Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Bizarre Freshwater Fishing Tactics That Actually Work

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In my opinion, one of the biggest keys to becoming a better angler is keeping an open mind when it comes to new fishing tactics and baits. Sure, you may feel more comfortable sticking with what you know, but trying new techniques and using a variety of different baits can take your freshwater fishing skills to a whole new level. Besides, unexpected fishing opportunities can arise from time to time, so it can help if…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Learning New Freshwater Fishing Techniques

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Fishing is full of surprises. For example despite my attempt to target fall bass with cooler water techniques, I’ll sometimes find other species tugging at the end of my line such as walleye, or even flathead catfish. As I travel, I continue to learn unexpected new freshwater fishing techniques for certain species from local anglers. Several times I’ve been told how to catch a fish and I’ve thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 28, 2015

Stephanie Vatalaro

Waltzing with Sailfish

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HOOKED ON A NEW WAY TO REEL IN A 120-POUNDER I wouldn’t call myself an avid angler, but I come from a long line of fishermen. In my family, fishing is a rite of passage. My legacy began on Lake Erie. I reeled in walleye there as a youngster and continued angling in the Florida Keys, where I grew up exploring the pristine waters and grass flats with my dad, a flats fishing guide. Despite our differences, we always had a good…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 9, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Secrets to Know When Using Artificial Bait

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Using artificial bait or lures when fishing can be both challenging and fun. While artificial bait usually requires a little more thought and strategy, artificials are easier to transport and can save you time since there’s no need for re-baiting your line after each catch. Depending on the type of artificial bait or lures you plan to use, the species you are targeting, and the conditions; there are different secrets or techniques that can be…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Fishing Trip

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It is a rare body of water that does not contain the common carp, so every fishing trip could be a carp fishing trip. The presence of carp is not always a good thing but it looks like they are here to stay so we might as well make the most of it. In trout angler catalogues you can expect to find waders; in a catalogue of products targeting the carp angler, you may find…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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