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In-Fisherman December/January/February 2020

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In-Fisherman is for the avid freshwater angler. Each issue provides detailed instructions and demonstrations on catching, cleaning, and eating your favorite species of fish, and reports on the latest scientific studies concerning fish and habitat conservation. This is the source for finding fishing hotspots, new tackle, effective equipment, and more!

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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

DECEMBER 28 Uncharted Adventure Destinations > North America’s Favorite Sportfish > Rivers & Streams Close to Home > Canadian Monsters or Bust JANUARY 4 Fast Action & Fine Times > Soft Trailer Largemouths > Spring Crappie Classics > Busting Shallow Gators JANUARY 11 Presentation Sleight-of-Hand > Anchoring Strategies for Big Fish > Historic Hook Designs > Swimbait-Hook Largemouths JANUARY 18 Gold-Standard Tactics for Today > Tactical Smallmouths > Summer Peak Largemouths > New-Age Classic Walleye Lures JANUARY 25 Perfect Storm for Giant Sportfish > World of Giant Walleyes > Situational Bull Redfish > Perfect Storm for Giant Sportfish FEBRUARY 1 Hot Baits Happening > The Magic Light Switch > Slow-Rolling Crappies > MaxScent Largemouths FEBRUARY 8 Sportfishing Magic & Mayhem > The Wide World of Smallmouths > Trolling Striper Giants > Wild Ride Walleyes FEBRUARY 15 Uncharted Adventure Destinations > North America’s Favorite Sportfish > Rivers & Streams Close to Home > Canadian Monsters or Bust…

4 min.
the rise of the remarkable and redoubtable ned rig

A highlight of this issue is our focus on the combination of presentation and retrieve methods now collectively known as Ned rigging. Our cover illustration (which I consider one of Larry Tople’s finest) has a largemouth bass eyeing a Ned rig. Herein we celebrate the beginning of this phenomenon by rerunning the article by In-Fisherman Field Editor Ned Kehde that set it all in motion exactly a decade ago. A decade down the road for what now is, or is becoming, one of the most celebrated presentation methods of all time. We have Texas rigging. Carolina rigging. Drop-shotting. Neko rigging. And Ned rigging stands right in there with the best of them. Certainly it remains a method of the moment, as more and more anglers discover it and join the legions…

3 min.
bumps, bruises & the ice angler

Medical Connections— Data on emergency department visits from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) on all cases of fishing injury from 2009-2014 were analyzed by Mayo Clinic investigators to identify injury patterns sustained by ice anglers compared to traditional (non-ice) fishing in the United States.* According to the Mayo Clinic News Network, the analyses revealed that 85 (1 percent) of the 8,220 cases were related to ice fishing. These injuries occurred most commonly in males (88 percent) and in those with an average age of 39.4. The most common ice fishing-related injuries included: ● Orthopedic or musculoskeletal, likely related to slips on the ice (46 percent) ● Minor trauma, such as lacerations, abrasions, contusions, punctures and hook injuries (37 percent) ● Major trauma, such as amputation, organ space injury and closed-head injuries, including…

1 min.
nature’s stocking secret

Ecological Insights— Fishery scientists have long sought explanation for numerous apparently isolated waters that develop fish populations without any access to neighboring fish populations or known stockings. Biologists have speculated that such events may be the result of fish eggs carried on the feet and bodies of water birds or even bait-bucket stockings by anglers. Experiments by European researchers have now provided a clue.* Fertilized eggs of two species of European carp were fed to mallard ducks. The feces of the ducks were then monitored over the next 24 hours. Eighteen fertile carp eggs were recovered. With one exception, all fertile eggs were recovered within 1 hour of feeding. Another fertile egg was found about 6 hours after feeding. Eight common carp eggs and Prussian carp eggs had viable embryos. One…

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LAKE CASCADE CASCADE, IDAHO Perch » It’s still the best spot in North America for perch surpassing 2 pounds, and maybe 3. It’s big water at 27,000 acres, and there’s only one winter guide, who usually gets heavily booked early. Contact: Guide Bill Lavin, gowalleyefishing.com; Tackle Tom’s, 208/382-4367; Birch Glen Lodge and Motel, 208/382-4238. Steve Ryan NESTOR FALLS NORTHWEST ONTARIO Lake Trout » About an hour north of the border from either Baudette or International Falls, Minnesota, this area offers access to great fishing for lakers on Whitefish Bay, and other backcountry lakes. Contact: Sunset Cove Resort, sunsetcoveresort.net; Lecuyer’s Canada Lodge, lecuyerslodge.com. Jeff Gustafson LAKE HAVASU LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA Multispecies » This reservoir is known for giant redear sunfish that thrive in upstream areas, and there are lots of striped bass—eaters and plenty from 10 to…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

One Ugly Knife Ugly Stik tools aren’t exactly “ugly,” but they’re built Ugly Stik tough, and include shears, a skinner, pliers, and a lineup of five knives, one of which is a 7-inch flex-blade fillet knife, with coated steel and a comfortable Ugly Tuff Grip. The sheath has a knife sharpener—$24.99, uglystik.com Primo Under-Spin Leadhead jigs excel in providing depth and speed control, and the addition of a blade on a silky smooth ball-bearing swivel below the head on the Gamakatsu Under Spin adds flash and vibration to make an efficient and effective presentation coupled with your favorite softbait body, which is held securely in place by a screw-lock. Sizes range from 3/16 to 1/2 ounce, all with 4/0 hooks—$4.86, gamakatsu.com Lighter, Stronger Veritas Abu Garcia Veritas rods are 5 percent lighter and 15 percent…