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Video: Angler Catches and Releases New World Record Paddlefish
Jun 29, 2020
Earlier this summer, we wrote about Kari Gentry and how her first day of fly fishing was better than yours. Well, now we’re declaring James Lukehart’s first day of paddlefishing superior to yours, too.
Lukehart booked a fishing trip for his wife and himself to their home state of Oklahoma’s most famed spoonbill waters, Keystone Lake. The first fish of the day was an 88-pounder that Caitlin caught and released.
“We just really wanted some...
We Screwed Up
Jun 24, 2020
Are you looking for the article on professional bass angler Christie Bradley and wondering why it’s not here? Well it’s not here because we screwed up—big time—so we took the piece down. How did a story about a trail-blazing professional angler like Christie Bradley go wrong? Well for starters, an article about what it’s like to be a female tournament angler that’s written by a man shouldn’t contain dorky boob jokes and outdated perspectives on...
Up a Creek without a Paddle: Summer Wading for Bass and Panfish
Jun 23, 2020
A couple cold “Cocolas” and two packs of salty peanuts buy us the OK to park my Jeep at the country store where the creek and the highway cross. I hop into the pickup with my bass-slayin’, squirrel bustin’, rabbit dog runnin’ cousin Kevin and we head up a gravel road and thump-thump-thump over a cattle gap. We creep through crunchy truck ruts and along rusted barbed wires common in our part of Mississippi. I hop out and squeak open the gate—it...
Secret Weapon Topwater Lures Bass Don’t Want You to Know About
Jun 17, 2020
I am a surface lure fanatic, and for years I only trusted my topwater game to a trio of players—a popper, a walking bait, and a buzzbait.
Groups of three are not new to many of you. If you attended Catholic school, then you know all about the Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you’re from New Orleans, then you likewise know about the other Holy Trinity that forms the basis of Cajun and Creole food—onion, celery, and bell...
How to Keep Catching Fish During Spring Runoff Floods
Jun 15, 2020
A couple Junes ago, an older angler walked down to the hole I was fishing to tell me that he likes that spot, only not when the water is flowing so damn fast and heavy. Wait a month and it will be better, young man. I nodded in acceptance of his sage wisdom, declining to tell him that we’d landed a 22-inch brown, a 24-inch cutthroat, and a 25-inch rainbow right there within the last 24 hours. And I’d fished that spot enough years to know that...
Do You Remember Your First Frogasm?
Jun 10, 2020
It twitches a little, then throbs a little more.
You manipulate it gently, but firmly, building a consistent rhythm.
The pressure builds up.
And then it builds some more. It’s almost unbearable.
Finally, an explosion, liquids flying everywhere, and a simultaneous feeling of release and excitement.
Yes, there is (almost) nothing better than a big bass crushing a hollow-bodied topwater frog through a heavy mat of vegetation, flying out of the water...
Iaconelli’s Top 5 Curse Words for Fishing
Jun 3, 2020
Pete Robbins is a veteran writer who’s covered the bass world with a discerning eye for more than a decade. His work has appeared in many publications, including Bassmaster, Field & Stream, and Western Bass. He blogs regularly at Yamamoto’s Inside Line, and he’s covered more than a dozen Bassmaster Classics from the water. Robbins is also a well-traveled bass addict and glitterboat freak. He’s based in Virginia, and heads up our “Bass...
Your First Day of Fly Fishing Wasn’t This Good
Jun 1, 2020
Most of us try our whole lives to break the hallowed 30-inch mark with a brown trout. Many who achieve it travelled off the continent with that very goal in mind. Kari Gentry, a registered nurse from Conway, Arkansas, was able to lock up that milestone on her first ever day of fly fishing.
On May 23, Gentry and her husband Austin floated the White River near Cotter, Arkansas, with guide Ben Levin of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.
“This is a Saturday...
Bass-ic Instinct: Why Fat Guys are Better Bass Fishermen
May 27, 2020
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 learned from my fishing mentor Bill Roberts that, “fat guys make the best jig fishermen—they’re slow, they’re deliberate, they take their time and that’s why they’re good.”
I was dubious at first. Even though Bill is a skinny son of a bitch and had nothing to gain from the statement, looking at some of the Dunlap...
Fish Hunting: How to Sight-Fish from Flats to Freshwater
May 26, 2020
From the poling platform I spotted the dark shapes—five or six of them—milling over light-colored bottom.
“OK Dad,” I said, “I’ve got a group straight ahead, 90 feet.”
I poled the skiff quietly, keeping my eyes on the black backs of the tarpon. They resembled suspended logs, except that every once in a while one would tail-kick or turn in a slow, daisy chaining pattern. Otherwise they hovered in place, motionless and unaware of our approach.