Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Catch More Largemouth Bass in the Great Lakes States

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When you’re planning to go fishing for largemouth bass on a new waterway in one of the Great Lakes states, there are a lot of questions that you’ll want to get answered in order to have a successful trip. While you won’t have in-depth knowledge of every waterway in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; you just need to find some good online and offline resources that can…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Bizarre Freshwater Fishing Tactics That Actually Work

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In my opinion, one of the biggest keys to becoming a better angler is keeping an open mind when it comes to new fishing tactics and baits. Sure, you may feel more comfortable sticking with what you know, but trying new techniques and using a variety of different baits can take your freshwater fishing skills to a whole new level. Besides, unexpected fishing opportunities can arise from time to time, so it can help if…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 9, 2015

Tom Keer

Freshwater Fishing: Fall Madness

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  I love freshwater fishing in the fall because in a lot of ways I am similar to the fish. I eat more in anticipation of the cold winter.  Football was my #1 sport, and the cooler temperatures made me more aggressive.  And there is a shot at catching a big fish, which resembles me after I pack on some extra pounds.  Some fall fishing tips to catch more fish when the leaves start to…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Surprising Ways Free Fishing Days Can Reduce Stress

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While most states offer free fishing days during National Fishing and Boating Week, which takes place annually during first full week of June, don’t forget to check for additional free fishing days that are offered at other times throughout the year. Since fishing provides some fantastic stress-relieving benefits, it’s a missed opportunity not to take advantage of the days when fishing licenses aren’t required to decompress while on the water. Many of the stress-relieving benefits…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 2, 2015

Tom Keer

Fall Fishing Tips: The Fall Run

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Next to winter, spring, and summer, fall is my favorite time to be on the water.  Truth of the matter is that I’ll fish anywhere, any time, but if I had to pick my favorite it would be hands-down, fall fishing. Gulf Stream Fishing It’s the time of year when the Gulf Stream pushes so close that it brings in pelagic fish species that we don’t normally see.  Bonito, False albacore, Skipjack tuna, mahi-mahi, and…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 30, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tips for the Perfect #FirstCatch Fishing Photo

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There’s nothing more exciting than watching a new angler reel in a first catch. Of course, it’s also a momentous occasion that must be documented properly. You may only get one chance to capture the perfect #FirstCatch fishing photo, so read through these seven tips to make sure your shots stand out. Incorporate the use of brightly-colored clothing or tackle. You probably remember getting a reminder about not wearing a white shirt on school picture…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 28, 2015

Stephanie Vatalaro

Waltzing with Sailfish

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HOOKED ON A NEW WAY TO REEL IN A 120-POUNDER I wouldn’t call myself an avid angler, but I come from a long line of fishermen. In my family, fishing is a rite of passage. My legacy began on Lake Erie. I reeled in walleye there as a youngster and continued angling in the Florida Keys, where I grew up exploring the pristine waters and grass flats with my dad, a flats fishing guide. Despite our differences, we always had a good…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 26, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trips in the South

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It’s starting to cool off down South, so plan a family fishing trip as the fishing gets hot.  Here are some places to go for salt and freshwater fishing: Guntersville, Alabama: I’ve talked about Lake Guntersville before because it’s featured in the Bassmaster Classic.  The lake is loaded with largemouth bass, crappie and cats. Oak Mountain State Park is another great bet, too. And made the 2015 Top 100 places to fish and boat list!…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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