Posted by: Tom K.
April 30, 2013

Tom K.

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
April 30, 2013

Andy

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

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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
April 23, 2013

Andy

Opening Day Review

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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
April 16, 2013

Andy

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

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  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: admin
April 10, 2013

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 K.
April 4, 2013

Tom K.

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 K.
March 28, 2013

Tom K.

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

After the schoolies arrive the bigger fish will appear.

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
February 11, 2013

Stephanie

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

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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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Posted by: admin
January 30, 2013

Fishing for Sharks

The thing about fishing for sharks is that the more you catch them, the more you respect them for their beauty and grace, as much as their mouthfuls of teeth.  Sure, there is some danger and intrigue involved.  But sharks aren’t nearly the beasts we make them out to be.  In fact, some species are significantly threatened.  It’s the perception that all sharks are man eaters that adds to the problem.  And I would submit…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 30, 2013

Tom K.

New Species, New Spots

Nothing beats a favorite spot.

Part of me likes catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  I think it is because I have a baseline for comparison that comes from years of catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  Patterns develop over time and its fun to see if the fish respond differently or if they are predictable.  Since I’ve invested a lot of time over the years I easily recognize changes that come…

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