Posted by: Tom Keer
April 26, 2012

Tom Keer

First Fish

Fishing in my adopted home state is open all year long.  I am thankful for this when the migratory saltwater fish pack their bags and head south; there are trout, bass, pickerel, and panfish to catch. I am also thankful for this when the mercury in the thermometer is consistently below freezing, and there is enough ice on the ponds and lakes we can dig some holes and add a few tip ups. If we’re…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
April 25, 2012

Do You Keep a Fishing Journal?

You should. I know, I sound like your high school English teacher. My high school English teachers told me to keep a written journal also, and I didn’t pay attention. But then an interesting thing happened. I took up fishing as a hobby, and I soon learned that I actually liked catching fish more than casting at them. And I needed a way to remember just what I did right in order to hook up.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 24, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Pickin’ and a Grinnin’

“How do you feel about frilly toothpicks? Well, I’m for ‘em.” – Mitch Hedburg   Everything ready for your fishing trip? Hooks? Check. Weights? Check. Toothpicks? Ch… Wha? A bullet weight is a cone-shaped staple of bass anglers.  It is heavier, punches through vegetation better, and hangs up less than a split shot sinker. To rig, the fishing line threads through the hole in the center of the weight, then the hook is tied to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 19, 2012

Tom Keer

Why I Love Docks

One of the best parts of heading out for a day on the water is the wide variety of docks that accompany the boating environments.  As I was checking out some fishing spots the other day I noticed a wide variety of docks and came to a conclusion; I’ve never met a dock I didn’t like. What I like best about docks is that they can be very simple or they can be complex.  One…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
April 18, 2012

Fishing Tip: Good Casts Happen by Thinking “Feet First”

A strong house is built on a solid foundation, from the ground up. So, too, is a good fishing cast. It doesn’t matter whether you are throwing a baitcaster, a spinning rod, or slinging flies with the long rod, how and where your feet are planted has an awful lot of influence over where your lure, bait or fly is going to land. Your stance is one of the most important—yet least appreciated—factors that influences…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 17, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Shall We Snag Now?

  The paddlefish is one of those rare fish that will never bite.  This bizarre shark-like fish only eats by filtering the water for microscopic plankton.  And plankton are very difficult to put on a hook. Thus, the only method to catch paddlefish is snagging, generally with a large weighted treble hook. In many states, the paddlefish is protected but in Oklahoma, snagging paddlefish is promoted.  According to the 2012 Oklahoma Fishing Guide, the population…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 12, 2012

Tom Keer

The Fish Moon

Many coastal fishing communities have roots in Native American cultures.  In many regions, the full moons are all named in conjunction with a natural event.  Due to increased gravitational pull caused by these strong moons, a tremendous amount of water is moved during those phases. Where I live the full moon in April is known as the Fish Moon because that is when a tremendous push of fish begin to move into our waters.  They move…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
April 11, 2012

“America’s Fish”

If the national emblem of the United States were a fish, instead of the bald eagle, I wonder what species it would be. The natural choice might be the largemouth bass. After all, largemouths are found throughout the country. And you can make an argument that largemouths do more for the business of fishing than just about any species. But what about smallmouth bass? They’re pugnacious and fickle, arguably among the most fun fish to…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 10, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Crappie Management Tools

Although crappie is a popular sport fish, they can be challenging to manage. For example if trophy largemouth bass is the goal, crappie is not recommended for stocking in ponds.  They are notorious for stunting. According to “The Crappie Fishing Handbook” by Keith Sutton, a female crappie can have 180,000 eggs. Because of their relatively large mouth, young crappies soon switch from a diet of invertebrates to small fish, and can out-compete bass for forage.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 5, 2012

Tom Keer

Safety First

Many boaters have already logged significant hours on the water.  For me up here in New England?  I’m just getting ready.  The initial arrival of migrating striped bass combined with unseasonably warm temperatures has motivated me to get my boat out of the mothballs.  Part of my checklist is reviewing all of my U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety requirements.  I’ve got PFD’s for every passenger I intend to bring onboard, a whistle, a visual distress…

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