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He's the man who taught you how to shoot a B.B. gun, throw a baseball, and pop open a beer bottle with a knife. The least you can do is get him a decent Father's Day gift.
Check out our editors' top gift choices for your first, and best, hunting buddy. From handguns and knives to boots and jackets, this round up has it all.
I’m a hatchet man. There may be no other tool that’s as capable of handling so many outdoors tasks: whittling a spear, splitting a buck’s brisket, limbing a tree, pounding tent pegs, truing a table, defending a family… But Zippo’s new Woodsman tool may trump even a 3-pound hatchet. The versatile Woodsman features a mallet, a keen-edged hatchet, a peg-pulling claw, and a tempered saw blade that’s capable of making quick work of limbs up to 4 inches in diameter. It pulls hard duty cleaning up deadfall in my back yard and is a fixture in my pickup. ($80, zippooutdoor.com) —Andrew McKean [ Read Full Post ]
Many times when a young kid lands a big fish, it's a product of a lot of help from dad. Pops holds the rod and the kid reels. This of course is great, and any time used to take kids fishing is time well spent.
But, when a little kid whips a big fish on his own … well, it just doesn't get any better. Check out this sweet video of 6-year-old Reed battling a 100-pound tarpon. The kid works the tarpon (and talks us through it) like a pro. [ Read Full Post ]
A German angler more than fulfilled his wife’s request that he bring home some halibut this week when he pulled a 427-pound halibut from the Barents Sea, off the coast of Norway.
Christian Johannsen, 45, of North Friesland, Germany, was fishing with friends when he hooked into something big. Four hours later and with the help of two buddies, he landed what turned out to be an eight-foot long, 427-pound goliath of a halibut.
“Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” Johannsen told The Local.
Johannsen’s fish is a monster but it's still pretty far from the world record: a 540-pound halibut was caught off the Norwegian coast. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to access, this is the only type of closure we like to see.
Both arms of Congress have passed the Freedom To Fish Act. Pending Pres. Obama’s signature, the legislation brings a temporary close to a ridiculous movement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impose stringent access restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky.
The bill, which passed May 21, received bipartisan support (seriously) and was introduced in the Senate by Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and in the House by Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield. [ Read Full Post ]
Gerrardstown, West Virginia angler Tony Corbin sure wasn’t expecting to break any records when he set out on a first time mission targeting an unpressured private bass pond. But Corbin tossed out a swimbait and ended up landing a new state record rainbow trout that weighed in at 17.31 pounds and taped out at 30.5 inches, beating the previous record by nearly two pounds. He bested the big bow on 10-pound line, showing some professional angling skills. [ Read Full Post ]
It might have been the new world record.
Instead it was enjoyed as fish tacos on a Baja beach.
Last week, angler Kevin Shiotani landed an amberjack near Cerralvo Island in the Sea of Cortez after a grueling 25-minute battle that most of the Tailhunter International Sportfishing crew estimated to weigh at least 135 pounds, according to Pete Thomas Outdoors. Had the fish been officially weighed it might have threatened the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record amberjack caught off Japan in 2010. That fish weighed a whopping 156 pounds.
Word is that no one on the boat was thinking record at the time of the catch. [ Read Full Post ]
It wasn't the prettiest of days, but despite the dreary conditions, Tim Schneider, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin found the proverbial pot of gold at the rainbow's end. Actually, it was more of a brownish color – over 8 pounds of it. [ Read Full Post ]