Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

Drum-Fun

The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing for Striped Marlin

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How are you handling the winter so far? Are you having fun ice fishing? If you want to take a break from shoveling the driveway and fly to a more tropical location, the striped marlin may be biting. For example: it is 80 degrees in Hawaii now, and striped marlin season peaks in January, February, and March. Sounds like a great excuse to charter a boat out of the Kona harbor on the Big Island.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

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Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, casting small spinner baits, and even on my fly rod but mostly while fishing for other species. When the water gets cold enough to stand on safely, many anglers start thinking about targeting…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 18, 2015

Debbie Hanson

6 Ice Fishing Tips to Target Species Through the Ice

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It has been said that variety is the spice of life… I firmly believe that this concept should also apply to your life as an ice angler. Don’t let the chilly winter temperatures deter you from experimenting with new baits or lures on a variety of different species. If you’re new to ice fishing, and are wondering which types of fish are most likely to bite during the winter months in the northern regions, check…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

Tackle Show

 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

Nice Brown

Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 24, 2014

Tom Keer

Fish Tacos

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Whenever I see an idea that provides a solution to one of my problems I kick myself for not figuring it out on my own. After filleting fish like cod, striped bass, or other white, flaky fish I usually have a bunch of small pieces left over.  They’re tough to work with, and that is precisely where Fish Tacos come into play.  Think about it: who really wants to eat fish chowder in the summer…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 4, 2014

Tom Keer

Let’s Blow Off Some Steam

Bluefish and Angela Keer

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is already in our rear-view mirror.  Alas, it is, and as we push deeper into September the pace will quicken.  Work will get more serious, particularly as we head into the 4th Quarter.  For our kids, mid-terms will be rolling around for those in the Southern part of the country and for those up North it’ll just be starting.  Add sports, activities, the changing seasons and it’s a…




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