Category Archives: Fishing Tips & Other Wonderings

Fishing is so much more than tips and techniques, though you’ll find plenty of it here. It is also about getting away and getting in touch with ourselves, our friends and families. This page gets into all aspects of fishing. You may learn something new (or maybe just some nuance to an old approach) about a particular method for catching your favorite species, but you’ll also be exposed to more personal and thought-provoking content on topics and stories such what it is to approach fishing with a minimalist mindset, or one woman’s magical day with her family on the Texas Gulf Coast catching her first bull redfish.

fishing for shark from the surf

Shark Surf Fishing: Nature’s Perfect Predator Beach Thrill

Guest Post by Dena Standley — I can’t talk about surf fishing for sharks without telling the story of my very first surf-fishing experience.  I had grown up fishing in the lakes of East Texas, as was a rite of passage for any kid who grew up within a driving ...
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Rod Expert Builds One-of-a-Kind Custom Bass Rod for Friend

Guest Post by Tim Carter —  This particular build I’m going to discuss is for a friend of mine out of Virginia. He is an active-duty sailor and close to having his first baby - and a custom-built rod. Let’s hope he gets to use it within the first year ...
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redfish surf fishing tips and tackle

Surf Fishing Redfish: Tackle and Tactics for Success

Guest Post by Dena Standley — There is a special kind of magic in surf fishing for redfish. This fish has many names depending on what part of the country you are in, and the size of the fish. They are technically known as red drums, but along the gulf ...
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texas gulf coast redfish fishing

Surf Magic: Fishing for Bull Redfish on the Texas Gulf Coast

Guest Post by Dena Standley -- My favorite spot for fishing is in the Crystal Beach area of the Bolivar Peninsula, just a ferry ride across the bay from Galveston. It is one of the few beaches left that allows you to drive onto the beach, making it easy to ...
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sport fishing Oahu

Chasing Ghosts in Paradise: Bonefishing on Oahu with Tim Carter

Guest Post by Tim Carter -- Editor's Note: Like many other blogs out there, we get a lot of requests for guest posts. I get the reasons for the requests and, while I don't get annoyed by the almost daily deluge, I also don't accept most of them. They're often ...
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gone fishing sign on door

Mystery and Anticipation: Why We Fish

One of mankind’s oldest pastimes, fishing is a unique intersection between leisure and adventure activities today. Being a fisherman encompasses both fighting marlin on a deep-sea voyage and kicking back with family at the local lake. In a society obsessed with technological advancement, it’s something of a novelty that such ...
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angler river bass fishing on bank of river

Lake vs River Fishing: Adjusting Tactics and Gear for Success

Maybe you’ve just moved, or perhaps you are looking to branch out, but for many the swap from fishing in lakes to fishing in rivers or vice versa can mean a disappointing trip or two if you don’t do a bit of research ahead of time. Even a fairly popular ...
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fishing for summer largemouth bass on pond

Catch More Summer Bass with These 5 Tried and True Concepts

The sun is shining, the trees are green, and summer bass fishing is in full swing. You can be a very successful angler in the summer months if you have a good understanding of how bass behave when it gets hot. Keep these five concepts in mind the next time ...
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steelhead fishing

Top Ten Steelhead Fishing Destinations in the US

I vividly remember my childhood drives to school along the South Fork of the Clearwater River in central Idaho as a spectator sport, watching all the figures in chest waders dotting the river’s surface and hoping to see one of them land a fish. Spring steelhead were running up the ...
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spring bass fishing

Pre-Spawn Bass Strategies: Turning Unpredictability into Opportunity

Spring Has Sprung (But the Bass Have Yet to Spawn) Here it is, spring at last – you’ve stowed ice fishing gear and finally thawed out your toes. Next on the unofficial fishing calendar is trying to hook some largemouth bass if you’re in the country they inhabit. Currently, largemouth ...
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fly fishing for pre-spawn spring bass

Spring Fly Fishing for Bass: The Three Stages of the Spawn

Known for their size and aggressive feeding habits, both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are a popular gamefish in the US and throughout Northern Mexico. Part of the reason Bass are so popular in the fishing world is because of the professional Bass fishing circuit. Tournament anglers have inspired people across ...
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example of minimalist fishing - lone angler on beautiful river

Minimalist Fishing – The Answer to Fishing in a Complicated World?

On your last fishing trip did you find yourself dragging what seemed like a few hundred pounds of equipment? How about noticing yourself spending longer planning than actually fishing? If you’re anything like me, the desire to head out fishing spur-of-the-moment can quickly be curtailed by the amount of work ...
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