Posted by: Kirk
October 26, 2011

Kirk

“Be The Fish”

Have you ever found yourself casting where you know there are fish, but you cannot help but wonder what in the heck is really going on below the surface? If you’re like me, the answer is, “All the time!” For that reason, I have spent a lot of time over the past few years scuba diving with different fish species like bass, pike, trout, walleye and others. I wrote about what I saw in a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 26, 2011

Tom K.

Explore the Blue

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This past weekend my family and I went away to New Hampshire. We live at the beach, but we head to the mountains for a change of pace.  For this trip, my daughter and son wanted to bring along a few friends, and so we all piled into the car and headed north. A few of the kids had never picked pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. So we went. Two of the kids had never…

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Posted by: Andy
October 25, 2011

Andy

The Last Grasshopper

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We were tootling around the farm the other day with the kids on our little utility vehicle when a large grasshopper flew up and popped my wife right in the forehead. Even though it is late in the season and the kids and I could always use the bait, apparently, “Did you get ‘em?” was not the thing to say. It is about that time. Football. Pumpkins. And with the first heavy frost, the grasshoppers…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 20, 2011

Tom K.

Leaders for Fly Fishing: The Critical Connection

There isn’t much that’s more frustrating than getting into position to drop a fly in front of a fish and having your line and leader** turn into spaghetti.  Any self-respecting fish darts for cover, and the odds of catching a fleeing fish is slim to none.  A leader that matches your fishing situation helps you catch more fish. Leader length is really important.  On a spring creek, pool, or pond you’ll usually need a longer,…

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Posted by: Kirk
October 20, 2011

Kirk

Fishing Gear Maintenance: Clean and Dry Your Reels and Lines

A lot of us are starting to pack up some of our fishing gear for the winter (just don’t stow all of it; there’s still good fishing to be had). One of the most important things you can do is clean your reels and lines. The key to longevity for any reel—baitcasters, spinning reels, even fly reels—is to make sure the lines on them are completely dry before you store them, or store them with…

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Posted by: Andy
October 18, 2011

Andy

The Biggest Fan of Boats

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An Airboat Tour at the Sawgrass Recreation Park.   I recently passed a truck pulling an “airboat” on a trailer. Another intriguing boat to consider in my boat quest. I have yet to drive one but have seen footage of the flat-bottom hull boats, zipping through the Everglades, pushed along by a giant, caged fan.  Not only does it look like a blast, but it also can gain access to water that might not have…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 13, 2011

Tom K.

A Wonderful Time to Be on the Water

September is a difficult month for fishermen. Everything converges all at once. Freshwater fish like brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout feed aggressively, preparing for the long winter ahead.  When you land one, take an extra minute to study their vibrant colors – it’ll help you through the long winter ahead.  Warm water fish like bass and panfish prowl the shallows for the smorgasbord of damselflies and dragonflies and dace and shiners.  The Northwestern waters come alive…

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Posted by: Kirk
October 12, 2011

Kirk

Crazy for Carp?

Mention “carp” to a lot of American anglers, and you’ll get reactions like, “yuck,” or “trash fish.” But believe it or not, carp are the number one, most sought after “sport fish” in the world. More money is spent on tackle for carp than on any other species. International tournament carp fishing is big business, and yet most of us wouldn’t bother to cast at a carp if it swam right into range. Why is…

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Posted by: Andy
October 11, 2011

Andy

Camp Pendleton Kid’s Fishing Derby

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Military families all over the country are enjoying rods and reels donated by Zebco, the Sierra Club Water Sentinels, the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association, and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing Campaign.  Recently, 171 young anglers participated in the Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lake O’Neill on Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps Base Camp in Southern California. 10 year old Nathan Wardinsky landed the largest bass of the event with a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 6, 2011

Tom K.

Boat Positioning

Our boat drifted along the end of Great Island, Mass. with the current.  I watched my son in the bow cast repeatedly and not catch a fish.  My daughter was in the stern, and at one point she caught three fish in four casts.  She absolutely hammered the striped bass. And me?  I was behind the console, which put me in the middle in more ways than one. Both were using an identical plug cast…

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