Posted by: Andy
April 21, 2014

Andy

Trout Fishing Round 2

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Q: What could be better than Opening Day of Trout? A: Not Opening Day of Trout. Opening Day of Trout in Pennsylvania seemed a huge success. There was a heavy turnout.  Vehicles were packed into every possible pull off near stocked streams, and the banks were lined with eager anglers.  I saw a lot of kids fishing and many stringers destined for the frying pan. But some anglers chose to skip this annual crowded event.…

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Posted by: Andy
April 15, 2014

Andy

PIKE!

Though officially called “northern pike,” cool water anglers on familiar terms with this fish frequently refer to them as simply, “northerns.” However, there are no “southern” pike, so I prefer just “PIKE!” with all caps and the exclamation point that these toothy, ferocious fish deserve. It is the impressive set of teeth that force you to play by their rules. They commonly cut standard fishing line so wire leaders are recommended. Teeth also mean that…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 15, 2014

Tom K.

Crossing State Lines

’  In our wanderings we sometimes cross state lines.  We might do it if we are fishing in a state that crosses boundaries.  I think of the Connecticut River which I’ve fished a number of times in a variety of places.  The headwaters are in Northern New Hampshire about 300 yards south of the Canadian boarder.  It runs south for a while and on one side of the river is Vermont and New Hampshire is…

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Posted by: Andy
April 8, 2014

Andy

Read the Signs

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Successful anglers are puzzle solvers. They take cues from nature for lure selection, such as fly fishermen “matching the hatch” during an aquatic insect emergence. For locating fish many anglers watch for bird activity, such as seagulls feeding on large baitfish schools. But anglers also have to pay attention to any actually printed, posted signs. Stapled to every 10th roadside tree is the Pennsylvania state flower, the yellow “Posted, Private Property” sign.  Closer inspection around…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 7, 2014

Debbie

Questions to Ask Before Fishing Unfamiliar Waterways

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Sometimes anglers get a bit overzealous in the quest for a trophy catch or food for the dinner table. We don’t always “stop for a break, before we take” like we should. Most of the time this has nothing to do with anyone meaning any harm, but rather comes from a lack of information. This is especially true when anglers leave their home waters to take a destination fishing trip. Here’s a good example: In…

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Posted by: Andy
April 1, 2014

Andy

Trout Scout

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has begun stocking  trout in streams around Pennsylvania.  Even though the trout season doesn’t start until April 12th for my neck of the woods, to increase chances of success, it is worthwhile to scout these streams. If you are in the same boat, and want to get a head start compared to other anglers, here are a few tips to scouting and viewing fish in streams: 1) Polarized glasses…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 1, 2014

Debbie

9 Weird Fishing Terms and What They Mean

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You finally booked your first offshore charter fishing trip. Admittedly, you’re a little nervous and uncertain of what to expect, but are open to learning more about angling as well as the terminology that goes along with it. As you and your friends watch the mate rig the lines, he turns asks to you and asks, “So, have you ever tossed a live ballyhoo into the pelagic zone and experienced a bad backlash?” The puzzled…

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Posted by: Andy
March 27, 2014

Andy

Icy Fishing

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We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 22, 2014

Debbie

Reasons to Take a Fishing Trip to the Ten Thousand Islands

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As the sun rises over the expansive mangrove forests and back country tidal flats of the Ten Thousand Islands, you might see the glistening silver back of a tarpon rolling near the edge of a drop-off or the tail of a redfish softly breaking the surface of the water as it searches for a crustacean meal. Once you wet a line in this pristine angling paradise for the first time, you’ll understand why people from…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 18, 2014

Debbie

4 Spring Midwestern Fishing Hot Spots

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The snow has melted, the trees are beginning to bud, and the drag on many a fishing reel has started to sing along with the birds. It’s springtime in the Midwest! Two of the best species to target throughout the Midwest during this time of year are largemouth bass and walleye since they start to move into shallower waters in preparation for spawning. While the spawning period for each species and location will vary depending…

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