Fishing Hook Extractor Buying Guide

Thursday, January 22 2015 8:30 am - for Saltwater
Sometimes it's more of a trick to get the hooks OUT of a fish than it is to get them in. When practicing catch and release, removing hooks quickly and with minimal damage is important.  It's a big determinant in whether or not the fish survives to fight again.   Good dehookers can make a huge difference in freeing a fish without lasting damage, either to you or to the victim. While standard long-nose pliers will often do the job, there are now much better tools on the market. Here's a quick look at several types I've found to be…
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Snook are Florida’s premiere inshore gamefish. There are tens of thousands thriving along the state’s west coast these days, but the species can be surprisingly difficult to catch for visiting anglers without a bit of guidance. Here are a few tips that might put you on that first linesider:   Treat landed snook with care. Hoist them for a quick photo with one hand on the jaw and the other on the tail, then swiftly get them back in the water to fight again. 1.    Stick to prime spots like Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor and the southwest Everglades—lots of other…
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Icing walleyes and saugers at Baudette MN on Lake of the Woods this time of year is a very popular activity.  Visitors from all over the world come to experience an adventure and fishing experience like no other.  There are many parts of an ice fishing trip that make it enjoyable, and for many, catching fish is certainly one of the most important.  There are a few basic tips ice anglers can use to catch more fish. 1.  Use electronics.  Whether you own your own or choose to rent a unit like a MarCum or other ice electronics from a…
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Tarpon Tactics: Cut Bait for the Silver King

Sunday, December 21 2014 11:30 pm - for Tarpon
No doubt you’ve seen tarpon paired with fly fishing or bottom jigging efforts. There will certainly be times, however, based on the mood of the fish, the weather conditions, and the angler’s preferences that other methods are necessary. Believe it or not, cut bait is often the go-to choice. During challenging conditions, cut bait can often be the key that brings trophy tarpon to hand. Although this may burst the bubble of many a purist, tarpon are well known to feed on sinking or sunken fish scraps. At certain South Florida charter boat docks, where game fish carcasses are routinely…
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If you are not lucky enough to live in an area that has a year-round trout fishery, then winterizing your fly gear should be an annual undertaking. Thorough cleaning and storage will keep all your gear performing and looking like new for years to come.   First off, your rods, reels, nets and waders should be thoroughly washed.  If you don’t get sand, silt and debris off of your equipment, it may harm your gear to remove it once it has fully dried.     Rods Thorough cleaning and storage will keep your fly gear performing and looking like new…
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When ice fans dream of upcoming escapades, many optimistically envision epic getaways spanning a weekend or more. Unfortunately, extended adventures can be tough to pull off, given the time constraints of daily life. Indeed, just carving out a full day on the ice can at times be a challenge. Good news is, opportunities abound for enjoying quick trips offering great ice fishing for a variety of species. And some of the finest occur shortly after darkness falls. "My favorites are early evening trips for walleyes or crappies," says longtime guide, decorated tournament champion and avowed night owl Scott Glorvigen. "With…
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When Winter Panfish Behave Badly

Monday, December 01 2014 5:34 pm - for Ice Fishing
A common mistake some anglers make is thinking the world below the ice is static.  The mistaken belief that nothing changes.  We have all probably been lulled into a great bite where we set up on a location and the fish basically make us look good.  The fish accelerate towards your presentation, rise up and than greet you.  The reality is that you can use several different presentations and fish those presentations several different ways and get bit.  We go home with a bounce in our step and a grin.  We also go home with confidence. Confidence however, must be…
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Just as the broadhead is the most important item in the bowhunter’s tool kit, the hook is what gets it done for anglers. Like all tools, you need the right fly fishing hook for the job. That’s because a fly is most effective when tied on the proper frame. Most times, we’re lucky. The pattern we choose to tie, if published, will suggest the proper hook(s) that can be used. Choose your hook for the task at hand. For instance, this Tiemco 400T Swimming nymph fishing hook is ideal if you want to add animation to your nymph pattern. But…
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  You could spend hours trying to narrow down what crankbaits are most important for putting fish in the boat. Crankbaits are available in all styles and shapes, making narrowing down the options a tough choice when stocking the tackle box. Here are six proven styles that will cover all the bases — and put fish in the boat. Wake Bait A wake bait is a shad-profiled bait with an angled and short square bill. It is the design of this bill that keeps the lure on top; creating a wake and a seductive side-to-side retrieve. An excellent choice for…
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Early Ice Bluegills

Saturday, November 15 2014 7:42 pm - for Ice Fishing
Early Iced Bluegills With OutdoorsFIRST Media As the ice forms early this year because of an anomaly called the ‘polar vortex’, ice anglers across North America are getting ready to chase down their favorite targeted species. For many, that’s the best fish in the frying  pan; bluegills. ‘Gills are abundant and available in thousands of lakes and rivers, and are active and willing to bite all winter. Finding them is not rocket science, but finding the largest bluegills in each system isn’t easy. Here’s a top ten list of tips to find and catch some bull bluegills this early ice…
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