Posted by: Andy
March 18, 2014

Andy

(Blank)masters

The bass ranks among the most popular freshwater fish in the United States.  There are several species in the black bass family but largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass attract the most attention especially by the half a million members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. But what if there weren’t any bass?  What fish would bass anglers be chasing then? With its proportionally large mouth and aggressiveness, the green sunfish might be a candidate,…

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Posted by: Andy
March 3, 2014

Andy

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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Posted by: Andy
February 25, 2014

Andy

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: Debbie
February 17, 2014

Debbie

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: Debbie
February 10, 2014

Debbie

4 Educational Fishing Resources for Women

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Some ladies might be lucky enough to have a family member or significant other who is willing to show them the ropes when it comes to fishing. Others might have to work a little harder to find helpful resources or people that can guide them along the way as they learn about the art of angling. If you’re a lady that wants to learn how to fish, but you don’t have a “pro-fishional” in your…

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Posted by: Andy
February 3, 2014

Andy

Great Reasons to Take a Solo Fishing Trip

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I love taking kids fishing. To put them on fish and watch them light up when they get a hit is one of my greatest thrills.  But to increase the odds of a successful outing, I have to do my “homework” by fishing alone ahead of time. If the weather is questionable or there have been some seasonal changes since our last trip, I’ll venture out on my own and try to learn as much…

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Posted by: Andy
January 27, 2014

Andy

Old Ice Holes

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Or in this case, a circular hole in the ice. Winter’s fish portal. An abandoned hole in the ice might be obscured with blowing snow and refrozen partially, so look closely and watch your step.  Sometimes, you might even discover a hole that still has open water.  Often holes are drilled with a gas powered auger or chainsaw. If done in shallow water, this noise will spook…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

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
January 14, 2014

Andy

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
January 2, 2014

Andy

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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