Posted by: Tom Keer
August 28, 2014

Tom Keer

Vamos a Pescar (Let’s Go Fishing)

We live in an era of seemingly information overload, and it is delivered 24/7.  There is no shortage of news delivered on websites, tweets, radio, video and posts.  Heck, where I live we still get local newspapers delivered.  Some of the news is sensationalism, some of it is posturing, and a bunch of it is even interesting.       America, the great melting pot of different cultures, is changing once again.  While each century…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 26, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“What‘s Your Favorite Color?”

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New crayons were one of my favorite back to school supplies. But, I’ll venture to say that even the mega pack of colored pencils doesn’t have the range of colors of fishing lures. This common child conversation starter is difficult for me to answer, perhaps because I fish. It wasn’t that long ago that lures were packaged as simply “purple” or “silver and black.”  However due to the innovative nature of anglers and lure manufacturers,…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 25, 2014

3 Ways to Leave a Fishing Legacy

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You might still hear the faint echo of your grandfather’s or grandmother’s voice as you draw your arm back in preparation for a cast or when you reach into your bait bucket to grab a minnow. His or her patient instruction and fishing advice has stayed with you all of these years. It’s amazing to think that those same feelings of happiness and serenity you felt while fishing when you were young, could so easily…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Tomorrow’s Anglers

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  I believe it was Roderick Haig-Brown’s Seasons of an Angler that spelled out the phases that anglers experience across their life.  A loose paraphrase of his work charts out five stages that go about like this: Phase 1: All the angler wants to do is to catch a fish.  The bar is low, any fish will do. Phase 2: Once the skunk is out of the boat, an angler wants to catch a lot…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 19, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Urban Catfish

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Catfish are one of the most popular sport fish.  Anyone with a chunk of bait on the bottom has a chance to experience the strength of these brutes. For several consecutive weekends in the in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area anglers have competed for fish with whiskers. Recently the First Annual Field & Stream Catfish Classic was won by Team “Nite Shift.” They beat 35 boats with teams of two as well as shoreline competitors.  However, winning…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 18, 2014

4 Reasons Why There are More Women Fishing

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The numbers of women fishing have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Based on recent research, we now know that 34% of all fishing participants in the U.S. are female. Why do you think lady anglers are taking to the water in record numbers these days? Being an avid female angler myself, I have a few ideas. Here are four potential reasons why there are more women fishing than ever before: Fishing and…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 14, 2014

5 Unique Fishing Techniques from Different Regions or Cultures

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Imagine for just a minute that you are stranded on a remote island or in the deep woods without the luxury of your fishing rod and reel. You might even be immersed in a different culture that uses fishing as a primary source of sustenance. Or, maybe you decide not only to fish for food while you are stranded, but also to pass the time. After all, most people would much rather try a new…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 14, 2014

Tom Keer

Who is Today’s Angler?

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From looking at participation numbers, I’m on the bandwagon to get more folks out fishing, and to figure out where we’re at I read a lot of research done by some very smart folks.  I just finished a report conducted by Take Me Fishing and the Outdoor Foundation, and I learned some interesting facts that I didn’t know.  Here is a link to the study and here are a few interesting statistics with my take…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 12, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Does Not Play Well With Others”

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Soft plastics come in a staggering selection of colors, scents, shapes, and sizes. They also vary in composition. I have several dozen packages in my tackle bags. In an attempt to increase angling efficiency and make some more luggage room for a much needed vacation, I consolidated some of these packages into a “river” bag, and a “lake” bag. A few weeks later, I discovered that some soft plastics had seemingly melted together, and I…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 7, 2014

Tom Keer

Family Fishing

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  Although the first video games were invented in 1948, the first ones I remember seeing were Asteroids and Space Invaders in a pizza parlor in the late 1970’s.  My pals and I stopped by to get a couple of slices after football practice and there was a line out the door.  We were pleased to see that the line wasn’t for food, but that line for the video game represented its own set of…

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