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5 Best State Capitols for Fishing

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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...
Hit the Road for Tank Toads: October Bass Pond Fishing

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

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

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

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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...
Hook, Line, and Sinker: Catfish Limb-Lining Basics

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Hook, Line, and Sinker: Catfish Limb-Lining Basics

Our fate hangs by a thread just around this bend. If the limb-line is taut, we’ll dine on fresh catfish fried crispy in cornmeal and lard. If not, it’s creek-side potted meat and crackers for supper. We’re canoeing Mississippi’s Black Creek for a few days. We lit the Coleman stove long before the...