Posted by: Tom K.
November 26, 2013

Tom K.

Steer with a Homemade Drogue

  Drastic measures call for drastic means.  When your boat’s steering cable goes down for the count you’ve got to figure out a way to get back in. Make a drogue.  Drogues are commonly known as sea anchors designed to slow a boat.  If they’re moved from side to side, drogues can change a boat’s course.  While a traditional drogue is made from canvas and is hung off a boat transom on a bridle, you…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 26, 2013

Debbie

Unexpected Reasons to be Thankful for Fishing

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There are many obvious reasons to be thankful for fishing. Fishing gets you outdoors into the fresh air, encourages you to learn new angling skills, and gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you land a lunker. Although, if you think about it for a bit longer, you can probably come up with several unique reasons to be thankful for fishing too. What random or unexpected reasons do you have to add to this list…

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Posted by: Andy
November 26, 2013

Andy

What kind of a bottom do you like?

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  There is a paradox of strategy with many B.A.S.S. tournament anglers. When they fish rivers, anglers often compete for backwater areas without current. When the tournament is held in lakes/reservoirs, they can’t wait until there is current to turn on the bite. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders. Current moves the fine silt…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 21, 2013

Tom K.

No Leaky Boots

Discovering wader leaks is an inevitable part of fishing and hunting.  But, you don’t need to suffer through a day of wet socks and pants when you can fix your boots on the spot.  Assemble a patch kit of standard household items and toss it in your fishing bag or vest.  You’ll make immediate repairs that will get you back in business in an hour-if not in minutes. Patch Kit Materials and Purpose: Small pouch…

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Posted by: Stephanie
November 21, 2013

Stephanie

At the Pond When I Was Fishing

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Don’t tell him I told you, but he didn’t catch a big fish. And Daddy didn’t kookd it for Dinner. But what he did get? Was far better than that. If you know me, you’ll know I love to garden. I’ve roped my boys into the act, and it’s something we all like to do together. Studies show that kids who grow their own fruits and veggies eat more fruits and veggies. Know what I…

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Posted by: Andy
November 19, 2013

Andy

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 18, 2013

Debbie

5 Kinds of Disappearing Fishing Tackle

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If you fish often enough, you’ve probably experienced the strange occurrence of fishing tackle that just plain disappears into thin air. Wasn’t it just a week or two ago that you stocked up on five packs of 4/0 hooks, three bags of plastic worms, and a brand new pair of pliers? How can it be that you searched every compartment of your tackle box only to come up with empty packages? There must be a…

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Posted by: Stephanie
November 14, 2013

Stephanie

There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

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It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 14, 2013

Tom K.

Fix your Tip

  Accidents happen, but when you break your rod tip there is the chance you’re your fishing is going to suffer.  Sometimes we slam ‘em in a car door, other times we trip and fall, and still other times they just break for whatever reason.  Keep a few items in your gear bag at all times and you can fix your rod tip and be back in the action.  And if you’ve been using other…

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Posted by: Andy
November 12, 2013

Andy

Teachers are Students too.

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There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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