Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2011

Tom Keer

Take Me Fishing, Redux

Take Me Fishing, Redux

My son has two friends who are brothers named Mark and Matt. Mark is the elder and he is 14. Their dad Mike has taken them fishing with him since they were old enough to walk. Since then the boys have devoured every fishing magazine, book and television show. When there was a hot bite their dad would knock off early from work and take them fishing. Recently, work has been getting in the way…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
June 29, 2011

Saltwater Fishing—How to Get Started

barred perch

Saltwater fishing offers a huge array of angling opportunity… wide open spaces, abundant (often large) sport fish species, and technical challenges among them. But the vast oceans can be intimidating for some fishers.  Where do you start?  What do you use?  And how the heck do you find fish?  For starters, let’s assume we’re fishing from shore… we’ll get to boats and saltwater later. In all fishing situations—freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, bait fishing… whatever—you ultimately…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 28, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

One Teaspoon of Protection

BakedGoods2E

Artist David Horton is always prepared when we go fishing. His multiple tackle boxes are neatly sorted and organized. All fishing equipment is well maintained, clean, and ready. And he always has his vanilla. Wait a second – “vanilla,” you say?! “There are many reports of using many different types of plant extracts as insect repellants. I have heard of vanilla being used and it certainly must be more pleasant to use than garlic or…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
June 24, 2011

Fishing Tip: Slow Down for Success

slow down

As a fishing writer, I’ve been fortunate to cast along with many great anglers.  While everyone has their own tips and tricks, the one common trait I notice among the best fishermen and fisherwomen—from the bass lakes, to the trout rivers, to the saltwater flats—is that none of them ever fish like they’re in a hurry. Even B.A.S.S. pro Mike Iaconelli, who seems driven by frenetic energy, and in tournaments is often literally racing against…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 23, 2011

Tom Keer

Get ‘Em in the Boat

Patience and skill helps anglers land even the most stubborn of fish.

A lot of time, effort and preparation go into catching trophy fish.  We scout our terrain, put time in on the water, study weather patterns, and ultimately arrive at a plan.  Many times our plans come together and if everything goes right, a big fish hits and the next thing we know he’s in the net.  Other times it’s not so easy. One major difference between good fishermen and great fishermen is that great fishermen…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 21, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Easy Cleanup Bait

Soapy

What is wrong with this picture? Not a thing, according to Keith Sutton who was Executive Director of the Future Fisherman Foundation, (which creates and assists a variety of programs for hands-on fishing experiences for children) and author of several books on fishing for catfish. Although soap may not make many bait type lists, Mr. Sutton said that using soap for catfish bait has been used “for decades with great success.” “Old timers on the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 16, 2011

Tom Keer

Gunkholing in a Kayak

Kayak

The word “gunkholing” means cruising in shallow waters with a wide variety of shallow-draft boats.  Day sailors, dinghies, jon boats, and canoes are some of the popular hulls that can get into the skinniest of waters.  One that has recently appealed to me is the hard chine kayak.  To my mind they are the perfect craft for gunkholing. The origin of the word kayak is up for debate.  Some paddling historians literally translate the word…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
June 15, 2011

Do Bright Colors Matter When You Fish?

bright shirt

My friend and mentor Charlie Meyers was the outdoors editor of the Denver Post for many years (he passed away in 2010).  He taught me a lot, and when it came to fishing, we agreed on just about everything.  But one thing we disagreed on was bright colors.  Charlie was the master of stealth, and he’d always show up to the lake or river in drab olive, gray, or even camouflage attire.  I, on the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 14, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

No Snow Cones in Fishing

Torn

When my son’s little league baseball game was finally over the other night, he asked if he could stay and watch a bit of the next game.  When I explained our loitering to the Stillwater Parks and Recreation supervisor, he smiled and said, “No better place for a kid to be.” I smiled, but couldn’t resist.  “Well, we could be fishing.” He paused. “Hmmm.  Fishing is pretty good too,” he had to admit. It got…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 9, 2011

Tom Keer

Moms Fishing with Kids

MomKidsFishing

Motherhood occupies a special place in the world and it is somewhere between winning a gold medal and sainthood.  Juggling a career with parenthood is difficult enough.  But when kids ask to learn a sport or activity that a mom may not know pushes even the most patient women to the max. I should know; I married one. Here are some quick tips for moms to consider when taking their kids fishing for the first…

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