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Bass-ic Instinct: Why Fat Guys are Better Bass Fishermen
Former Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange published a book called “Too Fat to Fish.” In my opinion, there’s no such thing. Years ago, I...
Fish Hunting: How to Sight-Fish from Flats to Freshwater
Bass-ic Instinct: Ultra-Realistic Baits are Overrated
Bar Room Banter: Mysterious Eel Sex in the Bermuda Triangle
Drawing Fire: Mike Sudal’s Next-Level Fishing Journals
May 15, 2020
I’ve had a lot of fishing journal false starts. For a month at a time, maybe two, between the ages of 16 and 25, I’d diligently log every detail about each trip to the striper surf or trout stream. Weather, wind, and water temperature data all neatly recorded. Most of the time, I did this in a cheap marble notebook, but there were a few rounds of rekindled journaling enthusiasm inspired by the purchase of a sexier hardbound book. By the time I...
Bass-ic Instinct: Don’t Ever Put Spinnerbaits Out To Pasture
May 13, 2020
Throughout most of the 1990s, Kevin VanDam, the greatest tournament angler who’s ever lived, glued a spinnerbait rod to his hand and commenced taking other anglers’ lunch money. It didn’t matter if it was smallmouths in New York or Michigan, or largemouths on the tidal Potomac or in the buck brush of Buggs Island; he was flinging blades and whipping ass.
He never stopped winning, but in the last 10 years a strange thing happened—the spinnerbait...
Paddling to Paradise: How to Pull Off an Overnight Float and Fishing Trip
May 12, 2020
“We was feeling pretty good after breakfast, and took my canoe and went over the river a fishing, with a lunch, and had a good time…,” Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” 1884
As Americans we have access to more water than any one of us could float in a hundred lifetimes. The United States is home to 3.6 million miles of rivers and streams; countless lakes, 250 of which have a surface area of 10 square miles or more; and a coastline...
Fish, Hunt, Fail: Steelheading Without a Reel
May 6, 2020
Every outdoorsman has a story of mishap, mess-up, or hilarious blunder. “Fish, Hunt, Fail” is your opportunity to share a memorable tale of stupidity with the world. Trust us, this is a safe place. We (probably) won’t pass judgement. Share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured in our new weekly column. Be sure to include relevant imagery if available, and do your best to make us laugh...
Bass-ic Instinct: Smart Tackle Storage Solutions for Cheap People
May 6, 2020
In 2016, Bentley’s custom shop offered a luxury fly fishing SUV called the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner. It’s not as big as my Suburban, not as powerful as the diesel truck I hope to buy in the future, and therefore its “Burr walnut veneered master tackle unit” doesn’t really fit my needs. Oh, it also costs more than my house and is worth more (even slightly used) than my rapidly dwindling 401k. But if I were somehow to have the money to buy...
Big Lake, Big Fish? How Habitat Affects Fish Size and Numbers
May 5, 2020
Sam Rayburn. Okeechobee. Castaic. Erie. St. Clair. Rainy. Lake of the Woods. Wollaston. Pyramid. True lunkers have long bestowed lure and lore to some of North America’s most esteemed lakes that are better described in hundreds of square miles than mere acres. Simply put, big waters have big reputations for big fish. It’s an easy association to make—if you want to catch bigger fish, head for bigger lakes. But, if middle school statistics taught...
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