Posted by: Andy
April 15, 2014

Andy

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: Tom K.
April 15, 2014

Tom K.

Crossing State Lines

’  In our wanderings we sometimes cross state lines.  We might do it if we are fishing in a state that crosses boundaries.  I think of the Connecticut River which I’ve fished a number of times in a variety of places.  The headwaters are in Northern New Hampshire about 300 yards south of the Canadian boarder.  It runs south for a while and on one side of the river is Vermont and New Hampshire is…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 14, 2014

Debbie

4 of the Best Reasons to Go Fishing with Mom

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Fishing … it has a way of bringing families together. Maybe you are a mom who loves to fish and who has passed on a love for fishing to your children or maybe you just have great memories of fishing with your mom as a youngster. Whichever it might be, we want to honor all of the moms out there who have encouraged us to spend time outdoors while learning more about ourselves and the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 10, 2014

Tom K.

The Importance of Fishing Licenses

From the time I was 16 I could predict that I would get a fishing license for Christmas.  It was a guaranteed gift and it was one that probably took the sting out of some of the necessities that I disappointingly received (like socks).  When the clock struck midnight on December 31st I was set-to-jet.  Later on as an adult, my friends and I made a habit of going to the local tackle shop on…

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Posted by: Andy
April 8, 2014

Andy

Read the Signs

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Successful anglers are puzzle solvers. They take cues from nature for lure selection, such as fly fishermen “matching the hatch” during an aquatic insect emergence. For locating fish many anglers watch for bird activity, such as seagulls feeding on large baitfish schools. But anglers also have to pay attention to any actually printed, posted signs. Stapled to every 10th roadside tree is the Pennsylvania state flower, the yellow “Posted, Private Property” sign.  Closer inspection around…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 7, 2014

Debbie

Questions to Ask Before Fishing Unfamiliar Waterways

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Sometimes anglers get a bit overzealous in the quest for a trophy catch or food for the dinner table. We don’t always “stop for a break, before we take” like we should. Most of the time this has nothing to do with anyone meaning any harm, but rather comes from a lack of information. This is especially true when anglers leave their home waters to take a destination fishing trip. Here’s a good example: In…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 2, 2014

Tom K.

Early Season Trout Tactics

In the early season, there isn’t much of a reason to get up at the crack of dawn to go trout fishing.  The water is cold and the fish are lethargic.  Head out for some pancakes and let the sun warm things up for a bit.  And here are a few things to remember when you go down to the river.  Trout are coldwater species, so use a thermometer to take the water temperature.  If…

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Posted by: Andy
April 1, 2014

Andy

Trout Scout

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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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Posted by: Debbie
April 1, 2014

Debbie

9 Weird Fishing Terms and What They Mean

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You finally booked your first offshore charter fishing trip. Admittedly, you’re a little nervous and uncertain of what to expect, but are open to learning more about angling as well as the terminology that goes along with it. As you and your friends watch the mate rig the lines, he turns asks to you and asks, “So, have you ever tossed a live ballyhoo into the pelagic zone and experienced a bad backlash?” The puzzled…

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Posted by: Andy
March 27, 2014

Andy

Icy Fishing

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We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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