Fishing

Most emergency/survival kits include a small assortment of hooks, line and perhaps a few swivels and weights – but no fishing pole. Quite understandable since it’s assumed you’ll simply cut a branch off and use it like a cane pole.  There are, however, several ways to catch fish without the need of a rod and reel
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I love fishing clear water and here’s why – I find it extremely exciting to target bass that I can spot with my eyeballs.  I can’t help but lose my mind and raise adrenaline when I happen across a decent-sized bass, unsuspecting my intentions. Not only for the excitement, but using eyesight can make for
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Have you found bass but then struggled to catch them like I have?  I can never understand this.  Shouldn’t a wild animal take advantage of every feeding opportunity?  The pet dogs I’ve had in my life sure took advantage.  They ate everything I threw their way!  I guess domesticated dogs must be different from wild
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When January hits the snow country, what bass fishing addict doesn’t daydream about escaping to some awesome bass factory of the South? As a touring bass professional from Minnesota, I have had the opportunity to experience some primo bass fishing tournaments during the southern, winter months. In some cases, the fishing had been amazing, while
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Harvesting fish from beneath the frozen lakes and rivers of the Arctic/sub-arctic regions was a critical part of the subsistence lifestyle for most north-country native Americans. There were typically three methods for harvesting fish: traps/nets, spearing from “dark house”- like tents or simply kneeling down beside a hole and dropping a hand line down through
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We cull the internet in search of the latest outdoors-related tidbits, YouTube clips, photos, memes, you name it. Stuff you HAVEN’T seen before, hopefully. If it’s amusing, entertaining, educational or astonishing, you’ll find it here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and see what’s new. If 12-year-old Hilary Martin of Central Florida is any
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Oddly, one of the most common questions I receive regarding my boat is directed at the two Power-Poles mounted on the transom.  I agree, they are odd looking and draw the eye right to them, so the many inquiries are no surprise.  Unknowing people have referred to them as “smoke stacks”, “rocket boosters”, and so on. No, they
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Summertime largemouth fishing provides the opportunity to catch multiple bass, cast after cast, from a mega-school. Recently here in Minnesota, I had the good fortune of finishing second in a tournament thanks to one of these mega-schools where I caught over 40 bass! I failed to win in part because the champion also found a
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We cull the internet in search of the latest outdoors-related tidbits, YouTube clips, photos, memes, you name it. Stuff you HAVEN’T seen before, hopefully. If it’s amusing, entertaining, educational or astonishing, you’ll find it here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and see what’s new. What on earth is a fish like this doing
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“Roughing it” on the hunt is a badge of honor for hunters—when we’re young and fit. Over the years, I’ve learned that comfort is a factor that deserves thoughtful consideration. For me, sitting on a lawn chair or a spindly little pop-up chair in the field or in a blind just doesn’t cut it anymore.
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Recently I was presented with a very extreme fishing situation. In August, I was fishing on Lake Vermillion, MN; a lake that has been overtaken with rusty crawfish. These things were everywhere; so much so that I would actually have them clamping onto my lures. When doing a quick swing through shallow water, countless craws could be spotted
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It’s that time of year again when the temperature drops and the lakes begin freezing over. It might sound miserable if you’re from the south, but the cold weather means ice fishing will be here soon. If you’re new to ice fishing and looking to get on the ice for the first time this season,
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Before you set your alarm clock for 4:00am for your next fishing trip, you should read this. One of the most misrepresented concepts in bass fishing is the notion that the bass feed best at daybreak. This is so wrong, a majority of the time! Indeed, there are situations where this is true, but often
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