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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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The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

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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

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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 Short Film

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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

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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...
Fish, Hunt, Fail: Steelheading Without a Reel

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Fish, Hunt, Fail: Steelheading Without a Reel

Every outdoorsman has a story of mishap, mess-up, or hilarious blunder. “Fish, Hunt, Fail” is your opportunity to share a memorable tale of stupidity with the world. Trust us, this is a safe place. We (probably) won’t pass judgement. Share your stories with us at meateater@themeateater.com for a...
5 American Fish You Need to Catch in Your Lifetime

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5 American Fish You Need to Catch in Your Lifetime

In 2004, Chris Santella’s book, “Fifty Places to FlyFish Before You Die,” hit shelves. I loved the stories, but I also loved the premise. I don’t think Santella intended the work to serve as an actual checklist of course, but it was hard not to imagine it that way. If you did, what you’d quickly...
Meat Hooks: Smashing Big-Bass Swimbait Myths

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Meat Hooks: Smashing Big-Bass Swimbait Myths

Hogs. Toads. Donkeys. Pigs. Whatever name you prefer, these are the fish you really want to catch. Quantity fills the freezer, but trophies earn the bragging rights. This series is dedicated to the pursuit of the true heavyweights across all species. The meat eaters. So set your drag and sharpen...
Five Flies You Should Tie During Quarantine

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Five Flies You Should Tie During Quarantine

You love to snare hogs with big, nasty streamers. You’re all about that triple articulation. I get it, because so am I. Now you’re on quarantine and you’ve got plenty of bucktail, Flashabou, and bunny strips to keep you busy at the vise. When we emerge from this viral madness, your boxes will be...
A Panther Martin Man’s Guide to In-Line Trout Spinners

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A Panther Martin Man’s Guide to In-Line Trout Spinners

As a “fishing professional,” I should say that I’m a Panther Martin man because the blade starts up instantly at any retrieve speed—a characteristic not shared by all in-line trout spinners. I should also tell you that the weight distribution of the teardrop body helps even the smallest models fly...