Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 19, 2014

Debbie Hanson

4 Unexpected Gifts You Receive From Teaching Fishing

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This time of year, the types of gifts you are likely to think about most are the ones that come wrapped in decorative paper and are tied up with a bow. However, when it comes to teaching fishing to a beginner and sharing your love of the sport with others, there are a few intangible gifts you are likely to receive. Here are four unexpected gifts you may receive from teaching fishing to others: Patience.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

Tom Keer

Learning from Family and Friends

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Tipping Point

Unfortunately, fishing rods break. Fishing rod tips are no match for untimely encounters with pickup truck tailgates, trunk lids, car doors, or feet. Then what? Chuck it and buy a new one? With a little patience, sometimes the rod can be fixed by replacing the tip with the aid of a repair kit. As my rod collection breaks down through the year, snapped rods get set aside for a cold or stormy, non-fishing day when…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 14, 2014

Debbie Hanson

3 Surprising Reasons Why Fishing is Cool, Pass it On!

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There are plenty of obvious reasons why fishing just might be one of the coolest outdoor activities… there are the feelings of accomplishment that come with mastering new techniques, learning new fishing tips, uninterrupted time spent with family or friends, the thrill of reeling in a nice catch, and the stunning sunset views on the water. However, there are also some less obvious or somewhat surprising reasons why fishing is cool. So, do me a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

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 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: Andy Whitcomb
December 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Schools are Teaching about Fishing too.

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I recently visited a grade school class and noticed a list of 7 classroom rules posted by the door. Although these guidelines serve to remind students about expected behaviors and efficient time management, I thought they seemed to apply to appropriate angler behavior too and specially when teaching fishing “Pay Attention.” Is there safe room to cast? Did you notice the baitfish scattering in that back cove? “Follow Directions.” Where did he say that submerged…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 7, 2014

Debbie Hanson

4 Reasons to Take Someone New Fishing

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We, fisherpeople, can get a bit regimented about our angling habits at times. You know what I mean… we find a fishing buddy or two that we like to plan trips with and then when someone new seems interested in going along with us or wants to learn more about it, we aren’t quite as open to taking them along or showing them the ropes as we could. When we consider teaching fishing skills to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 3, 2014

Tom Keer

Rebuilding Angler Stocks One at a Time

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I spoke with a buddy last week, and he was grousing about the lower numbers of striped bass.  There has been a lot of chatter about regulations and biomass, and it seems like protective measures will soon be in place.  So I asked him about the biomass of anglers. “What the heck are you talking about?” he asked. “Well, the number of fish are down and we’re doing something about it.  But what about the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How Many Fishing Rods Does an Angler “Need?”

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The average subscriber to Bass Angler Magazine has about 26 fishing rods. Pennsylvania angler, Joe Stefanacci, estimates he has over 40. Nebraska angler Jared Schleifer only has 7 that he considers “active.” You could play a round of golf with just a 4-iron. It wouldn’t affect my score much, but once you gain experience and learn when, why, and how to use the full range of clubs for the unique challenge at each hole, a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Big Fish Picture

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The number and size of fish caught by anglers are the most popular information. This is called “Catch Per Unit Effort” by fisheries biologists. However in an attempt to grasp the full underwater picture, they will use a range of sampling techniques. Each method has a degree of sampling bias or selectivity for a species or a size, so biologists must consider such factors as: time of day, season, temperature, habitat and turbidity of the…

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