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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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 10, 2014

Tom Keer

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

City Bites

When I travel I always keep my eyes open for fishing opportunities.  Even in urban areas. If there is water, there is a fishing opportunity. For urban fishing, I usually start targeting “tougher” fish such as carp and catfish.  But watch the locals. There may be some other fishing opportunities closer than you think. Here are just a few urban fishing areas: ● Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Arkansas River skirts downtown Tulsa. A popular fish location…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Bat Belt

For those stormy days when you can’t go fishing or boating, it is the summer movie “blockbuster” season.  Maybe there is a new superhero movie.  I understand another Batman movie in production. Batman differs from most superheroes in that he often relies on his “wonderful toys,” as the Joker once said. Some of these gadgets are kept on his utility belt. With all of the tools that can be clipped to a belt, this fisherman…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 30, 2014

5 Simple Reasons You Aren’t Catching Fish

Every angler has experienced at least one crummy day of fishing that they would rather just forget. As much as no one wants to admit it, most of us have come home (GASP!) skunked at one time or another. It happens. However, if your landing net actually has cobwebs in it or if you have absolutely no clue what “bass thumb” means, you should probably read on. Here are five simple reasons you aren’t catching…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2014

Tom Keer

It’s hard to beat a marina in the summer

Over the winter, a friend and I tried to outdo each other with the weather.  It was a perfect back and forth for on a Monday we got a foot of snow, on Tuesday he got a foot of snow, and on Wednesday I got a foot of snow.  It was a race to the bottom and by April you could have stuck a fork in us, we were done. During one of those talks…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 24, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Camp BaitaHook

The National Wildlife Federation is having a Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014. Camping means roughing it, at least a little bit, getting a little more up-close and personal with nature. And because great camping spots often are in close proximity with water, this can be a golden time for some fishing. Did you forget the bait? There may be some fish tempting morsels closer than you think. ● Hotdogs.  Did one “accidentally”…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 16, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How many Followers do you have?

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 Keer
June 11, 2014

Tom Keer

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 Whitcomb
June 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

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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