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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Whatever It Takes

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I love to take my daughter fishing. But she only likes to go… sometimes. She has both spincast and spinning reels, which she can cast accurately. Already, she is confident landing and handling several fish species.  And she loves to be near water. But, fishing is just not her thing. Yet. So, when she does decide to go fishing with us, I do what I can to keep it fun for her: If she wants…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 29, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Garden Harvest

This time of year, most gardens are producing plenty of vegetables and flowers. Though gardens require work to maintain, the tasty results are well worth the trouble. Whether the garden is a small urban raised bed or a larger rural roto-tilled plot, insects will find and feast on the garden too.  Some of the insects are pests that can be great bait. Collecting these in a coffee can with a hole-punched lid not only helps…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

UCAST

I don’t know if he fishes but last week, I followed the approximate path of Lebron James’ moving truck and drove 1066 miles to attend  ICAST in Orlando, Florida. It is the “world’s largest sport fishing trade show.”  The 11,000 plus attendees were “industry only,” so I felt fortunate to peek at some of the new, innovative recreational fishing products that will start appearing in stores. There was some overlap from companies that exhibited at…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Places to Boat and Fish

Remember how the digital world was positioned as a way to make life easier and more efficient?  In some ways it hasn’t but in other ways it certainly has been wildly successful.  A lot of fishing sites are a great example, with finding a spot to go boating or fishing being an important one. Back in the day I would learn about spots from magazine articles.  The articles were helpful and informative, and they’d talk…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 21, 2014

5 Fishing Gear Tips for Urban Anglers

Chicago has Lake Michigan, Detroit has the Detroit River, New York has Central Park, and San Francisco has San Francisco Bay. You may think that there aren’t many places to fish in an urban environment; however, these big city examples should encourage you to think again. While urban spots experience more pressure and will require you to pare down the amount of gear due to transport constraints, you can still have a great time while…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 15, 2014

4 Family-Friendly Spots for Lunker Largemouth Bass

It has been said that people often give nicknames to those they care about most. This would explain why one of America’s favorite freshwater game fish, the largemouth bass, is affectionately known by a number of different monikers such as bucketmouth, bigmouth, widemouth or lunker. Many anglers get hooked on bass fishing at a young age since largemouth bass are an accessible species that is widely distributed across the United States. In fact, largemouth bass…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Love

The common carp is so widely distributed we often forget it is a non-native species. Good luck finding a lake or river without these bottom-dwelling fish wallowing it. In many bodies of water, carp make up a majority of the fish biomass. Though highly-prized in their native Europe, the common carp makes many anglers in the U.S. grumpy. Research has shown carp to be detrimental to native fish populations and even waterfowl and game by…

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