Posted by: Andy
June 16, 2014

Andy

How many Followers do you have?

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Sometimes anglers fish too quickly. Beginning anglers may rush because of lack of patience; advanced anglers may rush due to over confidence. If fish don’t hit immediately, or within a perceived strike zone, many anglers race the lure back to cast again. Many species of fish, freshwater or saltwater, will follow a lure or bait before deciding to strike or not. Be alert and give each cast a chance to tell you something. If the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 11, 2014

Tom K.

Fishing is more than a hobby. It’s like joining a fraternity.

  When you become an angler you’re enrolling in an organization that is far larger than you might expect. With some 39 million freshwater conventional anglers, about 12 million saltwater conventional anglers and about 6 million fly rodders you’re enlisting in a group about 47 million strong. Like any big group there are a few bad apples, but there isn’t one strong enough to spoil the whole bunch. During the season you’ll see us in…

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Posted by: Andy
June 10, 2014

Andy

Some like it Hot.

Fish behavior and activity is related greatly to water temperature. In general, fish are less active in cold water. As the temperature increases through the day or season, fish spend more time actively feeding. For example, largemouth bass may be inactive on cool mornings but more energetic in areas when the sun begins warming dark rocks or submerged logs.  There is a limit, though.  Too hot can lead to conditions with less oxygen and can…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 6, 2014

Tom K.

Free Fishing Days pay Big Dividends

  Like you, I’m skeptical when I learn about “free” things but when it comes to the nationwide free fishing days they are no joke. In fact, they routinely pay back anglers in spades. The program’s roots are in encouraging outdoorsy folks to try fishing. If you have never fished before it’s a time to get on the water, give it a try, and see if it sticks. No license fees are required during the…

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Posted by: Andy
June 3, 2014

Andy

Those Hard to Reach Places

Much of fishing success depends on access.  Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation. But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip…

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Posted by: Debbie
June 2, 2014

Debbie

5 People to Take Fishing on a Free Fishing Day

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The old saying that, “nothing in life is free” doesn’t always apply when it comes to fishing. During National Fishing and Boating Week, many states offer license-free fishing days, which are an ideal opportunity for new or beginning anglers to try fishing on public bodies of water without having to buy a fishing license. Even if you already have a fishing license, you can still take someone out who has never been fishing before. Not…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 28, 2014

Tom K.

Boating Basics

A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my trailer tire had a flat.  Not a problem, I thought, for I had everything I needed to fix the flat.  So I put the truck in gear, applied the emergency brake, chocked the tires and got after it.  I’d be splashing at the ramp…

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Posted by: Andy
May 27, 2014

Andy

Bizarre Fish Foods

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There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Andy
May 20, 2014

Andy

Going My Way?

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Location is everything.  Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel.  However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there. For example, in an episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade set his reel to free spool, left his fishing rod in a holder, and paddled a small raft a long distance to drop his baited hook where…

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Posted by: Debbie
May 19, 2014

Debbie

How to Find the Best Freshwater Fishing Spots Near You

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Convenience can be a key factor when it comes to spending more time on the water. It’s pretty simple, if you can find a good fishing spot that is close to home, chances are much greater that you will fish more often and gain more experience. So, aside from driving down every road in town looking for a place to wet your line, how do you find the best fishing spots close to where you…

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