Reel to Reel: Shimano Saragosa SW vs Penn Slammer III

Ok, so you are ready to step up from your current go-to saltwater spinner reel to a reel that offers better quality, performance and corrosion protection. Sooner or later we all get there as our needs or expectations (or both) evolve and catch up to our passion for saltwater fishing. But you’re not quite yet ready for the leap into the Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano Stella kind of performance stratosphere – or price. Well, the good news is that, between… Read More »

5 Best Surf Rods for the Money

Surf fishing from a sandy shoreline is definitely one of the most exciting forms of fishing. But it’s also different than other types of fishing and, in many ways is more demanding, on both the angler and the tackle. Take the wrong equipment with you to the beach and you are setting yourself up for a disappointing outing. That rod and reel combo that you use to fish from the pier or bridge is not going to cut it. Surf… Read More »

Bristol Bay Salmon: Drawing a Line in the Tundra

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is a breathtaking place with a unique ecosystem rich in vast wetlands, winding rivers, streams, forests of spruce and alder, and home to many species of animals, birds, and fish. The bay is a pristinely beautiful ecosystem that supports thousands of human life and countless wildlife. But It is also home to the most prized salmon ecosystem in the United States, with legendary runs that see some 50-plus million sockeye return annually to spawn and rear in… Read More »

Best 4-Kayak Trailer: The Malone Microsport Kayak Trailer

Malone MicroSport Kayak Trailer Reviewed Like most of us who spend any time kayaking or canoeing, you have probably already discovered that it is not so easy or fun loading your kayak or canoe on top of your car or SUV and then having to unload it, often by yourself (it can be quite the shoulder workout even with a pair of helping hands). It can get even worse if you happen to have one of the larger, heavier kayaks.… Read More »

The Minn Kota Talon Shallow Water Anchor System Reviewed

Talon, an Anchor Made for Skinny Water Fishing   Whether you plan to fish freshwater or saltwater, the Minn Kota Talon is the perfect piece of hardware to mount on the rear of the boat for those planned stealth fishing trips. The Minn Kota Talon is a shallow-water anchoring system powered by the boat’s battery that quietly and quickly holds the position of your boat in shallow waters in varying depths from 8ft, 10ft and up to 12ft, depending on… Read More »

Halting the Decline: Young Hunters and Anglers Wanted!

Reconnecting Our Youth with Fishing and Hunting   America’s youth are spending a lot more time on indoor activities and less time out in nature. Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing have seen a drop-off in participation by the young in recent years. This has an impact our wild lands and waters, communities and, of course, the kids themselves. Anyone who has trapped, fished, or hunted over the last 10 years or so will certainly have noticed that the demographics… Read More »

Parsun vs Mercury vs Tohatsu: Three 20 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Values

Three 20 Horsepower 4-Stroke Bargains Reviewed and Compared   *Last updated: 10-20-17 The 20 HP outboard motor is a popular choice for anglers and boaters – and for good reasons. An outboard engine in the 20 HP class provides enough power for most small to medium-sized, and even some large, recreational watercraft while still remaining relatively light in weight to be easily portable. Whether attached to a Jon boat, an inflatable boat/dinghy or sailboat, these lightweight, portable engines have enough… Read More »