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: Debbie Hanson
August 30, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tips for the Perfect #FirstCatch Fishing Photo

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There’s nothing more exciting than watching a new angler reel in a first catch. Of course, it’s also a momentous occasion that must be documented properly. You may only get one chance to capture the perfect #FirstCatch fishing photo, so read through these seven tips to make sure your shots stand out. Incorporate the use of brightly-colored clothing or tackle. You probably remember getting a reminder about not wearing a white shirt on school picture…




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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
August 3, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 1

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Which is better: live bait or artificial bait? All artificial fishing baits (lures) strive to imitate some form of live bait. Live bait is so efficient at catching fish that it is prohibited in most tournaments and banned on many waters. Despite its effectiveness, live fishing bait does have some limitations. Keeping Live Fishing Bait…Alive First of all for maximum success, considerations need to be made to keep the live bait, well, “live.” For example,…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 2, 2015

Debbie Hanson

How to Determine The Best Fishing Days in August

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If your family is like most, you aren’t usually able to get the whole crew together to go fishing as often as you’d like. So, when you do plan a family trip, you want to try to pinpoint the best fishing days and then plan accordingly. Below are some suggestions on how to determine the best fishing days for this month (or for any month of the year). Research fishing seasons and migration patterns. Do…




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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: Tom Keer
July 22, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

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Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish.  Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure:  All fish like structure because it provides them with food and protection.  Tree deadfall provides shelter, while rocks, boulders and ledges are great ambush points.  Don’t overlook a dock or a float, they’re good spots, too. Weeds and grass beds: …




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