Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 7, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Clever Fishing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Instead of the usual “ho-hum” Valentine’s Day dinner routine, why not plan a fun fishing date instead? In fact, this is the perfect year to come up with some fishing date ideas for Valentine’s Day since the holiday falls on a Sunday. That means you won’t have to limit your Valentine’s Day fishing date to just a few hours. If you’re unsure about how a fishing date would be received by your significant other, don’t…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Catch More Largemouth Bass in the Great Lakes States

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When you’re planning to go fishing for largemouth bass on a new waterway in one of the Great Lakes states, there are a lot of questions that you’ll want to get answered in order to have a successful trip. While you won’t have in-depth knowledge of every waterway in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; you just need to find some good online and offline resources that can…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Bizarre Freshwater Fishing Tactics That Actually Work

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In my opinion, one of the biggest keys to becoming a better angler is keeping an open mind when it comes to new fishing tactics and baits. Sure, you may feel more comfortable sticking with what you know, but trying new techniques and using a variety of different baits can take your freshwater fishing skills to a whole new level. Besides, unexpected fishing opportunities can arise from time to time, so it can help if…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Surprising Ways Free Fishing Days Can Reduce Stress

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While most states offer free fishing days during National Fishing and Boating Week, which takes place annually during first full week of June, don’t forget to check for additional free fishing days that are offered at other times throughout the year. Since fishing provides some fantastic stress-relieving benefits, it’s a missed opportunity not to take advantage of the days when fishing licenses aren’t required to decompress while on the water. Many of the stress-relieving benefits…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 30, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tips for the Perfect #FirstCatch Fishing Photo

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There’s nothing more exciting than watching a new angler reel in a first catch. Of course, it’s also a momentous occasion that must be documented properly. You may only get one chance to capture the perfect #FirstCatch fishing photo, so read through these seven tips to make sure your shots stand out. Incorporate the use of brightly-colored clothing or tackle. You probably remember getting a reminder about not wearing a white shirt on school picture…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 16, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The Lionfish: A Crazy-Looking Saltwater Fish

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If you happen to come across a crazy-looking red or brown striped saltwater fish that has 18 venomous spines and appears to have swam straight out of a National Geographic documentary, your first instinct is probably going to be to swim in the opposite direction… until you learn more about this saltwater fish species and how you can help wildlife officials keep its population numbers in check. Lionfish Invasion Native to the reefs and rocky…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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