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16 Years of Noodling for Catfish

At one in the morning I knocked on the door of our single-bedroom apartment hard enough to wake my wife, Michelle. I needed her to unlock it. She answered with a .44 Special revolver at her side and demanded to know why I’d made such a racket in the hallway...


How to Catch Fish During a Giant Bug Hatch

Why would a fish eat a bug? I found myself asking that question the first time a buddy showed me a “Mayfly Rig.” After an unsuccessful day chasing walleyes on Lake Erie , and watching hundreds on the screen of my depth finder, I had nothing to show for my...


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Bowfishing: 12 Fish Species to Target

Bowfishing is a lot like bowhunting. Except that you get to shoot a whole lot more. And it's warm. And you can talk to your buddies. And you don't have to worry about the wind. And you get to reel in a bunch of big fish. It's an inexpensive sport...


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29 Father's Day Gift Ideas from Realtree

Old Dad deserves something really special this Father's Day, and your friends at Realtree are here to help. From socks to coolers to shotguns, this lineup suits any budget and will help make his time in the outdoors better.


5 Top Lures for Summertime Bass Fishing

Summertime bass fishing is a boom or bust sport. Long periods of inactivity are interrupted by brief moments of greatness, when it seems nothing can go wrong. The reasons for this are simple. Following the springtime spawn, bass begin to group up and move offshore, where they favor subtle spots...


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The 10 Best Baits for Great Lakes Fishing

The first half of my life found me targeting every fish that swims the Great Lakes. I grew up the son of a part-time charter captain, and I later established a career around tournament fishing. I called the continent’s biggest freshwaters home. I fished virtually year-round (unless I was duck...


Best Lures for Crappie Fishing: Jigs vs. Minnows

As a kid I started out fishing the same way as just about everybody: dunking worms for panfish off the bank. A few years later, fishing trips moved to the boat, where serious crappie fishing became the family pastime. The site was Chautauqua Lake in western New York, a renowned...


Realtree Fishing Giveaway

Would you love to hit the water outfitted with new gear and decked out in new duds this summer? Then enter the Realtree Fishing Giveaway! Two grand prize winners will rack up on the latest and greatest in Realtree Fishing gear and apparel. Simply click on the pop-up and enter...


Realtree Fishing Pro Staffer Drew Gregory Wins HOBIE B.O.S. Angler of the Year Title

Just last month we bragged on Realtree Fishing pro staffer Drew Gregory for solidifying his reputation as one of the top kayak bass fishermen in the nation with his win at the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) and his ninth-place finish at the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National. Now HOBIE...


Realtree Fishing’s Drew Gregory on His Latest Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Win

Realtree Fishing pro staffer Drew Gregory knows how to catch big bass, and he has the tournament wins and sponsorships to prove it. But you won’t find Gregory racing down the lake in a shiny new bass boat on tournament day. Instead, Gregory prefers to seek out his limit in...


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How to Set Up a Bowfishing Bow

Bowfishing is one of the best ways to get your archery fix between spring and fall, and it doesn’t require a big investment to get started. Let’s break down each aspect of setting up a bowfishing rig.


The Power of a Fish

The news had been almost surreal that day. A person in town tested positive for the coronavirus, one of the first cases in the state, outside of the cities. They said he’d traveled overseas and then come back to Kentucky, where he went to church. My wife, a third-grade teacher,...


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