Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Catch More Largemouth Bass in the Great Lakes States

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When you’re planning to go fishing for largemouth bass on a new waterway in one of the Great Lakes states, there are a lot of questions that you’ll want to get answered in order to have a successful trip. While you won’t have in-depth knowledge of every waterway in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; you just need to find some good online and offline resources that can…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 27, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Fall Fishing Tips for Largemouth Bass by Region

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With the change in seasons comes the need to change up your fishing strategy. Fall fishing can be fantastic if you make some adjustments to your technique as well as the spots you cover. One general fall bass fishing tip is to pick up the speed of your retrieve — keeping in mind that most largemouth bass will be more inclined to chase lures and expend additional energy as water temperatures cool following the hot…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Rigging Fishing Tackle So It’s Ready to Use

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Sometimes you can buy ready–to–use fishing gear while other times you can make it yourself.  I remember when we had a hot bluefish bite, the kind where you’re catching a fish on every cast.  Those toothy sons of guns chopped up everything to the tune of one fly/soft plastic per fish.  Constantly rigging fishing tackle cuts into fishing time, and on that day it was catching time.  None of us has time for that…  …




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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: Tom Keer
September 9, 2015

Tom Keer

Freshwater Fishing: Fall Madness

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  I love freshwater fishing in the fall because in a lot of ways I am similar to the fish. I eat more in anticipation of the cold winter.  Football was my #1 sport, and the cooler temperatures made me more aggressive.  And there is a shot at catching a big fish, which resembles me after I pack on some extra pounds.  Some fall fishing tips to catch more fish when the leaves start to…




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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: 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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