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Joe Cermele

Joe Cermele

Joe Cermele is MeatEater’s Senior Fishing Editor based on the East Coast. He has written several books and is the former fishing editor of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. If it swims, Joe wants to catch it—and write, podcast, and shoot videos about it here at MeatEater.

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An Ice Fishing Lesson for Open-Water Pickerel

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An Ice Fishing Lesson for Open-Water Pickerel

Six minutes had elapsed and the pickerel never flinched. It’s body was angled slightly downward, and aside from the most delicate flutter of its pectoral fins, it was statuesque. Just a few inches in front of its face, my shiner swam in tight circles. It wasn’t frantic. The bait just maintained a...
Joe Cermele Feb 25, 2022
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Lessons From Trout Fishing With Kids

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Lessons From Trout Fishing With Kids

I don’t think I'd appreciate wild trout so much if I didn’t spend so many years chasing stocked trout. For me, growing up in New Jersey, it wasn't that wild fish weren’t available, it just took effort and time to get to them. Meanwhile, there were four stocked streams within 5 miles of my house...
Joe Cermele Feb 11, 2022
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Grocery Store Baits That Kill

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Grocery Store Baits That Kill

When I was a kid, there were five bait and tackle shops in my hometown. Today, there are zero. I mean, yeah, we’ve got the big-box joints, but they lack more than the character and friendly faces of the mom-and-pop shops—they lack bait variety. Back in the day, you could buy three sizes of worms...
Joe Cermele May 12, 2021
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The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

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The Beginner’s Guide To Bowfin Fishing

Over the years, I’ve found that anglers fall into one of three categories in regard to bowfin. They’re either pro-bow, anti-bow, or bow-curious. I’m so pro-bow I could be the president of the national bowfin fan club if such a thing existed, but I can’t say I’ve been a zealot my entire life. I only...
Joe Cermele May 3, 2021
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