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

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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Need More Structure in Your Life?

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Fishing is one of the life’s greatest stress releases. And one of the best ways to catch a fish is to cast near aquatic structure. Sometimes this structure is visible above water such as stumps or boulders. Other times, it is located with the aid of electronic depth finders.  Or maybe you find structure the old fashioned way, by accidentally snagging it. Many Oklahoma lakes mark submerged brush piles with buoys to help curb this.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 2, 2014

4 Unbelievable Ways Fishing Can Help You Get Fit

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For those who think fishing is a passive sport that doesn’t involve much beyond baiting a hook and making a cast, you may want to think again. Fishing is exercise and can help you build strength in a number of different ways. Keep in mind that any time you are on a boat, your muscles are continually working against the waves to stabilize your body. Here are four additional ways fishing can help you get…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 26, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“What‘s Your Favorite Color?”

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New crayons were one of my favorite back to school supplies. But, I’ll venture to say that even the mega pack of colored pencils doesn’t have the range of colors of fishing lures. This common child conversation starter is difficult for me to answer, perhaps because I fish. It wasn’t that long ago that lures were packaged as simply “purple” or “silver and black.”  However due to the innovative nature of anglers and lure manufacturers,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 19, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Urban Catfish

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Catfish are one of the most popular sport fish.  Anyone with a chunk of bait on the bottom has a chance to experience the strength of these brutes. For several consecutive weekends in the in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area anglers have competed for fish with whiskers. Recently the First Annual Field & Stream Catfish Classic was won by Team “Nite Shift.” They beat 35 boats with teams of two as well as shoreline competitors.  However, winning…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 12, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Does Not Play Well With Others”

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Soft plastics come in a staggering selection of colors, scents, shapes, and sizes. They also vary in composition. I have several dozen packages in my tackle bags. In an attempt to increase angling efficiency and make some more luggage room for a much needed vacation, I consolidated some of these packages into a “river” bag, and a “lake” bag. A few weeks later, I discovered that some soft plastics had seemingly melted together, and I…

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