The Best Eating Freshwater Fish

Fishing

The Best Eating Freshwater Fish

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times: “I’m a catch-and-release fisherman because I don’t like the taste of freshwater fish.” Anglers and foodies alike who will happily eat saltwater species like tuna, swordfish, and haddock, always seem to turn their noses up at the idea of eating...
Kubie Brown Nov 7, 2022
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Chester's Folly: Why Ice Fishing Failed in Season 11

Ice Fishing

Chester's Folly: Why Ice Fishing Failed in Season 11

In the history of MeatEater, only a couple of episodes have never made it from the field to our viewers. In Season 11, the crew tried their darndest to include a hard water fishing episode complete with perch roe doughnuts—but not every take is destined for the big screen. Despite Chester’s best...
MeatEater Staff Nov 3, 2022
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How to Catch Fall Panfish

Fishing

How to Catch Fall Panfish

There’s something so satisfying about coming home with a bucket full of panfish. Whether you’re catching bluegill, crappie, or any of the other myriad of sunfish species, having a pile of delectable panfish fillets is on par with having finished processing a deer, spatchcocking a duck, or finding...
Kubie Brown Nov 1, 2022
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New Details Emerge on Walleye Tournament Cheating Scandal

Walleye

New Details Emerge on Walleye Tournament Cheating Scandal

Cheating is everywhere. A quick flip through the pages of a newspaper or scrolling through newsfeeds on your phone makes this quite clear. Most of us can recall scandals in football, basketball, and even chess in the not-so-recent past. The much less popular sport of walleye fishing has now taken...
Ross Robertson Oct 4, 2022
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Photos: Tennessee Man Breaks Record with Enormous Blue Catfish

Catfish

Photos: Tennessee Man Breaks Record with Enormous Blue Catfish

A Tennessee man surprised state wildlife officials last month by catching a monstrous blue catfish weighing in well over 100 pounds. Angler Micka Burkhart caught the 118.7-pound blue while fishing on the Cumberland River last month. While awaiting official certification, Burkhart’s catch from Sept...
Aidan Morton Oct 3, 2022
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fish Hatcheries

Fishing

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fish Hatcheries

Human beings are capable of great things. We erected our own massive metropolises, put a man on the moon, and even invented the freaking internet! But we’ve done some terrible things as well. In our haste or perhaps our hubris in trying to mold this world, we have often hurt it. Our forefathers...
Kubie Brown Sep 30, 2022
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How to Catch Trout in Fall

Fishing

How to Catch Trout in Fall

Autumn is a time of transition. A time when the world decelerates from the frantic slathering on of sunblock, cookouts on the riverside, “don’t forget to bring your bathing suit” days of summer, into the cold, crispy days that kickstart the heavy blanket of winter. It’s a time for lighting the first...
Kubie Brown Sep 22, 2022
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10 Best Streamers for Trout

Freshwater

10 Best Streamers for Trout

From working longer hours in search of promotion to practicing with your rifle or bow at the range, we’re all constantly in search of a way to up our game. While much of the time reaching the next tier in our jobs, hobbies, or passions requires hours of hard work and dedication to our craft, on...
Kubie Brown Sep 13, 2022
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How to Catch Still-Water Trout

Fishing

How to Catch Still-Water Trout

We’re all a bit guilty of profiling. Now I don’t mean in any sort of that creepy uncle you don’t invite to Thanksgiving anymore type of way, but rather as hunters and anglers. It’s not our fault, of course, it’s just that in the natural world it just seems certain things go together. Agricultural...
Kubie Brown Aug 30, 2022
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Tournament Angler Catches 90-Million-Year-Old Fish Fossil

Freshwater

Tournament Angler Catches 90-Million-Year-Old Fish Fossil

Andy Moore of Elkhorn, Nebraska, may not have done well in a recent fishing tournament on the Missouri River, but he snagged the biggest catch of the day: a 90-million-year-old “bulldog fish” fossil. After a lousy cast, his lure hung up on a rock, so he paddled his kayak over to free it up. He...
Dave Parris Aug 29, 2022
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How to Catch Bluegill

Freshwater

How to Catch Bluegill

They say that we need to enjoy the simple things in life. Well in the angling world, there isn’t another fish that’s more simple than bluegill. These small panfish are easy to find, will eat almost anything, and are one of the most populous fish in North America with a range that extends from...
Kubie Brown Aug 23, 2022
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A bright citrus-based blend that is balanced with earthy notes of smokey chardonnay and mild heat to round it out. This unique combination is incredibly versatile, perfectly pairs with your latest catch, fresh garden veggies, or atop roasted potatoes.
Inception Baitcast Reel
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A lightweight body and super low-profile design provide incredible comfort during long days on the water.
Omen Black Spinning Rod
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Japanese 36 Ton Toray Graphite , 4A Portuguese Cork Handle, ALPS 316 Stainless Steel Guides with Zirconia Inserts.
LoadOut GoBox 30
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The MeatEater crew uses our GoBoxes for storing all kinds of gear, from ammo and range hardware to outdoor kitchen essentials, dog accessories, fishing tackle, and gear, camera equipment, truck tools, and medical supplies. Why buy expensive hunting and outdoor gear only to store it in a cheap plastic bin with a lid that doesn't fit correctly? Elevate your gear protection and organization with this waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and critter...