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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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  • August 6, 2011

    It's Time to Consider Banning Commercial Fishing - 11

    Why is it illegal for me to sell wild venison, but I can go down to my local grocery store and buy fillets of wild Alaskan salmon?

    Why can I walk into a restaurant and order ceviche made with wild tuna, but if I try to sell breasts from wild mallards to this same restaurant, I could be arrested?

    Why is there such an accepted double standard between the commercialization of terrestrial wildlife and the market fishing for wild fish?

    The issue is at the top of my mind following a cover story last month in Time magazine that detailed the promise and the pitfalls of aquaculture, or fish farming. The main point of the piece is that we humans are eating more fish than ever, which is a good thing, since fish are good for our health. But the increasing harvest pressure on wild fish stocks is unsustainable, and is motivating an increase in aquaculture for many of the most popular species.

    The article’s author makes the point that fish are our “last wild food, but our oceans are being picked clean.” And he asks the question: “Can farming fish take the place of catching them?” [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 3, 2011

    Epic Texas Drought is Turning Lakes Red - 4

    My home state of Texas was on fire a few months ago.  Well, not the whole state; just a little over a million acres of it.  Now that the flames are out, we’re contending with another problem – drought. How dry is it?  Well, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, 75 percent of the state is in "exceptional" drought. It’s so dry here in Texas that our lakes are weeping blood! OK, not actually “weeping blood” but some are turning blood red. [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 2, 2011

    World Record Albino Catfish Pulled from the River Ebro in Spain - 4

    Great Britain’s The Sun newspaper reports that last week Chris Grimmer (left) landed the largest albino catfish ever (the paper cleverly nicknamed the monster Fin Kong). He caught the freak fish on the River Ebro in Spain. Who knew there was such a category? Albino catfish? Really? 

    Grimmer’s spooky cat was 8 feet long and weighed 194 pounds. Grimmer told reporters that his 30-minute fight with the fish “was like trying to reel in a bus. I could hardly walk afterwards, but it was worth it." [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 2, 2011

    Angler Beats His Own World Record by Catching 2,649 Fish in 24 Hours - 2

    On Friday Jeff Kolodzinski beat the world record for the most fish caught in 24 hours by hauling in 2,649 panfish and bullheads.

    Exactly what would posses a man to fish for 24 hours straight, hell-bent on catching (and releasing) as many tiny bluegills as humanely possible? Well, besides the fame and fortune that comes with such an illustrious record,  Kolodzinski was out to support Fishing for Life, a nonprofit organization that helps urban youth through fundraising and fishing programs.

    Sponsored by Frabill and Outdoor Channel, Kolodzinski was fishing in a competition that featured contestants from both companies. Kolodzinski, the VP of Marketing for Frabill, set his record from a dock on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. It was the same dock he fished last year when he set the then world record of 2,143 fish caught in a day. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 28, 2011

    The Fat Lady Finally Sings, Britain's Famous Monster Carp is Dead - 4

    Carp anglers will no longer get a chance to chase The Fat Lady, one of Britain’s largest and most famous carp (that's right, famous carp). An angler found her body floating in the waters of the St. Ives Lakes. 

    The Fat Lady is a 30-year-old mirror carp that weighed 61 pounds, 6 ounces. An average mirror carp weighs about 10 pounds. Through the years she became a legend among British anglers, and to some, landing The Fat Lady became an obsession. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 20, 2011

    Potential Record Muskie From Minnesota Keeps Growing After Death - 6

    No one likes a miscount, especially when it comes to a potential record-breaking muskie. But that's exactly what happened to John Gergen, 22, after he landed this incredible fish following a 20-minute fight on July 1.

    Gergen caught the 57.5-inch monster from Lake Sallie, Minnesota. He spent five hours trying to revive and release it but couldn't, so he decided to keep it and get it mounted.

    So just how much did this fish weigh? Unfortunately, we'll never know for sure.

    Thanks to a budget boondoggle, the Minnesota state government was shut down at the time, so Gergen couldn't officially weigh his catch and have it checked by DNR officials. He did weigh it on a home scale and reportedly got 54 pounds, which ties the state record. In Minnesota, the muskie state record is a pretty big deal, so naturally the press was interested. This is where the story gets interesting, and confusing. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 19, 2011

    New Fishing Gear: Three Strange Products From ICAST 2011 - 0

    There were tons of new product ideas at the annual ICAST Show last weekend in Las Vegas, where inventors ply their wares in hopes of striking it rich. Some new products are an immediate sensation, others, well―the genius isn’t as readily apparent.

    Here are three products I'm on the fence about. So help us decide. Are these items the next “gotta have’s” or are they destined to be forgotten?   

    Ninja Turtles?
    Well, maybe not. Arguably, largemouth bass eat turtles. Turtles present a nesting threat to females and provide a tasty snack at other times. The folks at Castalia Outdoors have harnessed the power of the turtle and molded it into their Bombshell Turtle. The 3-inch bait is fished like any other soft plastic. ($5.99/6-pack; bombshellturtle.com) [ Read Full Post ]