Posted by: Debbie
January 13, 2014

Debbie

How Do Fish Keep From Freezing During Winter?

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It’s the middle of winter in the Northern United States and temperatures have been consistently below freezing for weeks. A few fishing buddies talked you into a day of ice fishing on the lake, so now you’re sitting in a shanty, sipping on your warm morning coffee and wondering, how in the heck do fish survive all winter long in such chilly water temperatures anyway? There are actually a few factors involved when it comes…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 8, 2014

Tom K.

Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Andy
January 2, 2014

Andy

Intermission

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  There are enough rivers and streams in Western Pennsylvania without ice during the winter that my regular fishing tackle refuses to store completely, preferring instead to stow for brief periods. Here are a few stowing tips: 1. A fishing rod bag or caddy is not only great for travel; it helps keep tackle clean and organized for the next fishing opportunity anywhere. 2. The versatile Loop Ropes serve well as automobile fishing rod holders.…

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Posted by: Andy
December 23, 2013

Andy

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 23, 2013

Tom K.

Learn to Fly Cast

A long time ago, outdoor writers used a variety of ways to explain the principals of fly casting. Some referred to a clock to explain the motion, others relied on a metronome for timing, while still others recommended that a book be placed under a casting arm to create form. A lot has changed since the days of split cane and fiberglass, so here are a few easy techniques to learn the basic pick up…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 18, 2013

Tom K.

The Squirrel Tail

A very long time ago my 6th grade teacher and coach found out I was beginning to fly fish. He pulled me aside and asked if I was interested in learning to tie flies. I was, and throughout the winter he walked me through all the basic techniques of tying dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers. Those eighth period breaks still are some of my favorite classes in school. The first pattern I learned…

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Posted by: Andy
December 17, 2013

Andy

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 11, 2013

Tom K.

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 4, 2013

Tom K.

Finding Spots to Drill a Hole

Folks who don’t ice fish think that there is nothing more to the sport than going out on the ice, drilling a hole, and catching fish. That is certainly one way to go about it, but the odds are high that you’ll be a little shy in the fish catching department. Savvy anglers use a common sense approach that begins long before the ice is thick enough to support a shanty, a vehicle, or a…

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Posted by: Andy
December 3, 2013

Andy

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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