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3 Illinois Anglers Killed in Unexplained Explosion

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3 Illinois Anglers Killed in Unexplained Explosion

Earlier this month, three men fishing near Starved Rock State Park, Illinois, died in a mysterious blast. Authorities identified the anglers as brothers Inmer and Rafael Rivera Tejada, 39 and 36, and their nephew Guillermo Rivera Tejada, 26, all of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. “A day that...
Video: Morning Show Fishing Segment Goes Terribly Wrong

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Video: Morning Show Fishing Segment Goes Terribly Wrong

Here’s a reminder of why Cal’s Week in Review is the best news source for all things hunting, fishing, and conservation. This 2011 clip from Australia’s Today Show starts off fairly pedestrian. After an uncomfortable introduction and the kind of edgy innuendo you expect from a morning show, “shark...
Photos: The Worst Fish Hook Injuries to MeatEater Fans

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Photos: The Worst Fish Hook Injuries to MeatEater Fans

Earlier this year, Pat Durkin enlightened us on the art of human catch and release. If you’re looking for poetics about how anglers so often get hooks in places they don’t belong, go read his article. But if your stomach can handle it, stick around here for 12 pictures from our fellow impaled...
Video: Angler Catches and Releases New World Record Paddlefish

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Video: Angler Catches and Releases New World Record Paddlefish

Earlier this summer, we wrote about Kari Gentry and how her first day of fly fishing was better than yours. Well, now we’re declaring James Lukehart’s first day of paddlefishing superior to yours, too. Lukehart booked a fishing trip for his wife and himself to their home state of Oklahoma’s most...
Photos: Minnesota Angler Catches Same Giant Pike Twice in a Week

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Photos: Minnesota Angler Catches Same Giant Pike Twice in a Week

Mike Johnson, an avid angler from Crystal, Minnesota, has quite the fisherman’s tale to share this winter. Unlike most yarns that anglers spin, though, he has photos to back it up. Johnson was ice fishing Mille Lacs last week when he hooked into a 40-inch pike on a rattle reel with a 3-inch sucker...
Video: Anglers Stunned by Pike’s Stomach Contents

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Video: Anglers Stunned by Pike’s Stomach Contents

Roger Niesen was cleaning fish and watching MeatEater TV with buddies last weekend when they came across a hockey puck-sized object in a pike’s stomach. The 38-inch northern was caught on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin and sat on the ice for 5 hours before hitting the cutting board. They noticed...
The Best Colleges for Anglers

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The Best Colleges for Anglers

In college, I always made sure to use every single “sick day” the professors gave us. I’d power through illness and hangover to be in class, but if the bite was hot anywhere within a few hours of campus, my desk was empty. Some colleges are much closer to good fishing than mine, and I wonder if that...
Best Baits for Eater Catfish

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Best Baits for Eater Catfish

Catfish are what not exactly selective when it comes to their diet. In fact, they’re some of the most opportunistic feeders in freshwater. But that doesn’t mean they’re always easy to catch. Water temp, clarity, current, time of day and time of year are all influence their willingness and ability to...
Potential World Record Muskie Caught and Released in Minnesota

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Potential World Record Muskie Caught and Released in Minnesota

The world record muskie is currently living in Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake—or so biologists think. In a recent press release, the Minnesota DNR announced that earlier this year they landed the largest muskie they’ve ever seen. It happened while biologists were electrofishing for walleye. “We were...
70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided Over Misidentification

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70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided Over Misidentification

Roy Groves was one of the greatest catfishermen in history. His fishing prowess made him famous among fellow river rats in the Great Plains, and grainy photos of him with enormous catfish spread across two decades show why. At one point, Groves held both world and state records for blue catfish and...