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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Fishing Editor and a former freelance writer/photographer, commercial fisherman, and editor of BHA's Backcountry Journal. Though originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, he's been in Montana for almost a decade and probably isn't leaving—except during steelhead season. Send him an email sam@themeateater.com or follow him @samlungrenmedia.

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Video: Giant Hammerhead Attacks Angler’s Tarpon

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Video: Giant Hammerhead Attacks Angler’s Tarpon

Relatively few experiences in the outdoors quite measure up to heart-pounding, tightline combat with an angry adult tarpon. One scenario that could surpass that fervor? Getting a big tarpon next to the boat with a huge hammerhead in hot pursuit. “We were in the Tobacco Caye Channel and hooked the...
What’s the World’s Most Difficult Sportfish?

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What’s the World’s Most Difficult Sportfish?

Muskie are the fish of ten thousand casts—or is that steelhead? Nothing really runs and jumps and straight-up brawls like a tarpon. Marlin are undoubtedly the marquee, among the largest and fastest, rare, unbelievably powerful, enigmatic. I’m sure we have ol’ Ernie Hemingway to thank for that...
A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

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A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

About one minute into the recent high-profile docu-drama “Seaspiracy,” the director and host Ali Tabrizi hits us with a motion graphic of a whale taking a watery excretion along with the following statement: “When dolphins and whales return to the surface to breathe, they fertilize tiny marine...
Photos: Texas Anglers Land State Record 10-Foot Bluefin Tuna

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Photos: Texas Anglers Land State Record 10-Foot Bluefin Tuna

Most fish are measured in inches. Most fish fights are measured in minutes. But some anglers get the rare gift—or punishment, depending on when you ask—to battle fish better measured in yards for the better part of a day. Troy Lancaster of Port Aransas, Texas, and his friends left Fisherman’s Wharf...
Can You Catch Fish in the Suez Canal?

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Can You Catch Fish in the Suez Canal?

The giant container ship “Ever Given” was stuck sideways in the Suez Canal for nearly a week, providing endless fodder for news outlets and meme creators. But the piscatorially-minded among us had only one question on our collective minds during this debacle: If we were stuck on a 1,300-foot-long...
Mountain in the Mangroves: Martin Luther King and His Bonefish Guide

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Mountain in the Mangroves: Martin Luther King and His Bonefish Guide

In 1968, four days before he was gunned down on his hotel room balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lounged in the bow of a skiff, savoring the solitude of the remote mangrove labyrinth surrounding Bimini Island.  A little-known footnote to his short but monumental life, Dr...
Photos: Florida Man Attacked by Shark After Bite from Gator

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Photos: Florida Man Attacked by Shark After Bite from Gator

Justin Stuller is well on his way to some kind of Floridian grand slam. After enduring a nasty alligator bite a decade ago, he was bitten by a large lemon shark earlier this month. What comes after that? Barracuda? Burmese python? Wild boar? Stuller, guide and owner of Estero River Outfitters, took...
Bar Room Banter: The Biggest Fish in the World

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Bar Room Banter: The Biggest Fish in the World

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take mental notes as we look at the largest fish to ever swim the seas. We’re all...
Snook Salvation: What We Stand to Lose in Florida

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Snook Salvation: What We Stand to Lose in Florida

It was a good cast, even the veteran guide behind me said so. Forty feet in front of the largest snook I’ve ever seen and hardly a splash. The fish even stayed course along the wall of mangroves. Then he saw the fly. Slowly, almost exasperatedly, the 40-plus-inch snook halted, gyrating his pectoral...