Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 24, 2015

Tom Keer

How to catch fish by reading the water

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  One of the most important angling skills is learning how to catch fish by reading the water.  Finding the fish is paramount to catching them, and know this; fish are opportunistic, which means that they want to take in more calories than they burn up.  If you can find ’em you can catch ’em, so look for them in some of these areas.       Streams and Rivers: Behind or above structure.  Rocks…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 14, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Spoil Dad With These 5 Fishing Father’s Day Gifts

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He provided endless hours of patient instruction, and ecstatically cheered you on when you reeled in your #FirstCatch. There’s no question about it, your Dad couldn’t have been prouder when you landed your first fish all on your own. Since then, you’ve probably been fishing together dozens, perhaps even hundreds of times. With Father’s Day coming up, you have the opportunity to show Dad just how much those cherished memories mean to you by giving…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Surprising Ways You Can Help With Fishing Conservation

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You may be surprised to learn that even the simple act of purchasing your fishing license helps to contribute towards fishing conservation efforts. However, purchasing a fishing license is just the first step. There are several other surprising ways you can help with fishing conservation this month, in honor of National Great Outdoors Month, or anytime. Know the current fishing regulations for your state. When you have knowledge of the fishing regulations, you won’t mistakenly…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Fish for Bass with “The Frog.”

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This topwater lure is a favorite not only of largemouth bass, but of the bass angler. Because it floats and is basically weedless, it can be worked over and through the heavy vegetation where few other lures dare. The visual hit is extremely addictive and may remind you of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” My son recently put on a show at a nearby lake with many consecutive hits of his frog lure. Here are…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks.

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I’m a part-time river gambler. Betting that I can catch chunky smallmouth bass, I cast into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and even “raise the stakes” by letting my lure fall and bump into the rocks. But rocks are tough on hooks and chances of a successful hook set drop dramatically if the hook is not sharp and strong. Check Your Hooks for These 3 Qualities: Dull hook point. This is commonly overlooked. Compare the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Signs That You’re Getting Ready for Fishing Season

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The sun is shining, you don’t need eight layers of clothes, and you’ve finally taken your boat out of storage (insert an extra loud “YEEHAW!” here). Although, you do have to admit that there may have been a few days when you felt like you just might lose it while patiently waiting and getting ready for fishing season. Not sure exactly how ready for fishing season you are? Well, I’d say that if any of…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

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I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…




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