Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Fishing Report

I follow fishing reports not just from local sources, but also around the country. When I travel, I am going to go fishing while I’m there. That is just understood. And there are many suppliers of current fishing information, from the outdoor section of local newspapers to the Take Me Fishing web site state reports resource. States even may offer to send electronic weekly fishing reports. For example, I receive reports from Michigan and Oklahoma,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 9, 2015

Tom Keer

The Saltwater Fishing License

No one bats an eye about a freshwater fishing license, but in recent time more coastal states have added saltwater fishing licenses to the mix.  They’re new to most states, so here are answers to 4 commonly asked questions.         Who needs a saltwater license? Like their freshwater counterpart, anglers 16 years or older are required to hold a saltwater license.  Most states have rules that don’t charge disabled people or anglers…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Can You Imagine Life Without a Fishing License?

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Every year when I get ready to renew my Florida fishing license, I can’t help but think about what my life would be like without having one. Such a bummer thought, I know… although it really does remind me about the many reasons why I should feel grateful for all of the amazing memories I’ve made over the years with family and friends while on the water. Here are a few ways that life might…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

What’s My Line?

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When I was young, my two or three rod and reels combos all had the same line: 8 pound monofilament. Monofilament was the workhorse for anglers everywhere for anything that swims. Today however, my rod and reel collection has grown to double digits with specific line types and sizes to match. Why does remembering your line matter? It has been a long winter and when getting reacquainted with your reels, the differences in each line…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The One That Got Away: The Best Fishing Memory

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What makes a great fishing memory? Is it the size of the fish? The timing? The species? All of the above? Or, what about “the one that got away?” Oooh… Yeah, THAT fish. I bet you remember every detail. Lure designer Patrick Sebile has fished in 64 countries. He has caught over 700 species. Yet, he grew visibly frustrated when sharing a story where he lost a very large snook in Florida. “I can still…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

How to Start Fishing Like a Champ

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You might be new to fishing or maybe you’ve been fishing for years. Regardless of how much experience you have, if you really want to “up” your fishing game, it’s time to learn how to start fishing like a champ! What exactly does “fishing like a champ” mean? Based on my personal definition, it’s when an angler seizes an opportunity during a critical moment on the water and then proceeds to catch a fish while…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tricks and Tips

One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re looking for bass, crappie, trout, striped bass, or other species, change your approach from one focused on putting fish in the boat to one of observation and pattern recognition. In doing so you’ll…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

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  In case you missed it, last weekend was a really big deal in the world of professional fishing tournaments. Fifty five anglers qualified to compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, this time held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Unable to attend this year, I enjoyed the coverage on the internet from the warmth of my office. This year in South Carolina, anglers were greeted to single digit temperatures which created problems beyond frost…

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