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: 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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Fishing Trip

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It is a rare body of water that does not contain the common carp, so every fishing trip could be a carp fishing trip. The presence of carp is not always a good thing but it looks like they are here to stay so we might as well make the most of it. In trout angler catalogues you can expect to find waders; in a catalogue of products targeting the carp angler, you may find…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The One Fishing Hack You Need to Use on Free Fishing Days

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Any angler who has thrown a 10 to 12-foot cast net over a dozen times in an attempt to capture enough live bait for a day of fishing understands the value of keeping that bait alive for as long as possible. This is especially true if you are planning to fish for multiple days in a row, such as on free fishing days or weekends. On these occasions, keeping your bait alive overnight will save…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 8, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Camp FishaPond

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If you have plans to camp this summer, don’t forget the fishing rods. You probably will be camping near some water such as a lake, river, or stream and that means a good opportunity for some fishing fun. And make sure you and your kids don’t overlook that little pond near camp. Here are a few reasons to fish a pond: Ponds are shallower than lakes and thus more productive. They warm quickly in the…




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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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