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Fish Hunting: How to Sight-Fish from Flats to Freshwater

Freshwater

Fish Hunting: How to Sight-Fish from Flats to Freshwater

From the poling platform I spotted the dark shapes—five or six of them—milling over light-colored bottom. “OK Dad,” I said, “I’ve got a group straight ahead, 90 feet.” I poled the skiff quietly, keeping my eyes on the black backs of the tarpon. They resembled suspended logs, except that every once...
How to Crush Smallmouth Bass Right After Ice-Out

Freshwater

How to Crush Smallmouth Bass Right After Ice-Out

The ice is out and I’m itching to get on smallmouths. The fact that I’ve been quarantining in my apartment with two roommates who can’t even talk fishing with me isn’t helping. Problem is, water temperatures are barely nudging 40 degrees. This means that although I’ve been daydreaming about big...
How to Fight and Land Big Fish through the Ice

Freshwater

How to Fight and Land Big Fish through the Ice

When I get to the tip-up, the silver spool spins fast enough to raise bubbles in the hole. It slows to a moderate spin, consistent, without stopping. I give a thumbs-up to my dad who trails behind me. He picks up his pace, navigating the lake’s crusty snow cover on his one good knee. By all...
Muskie Fishing Basics: How to Catch the Premier Freshwater Predator

Muskie

Muskie Fishing Basics: How to Catch the Premier Freshwater Predator

When it finally happened, I was thinking about lunch: moose stew bubbling over the Coleman stove back at camp or turkey and cheese on a bulkie roll. I’d been casting since dawn, and both choices seemed tempting. Standing at the stern of my canoe, I gazed across the water into Canada. Large, spiky...
Late Winter Harvest: Feeding Generations on Northeast Natives

White Perch

Late Winter Harvest: Feeding Generations on Northeast Natives

I don’t remember my first fish, but there’s a good chance it was a white perch. I’m pondering that perch, and thinking about the species in general, as I tip my jig with a shiner chunk and drop it to the bottom. White perch aren’t actually perch; they’re a cousin to the much larger and more...