Posted by: Andy
August 30, 2011

Andy

My Banana Split

BlackBananas

  Years ago when I was setting up a marlin trip out of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, my guide warned, “And NO bananas!” I wanted to laugh at his apparent fruit issues but from his tone over the phone, I knew better. Many people may start the day with a banana, like professional angler Laura Heflin, but bananas never make it to the boat. Why you ask? Some believe bananas on boats…

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Posted by: Jennifer
August 29, 2011

Jennifer

Angling for Carp

Carp Fishing - matt Smith and Michael Koester

More than ever before, Americans are discovering the exciting world of sport-fishing for carp. It’s not difficult to understand why. Common carp can grow large, often exceeding 30-pounds in weight (sometimes reaching 40- or 50-pounds) and fight harder than almost any other freshwater fish. The size and power of even a small carp can provide the fish of a lifetime for the new or young angler. Carp can be caught on many types of bait…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 25, 2011

Tom K.

Casting with the Wind

I’ve had some of my best fishing days when the wind has been blowing hard.  It never ceases to amaze me that though I can’t cast very far into a strong headwind, the fish oftentimes wind up right at my feet. The water can be bumpy. It can get roiled on a river and choppy on a lake or on the ocean.  Working with the wind is critical, and truth be told, a tailwind helps me cast into…

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Posted by: Kirk
August 24, 2011

Kirk

Fish Photo 101

We all love to snap photographs of our favorite fishing moments. What better memento of a great experience on the water than an image of you and the one that didn’t get away? But if you are a catch-and-release angler, you should know that putting fish back in the water isn’t all there is to it. A lot of fish are unfortunately killed for the camera… mishandled, and released to die out of sight and…

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Posted by: Andy
August 23, 2011

Andy

Just Get There

BaitCarE

A surprisingly good fishing vehicle, back in the salad days. While channel surfing the other evening, I stumbled across a show called “Bait Car.”  This was NOT the bait-related fishing show I had hoped to see.  (However, it did bring back some memories.) Unless you are very lucky, transportation of some sort often is required to reach a fishing destination. Before I was able to buy a truck, my fishing vehicle was a Chevrolet Lumina.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 18, 2011

Tom K.

Put ‘Em Back Right

Nothing beats a dinner of fresh fish, but with many anglers practicing catch-and-release, here are some tips that will help fish survive to fight another day.   Catch and release nets: Catch and release nets are designed to help anglers release fish in good shape.  The frames are rectangular so that there is more room for them to get in (and out) of the net.  Shallow baskets with smaller holes mean fish don’t get tangled.  And,…

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Posted by: Kirk
August 18, 2011

Kirk

On Angling Etiquette…

I’m often asked about angling etiquette. It’s an important topic, because how anglers interact with each other often dictates the quality of the overall fishing experience for everyone. 99 percent of the time, you’ll find other anglers to be kindred spirits, and you won’t have any issues. On those rare occasions when there is a problem, the root cause is usually that the person just didn’t realize they were doing the wrong thing. While there…

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Posted by: Andy
August 16, 2011

Andy

A Strapping Lad

EmptyTrailors

While visiting Pennsylvania recently, I noticed something that might cause a touch of concern for boat owners: frequent sightings of vehicles towing empty boat trailers. I have a feeling that most of those “missing boats” are out on the water being maximized for use by their owners during the warm, summer months.  Or is there some sort of a boat trailer show at the Venago County Fair? What may cause that aforementioned concern – in…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 11, 2011

Tom K.

Gas-Saving Tips for Boaters

When fuel is expensive at the gas station, think of how much it costs on a gas dock.

As gas prices at the pump hover around the $4.00/gallon mark, I’m glad I keep my boat on a trailer.  Out here in Massachusetts it costs $5.50/gallon to fuel up my boat at the gas dock.  Like many other boaters, I’ve been looking for ways to increase my fuel efficiency and keep more money in my wallet.  Here’s what I came up with.  Go with as light a hull as possible. Light hulls require lower…

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Posted by: Kirk
August 10, 2011

Kirk

Beat the Heat (and Crowds) with a Float Tube

tube

My favorite way to fish in the month of August is from a float tube or personal watercraft. Why? Well there are several reasons, really… 1. For starters, since August is the peak of vacation season in many states (it is in Colorado, where I live), the rivers and lakes can see more anglers on most days. If it’s solitude you seek, a float tube can be the key to finding it. 2. They’re stealthy.…

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