Posted by: Tom Keer
August 28, 2013

Tom Keer

Last Licks for Labor Day?

If September 21st is the actual first day of fall, Labor Day is viewed as the end of summer.  Think about it.  Kids go back to school (if they’re not back already), vacations have become memories, and work takes on an air of seriousness that makes us all shudder. Labor Day signals the end of the carefree days of summer that we have enjoyed for the past few months and it is bittersweet indeed.  We…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 27, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

The Hatch may be Open.

“That’s a big mosquito!” a boy in the crowd said. However, my pet for a brief moment was a harmless mayfly, attracted to the lights of my kids’ ballgame. At the river earlier that day, there also was a “hatch” (a periodic emergence of insects, often in large numbers) of another much smaller species. This last week, my usual river smallmouth bass tactics were met with less than enthusiastic hits.  I attributed my lack of…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 26, 2013

4 Things to Remember When Choosing Saltwater Fishing Line

In order to select the best type of saltwater fishing line to use in the backwaters or on the flats, you’ll want to do a bit of preliminary research on the species, area, and conditions. Is the water clear and clean? Are you fishing near docks or pilings? Does the species you are fishing for have teeth or an abrasive mouth? Answers to these questions will help you choose the right line based on abrasion…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 23, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Unexpected Summer Fun

We live on the Lake Michigan coast, within a stone’s throw of dozens of beautiful, popular state parks. So not surprisingly, when we plan one of our annual summer camping trips, we usually just head a few miles up or down the shore. But while Michigan’s state parks are amazingly well-kept and offer a ton of opportunity to get up close and personal with our state’s natural beauty, they can be a little overwhelming for…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 22, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Raise the Rafters

Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 19, 2013

The Secrets to Summer Redfish Success

It’s hard to rival the sight of tailing redfish as they push through the grass flats on a summer morning in South Florida… unless you count the experience of sight casting to a large school and then bringing one of these copper-colored beauties to the boat. Redfish (also known as red drum) are a popular saltwater sport species known for strong fights and powerful runs. Below are a few secrets to note when targeting summer…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 15, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting dirty. I love every minute of it. Well, most minutes.  (Okay, some minutes are really, really hard. But that’s for another time.) I really love watching the boys with Dad getting loud and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 13, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 12, 2013

Tips for Finding a Good Spot to Saltwater Fish from Shore

Shore fishing is one of the best types of fishing for families and beginning anglers. There are some great saltwater shore fishing spots that will consistently provide plenty of action if you know what to look for. Not sure where exactly you should drop your line? The following saltwater spot scouting tips may be useful: Pick up a tide chart at a local tackle shop and note the levels of rising and falling tides in…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 12, 2013

Tom Keer

Five Hot Fishing Spots in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is many things to many people, but only locals think of Tinseltown as a place to catch fish.  The second-largest city in the United States has lakes and reservoirs that are very popular among the fishing crowd, and saltwater action is a step away.  While lots of anglers drive an hour south to San Diego you can find enough fresh and saltwater action within a short drive from the center of the city.…

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