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Joe Cermele

Joe Cermele

Joe Cermele is MeatEater’s Senior Fishing Editor based on the East Coast. He has written several books and is the former fishing editor of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. If it swims, Joe wants to catch it—and write, podcast, and shoot videos about it here at MeatEater.

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Pick Up a Spin Rod to Become a Better Fly Angler

Fly

Pick Up a Spin Rod to Become a Better Fly Angler

The Drunk & Disorderly is one of my all-time favorite trout streamers. It’s also one of the most complex patterns ever created. The placement of every feather, the order of each type of body material, isn’t simply cosmetic nor accidental. It has a reason. The mallard flank tied in flat over the tail...
B-Side Fishing Doubles Down On Weird

Fishing

B-Side Fishing Doubles Down On Weird

Did you know that if it wasn’t for the American shad, you might be flying a British flag on your lawn? Or that there might be no Super Bowl or Superman or super-sized Big Mac value meal? It’s not a stretch to say that you’re an American partially because of a lowly fish that miraculously ran up the...
Das Boat Northeast is Here!

Fishing

Das Boat Northeast is Here!

I’ve traveled all over the world to fish, but I call the Northeast home. And what I’ve learned in all those years on the road is that I don’t think I could ever stop calling the Northeast home. Yeah, it’s crowded and noisy, the taxes are insane and the highways are clogged, but it’s tough to beat...
Video: This Hack Will Help You Catch More Fish

Fishing

Video: This Hack Will Help You Catch More Fish

Every angler wants to catch more fish. This almost goes without saying, but it does often go with paying. Fishermen will happily spend money on new lures, flies, and baits looking for a magic bullet, or at minimum, something that will put a few more fish in the boat. The truth is, you can put a lot...
Grocery Store Baits That Kill

Freshwater

Grocery Store Baits That Kill

When I was a kid, there were five bait and tackle shops in my hometown. Today, there are zero. I mean, yeah, we’ve got the big-box joints, but they lack more than the character and friendly faces of the mom-and-pop shops—they lack bait variety. Back in the day, you could buy three sizes of worms...
The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

Freshwater

The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

Over the years, I’ve found that anglers fall into one of three categories in regard to bowfin. They’re either pro-bow, anti-bow, or bow-curious. I’m so pro-bow I could be the president of the national bowfin fan club if such a thing existed, but I can’t say I’ve been a zealot my entire life. I only...
How to Choose the Right Fishing Lure Color

Freshwater

How to Choose the Right Fishing Lure Color

The cliche way to kick off any article about selecting lure colors is to suggest that you’re overwhelmed by the process. There are just sooo many options at Wal-Mart you wind up in the fetal position, shaking on the floor in aisle 35 from the mental stress that comes with choosing five lure colors...
MeatEater Has a New Fishing Show!

Fishing

MeatEater Has a New Fishing Show!

When you’re a passionate angler living in a crowded state—in my case, one stereotyped as the land of highways, malls, and refineries—you have two choices: Move out or adapt. I chose the latter—finding fish, serenity, and beauty between the Olive Gardens and Costcos in Dirty Jersey. I specialize in...
MeatEater Has a New Short Film

Freshwater

MeatEater Has a New Short Film

On Jan. 4, 2021, Michigan Judge Daniel Pulter denied a wetlands permit that Canadian mining company Aquila Resources needed in order to move forward on an open-pit sulfide mine along the Menominee River. The Menominee forms the border between Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It...
Drawing Fire: Mike Sudal’s Next-Level Fishing Journals

Freshwater

Drawing Fire: Mike Sudal’s Next-Level Fishing Journals

I’ve had a lot of fishing journal false starts. For a month at a time, maybe two, between the ages of 16 and 25, I’d diligently log every detail about each trip to the striper surf or trout stream. Weather, wind, and water temperature data all neatly recorded. Most of the time, I did this in a cheap...