Posted by: Tom Keer
August 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Tomorrow’s Anglers

Let's Go Fishing

  I believe it was Roderick Haig-Brown’s Seasons of an Angler that spelled out the phases that anglers experience across their life.  A loose paraphrase of his work charts out five stages that go about like this: Phase 1: All the angler wants to do is to catch a fish.  The bar is low, any fish will do. Phase 2: Once the skunk is out of the boat, an angler wants to catch a lot…

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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: Debbie Hanson
August 18, 2014

4 Reasons Why There are More Women Fishing

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The numbers of women fishing have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Based on recent research, we now know that 34% of all fishing participants in the U.S. are female. Why do you think lady anglers are taking to the water in record numbers these days? Being an avid female angler myself, I have a few ideas. Here are four potential reasons why there are more women fishing than ever before: Fishing and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 14, 2014

Tom Keer

Who is Today’s Angler?

Ready to hit the water

From looking at participation numbers, I’m on the bandwagon to get more folks out fishing, and to figure out where we’re at I read a lot of research done by some very smart folks.  I just finished a report conducted by Take Me Fishing and the Outdoor Foundation, and I learned some interesting facts that I didn’t know.  Here is a link to the study and here are a few interesting statistics with my take…

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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: Tom Keer
August 7, 2014

Tom Keer

Family Fishing

Kids

  Although the first video games were invented in 1948, the first ones I remember seeing were Asteroids and Space Invaders in a pizza parlor in the late 1970’s.  My pals and I stopped by to get a couple of slices after football practice and there was a line out the door.  We were pleased to see that the line wasn’t for food, but that line for the video game represented its own set of…

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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: Tom Keer
July 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Beat the Heat

I spoke with my friend Dave Dayton last week and he was all jacked up.  He and his son fished for two mornings at Honey Lake Plantation in Northern Florida, right on the Florida/Georgia Line (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  So how was the fishing, Dave? “Epic,” he said.  “We had non-stop catching for three hours, with largemouth bass, tiger bass, and bream on the feed.  We lost count of the numbers, but it was a…

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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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