Posted by: Tom K.
December 29, 2011

Tom K.

Working with the Wind

Flags in the storm.

Every boater and angler has a relationship with the wind. Sometimes it’s a love-hate relationship. A sailor, for instance, leaps for joy when there’s a stiff wind. It’s what we wait for, that tell-tale snap when a boat comes about and a canvas sail snaps to attention. It’s the time when a spin fisherman working with a tail wind achieves unparalleled casting distances as the wind carries a spinner or jerk bait to new reaches.…

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Posted by: Kirk
December 28, 2011

Kirk

Tips for The Catch-and-Release Trout Angler

Releasing a trout after you catch it is no guarantee that the fish will live to fight another day. In fact, research has shown that mortality rates can be more than five percent, and a lot of that is caused by improper handling of trout after they are caught. So how do you release a trout quickly and unharmed? Well, the right type of net is crucial to healthy catch-and-release fishing. Trout have a protective…

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Posted by: Andy
December 27, 2011

Andy

What is your favorite fishing show?

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A) “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show” B) “Facts of Fishing” C) “Bassmaster Elite Series” D) “So you think you can Bill Dance” E)  There are fishing shows?! If you answered “E,” you might be missing out. Okay, so I made up the title of Choice “D” but the Bill Dance Outdoors TV show has been on the air since 1968. There are many other fishing shows to choose from and, for those of us who just…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 22, 2011

Tom K.

Split Rings

This stickbait is all banged up....but not for long!

Looking for a fun project this winter that will set up a successful spring fishing season?  How about changing out your hooks? Lures with rusty trebles may hook fish but often times they don’t land fish. A few easy steps will help you change your corroded hooks, many of which you may have sharpened-to-the-bend. The split rings are the link between your iron and your lures, and there is a fast and easy way to…

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Posted by: Andy
December 20, 2011

Andy

Oh Christmas Reef

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Fish structure doesn’t just concentrate fish for angler success; the extra underwater surface area cultivates algae and plankton, starting the food chain and increasing the productivity of the entire system. And who can think about natural fish structures without thinking about Christmas? No other holiday season culminates with the traditional sinking of large quantities of decorative centerpieces. The Five Steps of the Christmas tree Season: 1. Buy tree. 2. Decorate. 3. Enjoy. 4. Take down…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 15, 2011

Tom K.

Striped Bass Piccata over Creamy Risotto

The white flaky striped filets make them a highly sought after gamefish.

Striped bass is perhaps one of my favorite fish to eat.  Filets are thick, white, and flaky, with a very mild flavor Striped bass work well in a wide variety of land-based recipes, with one of my favorites being Striped Bass Piccata served over risotto. Part of what makes for such a delicious meal is that striped bass lends itself to absorbing flavors from spices and vegetables. While Striped Bass Piccata is my favorite, many…

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Posted by: Kirk
December 14, 2011

Kirk

Give the Gift of Fishing

If you’re like me, you’re probably scrambling around trying to find those last minute holiday gifts. Here’s an idea that works for anyone, doesn’t cost much at all, and will be remembered and appreciated for a long, long time. Give the gift of fishing. Sure, a rod, a reel, a special lure, or even a box of flies might be on many wish lists. But you don’t have to spend money on actual merchandise to…

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Posted by: Andy
December 13, 2011

Andy

Need More Cowbell?

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  Stealth is often an essential component to a successful fishing trip, especially on a boat.  When we think we are near the fish, we shut off the gas motor, lower the electric trolling motor, and speak in hushed tones. I have even read where professional bass fishermen may keep their electric trolling motor on because they believe turning it off and on, alerts fish more than a steady, constant hum.  I recall how a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 8, 2011

Tom K.

A Kayak Ain’t Just a Kayak

Fish on!

I remember the first kayak I ever saw, and it was on a black and white television set.  A man sat in a long, sleek boat that wrapped around his torso on top of a rock cliff overlooking a deep pool.  With a whisk of his two-bladed paddle, he pushed off, plummeted a dozen or so feet, crashed through the water’s surface and disappeared. The boat surfaced, bottom up, and I thought for sure the man was…

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Posted by: Kirk
December 7, 2011

Kirk

Grilled Trout Bruschetta

Now that we’re into the holiday season and the festive entertaining has started, I thought I’d offer up a personal favorite recipe. I like to serve this as an appetizer when entertaining fishing friends. What better way to reminisce about a good season of fishing (and plan the next one) than by enjoying some trout you caught yourself? I like to use fresh brook trout (when I can catch them in the fall/winter), but any…

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