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: Tom Keer
May 20, 2015

Tom Keer

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

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  Every year we celebrate our fishing and boating heritage in an event called National Fishing and Boating Week.  The week highlights our two favorite activities and how important they are to making our lives better.  This year the National Fishing and Boating week runs from June 6-14, 2015, and that’s also the time when folks can go fishing for free.  So let’s make this easy and focus on just what you need to know.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 17, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The 5 Big Benefits of a Free Fishing Day

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National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual celebration of fishing and boating that takes place during the first week in June. During this week, many states will be offering free fishing days for you and your family to take advantage of. A free fishing day can bring some big benefits along with it. Some of these benefits you may already be aware of, and some you may not. Below are the five big benefits…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 13, 2015

Why Fishing is Fun

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I remember very well the weekend in April when I went fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a group of women who were relatively new to the sport. We were all participating in the seminar weekend “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing”. We got up at 7am and our boat left the dock at 8am. I was super excited that we were going to be fishing all morning! It was a sunny day with no clouds in…

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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: Bruna Carincotte
April 28, 2015

Catch-and-Release Best Practices

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Many are familiar with the concept of catch-and-release fishing, but few know the actual techniques anglers have to use in order to inflict as little damage as possible upon the fish. Read on to find out the best way to handle fish, what hooks to use for catch-and-release, and how to revive the fish if necessary. Prepare Your Hooks If you’re planning on practicing catch-and-release, stay away from treble hooks; the triple-pronged hooks will inflict…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 27, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

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Spring fishing is now in full swing. Water temperatures are warm enough that fish are active and there are opportunities galore. If you plan on taking kids fishing, there even are fishing derbies, clinics, and various kid events scheduled around the country. For example, there are clinics in Colorado in May, some upcoming in Indiana, and Mississippi recently held a “fish rodeo.” Here are 3 reasons to check out these events: Learn. There will be…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Tradition

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“The only thing better than catching fish is putting someone on fish, who doesn’t fish much.” Luke Whitcomb (12) Opening Day of Trout has always been a really big deal in Pennsylvania. Scores of anglers that have been maintaining their sanity over the brutal winters by punching holes in ice and huddling in a shanty are now free to cast for the millions of rainbow, brown, and brook trout the state loads into streams throughout…

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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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