Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2013

Tom Keer

Tips on Fish Cleaning and Handling

  The big one is in the boat.  It’s met all legal size regulations and is in the net.  In a short while you’ll head off the water and be on your way home, and you and your family are already planning on how you’re going to prepare your fresh fish.  Here are a few tips for keeping your fish fresh so that it’ll taste great. Photo credit Barry and Cathy Beck The best way…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bluegill Bonanza

There are sunfish that grow larger and there are sunfish with “gills” that streak bluer. No one follows around the bluegill stocking trucks, yet the prolific bluegills have their followers. The bluegill is often overlooked and underappreciated by many anglers.  Some of this is because you have to downsize your gear. They have tiny mouths and so you have to use a small lure or bait hook. Bluegill do not need supplemental stocking because they…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 30, 2013

Tom Keer

It’s Tarpon Time

Right now, everyone in Florida is talking about tarpon.  They’re talking about where they were, they’re talking about where they are, and they’re theorizing about where they’re heading.  They only ones who aren’t talking much are the ones who are hooked up, and that’s because they’re yelling. There are cruising tarpon migrating throughout the Florida Keys.  There are tarpon that are daisy chaining off of Boca Grande Pass.  There are laid up tarpon in the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 30, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

Arbor Day was last Friday.  And when I think of trees, I think of fishing. (Bear with me.)  Trees, and other plants for that matter, are an important aspect to many great fisheries. Though often overlooked, trees aide with the conservation of fisheries well before they are even water logged. Structure such as flooded timber, stumps, brush, “lay downs”, or “blow downs” are highly sought after by anglers of bass and crappie. Every year, leftover…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: cneville
April 10, 2013

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Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

As the spring dry-fly season is now upon us, I am reminded of some simple tips that have helped me over the years.  After all, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of watching a trout lurk out of the depths to sip an insect off the surface.  That’s “top-of-the-game” fly fishing in my mind, and the reason many anglers (like myself) are enamored with this sport in the first place.  Keep these things in mind…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 4, 2013

Tom Keer

The Spawning Bed

At different times of the year, fish pair up for their annual spawning ritual.  In the warmer climates, bass and bream are answering the call of nature right now, and anglers are seeing them on the beds.  In a month or two, spots further north will see bass and panfish doing the same thing.  Some trout and steelhead set up redds in rivers in the spring while other trout and salmon spawn in the fall. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 28, 2013

Tom Keer

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
February 11, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Wahoo! (The Most Appropriately Named Fish in the World)

Every blue water fishing experience is exciting for me.  Getting out on the open ocean to tangle with big fish is certainly a treat—even a shock to the senses—because 90 percent of my fishing is focused on freshwater species. But I have to admit, I have taken a particular shine to wahoo.  Part of that has to do with their lightning quickness.  Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, and they can…

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