Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Constant Contact: 5 Great Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

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One of the most effective ways to catch fish is to use natural bait. And one of the best ways to release fish caught with bait is to keep in constant contact with that bait. Undetected hits can lead to deep hook removals, thus reducing the chances of watching fish swim away unharmed to catch another day. Here are the 5 tips for Catch and Release Fishing with bait: Choose the right hook shape and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 20, 2014

Debbie Hanson

How to Save Time With Ready to Use Fishing Gear

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So, there you are… standing on the shore with your fishing rod in hand, poised and ready to cast your shiny new silver spoon into the water at a chunky bass you just spotted near a log. You cast at him, and cast at him, and cast at him. He wants nothing to do with your lure, gets tired of the harassment and decides to swim off towards the other end of the lake. Ugh!…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Cut It Out.

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Fishing is a great stress reliever. But it also causes stress: on your fishing line. This then, could lead to creating stress for the angler when the line breaks. Here are 3 ways to uses your senses to detect if the fishing line has been damaged and is weak. 1) Feel. Let the line slide between thumb and finger. Is it smooth or rough? If you are casting around rocks, check the line constantly and…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 22, 2014

Debbie Hanson

One of the Easiest and Healthiest Fresh Fish Recipes Ever

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If you’ve been looking for tips on how to cook fresh fish in the healthiest way possible, look no further. One of the easiest, tastiest and healthiest ways to prepare fish is by allowing the filets to steam inside of a banana leaf. Banana leaves create perfect natural “cooking pouches” that help to seal in the flavors and moisture of the fish (without the need for oil or butter) and can be found at most…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

It’s All Good

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When my wife’s 105 year old “Uncle” learned that she was accepted to graduate school at Iowa State University in the field of Fisheries, he shared these words of wisdom: “I prefer McDonald’s fish sandwich over Burger King’s fish sandwich. I think it’s the bun.” When people learn that I am a fisherman, they often ask what my favorite fish to eat is.  Although I mainly practice catch and release, I like to eat fish…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 15, 2014

Tom Keer

How to Increase your Kids’ Creativity in 30 Easy Casts

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I enjoyed school.  True, I enjoyed some subjects more than others, but I didn’t enjoy the stress associated with learning.  Getting good grades was always on my mind, and I got pretty stressed out.  When my grades were bad I’d spend more time in the library, I would get extra help, and I would study with my friends.  My approach back then was to work harder. In one class, nothing I tried worked.  When mid…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 4, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Do the Perfect Cast

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Goofy’s perfect cast is one of the most memorable and talked about moments from A Goofy Movie. Goofy, the avid angler, teaches his son Max “the perfect cast” in preparation for their fishing trip at Lake Destiny. In addition to being, well, perfect, this cast saves Goofy’s life AND is hip enough to impress Powerline at the end of the film. In tribute to this—the most magical animated cast technique ever—learn to do the perfect…

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