Posted by: Tom K.
June 28, 2012

Tom K.

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

Anglers have something to smile about at the newly improved McDill Air Force Base

My wife has a saying that has become one of my favorites.  Presentation without demonstration is merely conversation. Someone may have said that before, but I heard it from her first, and she’s right.  That statement gets to the point.  Organizations like the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Trout Unlimited among others are tireless champions of encouraging folks to get out and boat and fish, to purchase their fishing licenses, and to register their…

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Posted by: Kirk
June 27, 2012

Kirk

The Secret to Netting Fish

Netting the fish you catch can be tricky. Sometimes, actually landing the fish can be as tough as hooking it in the first place. And how many times have you had a whopper come almost to hand, only to have it wiggle off the hook at the last instant? No matter how you slice it, that’s a bummer. But there are some easy tips to remember that will increase your odds of landing fish in…

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Posted by: Andy
June 26, 2012

Andy

The Baiter’s Dozen

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Small, constantly moving fish are difficult to count accurately.  To calculate large quantities of fish, hatcheries net a sample of fish, weigh the flopping collection, and then quickly count the number of fish in the net. They repeat this procedure several times and arrive at an average number of fish per pound. Bait dealers, or private pond owners who need to forage fish for stocking purposes, purchase fish by the pound, rather than an exact…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Kirk
June 20, 2012

Kirk

Fishing Tips to Beat the Heat

There’s not much I like more than warm summer days. Feeling the sun on my face and cool water on my feet as I wade in a river or lake puts me in a great frame of mind. Unfortunately, the fish don’t often feel the same way. You’ve probably noticed that those hot, bright summer days can be very tough for fishing. You might be in a good mood, but the fish are not. Don’t…

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Posted by: Andy
June 19, 2012

Andy

Pond Monsters

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Recently on The Fishing Wire, I read a report about aggressive bass biting fingers and caught by hand. News Station WKRG posted this video, perhaps worthy of a visit by Jeremy Wade of River Monsters. The aggressiveness is attributed to a genetic strain of largemouth bass developed by fisheries scientists, Don Keller and Barry Smith. The Tiger Bass® is the result of over 15 generations of crossing confrontational northern male bass with a strain of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 14, 2012

Tom K.

Father’s Day Fishermen

Nothing beats fishing with your dad

I recently read a survey which said that over 73% of anglers are taken fishing for the first time by their father.  To the men in the world who take their kids fishing I say Happy Father’s Day.  And I hope on Sunday you all will be fishing. For much of his short life, my dad was a soldier.  I wasn’t able to fish with him as much as I would have liked.  We spin…

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Posted by: Kirk
June 13, 2012

Kirk

Find “Exotic” Near Home

One of the things I enjoy most about fishing is that, with a little imagination, it’s possible to make exotic-style adventures happen right near home. Sometimes, changing how you fish, even what you fish for, can turn the familiar spot into something new and exciting. Here’s an example. This is a slough on the Snake River in Idaho. The Snake is one of the best rivers in the West because it has a wide variety…

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Posted by: Andy
June 12, 2012

Andy

Out of this World.

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All fishing is fun, but top-water action functions on a higher plane. Normally, I am not big on surprises. You can keep your surprise parties, pranks, and credit card statements, but I never pass up a chance at a nerve-rattling burst from the depths. One reason top-water fishing is so popular is that the angler can witness the bite.  Most of the time a line is in the water, there is some guesswork involved.  Was…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 7, 2012

Tom K.

Signs that You’re in a Boating Community

For whatever reason, I’ve always been interested in signs.  I like antique signs that describe the store without having to use a lot of words. You know, a pair of eyeglasses that point the direction of the eye doctor.  A tooth for a dentist’s office.  A pint of beer for a bar.  A key for a locksmith.  It seemed to me there used to be a lot more of these in the past, but I…

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