Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The One Fishing Hack You Need to Use on Free Fishing Days

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Any angler who has thrown a 10 to 12-foot cast net over a dozen times in an attempt to capture enough live bait for a day of fishing understands the value of keeping that bait alive for as long as possible. This is especially true if you are planning to fish for multiple days in a row, such as on free fishing days or weekends. On these occasions, keeping your bait alive overnight will save…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 21, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Create Your Great Outdoors Month Playlist Using These Songs

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, it’s the ideal time to create a great new summer playlist using music that fits the outdoor theme. Whether you’re fishing, boating, hiking or camping, having the right music along sure seems to make time spent with friends and family even more memorable. Here are seven songs that are perfect for creating a great outdoors month playlist:     Pontoon, Little Big Town — This catchy song about…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Surprising Ways You Can Help With Fishing Conservation

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You may be surprised to learn that even the simple act of purchasing your fishing license helps to contribute towards fishing conservation efforts. However, purchasing a fishing license is just the first step. There are several other surprising ways you can help with fishing conservation this month, in honor of National Great Outdoors Month, or anytime. Know the current fishing regulations for your state. When you have knowledge of the fishing regulations, you won’t mistakenly…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 8, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Camp FishaPond

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If you have plans to camp this summer, don’t forget the fishing rods. You probably will be camping near some water such as a lake, river, or stream and that means a good opportunity for some fishing fun. And make sure you and your kids don’t overlook that little pond near camp. Here are a few reasons to fish a pond: Ponds are shallower than lakes and thus more productive. They warm quickly in the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 7, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Of The Most Incredible Places To Go Camping And Fishing

Sourdough Mountain Overlook

What could be better than a day of fishing? Well, that would be multiple days of fishing in a row at a prime spot near a campground, of course! With the assistance of state fish and wildlife agencies, Take Me Fishing.org recently named over 250 family-friendly places to go fishing and boating in the country. This list was then voted on by outdoor enthusiasts, and further refined down to the 2015 top 100 places to…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Fish for Bass with “The Frog.”

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This topwater lure is a favorite not only of largemouth bass, but of the bass angler. Because it floats and is basically weedless, it can be worked over and through the heavy vegetation where few other lures dare. The visual hit is extremely addictive and may remind you of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” My son recently put on a show at a nearby lake with many consecutive hits of his frog lure. Here are…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 31, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Fishing Tools to Use on a Free Fishing Day

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Most states are offering free fishing days during National Fishing and Boating Week, which takes place from June 6th through June 14th this year. This means that it’s time to gather a few great fishing tools and resources so that you have the best experience possible on the water. If you’re a beginning angler or are mentoring someone who is new to fishing, below are seven super helpful tools and resources to use in preparation…




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