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Ask A Biologist: Do Pressured Fish Learn to Avoid Certain Lures?
I’ve never met an angler that wasn’t full of theories. In fact, the conversation during many fishing trips is often nothing but theories...
Confidence Kills: How to Avoid Boat Accidents this Season
Photos: The Worst Fish Hook Injuries to MeatEater Fans
Best Bass Fishing Lures and Baits
Video: Angler Catches and Releases New World Record Paddlefish
Jun 29, 2020
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 famed spoonbill waters, Keystone Lake. The first fish of the day was an 88-pounder that Caitlin caught and released.
“We just really wanted some...
We Screwed Up
Jun 24, 2020
Are you looking for the article on professional bass angler Christie Bradley and wondering why it’s not here? Well it’s not here because we screwed up—big time—so we took the piece down. How did a story about a trail-blazing professional angler like Christie Bradley go wrong? Well for starters, an article about what it’s like to be a female tournament angler that’s written by a man shouldn’t contain dorky boob jokes and outdated perspectives on...
Up a Creek without a Paddle: Summer Wading for Bass and Panfish
Jun 23, 2020
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 cattle gap. We creep through crunchy truck ruts and along rusted barbed wires common in our part of Mississippi. I hop out and squeak open the gate—it...
Secret Weapon Topwater Lures Bass Don’t Want You to Know About
Jun 17, 2020
I am a surface lure fanatic, and for years I only trusted my topwater game to a trio of players—a popper, a walking bait, and a buzzbait.
Groups of three are not new to many of you. If you attended Catholic school, then you know all about the Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you’re from New Orleans, then you likewise know about the other Holy Trinity that forms the basis of Cajun and Creole food—onion, celery, and bell...
How to Keep Catching Fish During Spring Runoff Floods
Jun 15, 2020
A couple Junes ago, an older angler walked down to the hole I was fishing to tell me that he likes that spot, only not when the water is flowing so damn fast and heavy. Wait a month and it will be better, young man. I nodded in acceptance of his sage wisdom, declining to tell him that we’d landed a 22-inch brown, a 24-inch cutthroat, and a 25-inch rainbow right there within the last 24 hours. And I’d fished that spot enough years to know that...
Do You Remember Your First Frogasm?
Jun 10, 2020
It twitches a little, then throbs a little more.
You manipulate it gently, but firmly, building a consistent rhythm.
The pressure builds up.
And then it builds some more. It’s almost unbearable.
Finally, an explosion, liquids flying everywhere, and a simultaneous feeling of release and excitement.
Yes, there is (almost) nothing better than a big bass crushing a hollow-bodied topwater frog through a heavy mat of vegetation, flying out of the water...
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