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Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............6:45 p.m.......................................7:10 a.m.

Monday.............7:30 p.m....................................7:55 a.m.

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Anglers, scientists alike look to longtime guide

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Not many fishing guides can claim a research post at an eminent fisheries science institution is named for them, but captain Scott Moore can.

The 62-year-old light tackle guide has been putting customers on big fish, primarily for catch and release, in Sarasota and Tampa bays and Charlotte Harbor since 1979. Among his charter ...Read more

Anglers try for salmon in Lake Superior near Duluth ship canal

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On a cool April morning, the brethren of the long-handled fishing net were assembled on the south pier of the Duluth ship canal. George Hamilton, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, was among them, wearing blue ice-fishing gear to ward off the morning's chill.

Hamilton understands there are some basic weather differences between L.A. and ...Read more

Peshtigo River a fire with walleye fishing

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PESHTIGO, Wis. -- The Peshtigo River travels 136 miles from its origin in Forest County before it joins the waters of Green Bay.

In places it forms rapids and is popular with rafters and kayakers. In others, it pools behind dams and assumes names like Caldron Falls and High Falls flowages.

And here in Peshtigo, the river surges like frothy ...Read more

Former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden makes his 29th Governor's turkey hunt

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- Mike Hayden smiled amid the first drops of rain, lightning and thunder because with every loud roll through the clouds, a second kind of thunder came from the treetops along a nearby creekbottom.

"Listen to that, isn't that something?" Hayden said, excitement in his voice, as 20 tom turkeys responded to every roll of ...Read more

Springtime at Missouri's Stockton Lake brings some good bass

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STOCKTON, Mo. -- Scott Pauley eyed the rocky bank at Stockton Lake and knew he was in the right spot.

"This is an ideal spring bank, especially for jig fishing," Pauley said as he launched a long cast. "It has a good mix of rock and gravel, and that's what they like when they're staging for the spawn.

"They'll move up out of the deep water on ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............12:40 p.m.....................................1:10 a.m.

Monday.............1:40 p.m.......................................2:10 a.m.

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Another python hunt planned in Everglades

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Come to South Florida. Lie on the beach. Play golf. Kill pythons.

The nation's hunters will again be invited to visit South Florida to take out the Burmese pythons that have staked a claim to the top of the Everglades food chain.

The Python Challenge, which drew more than 1,500 hunters in 2013, will be held again in January, according to Nick ...Read more

For many Minnesota hunters, turkey season means hitting the road

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Tom Glines was heading to Hawaii to attend a wedding when he thought: Why not kill two birds with one stone?

"I asked my wife if I could go turkey hunting while we were there," he said. She agreed.

"I didn't fly out with my gun, but I brought camo clothing," said Glines, 59, a regional director of the National Wild Turkey Federation. "I only ...Read more

Turkey bowhunting program pairs students, mentors

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DOUSMAN, Wis. -- Cayden Weiland, 10, of Waukesha, Wis., comes from a hunting family and has expressed a desire to hunt for years.

Mandy Eisler, 35, of Delafield, Wis., is a mother and wife who hadn't considered hunting for dinner until her 11-year-old daughter got the family into archery.

One is a traditional path to hunting, the other pretty ...Read more

Robust, active baits attract more trout

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Scent, taste, color, size, position in the water -- all contribute to a fish's attraction to food. But in most cases, if the food isn't moving the game fish is moving on.

That's why they call it "live" bait.

As Pennsylvania anglers prepare for Saturday's statewide opening of trout season, those who rely on live bait need a reliable process for...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............6:20 a.m.......................................6:45 p.m.

Monday.............7:10 a.m....................................7:40 p.m.

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For this fisherman, its quantity over quality

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Ned Kehde isn't the kind of fisherman who is willing to sling an over-sized bass lure all day, hoping to catch three or four keepers.

He is fishing for bites. Lots of bites.

In his world, a 6-inch bass is equal to a 6-pound bass. They're both one more punch on his clicker that he uses to count his catch.

"For me, bass fishing is a numbers ...Read more

Working to get Baltimore kids hooked on fishing

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Each spring, for 25 years, Dee Tochterman has taught countless children the basics of fishing. Co-owner of Tochterman's Fly Shop, a longtime fixture in East Baltimore, she routinely ushers youngsters and their parents onto nearby Chapel Stree for a quick lesson in casting.

"If they can do it here, amid all these lines and telephone poles, they ...Read more

Taking aim to curtail light geese

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YANKTON, S.D. -- Our group of 10 Wisconsinites took a break, stretching legs and talking amid a mosaic of South Dakota corn.

The late March day had warmed to 50 degrees and signs were all around that winter was rapidly changing to spring.

Green sprigs of grass pushed up through the soft earth. A farmer plowed a nearby field.

A rough-legged ...Read more

Wasting disease spreads through more western Kansas deer

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Chronic wasting disease, an illness that's 100 percent fatal in deer and elk, has spread to six new counties in southwest Kansas. To date, the disease has never been passed to humans or livestock, though it is related to mad cow disease and some other illnesses that can be fatal to both.

Shane Hesting, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and ...Read more

Surprise find in Miami airport lake for 'River Monsters' host

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With season seven of Animal Planet's popular series River Monsters underway, host Jeremy Wade took a busman's holiday in Miami a week ago -- and made an unexpected discovery.

Wade -- a biologist, angler and outdoors journalist -- wasn't on a hunt for new monsters to catch and release; he intended to spend the day sight-fishing for bedding ...Read more

Reservoir monsters lurk in Missouri

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Even though Andy Belobraydic III had never been paddlefish snagging before, he knew monsters lurked below the murky surface of Missouri reservoirs.

"I had seen pictures and had watched videos of some of the huge paddlefish people catch," said Belobraydic, 33, of Richwoods, Mo. "I thought, 'If I get lucky, maybe I'll catch a 50-pound fish.' "

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Anglers flock to Wisconsin river for walleye run

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DE PERE, Wis. -- It's 10 p.m. on a cool, drizzly Friday in late March.

As the work week winds down and traffic slows in De Pere, there's also a surge of activity in the city's industrial corridor.

Here, along the banks of Wisconsin's Fox River, the third shift is reporting for duty.

"It's looking pretty good," said Joe Murphy, 28, of Wales, ...Read more

Good advice on trout fishing available if you know how to find it

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Fishing advice? Everybody's got some. But regarding trout, you have to figure out which advice is spot on and which is, well, not so much.

That's not always easy. If you're new to trout fishing, all advice can sound equally plausible and daunting. If you're a veteran trout angler, it can be hard to value tips that run counter to what you've ...Read more