My original crop of Old Men approached both catching and cooking fish as serious business, the first because it fed us and the second because it could burn us. A different mentor I met years later was more relaxed about such things, though, and his attitude helped keep the times interesting. I was enjoying my […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Time on the water is easily enhanced by finely tuning the fishing equipment to its task, and no category of gear is more open to specialized tuning than the rods. Beyond the convenience of being able to switch between a number of possible lure presentations without stopping to cut and […]

The paddle I used to push us off the riprap was the color of driftwood, toasted silver by the sun. The custom notch whittled into the blade for lifting deep trotlines was worn smooth at its corners. I stowed it as the sun rose above the low chop. The excitement of what we might catch […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer When the water gets warm and the bass go deep, it’s time to bring out the Carolina rigs to find and catch fish. Combining key traits of standard Texas-rigged worm fishing and crankbait fishing, the Carolina rig lets fishermen cover wide expanses of deep water, feel what’s on the lake […]

Everyone should do their best to improve on their past performances and, to that end, I’m happy to announce I set a new personal record this week in the category I call “Intricacy of Backlash.” I would have taken a picture, but I didn’t want to remember it any longer than I will anyway. Bait […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer From monitoring the health and growth of a deer herd to simply filling the slow hours while waiting for deer season to open again, continuous trail cam use can be productive and rewarding all summer long. More than just a method to help decide where to hang a stand, trail […]

My hair felt like it’d been pasted to my head with three tablespoons of Crisco. My back hurt from sleeping on a board, and my temples pounded from hollering at our swarm of pre-teen boys. Alcohol is forbidden at Scout Camp because, at the first opportunity, anyone with any sense would take out all they […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Small lakes and ponds handy to home are a great way for kids to get access to fishing, and they can be excellent teaching instruments as well. The principles that work on big water also work on small, and the lessons can be taught again and again burning only shoe […]

As children, my cousin and I spent our allowances on military surplus gear and our summer days playing Army. From a hillside south of Shannon, we set up ambushes in the jungles of Guadalcanal and stormed the beaches of Normandy. We plundered Campbell’s soup from the pantry, peeled away the labels, re-dubbed the cans “C-rations,” […]