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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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Grande Bass

Lake El Salto is one of the most legendary trophy bass lakes in the world, but the Mexican drug war has tainted its appeal. We head south of the border to see why El Salto is still the best place to catch your biggest bass.

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Fishing Articles

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Finicky Fish

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King of Crab

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15 Signs of Spring

At long last, it's April and if you look hard, Spring is everywhere. By now, most of...

  • April 11, 2014

    3 Must-Haves for Your Survival Fishing Kit - 3

    You’ve got a good chance of providing food in a wilderness survival scenario if you have a little fishing gear in your survival kit. All you need is a small coil of monofilament line, some weights, and one or two dozen hooks. This seems simple enough, but over the years, I have found that the fishing gear in common survival kits is not that useful.

    People expect the fishing gear to provide them with food in a survival scenario. But this gear often comes wadded up into little bundles and shoved in the corner of the box, tube or pouch with the other items. They seem more like an afterthought rather key items used to improve your odds in the game of survival.

    Here’s how to make a survival fishing kit that works — if you treat it right (and if the fish are biting). [ 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 10, 2014

    Match the Hatch for Better Spring Crappie Fishing - 0

    Photo: John Neporadny

    Smart," "spooky," and "selective" are terms trout anglers often use to describe their target fish. And now a hardcore band of crappie-fishing experts are uttering phrases such as "matching the hatch" too—but it's not just emerging insects that they are keying on.

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  • April 9, 2014

    Florida Anglers Land 720-Pound Mako Shark While Fishing Cobia Tournament - 0

    A group of anglers dead-set on winning a cobia tournament opted to battle a 700-pound mako shark instead.

    Randy Messer and friends had already landed a 40-pound cobia off Destin, Fla. when they spotted a goliath mako cruising just 15 feet below the surface. Messer tossed a live bait into the water and the two-hour battle began. The 700-pound apex predator fought for all its might; breaching the surface, flipping into the air, and towing the 40-foot Sure Lure two miles further out to sea.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Video: Alligator Killed by Electric Eel - 0

    It was a true rumble in the jungle when a caiman (member of the crocodile family) took on an electric eel in the Amazon backcountry of South America.

    The result of the conflict is shocking! [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Discussion with Sally Jewell: Conservation, Land Access, and Recruiting New Hunters - 0

    It’s not every day that you get an invitation to spend time with a Cabinet member. But last month, I got the chance to talk with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about conservation, access, and the imperative to bring new folks into our hunting and fishing ranks.

    Here are some highlights of the conversation, which included folks from Boone & Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Montana Wildlife Federation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.

    We first discussed the importance of access to public lands. RMEF's David Allen spoke of the need to ensure that the Land & Water Conservation Fund was reauthorized and fully funded. He thanked Secretary Jewell for the President’s budget, which for the first time, includes full funding for the LWCF. That’s $900 million from offshore oil and gas leasing, not tax dollars. All of the groups around the table understand what the LWCF does for hunters and anglers. Nobody balked when the Secretary asked for help getting the President’s budget implemented as it relates to the LWCF. [ Read Full Post ]