Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Big Fish Picture

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The number and size of fish caught by anglers are the most popular information. This is called “Catch Per Unit Effort” by fisheries biologists. However in an attempt to grasp the full underwater picture, they will use a range of sampling techniques. Each method has a degree of sampling bias or selectivity for a species or a size, so biologists must consider such factors as: time of day, season, temperature, habitat and turbidity of the…

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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: Debbie Hanson
November 17, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Benefits of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

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Did you know that you are helping to support the Sport Fish Restoration Program when you buy fishing tackle, fishing equipment and boat fuel? It’s true! Every time you shop where there is a Sport Fish Restoration Program logo, you are helping to support conservation efforts. So, get outdoors, do more of what you love (fishing and boating) and help protect our state fisheries at the same time. The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 14, 2014

Debbie Hanson

10 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for Anglers

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Was it the Rudolph sweatshirt complete with flashing light for a nose? Or maybe it was the turtle-shaped Chia Pet? Jelly of the month club membership? My guess is that you’ve probably received at least one holiday gift that made you cringe a little when you opened it. So, to all of you who have an angler on your holiday gift list, please pay attention! Avoid becoming a “less than great” gift-giver by checking out…

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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
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 3, 2014

Debbie Hanson

6 Catch and Release Fishing Tools You Should be Using

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You may have heard the popular saying, “let ‘em go and let ‘em grow” as it pertains to releasing your catch. Catch and release fishing, including the knowledge of how to properly use catch and release tools, contributes to the conservation of our nation’s fisheries by helping to sustain fish populations. While “letting ‘em grow” may be one reason you choose to release a fish, there can be other reasons too. Your fish may not…

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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: Debbie Hanson
October 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Camping and Fishing Can Be More Refreshing Than a Hotel Stay

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It may have happened to you once or twice, but you won’t let it happen again. Yep, you know what I’m talking about… those days of yore when you would plan a family vacation, only to come back feeling like you needed a second vacation to rest and recover from your “vacation.” For many, there are times when hustling and bustling suits their circumstances or likings given busy work or social schedules. However, if you…

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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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