Fish America: Best Fish Gallery

It’s not all about the fish, but it’s a lot about the fish. Here are some of the memorable catches … Continued

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This largemouth bass crushed a Rebel Pop R on Lake Powell in Arizona, fishing with guide Danny Woods.
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Shane Kobald of Meeker, Colorado is all smiles after catching the biggest brown trout on the day, besting both his father John and I, on the White River.
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This was the biggest flounder we fooled fishing with Dr. Julie Ball out of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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This was the biggest rainbow trout I caught on the fly, out of the White River in Meeker, Colorado with guide John Kobald.
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Matt Wettish fooled this enormous brown trout on the Farmington River in Connecticut by drifting a mealworm on 2-pound-test fluorocarbon.
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Fishing off Virginia Beach with guide Herb Gordon, I was worn out after wrenching up this 47-inch AJ that hit a butterfly jig.
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Guide Randy Oldfield caught this 8-plus-pound bass on Lake Fork in Texas.
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Thanks to guide Mickey Maynard, we found some fast smallmouth action on Lake Champlain in New York.
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Guide Chris Senyohl put me on this spawning chum salmon in the Green River outside of Seattle, Washington.
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This was one of two 10-pound bass that B.A.S.S. pro Preston Scott caught on Lake Orange outside of Orlando, Florida, pitching through a hydrilla mat.
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I just happened to walk by this impressive catch, a 40-plus-inch redfish caught from a jetty in Port Arkansas, Texas.
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This largemouth fell for a slow-twitched creature bait on Lake Amistad in Texas.
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Despite torrential downpours, Kevin Shaw and I found some hungry redfish in Corpus Christie, Texas that were willing to cooperate.
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I hopped a headboat, The Black Hawk II, with Captain Greg Dubrule out of Connecticut and stayed out of tangles to land this bruiser bluefish.
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John Kobald took this beautiful brown trout on the White River in Meeker, Colorado, nymph fishing.
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I caught my first silver salmon on the Green River with Chris Senyohl in Seattle.
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Thanks to guide Ryan Rowan, I caught my biggest snook of the trip, wrenching it out of the mangroves in Boca Grande, Florida.
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Willy Goldsmith and I just had some old-fashioned fun, chumming the Charles River in Boston with balled up bread to catch these carp.
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Islamorada guide Bob Jones unhooks a blacktip shark before releasing it in Everglades National Park.
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Guide Mickey Maynard shows off a pike that slammed a black spinnerbait on Lake Champlain in northern New York.
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Guide Bruce Pollock holds up a hammerhead for a photo about 20 miles from Islamorada.
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I caught my first bowfin in the lakes connected to the Mobile River in Alabama with Pat Ogburn.
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One of my favorite fish of the trip, this was my first land locked salmon that I caught dry-fly fishing on Grand Lake Stream, Maine.
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This was my biggest brown trout caught on the fly on the White River in Meeker, Colorado with guide John Kobald.
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It was freezing on the Madison River in Montana, but Greg Thomas and I tiptoed across some ice to fool a few rainbows on the fly.
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Thanks to guide Rocky Thickstun, I caught this redfish on a soft-plastic swimbait outside of Venice, Louisiana. I’m giving it a bit of a push, but it was every bit of 12 pounds.
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Along with guides Hans Kaspersetz and Al Ristori, we caught stripers up to 40 pounds on the 4th of July off Sandy Hook in New Jersey, fishing bunker chunks.
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Guide Chris Robinson and I ran into a school of redfish pushing bait around an oyster bed and it was fish-every-cast good for about a half hour off the Florida panhandle.
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This dusky shark gave us about a 20-minute battle fishing with Bruce Pollock and Bob Jones in Islamorada.
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Aboard the Catch 22 out of Bud N’ Mary’s in Islamorada, the first mate shows off a bonito.
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Rom Whitaker Jr. holds up a mahi that was caught trolling out of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.
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I caught this red on a soft-plastic with guide Tommy Scarborough out of Georgetown, South Carolina.
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This lake trout, or “togue” as they are called in the area, was the first fish I caught on the trip, with guide Brooke Hidell on Lake Sebago in Maine.
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I put on a wetsuit and climbed into the Montauk surf on a pitch-black night in July with seasoned surfcaster Mike Coppola.
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I tried something different, lobster hooping in San Diego Harbor, and brought home dinner.
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I caught this fluke in Martha’s Vineyard Sound in June, hopping squid strips along the bottom.
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Guide Rocky Thickstun shows off a fly-caught redfish outside of Venice, Louisiana in September.
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This two-plus pound vermillion rockfish will make a nice meal, and was caught outside of San Diego.
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Kayaking around Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Rob Alderman and I ran into a mile-long school of blitzing Spanish mackerel, this was one of the more impressive fish we landed on metals.
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Guide Chris Robinson of Apalachicola shows off a Florida Panhandle redfish caught on light tackle.

It’s not all about the fish, but it’s a lot about the fish. Here are some of the memorable catches from Maine to Washington and back. Enjoy!