Posted by: Debbie
September 2, 2013

Debbie

Freshwater Fishing Rules That Were Meant to be Broken

Bass Fishing in the Afternoon

Many of us grew up with a firm set of freshwater fishing rules or beliefs that were passed on to us from a parent, grandparent or maybe even an older sibling who taught us how to fish. These rules were likely based on experiences our elders had while out on the water, and were then shared with us. While I always appreciate advice or opinions that are passed along by knowledgeable anglers and fishing mentors,…

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Posted by: Andy
August 27, 2013

Andy

The Hatch may be Open.

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“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: Debbie
August 26, 2013

Debbie

4 Things to Remember When Choosing Saltwater Fishing Line

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In order to select the best type of saltwater fishing line to use in the backwaters or on the flats, you’ll want to do a bit of preliminary research on the species, area, and conditions. Is the water clear and clean? Are you fishing near docks or pilings? Does the species you are fishing for have teeth or an abrasive mouth? Answers to these questions will help you choose the right line based on abrasion…

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Posted by: Debbie
August 19, 2013

Debbie

The Secrets to Summer Redfish Success

Jennifer Elkins with a Pine Island Sound redfish

It’s hard to rival the sight of tailing redfish as they push through the grass flats on a summer morning in South Florida… unless you count the experience of sight casting to a large school and then bringing one of these copper-colored beauties to the boat. Redfish (also known as red drum) are a popular saltwater sport species known for strong fights and powerful runs. Below are a few secrets to note when targeting summer…

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Posted by: Andy
August 13, 2013

Andy

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

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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: Debbie
August 12, 2013

Debbie

Tips for Finding a Good Spot to Saltwater Fish from Shore

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Shore fishing is one of the best types of fishing for families and beginning anglers. There are some great saltwater shore fishing spots that will consistently provide plenty of action if you know what to look for. Not sure where exactly you should drop your line? The following saltwater spot scouting tips may be useful: Pick up a tide chart at a local tackle shop and note the levels of rising and falling tides in…

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Posted by: Andy
August 5, 2013

Andy

Top Shot

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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
July 29, 2013

Andy

Aquatic Veggies

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Aquatic vegetation is one sign of a productive body of water. It indicates plenty of nutrients and high fertility.  Various types of vegetation in water may serve as food for microscopic insects, spawning habitat, and nurseries for larval fish. Large water plants provide shade and both protective cover for small fish, and ambush points for predators. Because of this, many anglers, especially bass anglers, love what they have named “salad.” Bassmaster Elite Jonathan VanDam seeks…

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Posted by: Andy
July 15, 2013

Andy

Chub Love

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On a family vacation years ago, the only handy water was a tiny creek.  We set off to explore it one afternoon, perhaps to catch some crayfish but noticed even more inhabitants and soon returned with our poles. Anglers often debate which fish fights the hardest, but pound for pound, or in this case, ounce for ounce, the creek chub is worthy of this debate. It is an aggressive feeder and once hooked, refuses to…

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Posted by: Andy
July 8, 2013

Andy

The Stick Trout

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When I was young, Dad would call any branch that I landed while fishing, a “stick trout” and pat me on the back.  We had other names for snags but I eventually learned that some of these labels really were fish names, such as a “rock bass,” and “logperch.” In visiting with some of the Bassmaster Elite anglers, I learned Greg Hackney uses the term “limb bream” for landed sticks. Edwin Evers says he is…

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