Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 17, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Bike. Fish. Live.

I’m sure many of you out there have hobbies that you love outside of fishing. Accessibility, time constraints and convenience can even push this “competing” hobby into the forefront from time to time, conjuring images of a dusty and forgotten rod in the corner of the garage.  For me, this activity is cycling. Seeing that I live about 1.5 miles from my office in Alexandria, Virginia, it literally takes me less time to bike to…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 2, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Picking a River Boat: A Raft or a Dory?

I’m in the process of fulfilling a lifelong dream of buying a manually powered boat for river fishing.  It’s great to walk and wade, but there’s something about the sensation of flowing with the current… taking family and friends along with you on your river trips… and covering literally miles of fishing opportunity that a boat affords. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing for bass (some of the biggest smallmouth bass in the country are…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Give Me a Break

For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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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: cneville
December 13, 2012

cneville

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: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Wild Animal Encounters

One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature.  I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out of fishing, regardless of how many fish they actually catch. But let’s face it, there are times when encounters with wild animals are more than exhilarating—they can be downright dangerous and frightening.  Trust…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 28, 2012

Tom Keer

Mentors Old and Young

Time on the water answers most fishing questions and that time is what helps an angler improve.  Whenever I fish alone I experiment with different techniques, a variety of lures and retrieves, and I learn a lot.  But, nothing beats learning from a mentor, and when I fish alone I always wind up thinking about the many folks who have taught me along my way. My dad showed me a lot of the basics of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Trick or Treat

Ask any kid if they’re interested in free candy and you’re likely to get a resounding “yes!”  Which means that kids are well aware that Halloween is coming up.  My kids are at the age where they aren’t as interested in the candy as they are in the festivities and that got me thinking: isn’t Halloween a lot like Fall fishing? Take migratory saltwater fish for example.  They have been responding to the cooling air…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Fall Foliage

The fall brings about wonderful changes in every part of the country.  Where I live I see the most profound changes, with maples, birches, alders, and hickories becoming vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  Many people come from all over the country to watch the leaves turn, and I can’t blame ‘em.  I like to get a closer view of them along my favorite streams and rivers. The trout that I catch are as colorful as…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 9, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

The Over/Under: Fishing and Boating vs Other Sports

October not only toes the 50-yard line of football season, it’s also the middle of youth soccer season, the end of baseball season, the start of basketball season, a great time to hit the trails for a run, a hike or a bike ride, and a picture-perfect month for a golf game. With these and many other sports options, everyone has a lot of choices for being active. So, why should someone choose boating and…

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