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

Fish

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

SteelheadWhyUpEarlyE

  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

Hope Lutheran picnic

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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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

10 Saltwater Fish Species to Catch by Boat

While there are many fish species that can easily be caught while fishing from the shore or a fishing pier, there are also several that you wouldn’t have much of a chance at catching unless you were fishing offshore from a boat. Greater Amberjack Here is a list of 10 saltwater species that are typically found offshore or in ocean waters at depths of 50 feet or more. You can find out where in the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Fishing Regulations: Why they are Important

A bunch of my fishing buddies and I got into a hot debate last week.  It began when one read a report about a game warden who watched a father and a son catch 10 trout.  The regulations call for a 5-trout limit per angler, so the total number of fish was fine.  The length requirements were met, too.  So what’s the problem?  Well, the warden watched the father catch six fish while the son…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

PIKE!

Though officially called “northern pike,” cool water anglers on familiar terms with this fish frequently refer to them as simply, “northerns.” However, there are no “southern” pike, so I prefer just “PIKE!” with all caps and the exclamation point that these toothy, ferocious fish deserve. It is the impressive set of teeth that force you to play by their rules. They commonly cut standard fishing line so wire leaders are recommended. Teeth also mean that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Scout

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has begun stocking  trout in streams around Pennsylvania.  Even though the trout season doesn’t start until April 12th for my neck of the woods, to increase chances of success, it is worthwhile to scout these streams. If you are in the same boat, and want to get a head start compared to other anglers, here are a few tips to scouting and viewing fish in streams: 1) Polarized glasses…

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