Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2013

Lessons Learned on the Ladies Summer Snook Fishing Trip

The first day of summer had arrived, and along with it, some of the best inshore snook fishing to be experienced in Southwest Florida. Snook are most active during the warm summer months, so this was the ideal time to introduce one of my best girlfriends, Bekah Miller, to the sport of snook fishing. Although Bekah hadn’t fished in over 25 years and had never touched a saltwater rod, I knew she loved the outdoors.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2013

Tom Keer

Tips on Fish Cleaning and Handling

  The big one is in the boat.  It’s met all legal size regulations and is in the net.  In a short while you’ll head off the water and be on your way home, and you and your family are already planning on how you’re going to prepare your fresh fish.  Here are a few tips for keeping your fish fresh so that it’ll taste great. Photo credit Barry and Cathy Beck The best way…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 24, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Go with the Flow

I’m a pond and small lake guy. That’s just where I gained the majority of my fishing experiences and thus, where I am most confident. Recently, I moved to the edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  Many of the fishing opportunities are streams, creeks, or rivers.  Water here moves. I’m used to reacting to swirls. But now, it is ALL swirls. Standing on the bank of the Allegheny River, according to my rough calculations, in 7…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
June 20, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Tips for Fishing with your Kids from Angler David Walker

Team Evinrude Angler David Walker stopped by to share some insights on fishing with his kids. Q: Who taught you how to fish? A: My dad liked to fish, so he would take me when I was really young. He was the one who first introduced me to it, but he had no idea that I would carry it to this extreme. A lot of it is self-taught, so that’s why I think it’s good…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 19, 2013

Tom Keer

Saltwater Dropper Rigs

Dropper rigs are standard operating procedures for trout bums, but they are relatively uncommon in the salt.  That fact always surprises me, particularly because there are so many different types of bait in the water at all times.  That point was illustrated last fall when a pod of big bluefish and striped bass pushed nine different types of bait on shore.  Using a dropper rig helps anglers find what bait the fish want so they…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 18, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 11, 2013

Tom Keer

Launch Ramp Etiquette

Boating is fun. Fishing is fun. And the combination is outstanding.  There is one hurdle that we need to clear before we turn the bow towards our favorite hot spot and that is the boat ramp.  And with that being said, some of you are probably chuckling while others are getting steaming mad. I have the same mixed emotions myself, and when the ramp turns into a circus my patience drains really fast.  Rather than…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 11, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Father’s Day Suggestions

  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 6, 2013

Tom Keer

Take Me Fishing….My Kids

One of the parts that I like about fishing is the camaraderie of hitting the water with my pals.  We give each other grief over dropped fish or botched casts.  We celebrate proper execution that results in a trophy fish.  We commiserate during freezing temperatures, extreme heat, and downpours.  Sometimes I prefer solitude and head out on my own, but for the overwhelming majority of the time I really enjoy fishing with others. Over the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bluegill Bonanza

There are sunfish that grow larger and there are sunfish with “gills” that streak bluer. No one follows around the bluegill stocking trucks, yet the prolific bluegills have their followers. The bluegill is often overlooked and underappreciated by many anglers.  Some of this is because you have to downsize your gear. They have tiny mouths and so you have to use a small lure or bait hook. Bluegill do not need supplemental stocking because they…

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