn't allowed under IGFA rules (it's legal to snag carp in Missouri because they're not realized as gamefish).
While it was no doubt a thrill for Swope to battle the fish, the bighead carp isn't exactly a species the conservation department wants to promote in Missouri. [ Read Full Post ]
A shipment of some 8,000 rainbow trout used to stock several Western Maryland streams earlier this month contained some fish with whirling disease, a parasitic-borne syndrome often fatal to salmon and trout species, especially rainbows.
And in what can only be called a wicked twist of fate, on March 21 Maryland became the first state in the country to enact a ban on felt-soled waders worn by anglers in an effort to prevent the spread of aquatic hitchhikers and parasites—specifically parasites like the one causing whirling disease. [ Read Full Post ]
In a reaffirmation as to why we outdoorsmen love country music star Miranda Lambert comes this honeymoon photo posted on her Twitter page yesterday.
After their nuptials last weekend, it seems she and new husband/outdoorsman Blake Shelton honeymooned in Oklahoma and got in a little bass fishing. Her Tweet read: Honeymoon bliss!!
We're guessing that this gal likes to cook game, too. A Tweet from last week included this photo and comment: "Last thing loaded for the wedding!!! Harvested by...me!!!"
Message to Miranda: When will you (and Blake) sit down for an interview with Outdoor Life? Call anytime.
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Want to help save the U.S. economy and conserve our wild spaces? Then keep hunting and fishing. A recent analysis conducted for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found that excise taxes collected on hunting and shooting equipment had an annual return on investment of 1,100 percent. Sport fishing gear created an annual return on investment of 2,157 percent. What exactly does that mean? It means that buying hunting and fishing equipment and licenses is about the best investment you can make if you care about conservation.
To save you from a finance lesson delving into ROI and the details of excise taxes, here's the meat of the analysis… [ Read Full Post ]
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Last week, Christopher Pluntz, 44, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after investigators discovered the 443 rainbow trout heads he turned in for $15 each (that adds up to $6,645) in 2010 were a fraud.
Pluntz was trying to take advantage of an incentive program implemented in 2007 and administered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game that pays anglers $15 each for lake trout and rainbows exceeding 12 inches caught from Lake Pend Oreille and other selected waters in the state. The bounty is intended to encourage anglers to catch and remove fish that are natural predators to kokanee, a trout species that is struggling to survive there.
To participate in the program, anglers are instructed to provide trout heads measuring at least two inches in length to one of the IDFG freezer locations. [ Read Full Post ]
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Known colloquially by many anglers as shellcrackers, the redear sunfish is a perennial favorite for springtime pond fishing—along with bobbers and nightcrawlers—and preferably with a young companion or two.
A fishing basket full of hand-sized ‘crackers can usually provide enough filets for a nice fish fry. That is, unless you’re Robert Lawler of Lake Havasu, Arizona. [ Read Full Post ]