Posted by: Kirk
November 30, 2011

Kirk

Ice Fishing: Get On Your Bucket!

Here’s a little project that will get you ice fishers ready for the upcoming season: Make yourself a custom ice fishing bucket. It only takes a little time, it doesn’t cost much, and you only need a few materials, most of which you can get from your local hardware store. Here’s how you do it: First, get a five gallon plastic bucket with a lid. This bucket is not only your container for carrying gear,…

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Posted by: Andy
November 29, 2011

Andy

Catfish a la Road

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“You have to wonder about a food that everyone agrees is great, except that sometimes, it tastes like what it is.” –P.J. O’Rourke. The holiday season for my family means travel time, generally consisting of another bottom-numbing, nightmarish 20-hour road trip from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania.  However, our two kids are quite the troopers and we try to make the most out of our nomadic lifestyle, having fun whenever possible.  We also treat ourselves to a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 24, 2011

Tom K.

Lots for Which to be Thankful

Provincetown Harbor is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World

About 20 minutes from my home on the bayside of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World.  My family and I fish and boat around many of their historic landing spots.  Here are few of them. The Pilgrims first anchored off of the Provincetown Spit, the last piece of land on Cape Cod. The curve of the land forms a natural harbor, one that is chock-a-block with striped bass…

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Posted by: Kirk
November 23, 2011

Kirk

Fly Fishing Challenge: Catch a Trout Every Month on a Dry Fly

We all have certain goals for our fishing. For the trout fly fisher, catching a rainbow or a brown over 20 inches long is a thrill, especially if you can do that on a dry fly. I have a friend who tried (and succeeded at) catching 50 different fish species, all on the fly. Of course, one of the best goals of all is to introduce someone else to the sport and watch them catch…

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Posted by: Andy
November 22, 2011

Andy

Crappie. Not Available in Stores.

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Depending on your region, crappie may also be called “papermouths”,  ”specks”, “slabs”, “calico bass”,  or perhaps   “sac-au-lait.”  Despite the unfortunate oft-mispronounced common name, crappie are highly prized sport fish, primarily for the delicious fillets. Because a mere 16-inch fish is worthy of a long, appreciative whistle, light line and long poles are normally used.  Crappie can be caught on small jigs, plastic grubs, spoons, and crank baits.  The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife even offers the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 17, 2011

Tom K.

It’s All in a Name

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My friend has a sailboat named “Aphrodite.”  I couldn’t exactly remember the significance of the Greek goddess (it’s been a while since I was in high school), and when I looked her up it said she symbolizes love, beauty and pleasure. Aphrodite was born out of sea foam, and hers is the absolutely perfect name for the sleek sailboat that cuts through the waves and brings her crew joy in beautiful surroundings. Buying a boat, any…

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Posted by: Kirk
November 16, 2011

Kirk

The Shallow Water Boat: It’s All About the Hull

There are many factors to consider when choosing a fishing boat—especially a boat like a flats skiff designed for use in shallow water. How much gear are you going to carry? Will you fish with one or two other anglers? What kind of motor are you willing to buy (and maintain)? Are you going to trailer it? What species are you fishing for, and how far will you typically run? Of course, everyone’s needs and…

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Posted by: Andy
November 15, 2011

Andy

Bank On It.

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As a frequent shore angler, I sometimes catch myself looking longingly at a passing boat angler. However once on a boat, the shore is the place to be.   A classic “grass is always greener” sort of thing. And I’m not the only one. Even though professional anglers compete on large, deep lakes all over the country and are required to remain on a boat, one frequent tournament strategy is to seek the prime fishing locations…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 10, 2011

Tom K.

Rowboats and Dinghies

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Rowboats and dinghies are ideal for a simple getaway.  These aluminum or wooden boats can be powered by a pair of oars or a small outboard.  Simplicity is the order of the day, and the kind of fishing that you do with them brings out the kid in each of us, every single time. In the sweetwater, what’s better than digging a coffee can full of earthworms, threading them to a hook, attaching a bobber,…

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Posted by: Kirk
November 9, 2011

Kirk

Dispatch from Redfish Wonderland

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What does a fishing writer do with a few days of “vacation” time?  This might come as a shock to you, but, well… I go fishing.  Thing is, when I get to choose where I go and what I fish for, my pattern in the last several years has been to visit Louisiana to fish for redfish (red drum) on the fly. As I write this, I’m in Venice, Louisiana, with my friend and co-host…

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