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Monday, May 20th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Vin T. Sparano

Vin T. Sparano: Incorporate the fine art of dead-sticking into your fishing tactics

I have an important message and a confession to make to all fishermen who fish with natural baits: I love dead-sticking. In recent years, the growing trend seems to be baiting your bucktail jigs with natural baits, sometimes tying two baited bucktails to your line. Then we endlessly jig the bucktails on the bottom, trying to impose action.

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The changing face of deer hunting: Is it a good thing?

I’m not sure what happened to deer hunting and I’m also not sure I like it. I’m an old deer hunter right now, but I started deer hunting when I was about 16 or 17 years old. 
I was born and raised in the city of Newark (New Jersey), not exactly a frontier town. No one in my family were hunters, so I started out on my own through the world of outdoor magazines. If someone told me back then that I would ultimately end up as Editor-in-Chief of Outdoor Life, I would have said they were totally nuts.

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What are the top five bass flies? We asked the experts

A fishing friend recently told me he wanted to try fly fishing for bass. He knew there were hundreds of fancy trout flies, but should he get different ones for more aggressive freshwater bass?
We’ve all heard those familiar questions: If you were allowed only one book on a desert island, what would you pick? If you were allowed one companion, who would you pick? Even more tragic, if you were allowed only five flies to use for bass, what would they be? Imagine the emotional consequences of such a question.

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Somewhere in time with Joan Wulff, the First Lady of fly fishing

Let me begin by saying that Joan Wulff has never been able to teach me how to double-haul correctly. This was certainly not Joan’s fault. We all know that Joan is an excellent teacher and a superb fly caster. I just could never get my two hands to work together as a team and I have lots of wind knots to prove it. 

But my sloppy double-hauling really reminds me of a relationship with Joan that spans decades and three generations.

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Tips for catching, and releasing, early spring bass

Most of my bass fishing trips many years ago ended the same way. After an early morning burst of energy trying to find some big bass, I would get frustrated and turn to crappies and bluegills. I’d catch plenty of panfish, but never a bragging-size largemouth or smallmouth. My problem was a common one. I never fished with a plan.
The spring season can be the best time to fish for bass, but don’t think you can just go out and flog the water and catch a big largemouth. It will take a bit more planning.

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Salt Water Preview: Striped bass off the New York City coast

Last summer, as I sat at my desk overlooking Raritan Bay, I watched dozens of boats from small 17-foot center-consoles to 40-footers clustered near the Verrazano Bridge.
My son Matt was part of this fleet clobbering huge schools of striped bass at all depths from the surface to the bottom of the bay. The stripers would alternate from hitting surface lures to natural baits on the bottom.

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