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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 11, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum

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Recently, I accompanied my daughter to a science museum for a school field trip. Part of one display made me think about fishing: the pendulum. A pendulum is a swinging object on the end of a line. Beginning anglers learn about the pendulum when they attempt to land fish. Often I observe novices reel in too much line, and then like a carrot dangling in front of a horse, they can’t reach the fish without…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 6, 2015

Tom Keer

Getting ready for the fishing season

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      While some of us are getting ready for the fishing season, others have been in full swing for a few months.  The one common thread?  This year, plan an exotic trip.  That doesn’t mean that you have to take out a second mortgage to go fishing.  There are a lot of different ways to add some spice to your fishing trips.  Here are 5 things you can add into your fishing experience!…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 29, 2015

Tom Keer

How to get a fishing license

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     I was recently asked if a test was needed to get a fishing license.  It struck me as somewhat odd, because the answer is no.  You need to take a test for a driver’s license, to get a hunting license, and for a lot of other things but not for fishing.  If you need a license then you can get one right now.         But as I thought about it, there…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Fishing Report

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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

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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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