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

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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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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