Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 31, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Free Fishing–In 3-D!

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Do you have any plans next weekend? Allow me to float something by you.  Perhaps a small red/white bobber. National Fishing and Boating Week is June 4-12. It coincides with free fishing days for most states. On those days, anyone can fish… without a license/permit.  That’s right, FREE. Let’s compare some numbers for a cost/benefit analysis of another popular summer activity. Were you planning on taking the family to a movie? For a family of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 26, 2011

Tom Keer

Sharp Hooks

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Fishing can be frustrating, that’s part of the game.  But I think a lot of frustration among anglers comes when we experience failure coming from something that easily could have been prevented.  If we don’t wind fresh monofilament on our spools and the line breaks on a good fish, we get frustrated.  If we forget to put a net in the boat and we lose a fish, we get frustrated.  There is a long list…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
May 25, 2011

Do You Have a “Wish Fish?

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I’m very fortunate to have a job (with Field & Stream magazine) that allows me to travel to different waters, and catch many species of fish. But, like most anglers, I have a “bucket-list” of fish I’d still like to catch.  I’m not talking about that mythical 20-pound bass, or the 30-inch brown trout (who doesn’t want to catch something that big?)… I’m talking about specific species that has always captured the imagination.  Is there…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 24, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

The Sign of a Pro Angler

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Here in north central Oklahoma, this is Cowboy Country. Not just because of the influence of the university, but also in history. In fact, when I am not scribbling thoughts on paper, I actually work along side Pistol Pete’s great grandson. Now, I do not know how much cowboys actually fished in the old days…  Or how well the watering holes even were stocked. And I have yet to find an old gun belt or…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 23, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Learn How You Can Fight VHS Fish Disease. Enter USDA Fishing & Boating Photo Contest

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If someone told you there were simple things you could do to keep fish from dying and protect our waters, you’d want to know more, right? Well, if you’re a boater or angler in the Great Lakes region, there’s a lot you can do to stop the spread of a fish disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia. VHS kills freshwater and marine fish, including some species of bass, trout and perch. The good news is you…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 19, 2011

Tom Keer

Safe Boating Week: use your head (no pun intended)

Put the safe in Safe Boating Week with a thorough inspection of your crew and your vessel.

A long time ago Mark Twain said, “common sense ain’t all that common.” Since this upcoming week is National Safe Boating Week – May 21 – 27, 2011 – those words ring loud and true. Unless you live in a Tropical region where boating is a year-‘round activity, many of us get rusty in the offseason. In the fall many of us turn our attention to hunting and in the winter we might shift to…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
May 18, 2011

Tell Could-Be Fishing Pals: “You’re Out of Excuses!”

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When people find out what I do for a living (I’m a fishing writer), I often hear things like: “Oh, that sounds fun… I’ve always wanted to take up fishing, but I don’t know where to go.” Or I’m told: “I used to fish a lot when I was a kid, but I don’t have the time anymore.” Sometimes I get, “Yeah… fishing would be a great hobby, but it seems so complicated and expensive.”…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 17, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

The Quest for the Perfect Family Boat

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Okay, I think I have worked past my boat trailer light issues… I am ready to do some boat shopping. Not long ago, I had a 14-foot V-bottom boat. It was a hefty riverboat, originally purchased in Alaska. Tall and heavy, it was really taxing on an electric trolling motor.  And with the high sides, on one family outing we learned the hard way that it is difficult for a mother-in-law to climb back in…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 10, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Landing the Bass of your Dreams

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Largemouths are often thought of as the crème de la crème of the bass species.  We often get a lot of questions about the best ways to spot and lure these beauties. Here are a few tips and tricks: 1.)    Avoid the current! Largemouth bass prefer standing water like lakes and reservoirs. 2.)    Try going after them early in the morning or later at night when they are feeding. These guys tend to “nap” during…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 2, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Before you Cast, Check the Forecast!

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Sure, when you wake up the morning of a planned fishing excursion, you’ll check the local news to get a handle on the day’s weather – but that’s not the only forecast you’ll want to review. There are actually many elements that affect not only your physical enjoyment on the water, but the way the fish will be biting that day, and, there are general rules of thumb to follow on a season by season…

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