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Ben is a lifelong environmental educator, former ISA-certified arborist and avid angler who writes about the natural world. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his beautiful wife and spoiled rotten Rottweiler. You can read more of Ben’s writing at FootstepsInTheForest.com.
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9 Best Fishing Rod Holders Reviewed (Hands-on Guide)

[toc] Some fish are best pursued with a “shotgun” strategy which requires you to put more than one lure in the water ...
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7 Best Portable Fish Finders Reviewed & Tested (Hands-on Guide)

This guide is only focusing on castable and portable fish finders ( aside from explaining how fish finders work in general ). ...
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7 Best Fish Finders For Kayaks Reviewed (Hands-on Guide)

Just because you make your way around the lake in a little fishing kayak or canoe doesn’t mean you are looking for ...
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13 Best Spinning Reels Reviewed & Tested (Hands-on Guide)

While bass anglers and trolling aficionados often prefer baitcasting reels, and most kid-friendly rod and reel combos feature a spincasting reel, spinning ...
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6 Best Surf Fishing Rods Reviewed (Hands-on Guide)

Whether you are fishing for buckets full of croakers or targeting the largest cobia in the cove, fishing is always more relaxing ...
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9 Best Fishing Kayaks: Definitive Guide (In-Depth Reviews)

Fishing from a kayak affords anglers unparalleled access to small waters. Unlike those angling from the bank, kayaking anglers can access the ...
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6 Best Outdoor Radios (Waterproof & Portable Radios Reviewed)

Whether you are heading out on a camping trip, looking to enjoy a day at the beach, or you simply want to ...
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11 Practical Tips for Bowfishing Success (Guaranteed to Work!)

Bowfishing is a fun way to spend an afternoon and an incredibly effective way to fill up a cooler with fish. But ...
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Beginner’s Guide 101: What Are the Best Times of Day to Go Fishing?

Deciding on the best time to load up your fishing gear and hit the water is a big decision for many anglers. ...
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Surf Fishing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Beach Fishing Gear & Casting

Whether you’re jigging for bass at your local pond, trolling for stripers at the local reservoir or battling giant marlin miles from ...
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Best Baitworms For Fishing: Selection, Storage and Presentation 

Few baits are as iconic as worms. They grace the hooks of a wide variety of anglers, including cane-pole-wielding kids trying to ...
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Fishing Reel Types Explained – Baitcast vs Spinning vs Spincast

Reels are often a confusing subject for anglers, especially those who are new to the sport. But that needn’t be the case. ...
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Saltwater vs Freshwater Reels: What’s the Big Difference? 

Although most anglers ply their craft in broadly similar ways, there are a few significant differences between those who fish in freshwater ...
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How to Spool a Spinning Reel Without The Line Twist

It’s always more fun to fish than it is to futz around with your gear, but some types of maintenance are unavoidable. ...
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6 Fishing Rod Casting Techniques (Basic to Advanced)

If you want to catch fish, you need to sling your lure out to where the lunkers lurk regardless of the species you are ...
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11 Reasons Fishing Makes You a Healthier, Happier Person

If you are reading this, I probably don’t have to sell you on the wonders of fishing – you are probably already ...
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Teaching Children the Importance of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

[toc] Although they develop their own attitudes, perceptions and philosophies over time, most children reflect the views and priorities of their parents. ...
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Taking Children on Their First Fishing Trip

Few memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip (family’s first camping trip maybe?). You probably still remember the ...
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Buying Rod & Reel Combo Or Choosing Each Separately?

Experienced anglers are usually better served by purchasing their rods and reels separately, while beginning anglers are often better off purchasing one ...
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One- Or Two-Piece Or Telescopic Fishing Rod – Which One To Choose?

Despite their seeming simplicity, fishing rods vary in a number of important ways. They exhibit different actions, different levels of power and ...
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