Posted by: Tom Keer
August 26, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trips in the South

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It’s starting to cool off down South, so plan a family fishing trip as the fishing gets hot.  Here are some places to go for salt and freshwater fishing: Guntersville, Alabama: I’ve talked about Lake Guntersville before because it’s featured in the Bassmaster Classic.  The lake is loaded with largemouth bass, crappie and cats. Oak Mountain State Park is another great bet, too. And made the 2015 Top 100 places to fish and boat list!…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 23, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Your Awesome Angler Name for National Hunting and Fishing Day

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National Hunting and Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday, September 26th. So, what better way to join the nation-wide celebration than by awarding yourself with a special awesome angler name for the day? That’s right, you can actually give yourself a super cool National Hunting and Fishing Day moniker using the fun formula found below. Here’s how the awesome angler name game works: To get your awesome angler first and middle names, find your…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 19, 2015

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing is a Quiet Ride

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Saltwater fishing takes on a whole new dimension with a fishing kayak.  Not only can you get to places you previously couldn’t reach by boat or by boots, but the quiet ride makes them perfect for getting up close and personal.   Fishing Kayaks Offer Freedom There are two types of hard-chine fishing kayaks.  The first features an open cockpit with either one or two seats.  Water stays out of the boat.  In the event…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 16, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The Lionfish: A Crazy-Looking Saltwater Fish

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If you happen to come across a crazy-looking red or brown striped saltwater fish that has 18 venomous spines and appears to have swam straight out of a National Geographic documentary, your first instinct is probably going to be to swim in the opposite direction… until you learn more about this saltwater fish species and how you can help wildlife officials keep its population numbers in check. Lionfish Invasion Native to the reefs and rocky…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Catch and Release: When to Keep Your Prize Fish

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The issue of game fish conservation weighed heavily in my hands, about 17 pounds to be exact.  My wife Angela had just done great job reading the water, she made a good cast, and she expertly swam a soft plastic fishing lure.  It was no surprise when the striped bass blew up on it, and she set the hook, steered the fish from the rocks, and put it where it belonged- in our net. Now…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 9, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Secrets to Know When Using Artificial Bait

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Using artificial bait or lures when fishing can be both challenging and fun. While artificial bait usually requires a little more thought and strategy, artificials are easier to transport and can save you time since there’s no need for re-baiting your line after each catch. Depending on the type of artificial bait or lures you plan to use, the species you are targeting, and the conditions; there are different secrets or techniques that can be…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 5, 2015

Tom Keer

Saltwater Fishing: Gunkholing

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“Gunkholing” or cruising in shallow waters with a wide variety of shallow-draft boats, is a perfect way to go saltwater fishing.  Aluminum skiffs, flats boats, shallow draft skiffs, and fishing kayaks are popular hulls that can get into the skinniest of waters. Here are some of the top places to find saltwater fish, and the boats that can get to them! Flats Fishing: Fish on the flats are skittish.  In the tropics are lemon sharks and…




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