Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 25, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

A Rocking Classic

Randy Howell 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champ with his game face on.

The epic, 3-day 2014 Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament completed this weekend in Alabama. This “Super Bowl” of bass fishing was a battle of 56 anglers competing for the prestigious title.  Simply qualifying to compete in this event is a huge success. I drove over 12 hours to attend my 4th Classic and soaked up as much bass fishing info as possible, even interviewing former Bassmaster Classic Champion, Chris Lane, about fishing with his kids. By…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Teachers are Students too.

There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2013

Tom Keer

Fall Favorites

Fall is a transitional time in the Northeast.  Some states close certain areas when hunting season opens, and that can put a crimp in a fisherman’s plans.  Here are a few places where you can get in some quality fishing before the ice forms and you can pull out your tip-ups, augers, and shanties. New York: The Salmon River in the Pulaski Area runs some 15 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar, NY…

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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
August 27, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

The Hatch may be Open.

“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: Andy Whitcomb
August 13, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

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 Whitcomb
August 5, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Top Shot

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: Andy Whitcomb
April 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day

Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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