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Pork rinds are pickled strips of tough yet supple hog skin, cut in various shapes and colored in various hues and patterns. Used chiefly for largemouth bass, pickerel, and pike, pork rinds (sometimes called pork strips) undulate enticingly when slowly retrieved, and a skilled fisherman can make a pork rind look very much like a living creature. Because the rinds are so tough, they can be used over and over, even after a toothy fish has gnawed on it. Pork rinds are fun to fish in weedy areas on...

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Practically every state in the lower 48 has waters that support a population of bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus). This scrappy panfish is the most common species in farm ponds and smaller waters everywhere. Hardy (they tolerate a wide range of water quality), abundant (one female bluegill may deposit as many as 38,000 eggs in her nest), sporting for its size (it typically swims at right angles to the angler when hooked, and pulls extremely hard when doing so), and usually not finicky about...

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Also a member of the char family (although not referred to as one), the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is native to the Northeast and parts of the north-central U.S.A stunningly beautiful fish, the brook trout is also the most demandingperhaps delicate is a better termregarding water quality. Although its name suggests a running-water habitat (and most brookies these days are found in small, usually mountainous streams), brookies dwell in ponds and lakes that usually have an incoming...

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If you hook a trout and it jumps out of the water frequently and spectacularly, chances are good it's a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). This trout species is native to the Pacific drainage of the United States, but transplanting has increased the rainbow's range throughout the West and parts of the East and Midwest. Some rainbow trout are migratory, spending part of their life in the ocean or one of the Great Lakes, and ascending freshwater streams to spawn. These types are called...

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With a long, wide mouth filled with long, sharp teeth, the pickerel averages around 2 pounds, with larger specimens reaching weights two and three times that. Pickerel like to ambush their prey and thus are denizens of the weedbeds, typically ponds, backwaters, and coves with depths ranging from 2 to 15 feet or so. Surprisingly, few fishermen specifically pursue chain pickerel. These fish often are bycatches of anglers after largemouth bass, as the habitats of the two species...

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These opportunistic predators don't have a finicky diet, except that they seem to prefer large forage (they have been known to eat ducklings). Yellow perch, suckers, and panfish are well known as favorite forage for northern pike. These fish, as well as large shiners and chubs, will take pike when fished with a bobber in the weeds or close to the bottom in pools and holes. Many fishermen prefer to use artificial lures for pike, with the red-and-white spoon being a time-honored favorite. Large...

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Fish taste things via specialized taste organs located in and around the mouth. Fish may also be able to detect taste via additional organs on their body. A number of species, such as catfish, have barbels commonly referred to as whiskers , or thin protrusions emanating from the mouth area. These are very sensitive to taste. Fish smell that is, they are able to via nostrils on either side of the head. Nerves connect the nostrils to the brain and allow the fish to search for food. Some fish,...

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Fishing from a boat in a bay, tidal river, or on the ocean within a mile or two of land. Offshore fishing. Fishing from a boat on the ocean that's well off the coast. Within these general types are three basic styles of fishing, which are determined by the species you are after and or the tackle you pursue them with 1. Baitfishing. Fishing with a live or dead organism on a hook, such as a worm or a minnow. 2. Lure fishing. Fishing with a wood, plastic, or metal device that...

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Bonefish, permit, redfish, sailfish, snook, spotted sea trout, striped bass, and tarpon are the most popular species targeted by saltwater anglers. Bluefish and dolphin, in their regions, are secondary flyfishing species. Putting together a decent saltwater flyfishing outfitrod, reel, linecosts about 300. Prices can go much higher, as the equipment must be top-notch to withstand the saltwater elements and the strength of the fish. Saltwater fliesshrimp and crab patterns, plus streamers,...

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If you must remove the fish from the water, be gentle with it. Although a net will remove some of the slime, you are better off using one instead of lifting the fish out of the water and letting it flop around on the ground or on the bottom of a boat. If you must pick up the fish, wet your hands first. This will cause less of the slime to come off the fish. As noted earlier, if the fish has swallowed the hook, don't try to dig it out. Cut the line as close to the gullet as possible and return...

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Sunfish, redear, 5 lb. 3 oz., Folsum South Canal, Sacramento, California USA, June 27, 1994, Anthony H. White, Sr. Tarpon, 283 lb. 4 oz., Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, April 16, 1991, Yvon Victor Sebag Tautog, 24 lb., Wachapreague, Virginia USA, Aug. 25, 1987, Gregory Robert Bell Trout, brook, 14 lb. 8 oz., Nipigon River, Ontario, Canada, July, 1916, Dr. W.J. Cook Trout, brown, 40 lb. 4 oz., Little Red River, Heber Springs, Arkansas USA, May 9, 1992, Howard L. Rip Collins Trout, golden, 11 lb.,...

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Bluegill, 4 lb. 12 oz., Ketona Lake, Alabama USA, April 9, 1950, T.S. Hudson Bonefish, 19 lb., Zululand, South Africa, May 26, 1962, Brian Batchelor Bullhead, brown, 5 lb. 11 oz., Cedar Creek, Florida USA, March 28, 1995, Robert Bengis Bullhead, yellow, 4 lb. 4 oz., Mormon Lake, Arizona USA, May 11, 1984, Emily Williams Carp, common, 75 lb. 11 oz., Lac de St. Cassien, France, May 21, 1987, Leo van der Gugten Catfish, blue, 109 lb. 4 oz., Cooper River, Moncks Corner, South Carolina USA, March...