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Best Bass Fishing Lures and Baits
Selecting the best bass fishing lures for largemouth and smallmouth can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. Though there...
Das Boat Episode 4: Florida’s Bassy (and Grassy) Heart
Savior of the Dog Days: Summertime Topwater Bass
Big Bass Legend Mike Long Exposed as a Snagger, Cheater and Thug
Myths and Misconceptions About Fish Flesh
May 9, 2019
Largemouth bass aren’t good to eat. Pale-flesh salmon and trout are inferior. Catfish from muddy waters taste like mud. Bony fish are useless. Just as with terrestrial critters, myths and misconceptions regarding fish flesh abound. Though often outright wrong, sometimes they contain kernels of truth.
White king salmon, also known as ivory Chinook, demonstrate the fluctuating cultural beliefs about fish flesh. Unlike most Chinook, with their...
The Motorless Troll: Paddle Power
May 9, 2019
Campsite a quarter-mile ahead, dusk descending as my paddling partner and I head toward “home.” A lazy current near the lake’s outlet allows us to drift in the waning daylight, with only the occasional stroke to stay on course. Greedy to milk every minute from a non-resident fishing license, I troll a beadhead bugger behind the canoe.
Not 200 yards from our destination on New York’s Forked Lake, the rod braced between my seat and the canoe̵...
Early Season Smallmouth on America’s First National River
Apr 9, 2019
Like the sun, now below the thickness of trees blurring the canyon rim, Ben had snuck away. I spotted him, stock-still at the edge of the pool, an immense heron holding a fishing rod. I hadn’t gone looking for him; just took my camera for a walk. I snapped a few frames, shutterclicking code, a small act of larceny. It was my first time on the Buffalo River and the next day would be the last of the trip. Soon after finding him, I let the camera...
Stop Pouring Soda on Fish Gills
Mar 15, 2019
A couple years ago, I saw a blog post that encouraged bass anglers to keep a bottle of Coke with them at all times. And no, it wasn’t for the caffeine high.
Instead, fishermen were supposed to use this magical elixir as a healing agent for bleeding fish. The thought went that when a fish is gill hooked or gut hooked, you could pour Coke on the wound to stop the bleeding. The soda provided a combination of carbonation and acid to clean and...
Why You Should Fly Fish For Bass
Dec 31, 2018
I’m always disappointed when a fly fisher turns their nose up at bass fishing. Usually the disdain is accompanied by some poetic sermon about watching trout sip dries, followed by an admission that they’ve never actually tried it. Thankfully, fly fishing for bass is not a new concept and more anglers around the world are embracing these incredible fish.
The bass family is widespread and includes many familiar species like smallmouth, largemouth...
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