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Invasive Carp are Delicious. Here's Why You Should be Eating Them

Mention eating carp to most people, and they just shake their head sideways, as in “NO.” The name carp brings with it automatic associations with the common European carp, which was introduced to the United States in the mid 1800s. We’ve had a lot of time to get to know...


Big Bass and Barbecue on “Pond Wars”

It was just five minutes into a four-hour derby when Lee Ellis, a guy best known for shooting big bucks in big cities with Seek One productions, flipped a creature bait through a grass mat and set the hook into a 7.18-pound bucketmouth of a bass. Fishing with professional angler...


Learn the Secrets of Long-Pole Crappie Fishing

My introduction to catching panfish on a long pole came during trips to the South as a youngster. Bank fishing around my Ohio home was a small pond affair, reserved for kids with no access to a boat. But down south was an entire culture built around the shoreline strategy...


How to Rig an Aluminum Bass Boat

For decades, bass fishermen have been obsessed with their boats. Shiny, poly-flaked chariots, demanding a thorough wipe-down at days end, and an annual wax job to buff out the scratches. But the stereotype is changing. Today, more bass fishermen are learning the advantages aluminum boats present to their fishing and...


How to Crappie Fish from the Bank

Remember when fishing seemed simple? When I think back to my days as a young angler, I often reflect on experiences fishing from shore. No area pond or reservoir was safe, provided I could somehow gain access, even if that meant sneaking in at night. The adventure still feels real...


Realtree Fishing Team Eyes REDCREST Title

Members of the Realtree Fishing Team will again take to the lake in pursuit of one of the biggest titles in fishing, as the Bass Pro Tour holds their REDCREST Championship tournament next week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees will host 41 of the best anglers in...


4 Rules of Early Spring Bass Fishing

Anticipation. When I hear that word, I immediately think of March. Growing up in Ohio, the month of anticipation came in like a lion, and went out with a bass. Remaining patient was key; frozen waters would inevitably thaw, sending me on my way to another season of terrorizing fish...


Visit Realtree Fishing at the 2022 Bassmaster Classic

Fans of professional bass fishing will gather in droves at the annual Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo , corresponding with this year’s Classic competition on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina, March 4-6. Great deals on fishing gear, combined with the opportunity to mingle with Bassmaster competitors, create a true destination...


Realtree Fishing Team Ready For 2022 Tournament Season

It’s the start of a new season of professional bass fishing, and the Realtree Fishing Team is poised for a dominant run across multiple circuits. Associated with many of the sport’s best performers, Realtree Fishing continues to support anglers on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour, including many of...


Ice-Out Bass Fishing: Hot Techniques for Cold Water

Like a lot of folks, I moved to the South to get away from the cold. Living in Florida gives me the opportunity to fish whenever I want, and that’s quite a bit. But I spent the first half of my life in the Midwest, so cold-water fishing was with...


How to Catch a Trophy Crappie

Crappies are no longer just considered a fish for the frying pan. Big crappies have been elevated to trophy status among recreational and tournament anglers who are interested in catching them on light tackle. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still keep a good stock of crappie fillets in my...


The 3 Best Lures for Catching a 10-Pound Bass

Do you dream of catching a 10-pound bass? Most bass anglers do. Long considered the benchmark for a trophy fish, catching a true 10-pounder is actually quite rare. Consider a quick fact: through my hardcore fishing forays here in the Sunshine State, I frequently make contact with some really big...


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