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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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Monster Thresher

Florida angler Jason Fox went toe to toe with this massive thresher shark and finally brought it to the boat after a two-hour battle.

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Saltwater Articles

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World Record Tuna

Few fish are tougher than tuna. Here are some for the record book.

Mega Marlin

These billfish giants are among the biggest ever caught.

Fireworks on the 4th

Dr. Julie Ball and her crew went head to head with some huge sheepshead and amber jacks...

  • April 21, 2014

    805-Pound Potential Record Mako Shark Caught on Florida Beach - 2

    An angler team of two cousins reeled in a possible world-record shortfin mako shark from the shore near Pensacola, Fla. last week. Earnie and Joey Polk had intended to keep the potentially controversial catch under wraps, but a passerby snapped this photo when the two stopped for gas. The photo went viral on social media and the story was soon picked up by a local paper. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Huge Wave Nearly Knocks Cod Fishing Crew Off Ship - 0

    Here’s living proof that your job is easy.

    These guys were cod potting, trapping cod in a large netted enclosure or “pot,” in Alaskan waters when a crushing wave throws the full wrath of nature upon them. The men are washed away like some anatomically correct bath toys only to right themselves and get back to work.


    I’d be off camera holding on for dear life while crying through every prayer I know.

    Here’s to you cod potters! You’re far tougher men than I am. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    Photo: Massive Bull Shark Caught Off Miami Beach - 0

    An unidentified angler fishing with notorious shark guide Capt. Mark “the Shark” Quartiano has landed a massive bull shark off the coast of Florida.

    Capt. Quartiano stated Friday via Instagram that his client caught the 10-foot, 624-pound shark, “…in 10 feet of water off the Miami Beach hotels!!!” The captain added that the shark’s stomach contained, “1/2 a tarpon, 3 jack crevalles, 1 hawksbill turtle, and 1 permit.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Researchers Tag 3,500-Pound Great White Shark in Australia - 0

    Photo by WA Fisheries

    A great white shark roughly the size of a Chevy Suburban has been tagged off King George Sound, Australia.

    The shark was measured 16.5 feet in length and weighed more than 3,500 pounds. This gargantuan size easily makes it one of the largest great white sharks ever tagged in the world. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Man Wrestles Hammerhead Shark to Save Hooked Tarpon - 2

    There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity. Truth be told, I can see plenty of both in this clip.

    A gigantic tarpon is being reeled in when an even larger hammerhead shark appears from the depths of Boca Grande Pass, Fla., for an easy meal. Captain Bo Johnson of the DBo Show intervenes by grabbing the shark’s dorsal fin in an attempt to save the tarpon. A melee of sea foam and thrashing water ensues but in the end the tarpon is saved. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Video: Bird Goes Fishing with Piece of Bread - 0

    I know I’m not the first to notice green herons employing actual “fishing” tactics. Nevertheless, this avian angler’s ability to identify tools and tactics for its pursuit never ceases to fascinate me. I watched a green heron stroll right up to where I was chumming bluegill with chunks of sliced bread, confiscate a chunk for his own baiting, and then use the bread to lure a fish into snaring range. (I also caught fish that day. I’m just sayin’.)

    Anyway, what I think is interesting is that although we like to imply that birds are mimicking us, we anglers can take a very clear lesson from the bird. Simply put: fish with what they’re eating. When it comes to lures and baits, diversity is good, experimentation helpful; but mimicking the real deal never loses its wisdom. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade vs Piraiba Catfish - 0

    Jeremy Wade stopped by the Outdoor Life office this week while making the media rounds to promote his new season of River Monsters (it premieres April 6, 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet).

    Unlike a lot of fishing shows out there, people who fish can actually watch River Monsters without too many eye-rolls (it seems most of the other fishing shows on major cable networks are made for people who've never stepped foot in a boat). Sure, the show plays up plenty of dramatic angles, but at least Wade is a real, hardcore fisherman. [ Read Full Post ]