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24
Mar
Crankbaits, the how and the why.

Crankbaits, the how and the why.

Ever since man first became fascinated with catching fish, the urge to design artificial lures that accurately simulated natural baitfish has been an obsession. Artificial lures are made from every conceivable substance from wood, metal, lead, plastic, soft plastic, natural yarn, synthetic fibers, feathers and animal fur. Basically, if there was even a remote chance that it might fool a fish, anglers have tried it.

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18
Dec
Caribou Hunting on Top of the World

Caribou Hunting on Top of the World

From the air, Canada's Arctic Tundra looks like a vast, barren wasteland, but like so many assessments from a distance; nothing could be further from the truth. It had been a marathon effort but I was finally aboard a twin-engine otter en route from Yellowknife to a camp near the Arctic Circle.

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12
Jun
Grayling Fishing in Canada's Northwest Territories

Grayling Fishing in Canada's Northwest Territories

After battling 50-pound lake trout, stalking the diminutive Arctic grayling might seem like a real yawner, but with a 4-wt fly rod it was a challenge that left me wanting more.

 

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12
Jun
Lunker Lakers Near The Circle

Lunker Lakers Near The Circle

When it comes to fishing for lake trout, an angler would be hard pressed to find better action than that which exists near Canada's Arctic Circle. In this barren and formidable environment, awash in pristine lakes and streams, life is on an exaggerated schedule with feeding cycles compressed into a season of soft water that is measured in weeks. 

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12
Jun
Dracula Is Alive, Living In Venezuela

Dracula Is Alive, Living In Venezuela

Far below the placid surface of Lake Guri life hangs in a delicate balance. Life belongs to the quick: dinner belongs to the quickest. I would imagine that piranha swim around thinking that they are pretty much in charge of the buffet table. 

They've got a mouth full of razor sharp teeth, and they can reduce a grown pig to pulp in a matter of seconds. 

Enter the payara: exit the piranha!

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04
Jun
Blazing the Tamiami Trail

Blazing the Tamiami Trail

Driving traffic-clogged US 41 in Sarasota can be a maddening experience, when you’re behind a barrier of “Honey, look over there” drivers, and twenty minutes late for an appointment. A minor fender-bender never fails to block traffic somewhere around South Gate, and progress comes to a radiator-steaming halt. This will be little consolation, but next time you are sitting, drumming your fingers on the steering when in similar circumstances, consider the good old days when the Tamiami Trail was only the dream of a handful of Dade and Lee County promoters.

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04
Jun
Dishwater Gals

Dishwater Gals

Slowly and methodically, with the precision of a surgeon, Elbert Willis trods behind a borrowed mule and hand plow, slicing the dusty earth near his Seffner home, preparing it for sweet potato planting. "A good man can plow 'bout as much with a mule as he can with a tractor," said the 72-year-old farmer. "I used to plow 10 acres a day with two mules and a cultivator. I could do more now if it weren't for my bad heart. I just been to the doctor this week," he said, patting his chest.

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