Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 10, 2016

Debbie Hanson

What To Know About Using An Ice Fishing Rod Holder

Ice Fishing Rod Holder

If you’re relatively new to the experience of ice fishing, you might wonder about using an ice fishing rod holder. After all, isn’t it sort of like cheating if you aren’t holding the rod and don’t have the opportunity to “feel” the bite? The answer to that question is certainly subject to opinion and can depend on how much time you plan to spend on the ice. There are a few things you should know…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 6, 2016

Tom Keer

Cheap Fishing Tackle Works Well for Less

fish caught with cheap fishing tackle

  Cheap fishing tackle used to work along the lines of “you get what you pay for.”  Anglers who paid less for gear usually got what they paid for, and their rods and reels usually performed poorly.  For those of us on a budget we’re glad that this is no longer the case.  Here are 5 reasons why today’s gear performs well but costs a lot less! Improvements in technology.  Computer-aided product development streamlines the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 3, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Ice Fishing Reel Features

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If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year is to do more ice fishing, then you’ll want to know about a few key ice fishing reel features that can help reduce issues related to the cold weather, and keep your bait presentation as natural as possible. As you begin your ice fishing reel research, remember that spinning reels, spin-casting reels, and bait-casting reels are the three types of freshwater reels that are most often…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Equipment: The Trotline

fish caught with traditional fishing equipment

  The trotline is a primitive piece of traditional fishing equipment where the angler doesn’t need to be present all the time. It does not require a skill in casting or presentation, just lots of bait. This line often is a heavy nylon with a hook tied to it every couple of feet or so. Depending on the bait and target fish species these hooks can be treble, single, or better yet, circle hooks which…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 27, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Traditional Fishing Tackle Hacks

traditional fishing tackle hack

When it comes to traditional fishing tackle, there’s nothing wrong with finding different or more resourceful ways of using it. Sometimes you can save time and money by making a few modifications to traditional tackle or by using everyday household items. Check out these five traditional fishing tackle and gear hacks that just might help make your life easier.         Use wine corks as an easy and snag-free way to transport flies.…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Wondering Which Traditional Fishing Floats To Use?

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Traditional fishing floats, or bobbers as they are often called, help keep your bait in the most productive section of the water column when fishing. Floats or bobbers are particularly helpful when you are targeting fish species that tend to suspend in schools. While there are many different types of traditional fishing floats you can use, I’ll run through four of the most common types and give you an idea on when it would make…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tackle: the Snap & Swivel

traditional snap swivel fishing tackle

A popular piece of traditional fishing tackle is a small unit of metal hardware consisting of a barrel swivel connected to a small wire clip, or the “snap.” Elite Bassmaster angler, Greg Hackney remembers always using snap swivels in his youth but you probably won’t find them used by most tournament anglers. Although handy, they are not for every fishing situation. Snap Swivel Advantages        1. Allows for a quick lure change without tying another…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Floats: The Bobber

traditional fishing floats

Besides the most critical component, the hook, there is no more traditional piece of fishing tackle than the bobber. Sometimes called a “float,” it is helpful for holding bait at an exact depth and a great way to detect fish biting activity. The classic round, red and white model occupies every kid’s tackle box but bobbers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here’s why different bobber types are useful: Detection: In general, the traditional…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Improve Fish Hook Safety When Using Multi Hook Rigs

Alabama-Rig

Depending on the regulations in your state, you may be able to fish with rigs that have multiple hooks. Under the right conditions this can be a great way to catch fish. But more hooks mean more chances of snagging your sweatshirt, life jacket, another rod, etc. Here are a few species of fish that can be caught with multiple hook rigs, and some fish hook safety tips on how to store and transport these…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Freshwater Fishing Lures for the Entire Water Column

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Sometimes I am asked, “Do you really need all these lures?”And my answer is always an emphatic, “maybe!” There is no one freshwater fishing lure that will do everything. In addition to variations in colors and actions, there is depth to consider. With changes in depth, other factors will fluctuate such as light, temperature, and oxygen concentration. And these factors all influence fish feeding behavior. Thermocline Determines Best Freshwater Fishing Lures Water stratifies sometimes, which…




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