Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 3, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 19, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 18, 2013

5 Kinds of Disappearing Fishing Tackle

If you fish often enough, you’ve probably experienced the strange occurrence of fishing tackle that just plain disappears into thin air. Wasn’t it just a week or two ago that you stocked up on five packs of 4/0 hooks, three bags of plastic worms, and a brand new pair of pliers? How can it be that you searched every compartment of your tackle box only to come up with empty packages? There must be a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 29, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Steel City

Two hours North of Pittsburgh, the state of Pennsylvania has its toe in the Great Lake known as Erie. And within this relatively small access, a great steelhead fishery is managed. Fall marks the time these chrome versions of rainbow trout leave the massive lake and enter the streams to spawn.  This year, low water levels and warm temperatures delayed the runs somewhat. A recent storm just “blew out” the streams so when the water…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Supersize It this Fall.

It is widely known that, as Bassmaster Elite angler Tommy Biffle said, “Big ol’ baits catch big ol’ fish.”  Before he leaves a fishing spot, fellow Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet will throw a large swimbait, to see if there are any big ones in the area. However during most of the year, anglers generally split the difference with medium-sized lures to catch a wider range of fish sizes, including those large fish.  Due to…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 15, 2013

3 Ways to Green Your Fishing Routine

With the amount of tackle and gear the average angler goes through on a yearly basis, you could probably stock a small store. Think about all those times you’ve fished with plastic bass baits, been hit a few times, the bait gets torn up, and then you end up tossing the bait out altogether. What about all of the leader line that you have to tie and re-tie after it breaks while fighting a fish…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Spinnerbait time

When the temperature starts dropping and the leaves change colors, I start casting the old spinnerbait again. This wired lure works great all year but during spring and fall, they really get a workout drawing reaction strikes. Bassmaster Elite Pro, Greg Hackney said, “For a long time, I didn’t know there was any other lure.” A spinnerbait has two components.  The top “spinner” consists of 1 to 3 blades of various shapes and colors, depending…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 25, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bow Fishing

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 Hanson
September 23, 2013

5 Space Saving Ideas for Kayak Fishing

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 Keer
September 19, 2013

Tom Keer

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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