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How to Train a Good Fishing Dog
There are few fishing buddies who will tolerate the 100th time I say “one last cast!” or endure early spring canoeing in semi-thawed ponds...
How COVID Caused a Nationwide Shortage of Fishing and Hunting Gear
Long-Drowned: The Men Who Find Corpses Others Couldn’t
King of Panfish: How to Catch Crappies
Photos: Florida Man Attacked by Shark After Bite from Gator
Aug 11, 2020
Justin Stuller is well on his way to some kind of Floridian grand slam. After enduring a nasty alligator bite a decade ago, he was bitten by a large lemon shark earlier this month. What comes after that? Barracuda? Burmese python? Wild boar?
Stuller, guide and owner of Estero River Outfitters, took his family down to the Keys for a short lobster season. On the second day, right after they reached their lobster limit, he noticed a hogfish with its...
Advice from Pro Anglers: How to Out-Fish Your Friends
Aug 6, 2020
There’s often one guy or gal in a group who puts twice as many fish in the boat as anyone else. Through a combination of skill, ambition, networking, and maybe a little luck, some of these talented folks reach the point where they get to fish for a living. But it usually started with working hard to catch fish, especially when the conditions aren’t ideal.
Mediocre anglers, however, are notorious for making excuses. Explanations used to justify a...
Ask A Biologist: Do Pressured Fish Learn to Avoid Certain Lures?
Jul 28, 2020
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 expanded upon as the day goes on. If the bass are hammering your lure, you’ll craft countless theories as to why, all aimed at making yourself look like the smartest guy on the boat when it comes to bait selection. You’ve probably said something like, “Man, the way they’re chewing this root beer grub, they must...
Confidence Kills: How to Avoid Boat Accidents this Season
Jul 28, 2020
Experience alone won’t guarantee hunters and anglers safe passage on troubled waters, no matter how big your boat.
In fact, confidence can kill you.
Consider Ernest McSorley, who was 63 and commanded 10 ships during 40-plus years at sea and on the Great Lakes. And Edward John Smith, who was 62 and commanded ships for 27 of his 40 years at sea.
Both men were well-seasoned mariners who went down with their ships; Captain McSorley while commanding...
Photos: The Worst Fish Hook Injuries to MeatEater Fans
Jul 15, 2020
Earlier this year, Pat Durkin enlightened us on the art of human catch and release. If you’re looking for poetics about how anglers so often get hooks in places they don’t belong, go read his article. But if your stomach can handle it, stick around here for 12 pictures from our fellow impaled MeatEaters. Be warned: You’re about to see some messed up stuff.
“First cast after shore lunch I hook into a 40-inch pike. As I...
Best Bass Fishing Lures and Baits
Jul 10, 2020
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 may be hundreds of thousands of bass baits on the market, you can get on your way to catching fish with just a few tried-and-true classics.
The best bass lures fall into the classes of crankbaits, soft plastics/jigs, topwater, spinnerbaits/hardware, and swimbaits. These rules and lures apply to both primary...
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