More Kids Turning to Fishing

More Kids Turning to Fishing

For decades, fishing industry insiders, tackle manufacturers, media outlets, and fishery managers have been hoping to get more kids outdoors and involved in fishing. After all, youth represent the future of the sport, which is now dominated by a rather elderly...
Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass Bonanza

Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass Bonanza

Surveys show that bass hold the top spot in the hearts of American anglers from coast to coast. A look at the shelves at most major fishing tackle retailer also suggests this trend. From New York to Minnesota, smallmouths may be the most popular bass species. Across...
Multispecies Ice Fishing

Multispecies Ice Fishing

Just a few years ago, ice anglers predominately pursued walleyes, panfish, and pike, period. Anglers tend to have preferences, of course, and in several states, walleye and pike seasons are closed in late-winter until their postspawn period, leaving sunfish, crappies,...
Ice Fishing Breakthroughs

Ice Fishing Breakthroughs

It’s remarkable to look back and see how dramatically and how quickly ice fishing has changed. Years ago, a “depth finder” was that painted lead ball that clipped onto your line when setting tip-ups. A couple of decades later, nearly all ice anglers use hi-tech sonars...
Tokyo Rig: Terrific New Option for Bass

Tokyo Rig: Terrific New Option for Bass

Bass fishing often is all about rigging: Texas Rig, Carolina Rig, Wacky Rig, Ned Rig, and more. But when I first saw VMC’s new “Tokyo Rig” in 2018, I admit to being somewhat dubious. I wasn’t sure how it would work, as it differed substantially from the rigs we...

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