How to Fish a Tailwater

Freshwater

How to Fish a Tailwater

Each year, each season, despite our wishes, there are only so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoor pursuits we revere. Many a weekend warrior would like to do it all, but that’s not always feasible. And, sometimes, it’s just too hard to decide—go hunt or go fish? Spend the weekend chasing spring...
Stephen Klobucar May 16, 2022
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The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Gear

The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Walking down the dock on Day One of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, dodging fanboys, photographers, and jersey-laden anglers who looked like NASCAR drivers, I stopped at each boat. I didn’t need to talk to anyone, I just wanted to know what the fish were biting. Sure...
Pete Robbins Apr 29, 2022
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The 8 Worst Lures Ever Made

Fishing

The 8 Worst Lures Ever Made

From crude and prehistoric decoys carved from bone to simple but effective spoons made from bronze and iron, right up to the incredibly high-tech baits produced today, humans have invented a lot of ways to catch fish. That long history has included some truly innovative and remarkable lures that...
Kubie Brown Apr 26, 2022
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How to Catch More Walleyes on Crankbaits

Walleye

How to Catch More Walleyes on Crankbaits

Fishing live bait for walleyes is a rite of passage. Practically everyone learns to catch these often-tricky fish with worms on spinners, minnows on jig heads, or leeches under floats. But, if you stick with the walleye game long enough, you’ll learn that you also better become comfortable using...
Ross Robertson Apr 20, 2022
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How to Catch Big Trout in Small Streams

Fishing

How to Catch Big Trout in Small Streams

“Big water, big fish” is a maxim I’ve smiled and nodded at politely for more than a decade. It’s not that I don’t believe big fish live in big water-have you seen the trout they pull out of Pyramid Lake!? But I take mild offense to any suggestion that inverse of the statement implies: “Small fish...
Noah Davis Apr 15, 2022
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The Joys of Catching Your Own Bait

Fishing

The Joys of Catching Your Own Bait

Being a complete angler is less about catching fish and more about involving yourself in the entire fishing experience. From exploring a new fishing spot to choosing the right equipment and presentation, the more engaged you are in the process, the better angler you’ll become. For many fly and spin...
Kubie Brown Apr 12, 2022
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How to Fish Walleye Spinner Rigs Like a Pro

Walleye

How to Fish Walleye Spinner Rigs Like a Pro

Spinner rigs account for a huge proportion of all walleyes caught in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the walleye belt. Also known as a worm harness rig, this relatively simple tackle can be fished from the bottom to the surface, fast or slow, and provides a good mix of power and finesse. These...
Ross Robertson Apr 8, 2022
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This Annual Phenomenon Creates the Easiest Fishing in America

Fishing

This Annual Phenomenon Creates the Easiest Fishing in America

For Janet McGlothren, childhood summers on Mobile Bay were about one thing: jubilees. McGlothren and her three brothers sometimes slept on the pier under the stars in hope of finding the first jubilee of the year and getting to be in the local paper. But one summer in the late 1960s, that honor went...
Jordan Sillars Apr 6, 2022
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Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

Fishing

Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

This text was originally delivered as a speech at the 2022 International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. MeatEater adapted it into an article format for publication. Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is Sam Lungren and I’m the...
Sam Lungren Apr 5, 2022
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How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

Freshwater

How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a big glitter boat guy. Since buying my first in the fall of 1996, I’ve bought and sold five more. The fifth is about to leave for a new owner, and a sixth is on the way. I’ve tried to be careful, but I’ve done lots of stupid shit—run into logs, forgot to put the...
Pete Robbins Mar 31, 2022
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Are Rosy-Red Minnows Worth the Hype?

Freshwater

Are Rosy-Red Minnows Worth the Hype?

Nowadays, thanks to the internet and social media, word about new or extremely productive baits spreads like wildfire. Sometimes it seems that every angler is splattering the web with grip-and-grins and raving about one new wonder bait or another. Some of these are legit and others are just gimmicks...
Kubie Brown Mar 28, 2022
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