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One of the things I love about fishing are the amazing sights I encounter on the water.

It’s not unusual to view vast pods of dolphins when I’m out on the ocean. I’ve seen multiple species of whales, including the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale. I’ve seen orcas, bald eagles, and even the American bison while out fishing.

Recently, Alaskan angler Andrew Harrelson came across a most unusual sight: a giant woolly mammoth tusk.

What makes this story even more unusual though is that Andrew’s mother discovered a woolly mammoth tusk in the same spot 22 years earlier!

Read this amazing fish tale in this story from the Alaska Dispatch News.

At La Brea Tarpits museum

Woolly Mammoth At La Brea Tarpits museum

Andrew Harrelson still has a few foggy memories of the day his parents came home with a woolly mammoth tusk strapped to the back of a four-wheeler.

“This big, old log-looking thing,” recalled Harrelson, who was about 3 years old at the time, growing up in the Norton Sound village of White Mountain. “I had no clue what it was until they told me.”

Andrew knew it must be important. His mother, Luann Harrelson, had spotted the 79-pound fossil that day in the gritty, strange-smelling muck of Fish River and posed her son for a Polaroid beside it.

That was 1992.

On Sunday, Andrew made a discovery of his own at precisely the same river bend just two miles outside the village.

Peppered across northern Alaska, tusks of the extinct species range in age from 12,000 to 400,000 years old and advertise for as much as $75 per pound on the resale market. Here is how a mother and son each made the discovery of a lifetime, 20 years and 10 feet apart.

Photos: Alaska Dispatch News (top); SoCal Salty (above)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song says. But what they should have been crooning about was deer season. For that, my friends, is certainly the most glorious season there is. Except for when it isn’t.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong and ruin your deer season. But the good news is that you can prevent most of these things from happening. With a little pre-season prep work, you can ensure that the days you most look forward to will live up to your dreams.

Realtree has put together the top ten reasons your deer season will suck. Fortunately, they also detail the steps you can take to avoid that nightmare.

We know you. You’re the guy who, come November, will be complaining the loudest because you haven’t gotten a buck. Yet, here it is late-August—crunch time for deer hunters—and you’ve spent all summer doing absolutely nothing to make this deer season better.

That’s right, my friend. Your deer season is about to suck … unless you get off your butt and do something about it. So read up, absorb our brand of tough love, and then get motivated.

Read on for the ten pitfalls you need to avoid.


When I first started fishing, I was all about fishing natural baits. As I’ve gained confidence in my fishing skills, I’ve gravitated more and more to artificial baits.

Some of my favorite artificial baits are made by Berkley. In some cases, I’ve even found them to outfish live bait!

Berkeley has a long history of innovation and quality in the artificial baits business. They spend a lot of resources on product development. Much of their new product development is fueled by the relationship that Berkley has with professional anglers.

One of those relationships is with Bassmaster pro Brandon Palaniuk. Brandon is known as a versatile angler, one who’s not married to any one style or approach.

The Berkley Havoc Money Maker is a new bait designed by Brandon to be fished in a number of ways. Learn about this exciting new bait in this article from In Fisherman.

havoc_palaniukPure Fishing recently introduced a new soft-plastic finesse bait to the angling world, and it is called the Berkley Havoc Money Maker.

Brandon Palaniuk of Hayden, Idaho, had a hand in creating it. And he is a professional tournament angler who competes on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Knowledgeable observers of the goings on in the tournament world often proclaim that Palaniuk is one of the sports’ most versatile anglers. Thus, there are spells when he wields a spinning outfit and a finesse bait –  such as the Havoc Money Maker.

It is a 4 1/2-inch worm. In the center of its torso, there is a half-inch section that replicates an earthworm’s clitellum.

Photos: In Fisherman (top); Berkely Products (above)


Different conditions on the water dictate different presentations. For example, if the water is colder, fish tend to be lethargic. A slower, more finessed presentation tends to be more effective under these conditions. It’s summer now, though, and fish are more active. A finessed presentation can still be effective and I think many anglers can become complacent. Just because you’re catching fish doesn’t mean there isn’t something better out there. A change in presentation and change in attitude may be just the thing to go from catching dinks to catching monsters.

This article outlines from Outdoor News outlines what it means to be aggressive.

aggressiveYou get what you ask for from the fish. What does that mean?

It means that if you tip-toe around with your presentation, you encourage fish to tip-toe up to it to begin inspecting it. If, on the other hand, you create erratic vulnerability into your presentation, you tend to encourage fish to hammer it.

Not a new idea. Buck Perry was talking about speed trolling to encourage reaction strikes a million years ago. Yet many impressive catches have been made using finesse presentations, with both live bait and artificials. Many anglers default to slow enticement, especially after a cold front passes, throughout the summer months.

But when you’re after true predator fish (“fish that eat each other,” as Larry Dahlberg puts it), consider the triggers and how effective speed can be.

Photos: Ontario Tourism (top); Outdoor News (above)


Snook is one of the premier gamefish targeted by Florida anglers. They are a very accessible fish for all anglers as they make their home inshore. Anglers targeting this fish catch them from the beach and on skiffs. Snook are famous for their long runs and acrobatic jumps out of the water. They can also grow quite large with the Florida state record exceeding 44 lbs!

The vast majority of Florida anglers practice CPR (catch, photograph, and release) on this popular fish, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does open up limited harvest seasons. Learn all the details of harvest regulations and best practices in this post from the FWC.

snook_fwcThe recreational harvest season for Florida’s premier game fish, snook, opens Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook populations were negatively impacted by a 2010 cold kill. Gulf snook numbers currently exceed FWC management goals but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels, which is one of the reasons why it is important to handle fish with care in this region and use moderation when determining whether or not to harvest one.

When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations.”

Photos: The Horse’s Mouth (top); FWC (above)


Nisssan AK 4 029Alaska is a rainy place, especially in fall. At that time of year, any hunter, fisher,  or camper needs to be prepared for the elements.

With the Wounded Warrior Project event on my schedule, I was excited to see the introduction of STORMR, a breathable neoprene product that heralded a reputation as a proven water repellent and a new option of breathability. The product comes in a waterfowl camouflage pattern that will be great for hunters, yet I wanted a jacket that I could wear on the airplane and use in non-hunting activities. After a week in the bush, here’s what I learned.

Nisson AK 1 108First, the good looks of this jacket attract attention. Repeatedly, people came up to me and asked about the hoodie, often commenting on its positive appearance and inquiring, “Is that neoprene?” Buying rain gear for it’s appearance is, admittedly, an unusual option, but it was a clear positive.

Secondly, the material repels water as I expected, yet it also seems to ward off mud, dirt, and debris. I usually wear my work (and sometimes my food) and was impressed with how sharp the jacket looked in the photo above. It seemed brand new, despite a week in the Alaskan wilds.

The STORMR material works well as an outer layer. One rainy evening when the temps were at 50 degrees, I wore a flannel shirt under the jacket and was chilled. The next night, I wore a mildly insulating sweater and the combination was perfect. Furthermore, I could be mildly active without heating up, as one would expect with normal neoprene. The lining on the inside of the jacket made for easy on and off, and the outer materiel doesn’t wrinkle or lose its shape.

For more information, check the manufacturer’s website.