Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 17, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Things to Know About Weighing a Potential Record Fish

Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Ever notice how precise anglers are when referring to the weight of a catch? You might hear one of us say something like, “Excuse me, my bass was 6.27 pounds, not 6 pounds!” I’ll bet a dollar to a hole in a doughnut that you’ve heard an angler immediately correct one of his or her fishing buddies when discussing the weight of a fish if the person happened to give a low-ball weight estimate. Now,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 2, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Intermission

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  There are enough rivers and streams in Western Pennsylvania without ice during the winter that my regular fishing tackle refuses to store completely, preferring instead to stow for brief periods. Here are a few stowing tips: 1. A fishing rod bag or caddy is not only great for travel; it helps keep tackle clean and organized for the next fishing opportunity anywhere. 2. The versatile Loop Ropes serve well as automobile fishing rod holders.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 16, 2013

Debbie Hanson

5 Winter Fishing Gear Maintenance Tips

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Most all of us cringe when it comes time to store our treasured possessions for any length of time. Remember that super bummed out feeling you had when your mom took away your favorite teddy bear when you were about eight years old? She may have said that it was time for him to go to a new “home” in the attic, but you wanted no part of giving him up and storing him away.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 10, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

First Fish Stories

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My kids love everything related to water. Even when not actually fishing or boating, my family plays fishing related games and still hits every aquarium, boat show, fish hatchery, and pet store just for the chance to see something aquatic. Some selected early reading material may have contributed to this enthusiasm.   Here are a few titles that come to mind: The Classic, “Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss is a great introduction to fish…

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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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