Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 6, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Saltwater Fish You Don’t Want to Catch

Sharp teeth, stinging barbs and odd croaking sounds are just a few of the reasons why anglers aren’t fond of catching certain saltwater fish species. Most of us hope that if we’re fishing inshore and we see our rod tip go down, that there’s a nice 27 inch redfish or 31 inch snook on the other end of the line. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If you’ve been fishing long enough, you’ve probably experienced…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2014

Tom Keer

Cod, or Fish Piccata

March and April are good months to head offshore and catch bottom fish like cod, haddock, and wolfish.  These three fish are found in cold saltwater in depths of a few hundred feet.  For those wishing to catch them too, look to head out on days that have flat seas and light variable winds. Cod don’t like temperature changes and prefer cold temps during the day and warmer temps at night, and because they like…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Taking Stock of Fish… Stocks

An angler measures a fish for fishing law requirements

Just last week I saw a report that shows a dramatic decline in the striped bass   For those new to fishing, you may not know the history with the striped bass population. Back in the 1980’s it was a big deal to catch a striped bass. There were bluefish, bonito, cod, and other fish to catch, but stripers were few and far between.  With the striped bass population under 5 million fish, conservation was essential. …

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
January 27, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Destination Fishing in the Winter

Fishing in the Keys is a great way to get out of the cold.

  Here is a picture of what one of my many fishing spots looks like this time of year. It’s not a pretty sight, particularly because it’s saltwater. In case anyone is wondering, saltwater freezes at 28 degrees, and with flows a foot thick the odds are the water temperatures have been consistently colder. The migratory fish left a few months ago, they won’t return for a few months, and so it’s easy to know…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 5, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Visit a Fish Hatchery

Fish hatcheries are an important part of the management of fisheries.  They increase the fishing opportunities for anglers all over the country.  Hatcheries can assist as a fisheries management tool such as where natural reproduction may not be able to keep up with the fishing pressure, or where stunting is an issue.  By stocking fish that are large enough to avoid predation, the population dynamics can be more balanced. Many fish hatcheries have visitor’s centers…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2013

Tom Keer

Fall Favorites

Fall is a transitional time in the Northeast.  Some states close certain areas when hunting season opens, and that can put a crimp in a fisherman’s plans.  Here are a few places where you can get in some quality fishing before the ice forms and you can pull out your tip-ups, augers, and shanties. New York: The Salmon River in the Pulaski Area runs some 15 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar, NY…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 29, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Steel City

Two hours North of Pittsburgh, the state of Pennsylvania has its toe in the Great Lake known as Erie. And within this relatively small access, a great steelhead fishery is managed. Fall marks the time these chrome versions of rainbow trout leave the massive lake and enter the streams to spawn.  This year, low water levels and warm temperatures delayed the runs somewhat. A recent storm just “blew out” the streams so when the water…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 13, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 5, 2013

Tom Keer

Pelagic Fish

As the fishing season moves from spring to summer, the Gulf Stream pushes closer to shore. It brings warm water with it, and with that warmer water come a tremendous variety of seasonal species of fish. Bonito, False albacore, skipjack and other tuna, like mahi mahi move into areas that traditionally hold coldwater fish.  Over the years there have been a random tarpon caught up north.  Think about that. For many anglers, these new species…

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