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Fin-Telligence: Brown Trout

Left to their own devices, brown trout (salmo trutta) would own the world’s freshwater. They’re aggressive, voracious predators that start young, picking off insects and invertebrates that inhabit the same streams, rivers, and lakes. Bigger specimens (and they DO get big: more than 40 lbs.) make life miserable for their Read more…

Fin-Telligence: Striped Bass

Stripers may be the most popular saltwater gamefish in the country. Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) are voracious — and pretty indiscriminate — predators. When you combine their hard-striking eating habits with their hefty average size, stripers are a damn fun fish to catch. And that’s why reelers chase these so-called rockfish up and Read more…

Fin-Telligence: Catfish

You can find catfish on every continent except Antarctica (maybe they’re just not looking hard enough…). Across the world, there are hundreds of species, including the leviathan Mekong River catfish and the monster wels catfish of Eurasia. North America is home to dozens of catfish species, ranging from very small, Read more…

Fin-Telligence: Steelhead

Put simply, steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are nothing but migratory rainbow trout. Yet, they are oh-so-much-more than that. Just ask any reeler who’s tried to hook one. Fishing for steelhead is a lot like golf (the way I play, anyway): Hours and days of frustration sustained only by the hope of Read more…

Fin-Telligence: Marlin

Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) are some of the biggest, fastest — and most beautiful fish in the world. The challenge they present once hooked was chronicled perhaps most famously in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Their power, beauty, and scrap keeps reelers going after them again and again, Read more…