Posted by: Kirk Deeter
February 29, 2012

What Makes a Great Fishing Guide?

Every spring, I get a handful of notes from young men and women who have decided they want to try to be a fishing guide, and are looking for advice on where to start. Whether they want to take a summer or two and work in the outdoors before joining the “real” work world, or just cannot shake that call to be on the water and want to make that a full-time career of guiding,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 28, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Find the Lure before It Finds You

  I just returned from the Bassmaster Classic, which was held in Shreveport, LA.  While at the Expo, I learned a few tricks at some seminars and returned with a few innovative fishing products. Already wondering how I ever got along with out them. One in particular that grabbed my attention was a lure organizer that uses powerful magnets to hold things in place, instead of the more traditional clips, foam or slots. It’s called…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 23, 2012

Tom Keer

Funny Fish

One time in the fall I walked down to the back side of a cove near my house.  It was close to low tide and my wife and I were going to dig a basket of quahogs for dinner.  A dozen or so yards away I saw a bunch of flies swarming around and I walked up and found an ocean sunfish. The ocean sunfish was a little worse for the wear. Ocean sunfish feed…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
February 22, 2012

Five Easy Tips to Help You Be a Better Fly Caster

My favorite type of fishing is fly fishing, though I honestly love it all. A lot of what dictates your favorite type of fishing has to do with where you grew up, and who taught you how to fish. I grew up in fly fishing hotbeds like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Colorado, and most of my friends and family are fly anglers. To be honest, if I saw a fish swimming 50 feet away from me,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 21, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Pass on the Bass Class

“Teach a man to fish… better, and you keep him from chucking his rod in the lake.”–unknown   I am currently attending the “Bass Fishing Techniques” course offered by Rose State College, along with about 135 other avid anglers.  In the first two sessions, we heard from former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook and Bassmaster Elite pro Tommy Biffle.  They shared some subtle but significant technique pointers, interesting lure development history, fish biology, and even…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 16, 2012

Tom Keer

It’s all in a Nickname

Sometimes it’s tough to figure out just what the heck a fisherman is talking about.  Fish names vary by region, but they also shift around quite a bit within the region. Proper names and common names are usually the culprit, and it’s a head scratcher when someone reports a big pod of blackfish in Massachusetts Bay and a Connecticut angler says “I thought that Blackfish lived in and around rocks and jetties?”  Sometimes it can…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
February 15, 2012

Some Fishing Trivia (And a Little Perspective)

Did you know that tarpon can live 80 years or more? That means most of us who fish for tarpon have a chance of hooking one that’s older than we are. Or how about this? In the early 1600s Izaak Walton described a certain fish as “The Queen of Rivers… a stately, good and very subtle fish.” What species? The common carp, which believe it or not, is the most pursued, most prized “game fish”…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 14, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Off the Hook

Perhaps the two most important components of fishing are, first, the hook set and second, getting the sharp thing back out. Many times hook removal is accomplished by hand especially when using the catch-and-release friendly circle hook or a single, visible standard hook, connected close to the edge of fish’s mouth. For example, tournament bass anglers fishing a jig with a large single hook have a nifty way to dislodge the hook by turning the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 9, 2012

Tom Keer

Fish Spotting

In a lot of fishing applications we spend our time fishing in water where we can’t see what’s going on.  Trolling, nymphing or streamer fishing, and working a spinnerbait along some deadfall are some of the ways to catch fish without seeing what you’re doing.  When we have an opportunity to see what we’re doing, heck, that tends to lighten the mood. What happens when you see a school of fish in skinny water?  I’ve…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
February 8, 2012

Defy the Groundhog

I have a love-hate relationship with Punxsutawney Phil. On the one hand, he’s cute and furry, and all that. And I feel pretty sorry for him when he gets handled by all those folks in top hats under the blaze of camera lights. If had to go through that spectacle, I’d feel like going back home and taking a long nap myself, whether I really saw my shadow or not. But six weeks?! C’mon Phil!…

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