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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

Catfishermen are the alchemists of angling, turning unusual concoctions of smelly...

Largemouth Bass Tips

This is the spot for all your largemouth bass tips! This is the spot for all your...

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...

  • February 24, 2014

    Randy Howell Wins The Bassmaster Classic - 1

    It was most definitely a Classic! Forget the Olympics (and the twin U.S. hockey team disappointments). Forget the Daytona 500 (and its 9 p.m. start time). ‘Merica was most definitely on display this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala., as bass fishing fans of every age and from every corner of the globe gathered for the Bassmaster Classic which took place on Lake Guntersville. And what a Classic it was.

    With the Birmingham convention center packed with a rollicking capacity crowd, hometown favorite Randy Howell popped a 29-pound, 2-ounce bag of bass on the final day of the tournament to edge out Connecticut angler Paul Mueller by a pound.Howell was in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the Day 2 leader Edwin Evers, going into the final day—the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the Classic. It is Howell’s first Classic title.

    “It was the biggest bag of fish I’ve ever caught in a tournament in my career,” a tearful Howell said after his win. “To do it in the Classic is just plain unreal.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Best Early-Season Bites: Bass, Walleye, and Crappie - 0

    You don't have to wait until June for the fishing to get good. With the right tactics, you can have consistent success on the most popular freshwater species. Here's how to find and catch early-season bass, walleye, and crappie.


    Illustrations by Pete Sucheski

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  • February 19, 2014

    Monster Minnesota Lake Trout Could Break Ice Fishing World Record - 2

    The spool on Rob Scott’s tip-up rattled furiously, down to the knot on the spool by the time he ran over to the tripped flag. Scott, from Crane Lake, Minnesota expected a lake trout when the flag went up on an out-of-the-way spot on the ice at Lac La Croix.

    But, he didn’t expect the beast that came through the ice hole – a 45-inch long, 52-pound 3-ounce laker that blew away the previous ice caught lake trout record of 40 pounds.

    Scott dropped a dead shiner a foot off the bottom in 55 feet of water at roughly 1 p.m. when the flag tripped. According to the Duluth News Tribune, Scott said, “He was in deep-water mode for the first half-hour.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 17, 2014

    Ice Fishing Tips: How to Jig Up Jumbo Perch - 0

    Photo by Bill Lindner/Lindner Imagery

    Jigging up perch in the dead of winter can be fun, but hauling up 14-inch fatties is sheer euphoria.

    At times, icefishing for perch can be ridiculously easy, due largely to their voracious appetite. Indeed, catching a bucketful of dinks is often mere child's play. That is not the case with big fish. When these so-called sumo perch start to chew, I become a man on a mission. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 13, 2014

    Idaho Ice Fisherman Rescues Boy With Quick Thinking and an Extension Cord - 0

    You can never have too many survival tools. But when an emergency occurs, sometimes your best instruments are the intangibles: quick thinking, resourcefulness, and decisiveness.

    An unidentified Idaho ice angler's rapid response surely saved the life of a boy who fell through the ice recently. The angler was fishing in a local pond when a 12-year-old boy broke through the ice about 20 feet from shore, Idaho's KTVB reports. A rope and throwable floatation device would have been the ideal tool, but without one readily available, the situation demanded a creative solution. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 11, 2014

    Best New Rods and Reels: Fishing Tackle Test 2014 - 0

    We’ve got good news if you’re looking to upgrade your fishing gear: There’s never been a better time to do so. This year’s class of rods and reels offers something for anyone looking to wet a line.

    With the economy continuing to limp along, disposable income remains scarce. Faced with the daunting task of selling new gear to cash-strapped consumers, manufacturers have been forced to retool their sales and design strategies. As such, they’re offering upscale, feature-packed products that wring every dime out of a dollar. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 6, 2014

    Outlaw Max Game Changer: New Crappie Jig Packs Triple Hooking Power - 2

    Whitey Outlaw, a crappie tournament pro from South Carolina, views aggressive crappies as a two-edged sword – great opportunity with lots of slashing strikes, but also plenty of heartache when the fish hit the bait so hard they miss the hook.

    This happens a lot with his preferred tactic of tight-lining. Also called “pushing,” jigs and/or minnows are held vertically on weighted lines and slowly presented to crappie-friendly cover. A fired-up fish bull rushes the bait and the impact knocks the hook away from its mouth. [ Read Full Post ]