Posted by: Andy
September 25, 2013

Andy

Bow Fishing

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September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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Posted by: Debbie
September 23, 2013

Debbie

5 Space Saving Ideas for Kayak Fishing

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Due to the ease of access to pristine fishing areas, kayak fishing has become more popular than ever. Although there are now many manufacturers that make kayaks specifically equipped for fishing, on board space is still a valuable commodity. How can keep you keep your gear at a manageable level? You might find the following five tips helpful. Bring just two or three types of lures to fish each portion of the water column instead…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 19, 2013

Tom K.

Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

I learn something from everyone, and these days I have been learning a lot from my kids.  School started recently and every day they are faced with learning something new.  Most of the time they tackle it head on, and I am impressed with their focus and willingness to learn.  And since fishing season is in full swing I thought about learning to fish along those lines, too. There is a reason that some 27.5…

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Posted by: Andy
September 10, 2013

Andy

Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

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Golf can serve as a way to relax, have fun, and help manage stress. It can be played alone, but more often it seems, a golf outing is a social event, perhaps where business networking takes place. However, more people fish than golf and tennis combined. Maybe fishing outings should be the new corporate retreat activity? Here are a few reasons why fishing is better than golf: With golf, you take turns and have to…

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Posted by: Andy
August 27, 2013

Andy

The Hatch may be Open.

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“That’s a big mosquito!” a boy in the crowd said. However, my pet for a brief moment was a harmless mayfly, attracted to the lights of my kids’ ballgame. At the river earlier that day, there also was a “hatch” (a periodic emergence of insects, often in large numbers) of another much smaller species. This last week, my usual river smallmouth bass tactics were met with less than enthusiastic hits.  I attributed my lack of…

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Posted by: Debbie
August 26, 2013

Debbie

4 Things to Remember When Choosing Saltwater Fishing Line

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In order to select the best type of saltwater fishing line to use in the backwaters or on the flats, you’ll want to do a bit of preliminary research on the species, area, and conditions. Is the water clear and clean? Are you fishing near docks or pilings? Does the species you are fishing for have teeth or an abrasive mouth? Answers to these questions will help you choose the right line based on abrasion…

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Posted by: Andy
August 13, 2013

Andy

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

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Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Andy
August 5, 2013

Andy

Top Shot

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In general, I am not much for surprises, but a jolt from a sudden topwater explosion, is certainly worth the price of admission.  In clear water, we sometimes get a chance to see a strike on submerged lures, but the only sure way to see a hit, is with a topwater lure. There are many variations of topwater lures. Robert Montgomery in his book “Why We Fish” wrote that he is “irrationally addicted to the…

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Posted by: Debbie
August 5, 2013

Debbie

5 Ways to Turn Fishing into a Learning Experience for Kids

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Every time you take a kid fishing, you have the opportunity to teach them fundamental fishing skills and lessons that they can use for years to come. Since kids are naturally inquisitive, youth is not only the perfect time to show them how to tie simple knots, use basic tackle properly, how to rig different baits or release the fish, but also to teach them the reasons why certain knots, baits and hooks work better…

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Posted by: Andy
July 29, 2013

Andy

Aquatic Veggies

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Aquatic vegetation is one sign of a productive body of water. It indicates plenty of nutrients and high fertility.  Various types of vegetation in water may serve as food for microscopic insects, spawning habitat, and nurseries for larval fish. Large water plants provide shade and both protective cover for small fish, and ambush points for predators. Because of this, many anglers, especially bass anglers, love what they have named “salad.” Bassmaster Elite Jonathan VanDam seeks…

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