Saltwater

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...
Sam Lungren May 5, 2021
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Freshwater

Best Walleye Lures, Baits, and Tactics

Walleye fishing seemed so simple back when grandpa first showed you how to put a worm on a hook. That was a damned effective tactic, too. These days, as you’re walking the tackle shop aisles or scrolling endless pages of online gear sites, any thoughts that this type of fishing is a simple affair go...
Ross Robertson May 4, 2021
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Freshwater

The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

Over the years, I’ve found that anglers fall into one of three categories in regard to bowfin. They’re either pro-bow, anti-bow, or bow-curious. I’m so pro-bow I could be the president of the national bowfin fan club if such a thing existed, but I can’t say I’ve been a zealot my entire life. I only...
Joe Cermele May 3, 2021
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Saltwater

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...
Sam Lungren Apr 27, 2021
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Fishing

How To Catch Landlocked Salmon

For many anglers, catching salmon is a dream as unachievable as winning the lottery or marrying a model. It might be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that has to be planned for years. This is especially true with two of the most iconic salmon species: Atlantic and sockeye. Generally, Atlantic salmon...
Kubie Brown Apr 26, 2021
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Freshwater

The History and Mystery of Hybrid Fishes

As co-hosts Miles Nolte and Joe Cermele discussed on a recent episode of the Bent Podcast, over the past decade biologists have discovered an average of two new species of freshwater fish each week. As a fisheries scientist myself, I always find these new discoveries interesting and exciting. But as...
Stephen Klobucar Apr 23, 2021
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Freshwater

How to Choose the Right Fishing Lure Color

The cliche way to kick off any article about selecting lure colors is to suggest that you’re overwhelmed by the process. There are just sooo many options at Wal-Mart you wind up in the fetal position, shaking on the floor in aisle 35 from the mental stress that comes with choosing five lure colors...
Joe Cermele Apr 22, 2021
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Saltwater

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...
Sam Lungren Apr 21, 2021
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Freshwater

Trash Fish Tuesday: Redhorse

Why do we consider some fish iconic and others aquatic refuse? In this series, we focus on American fishes not officially designated as “game fish.” These species, though native, get lumped into a category of “trash fish,” a distinction that’s more than just semantic. Game fish are managed...
Tyler Winter Apr 20, 2021
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Freshwater

Video: Florida Man Charged for Diving in Bass Pro Fish Tank

This article comes from the Bent Fishing Podcast’s “Fish News” segment, where hosts Joe Cermele and Miles Nolte go head-to-head to find and report the most interesting and amusing fishy stories across sources far and wide—from respected scientific journals to trashy tabloids. Rest easy, Florida...
Maggie Hudlow Apr 14, 2021
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Fishing

MeatEater Has a New Fishing Show!

When you’re a passionate angler living in a crowded state—in my case, one stereotyped as the land of highways, malls, and refineries—you have two choices: Move out or adapt. I chose the latter—finding fish, serenity, and beauty between the Olive Gardens and Costcos in Dirty Jersey. I specialize in...
Joe Cermele Apr 13, 2021
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