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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

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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

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America's Best Crappie Lakes

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  • March 3, 2014

    New Spinning Reel: Mitchell 300 Pro - 0

    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★   
    Price: $70   
    Performance: A   
    Design: A-   
    Price/Value: A+   
    Final Word: Rugged yet refined; a ton of reel for the money

    See the full tackle test: best new rods and reels [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    New Fishing Reel: Quantum Accurist - 0

    Quantum Accurist   
    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★    
    Price: $100   
    Performance: A   
    Design: B+   
    Price Value: B+   
    Final Word: High-end features promise performance over time

    See the full tackle test: best new rods and reels. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    Tackle Test: St. Croix LegendXtreme - 0

    St. Croix Legendxtreme Inshore   
    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ½   
    Price: $380   
    Performance: A   
    Design: A-   
    Price Value: B-   
    Final Word: Near flawless performance with modern aesthetics

    See the full tackle test: Best New Rods and Reels [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    Update: Potential World-Record Trout Caught Illegally - 1

    An ice-fisherman is in hot water after lying about where he caught his potential record-breaking trout.

    Rob Scott of Crane Lake, Minn. landed a 52-pound, 3-ounce monster after an hour-long fight that took place above and below the ice of Lac la Croix on Feb. 8. Following the epic battle, Scott, 65, took the behemoth to a taxidermist in Duluth to be weighed, measured and stuffed.

    News of the monster fish got out and Scott’s story made headlines in the Star Tribune. This caught the attention of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Aitkokan, Ontario who recalled checking Scott’s fishing license on the Canadian side of Lac la Croix on the day of his catch. When the officers checked on Scott he had just caught a 4-pound trout. Officers investigated the matter and, when confronted, Scott admitted that he caught his potential record breaker fish after the officers had left him. He stated that he was so high on adrenaline that he wasn’t thinking straight when he gave the smaller fish to another angler and hauled his prize catch about a hundred feet back across the border and into the U.S. via snowmobile. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    How to Catch a World Record Walleye Through the Ice - 1

  • February 26, 2014

    Early-Season Bass Fishing Lessons - 0

    In the wake of last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic, a couple of angling axioms merit attention. First, muddy water doesn’t necessarily flush the whole party. We’ve all heard about the big storm that blew across Lake Guntersville and turned a lot of the common fishing areas to chocolate milk. But as the new champ Randy Howell and several others demonstrated, you can’t let adverse conditions doom your day.

    We won’t rehash all that’s been reported, but it’s worth noting a few points relevant to, not only the recent Bassmaster Classic, but muddy water and spring conditions anywhere.

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  • February 24, 2014

    Pending World-Record Redear Sunfish Plucked from Lake Havasu - 1

    Talk about a frying pan-sized panfish! According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, a pending world-record redear sunfish was hauled out of Lake Havasu, weighing in at a whopping 5.78 pounds, and breaking the previous record of 5.55 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]