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5 Best State Capitols for Fishing

Imagine, if you will, that COVID-19 is behind us. You’re downtown in some state capital—hopefully for a day of advocacy with the BHA family, or maybe just for conference with a bunch of knuckleheads you really need to escape. Either way, it hits you: I need to catch a damn fish. ASAP. Your kayak’s...

Wildlife Management

Fact Checker: Is the Coral Snake Poem Accurate?

The old saying goes: “Red on yella, kill a fella. Red on black, a friend of Jack.” Another variant says: “Red against yellow, you’re a dead fellow. Red against black, you’re OK, Jack.” Outdoors folks from Arizona to the Carolinas have long learned such poems to help distinguish the highly venomous...

Freshwater

Hit the Road for Tank Toads: October Bass Pond Fishing

Pond, puddle, reservoir, impoundment, tank—for many folks these words conjure images of mud, manure, cattle, and catfish—or just mud and manure. But it would be a mistake to look past the pond. Not so long ago an image popped up on my phone. Kevin Davis sits aboard a tiny craft at the edge of a...

Natural History

12,000 Gone in Galveston: America’s Deadliest Storm

Disasters, like politics, are local. So, ask about the baddest storm and chances are you’ll hear “Sandy” in the mid-Atlantic, “Katrina” in New Orleans, “Camille” in Mississippi, and “Andrew” in Florida. But the truth is this: America’s deadliest storm hit 50 years before storms wore official name...

Freshwater

Up a Creek without a Paddle: Summer Wading for Bass and Panfish

A couple cold “Cocolas” and two packs of salty peanuts buy us the OK to park my Jeep at the country store where the creek and the highway cross. I hop into the pickup with my bass-slayin’, squirrel bustin’, rabbit dog runnin’ cousin Kevin and we head up a gravel road and thump-thump-thump over a...

Freshwater

Paddling to Paradise: How to Pull Off an Overnight Float and Fishing Trip

“We was feeling pretty good after breakfast, and took my canoe and went over the river a fishing, with a lunch, and had a good time…,” Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” 1884 As Americans we have access to more water than any one of us could float in a hundred lifetimes. The United...

Saltwater

Run of Show: What to Expect on Your First Offshore Charter

The best cowboy is the one who’s in the way the least. Same goes for greenhorns—those of us who’re curious enough to try new things and ain’t afraid to suck. If you’re headed out on your first offshore charter trip this summer, here’s what to expect no matter where you are in the world. Get ready...

Freshwater

Bar Room Banter: Will Piranhas Turn You into a Euro Mount?

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 swim with an infamous face-eater. “The pirañas were eating...

Recipes

‘Biloxi Bacon’ (Striped Mullet) Two Easy Recipes

“May the mullet brown in abundance upon his frying pan.” -Traditional Biloxi, Mississippi, Blessing In our recent Trash Fish Tuesday: Striped Mullet article, we celebrated the deep Southeastern tradition of catching, cooking, and sharing mullet. The once-staple and newly trending fish is local...

Redfish

A Marsh of Your Own: How to Catch Redfish by Kayak

Corpus Christi Bay is tequila clear and cellophane slick this morning. When my kayak slipped over the oyster bed a moment ago, a thousand calcium and carbon blades scratched the hull and scraped off any boats on my tail. Now I stand up in the sit-in kayak, invert my paddle, and pull a camo sock-hat...