Posted by: Andy
January 31, 2012

Andy

Show Me the Boats!

Boats

  As if I wasn’t anxious enough for the weather to warm up, there are boat shows going on all around the country.  The Tulsa Boat Show happens to be in my neck of the woods, January 30 through February 6, and I plan to take the family to it. We have been on a continuing quest for the perfect family boat. Where else are we going to see hundreds of boat models, RVs, and…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 26, 2012

Tom K.

Just a little bit more

Jon boats....an old favorite

There is something deep in our angling soul that motivates us to try and reach water that we traditionally have not been able to reach.  If we’re wearing waders we sometimes pull them up as high as they go and walk on tip-toes to get closer to where we believe the fish are holding.  Some times we get wet, other times we stay dry, some of us do it once in a while, others of…

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Posted by: Kirk
January 25, 2012

Kirk

Teaching Kids Fishing: It Isn’t All About “Catching”

There’s no denying that feeling that “tug” is what turns kids on to fishing. I can remember the first times my son, Paul, felt his line go tight. His eyes got wide, he smiled from ear to ear, and started giggling uncontrollably. It was as if a lightbulb went on in his little head, and he’s been “hooked” on fishing ever since. As such, whenever you endeavor to teach a youngster to fish, I think…

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Posted by: Andy
January 24, 2012

Andy

How the States got their Angling Shapes.

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South Carolina and now Florida have been especially newsworthy states over the last couple of weeks. However, bass anglers talk about the names of these states year ‘round.  One way to know you are in great shape as a fishing state is to have a method, rig, or piece of fishing tackle bearing your name. Some of these state-angling names have been around for 100 years and are solidly established in fishing vocabulary. Alabama recently…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 19, 2012

Tom K.

2012- My Year of Waters Unexplored

Water overlooked.

Many years ago, more than I care to admit, I drove to my favorite trout stream.  My friends who fished it the preceding weekend reported that stellar hatches were coming off, trout were rising everywhere, and everyone was catching fish.  I was dizzy with excitement. I told my boss that I planned to take a day off midweek as vacation time.  My plan was to get up at 3:00 AM, drive the three hours to…

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Posted by: Kirk
January 18, 2012

Kirk

Winter Fishing Project: Clean and Organize Your Vest (or Pack)

It’s the dead of winter, and for many of us trout fishers, that means spending more time in the warm indoors than making casts in the great outdoors. Of course, the intrepid among us are still making trips to unfrozen rivers. Heck, in some tailwaters (rivers that flow from bottom-release dams), the trout barely notice the difference between January and July. Though the days are indeed shorter and the insect menu might be a little…

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Posted by: Andy
January 17, 2012

Andy

The Bait Fridge

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“The refrigerator is the only bachelor-friendly appliance.” –P.J. O’Rourke   Appliances such as the trolling motor, depth finder, and bilge pump receive most of the attention from anglers and boaters.  However, not everyone appreciates chilled bait next to the celery.  And you will only make the mistake of tracking down the announcement from forgotten bait odor in the house refrigerator — once. When our old refrigerator began to make some strange noises, it was assigned…

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Posted by: Kirk
January 13, 2012

Kirk

Five Wintry Fishing “Hotspots” in the United States

The weather has turned cold in many places throughout the country, but that doesn’t mean the fishing action has to slow down. And you don’t always have to drill through thick ice or seek out a sandy saltwater flat to scratch that fishing itch (though there’s certainly nothing wrong with either approach). Here are a five premier fishing hotspots to consider visiting between now and spring: Kayak fishing the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the best…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 12, 2012

Tom K.

Safe Boating

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My kids are getting to the age where they are ready to learn how to skipper our boats.  I’ve pulled out my Chapman’s Piloting guide to cover some rules of the road, as a family we’ll all take a safe boating course this winter, and then when the weather is nice we’ll get back on the water. Here are some shots I snapped this summer.  My objective isn’t to be critical of anyone, it’s to show…

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Posted by: Andy
January 10, 2012

Andy

Reel Social

social networks

Try as we might, we just can’t fish and boat all the time.  However if you are reading this blog, you may already be utilizing a helpful tool for making the most of your downtime: social media. There is a theory known as “6 Degrees of Separation” where everyone on the planet is connected to everyone else by a maximum of six people.  Thanks to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, any degree of separation…

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