Posted by: Tom Keer
December 26, 2012

Tom Keer

Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Every year, the Fall and Winter holidays seem to begin earlier and earlier.  Part of me likes to keep the events separate while another part of me sort of likes the fact that everyone is happy for a long period of time.  One part that I always dread is January 2nd, because on that day the celebrations come to an abrupt end. For me, they come to an end because I never seem to have…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 25, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Muskie!

Fishing becomes a completely different ballgame when casting in water that may contain a legendary fish with its impressive chompers and ability to attain massive proportions, like a human leg. This “fish of 10,000 casts” or the muskie, is famous for following lures right up to the boat. To hook one, keep your wits about you (For example: Don’t hop up and down and yell,”Holy Smokes! Did you see that thing?!”), working the lure in…

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Posted by: cneville
December 19, 2012

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Cures for Cabin Fever

I really do live in a log cabin in the mountains of Colorado.  This is the scene I woke up to this morning.  Sure, the snow is pretty, especially around the holidays (when we get a foot in May, it really isn’t that neat anymore), and we need the moisture.  The whiter it is in winter up here, the better the fishing will be next summer. But if you like fishing as much as I…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 19, 2012

Tom Keer

My 2013 Boating Plan

Assuming that the Mayan’s are wrong and that our world continues past December 20th, I’ve got my New Year’s boating resolutions all worked out.  This year I’m keeping a short, tight list to make sure I git ‘er done.   1.  Check out areas outside my local area. It’s interesting for me to see the same area in different seasons and under different conditions, but truth be told my boating gets sloppy.  I know where areas run foul, I…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 18, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Steamy Fishing Locations

There are places around the country where the water temperature is manipulated, allowing for a relatively small area of unique fishing opportunities. For example, some great trout fishing areas are created by utilizing the cool tail-waters below large dams. During the winter months however, anglers, and fish, may seek the warm water released from power plants. One popular location is Sooner Lake in Oklahoma. I have heard “the colder, the better” from area anglers and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 13, 2012

Tom Keer

Christmas Along the Coast

Winter along the coast can be very different from a Norman Rockwell Christmas card.  The climate doesn’t always lend itself to white, fluffy snow falls and cold weather plus humidity doesn’t usually form icicles on the house.  Bah, humbug!  Spice up your season with a few fun ideas.   Who’d have thought to make a Christmas tree out of a series of stacked lobster pots?  These trees don’t need to be watered and you’ll seldom…

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Posted by: cneville
December 13, 2012

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Winter Fishing and Hypothermia

Some of the coldest situations I’ve ever been in involve fishing in the winter.  Let’s face it—while winter fishing can offer interesting challenges and opportunities, it can also be downright chilly.  The mix of moisture with low air temperatures is the perfect recipe for hypothermia and frostbite.  And those situations are far more serious than feeling a bit uncomfortable.  Unless you take the right precautions, they can literally threaten life and limb. There are a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 11, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Wade and See

  When planning a fishing trip to the Arkansas River, near downtown Tulsa, a friend once remarked, “We don’t need no stinking waders.”  But that was in September. This late in the season, the only anglers wading in shorts are probably competing in some bizarre fundraiser covered by the local news station. If you don’t fish often, perhaps you can get away with something like “economy vinyl stocking foot waders.”  After all, $7 sounds a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 6, 2012

Tom Keer

Top 5

Most of my fishing season is spent within a few hours of my home.  I’m blessed with good access to freshwater rivers and streams where I catch trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and the saltwater fishing is outstanding.  Still, I try to get away from home now and again so I can fish for other species and learn new techniques to try back at home.  Finances dictate how much travel I actually get to do,…

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Posted by: cneville
December 5, 2012

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10 Fishing Resolutions for the New Year

As one year winds down and I start thinking about the next, I always like to make a list of New Year’s Fishing resolutions.  I think it’s good for any angler to set goals, even if some (like my other resolutions of shedding a few pounds and being more productive with my work) tend to be perennial highlights of the resolution lists.  Even if I’m able to accomplish a few objectives, I seem to get…

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