Posted by: Debbie
April 1, 2014

Debbie

9 Weird Fishing Terms and What They Mean

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You finally booked your first offshore charter fishing trip. Admittedly, you’re a little nervous and uncertain of what to expect, but are open to learning more about angling as well as the terminology that goes along with it. As you and your friends watch the mate rig the lines, he turns asks to you and asks, “So, have you ever tossed a live ballyhoo into the pelagic zone and experienced a bad backlash?” The puzzled…

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Posted by: Andy
March 27, 2014

Andy

Icy Fishing

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We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 22, 2014

Debbie

Reasons to Take a Fishing Trip to the Ten Thousand Islands

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As the sun rises over the expansive mangrove forests and back country tidal flats of the Ten Thousand Islands, you might see the glistening silver back of a tarpon rolling near the edge of a drop-off or the tail of a redfish softly breaking the surface of the water as it searches for a crustacean meal. Once you wet a line in this pristine angling paradise for the first time, you’ll understand why people from…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 18, 2014

Debbie

4 Spring Midwestern Fishing Hot Spots

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The snow has melted, the trees are beginning to bud, and the drag on many a fishing reel has started to sing along with the birds. It’s springtime in the Midwest! Two of the best species to target throughout the Midwest during this time of year are largemouth bass and walleye since they start to move into shallower waters in preparation for spawning. While the spawning period for each species and location will vary depending…

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Posted by: Andy
March 18, 2014

Andy

(Blank)masters

The bass ranks among the most popular freshwater fish in the United States.  There are several species in the black bass family but largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass attract the most attention especially by the half a million members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. But what if there weren’t any bass?  What fish would bass anglers be chasing then? With its proportionally large mouth and aggressiveness, the green sunfish might be a candidate,…

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Posted by: Andy
March 11, 2014

Andy

Stalking the Stockings

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It is almost that time of year again in Pennsylvania. Beginning about the second week of March, trout from PA state hatcheries will be dispersed to 700 streams and 100 lakes around the state. Thousands of miles of streams receive an exciting boost with almost 4 million brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Stocking from fish hatcheries helps provide fishing opportunities for thousands of anglers. Many of the water recipients are small streams which are not…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 6, 2014

Debbie

5 Saltwater Fish You Don’t Want to Catch

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Sharp teeth, stinging barbs and odd croaking sounds are just a few of the reasons why anglers aren’t fond of catching certain saltwater fish species. Most of us hope that if we’re fishing inshore and we see our rod tip go down, that there’s a nice 27 inch redfish or 31 inch snook on the other end of the line. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If you’ve been fishing long enough, you’ve probably experienced…

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Posted by: Andy
March 3, 2014

Andy

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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Posted by: Andy
February 25, 2014

Andy

A Rocking Classic

Randy Howell 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champ with his game face on.

The epic, 3-day 2014 Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament completed this weekend in Alabama. This “Super Bowl” of bass fishing was a battle of 56 anglers competing for the prestigious title.  Simply qualifying to compete in this event is a huge success. I drove over 12 hours to attend my 4th Classic and soaked up as much bass fishing info as possible, even interviewing former Bassmaster Classic Champion, Chris Lane, about fishing with his kids. By…

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Posted by: Debbie
February 24, 2014

Debbie

4 of the Strangest-Looking Fishing Rigs

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There are some fishing rigs and lures that might appear just plain odd to the average observer. With multiple hooks, strange configurations or unusual colors, it’s not uncommon for people to look at these rigs and start scratching their heads while thinking, “how in the heck do these things actually catch fish anyway?” Just remember not to judge a rig or lure based on appearance alone. There can be a difference between “angler baits” that…

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