Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 24, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Camp BaitaHook

The National Wildlife Federation is having a Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014. Camping means roughing it, at least a little bit, getting a little more up-close and personal with nature. And because great camping spots often are in close proximity with water, this can be a golden time for some fishing. Did you forget the bait? There may be some fish tempting morsels closer than you think. ● Hotdogs.  Did one “accidentally”…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Some like it Hot.

Fish behavior and activity is related greatly to water temperature. In general, fish are less active in cold water. As the temperature increases through the day or season, fish spend more time actively feeding. For example, largemouth bass may be inactive on cool mornings but more energetic in areas when the sun begins warming dark rocks or submerged logs.  There is a limit, though.  Too hot can lead to conditions with less oxygen and can…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Those Hard to Reach Places

Much of fishing success depends on access.  Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation. But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Bizarre Fish Foods

There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 20, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Going My Way?

Location is everything.  Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel.  However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there. For example, in an episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade set his reel to free spool, left his fishing rod in a holder, and paddled a small raft a long distance to drop his baited hook where…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 14, 2014

Tom Keer

C’mon, let’s go fishin’

We were in between tides and a buddy and I stopped in a sandwich shop for some lunch. He knew this spot because he is a technical rock climber and goes to the shop that was next door. After we ate we stopped in to kill some time, and my first thought was “what the heck?” I had never seen this kind of gear before and had zero idea what it was or what it…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pier Pressure

Saltwater or freshwater, a fishing pier can be a great place to fish. Not only can the structure serve as habitat and a fish attractant, it is a handy access point to deeper water. Piers are popular areas for vacationers or weekend anglers, when their fishing time is especially limited. To increase your chances of landing more fish, try fishing less pressured times such as early in the morning or when the weather is cool…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 12, 2014

6 Saltwater Inshore Tackle Essentials You Don’t Want to be Without

You may have heard about the thrill of catching a redfish on a topwater lure or the joy of jigging for pompano off of the beaches, and now you’re ready to give inshore fishing a try. That means it’s time to plan a trip to a saltwater inshore spot in Florida, Texas, Louisiana or South Carolina where you can target species like redfish, trout or pompano. Just remember, you will have a much better chance…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 9, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

My New Pal, the Palomar Knot

I have always been an improved clinch knot guy.  You know, 5-7 twists, tag line through the loop by the hook and then through that loop you just created, and sock it down.  I’ve tied it a million times and have great confidence in it.  But a couple of cold, dark mornings with uncooperative fingers trying to repeatedly tie drop shot rigs with that knot finally forced me to explore other options. I’m an old-ish…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 5, 2014

6 Tips to Help You Keep Fishing Simple

Sometimes anglers like to make fishing more complicated than it needs to be … particularly after we’ve been doing it for a few years. What used to be a simple day of fishing for bluegill or bass in the neighborhood pond with a basic spincast combo and two-tray tackle box has somehow evolved into a two-hour trip to Lake Okeechobee, seven different kinds of fishing rods and a tackle bag that rivals a Samsonite suitcase…

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