Posted by: Andy
October 12, 2012

Andy

Black Cats

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Halloween images typically include various night dwelling creatures such as owls, bats, and black cats.  But I would like to nominate the catfish to this infamous list. There is no solidly colored “black catfish,” but the black bullhead and the male channel catfish during spawning season come close.  And although many species of fish can be caught in the evening, the night belongs to catfish. In his book “Out There Fishing,” Keith “Catfish” Sutton wrote,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 12, 2012

Tom K.

Trick or Treat

Ask any kid if they’re interested in free candy and you’re likely to get a resounding “yes!”  Which means that kids are well aware that Halloween is coming up.  My kids are at the age where they aren’t as interested in the candy as they are in the festivities and that got me thinking: isn’t Halloween a lot like Fall fishing? Take migratory saltwater fish for example.  They have been responding to the cooling air…

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Posted by: Andy
October 12, 2012

Andy

Relishing a Relic

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A friend sent me this photo of a fossilized fish in a museum. Even if there were anglers around to cast for this beast, the wire leader had yet to be invented so I’m sure any battle would have been short-lived. Amazingly, there are several existing fish which are considered “living fossils.” The fish you catch look exactly like what can be found as a fossil, formed millions of years ago. One of these is…

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Posted by: Andy
October 12, 2012

Andy

Bridge Night.

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Recently, I learned that October 20th is National Bridge Day. Fortunately, this is recognition of the potential fish structure and not the dull couple’s card game.  A bridge is not just a means to get to a fishing location; if it spans water, a bridge may actually BE the destination. Keith Sutton, author of The Crappie Handbook, notes that bridges make great crappie structures, especially the concrete piers when the water is cool. “The piers…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 12, 2012

Tom K.

Fall Foliage

The fall brings about wonderful changes in every part of the country.  Where I live I see the most profound changes, with maples, birches, alders, and hickories becoming vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  Many people come from all over the country to watch the leaves turn, and I can’t blame ‘em.  I like to get a closer view of them along my favorite streams and rivers. The trout that I catch are as colorful as…

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Posted by: Stephanie
October 11, 2012

Stephanie

Being a True Fishing Mentor

Charlie Myers Memorial

A few days ago, I went and fished a section of the South Platte River in Colorado that’s now called the “Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area.”  I hadn’t been able to bring myself there to fish for several years.  You see, I knew Charlie Meyers when he was the outdoors editor of the Denver Post.  He was a mentor and friend.  We wrote the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing together.  We actually fished this…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 11, 2012

Tom K.

5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Boat

The end of the boating season always brings about mixed emotions.  Knowing that we’re going to haul our boats and get them ready for storage means we’re not heading out on the water any time soon, and that just stinks.  There is also the routine maintenance that goes into winterizing engines, removing electronics, and fixing any of the hatches, railings, or canvas that experienced, well, heavy use.  Every cloud has a silver lining, and handling…

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Posted by: Stephanie
October 9, 2012

Stephanie

The Over/Under: Fishing and Boating vs Other Sports

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October not only toes the 50-yard line of football season, it’s also the middle of youth soccer season, the end of baseball season, the start of basketball season, a great time to hit the trails for a run, a hike or a bike ride, and a picture-perfect month for a golf game. With these and many other sports options, everyone has a lot of choices for being active. So, why should someone choose boating and…

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Posted by: Andy
October 9, 2012

Andy

Connection Detection

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I love when a fish hits so hard that it almost jars the rod out of your hands. But more often, a strike is tricky to detect. Even “power fishing” tournament pros, reeling in a wobbling crank bait, seem to have difficulty knowing if a fish is on or not.  As the temperature cools, fish tend to slow down and the bite becomes more leisurely. Miss that subtle, hint of a line twitch, and you…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 3, 2012

Tom K.

Appleknockers

Amazing albie colors...photo credit Earl Evans.

One of the most prized gamefish in our coastal waters is the little tunny.  The fish is caught in warm waters that range from Chatham, Massachusetts as far south as Brazil.  If you’re looking for a tremendous fight from even a small fish, look to the little tunny.  If you want a fish for the table, look elsewhere.  Their dark, oily flesh is barely edible. While the real name for the fish is the little…

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