Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 21, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tool: The Cargo Pocket

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There are a wide range of designs of tackleboxes on the market, both hard and soft, with specialized compartments for fishing lures, bobbers, and rigs for each size and shape. But on most of my fishing trips, the containers I’m most grateful for are the ones located about mid thigh on each leg of my pants. And cargo pockets prove that not just any pocket will do. Standard pockets on jeans, for example will be…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Wondering Which Traditional Fishing Floats To Use?

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Traditional fishing floats, or bobbers as they are often called, help keep your bait in the most productive section of the water column when fishing. Floats or bobbers are particularly helpful when you are targeting fish species that tend to suspend in schools. While there are many different types of traditional fishing floats you can use, I’ll run through four of the most common types and give you an idea on when it would make…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tackle: the Snap & Swivel

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A popular piece of traditional fishing tackle is a small unit of metal hardware consisting of a barrel swivel connected to a small wire clip, or the “snap.” Elite Bassmaster angler, Greg Hackney remembers always using snap swivels in his youth but you probably won’t find them used by most tournament anglers. Although handy, they are not for every fishing situation. Snap Swivel Advantages        1. Allows for a quick lure change without tying another…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 9, 2015

Tom Keer

Unique Fishing Gifts for the Holidays

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I used to think that finding unique fishing gifts was difficult.  After many years noodling around ideas it dawned on me: it isn’t that hard.  Here are four ideas to think about this holiday season. Hand-tied flies.  If you’re a fly rodder, the odds of finding standard patterns is pretty easy.  A hand-tied fly that matches the hatch is worth its weight in gold.  Tying flies is fun, it costs more time than money, and…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 7, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Unique Gift Ideas for Dad

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When looking for gifts ideas for Dad, it may be helpful to keep in mind that great gifts don’t always arrive in wrapped packages and it is better to give than receive. Here are three examples of unique gift ideas for Dad. Good fishing tackle, for the kids. True, this may seem like yet another gift for the kids, but in the long run, Dad will benefit. Not that there is anything wrong with that…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 6, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Non-Traditional Holiday Fishing Gift Ideas

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If you’re looking for a few non-traditional fishing gift ideas this year, I can completely understand why. In an article published by Fast Company, Dr. Thomas Gilovich (psychology professor at Cornell University) suggests that people find more happiness by spending money on experiences like outdoor activities or traveling versus material possessions. Since experiences tend to make people happier, give the gift of an experience to someone who loves fishing and boating this holiday season. Check…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 2, 2015

Tom Keer

Holiday Fishing Gifts for Your Favorite Angler

New rods and reels make for perfect holiday fishing gifts.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the year and with luck, some of it includes fishing gifts.  Here are three categories of holiday fishing gifts that should make shopping a breeze. New Products: Next year’s new rods, reels, waders, lures and other gear usually hit the retail shelves at this time of year.  Be solutions oriented and solve problems.  If you’ve heard your spouse, sibling, or buddy complain about his…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Floats: The Bobber

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Besides the most critical component, the hook, there is no more traditional piece of fishing tackle than the bobber. Sometimes called a “float,” it is helpful for holding bait at an exact depth and a great way to detect fish biting activity. The classic round, red and white model occupies every kid’s tackle box but bobbers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here’s why different bobber types are useful: Detection: In general, the traditional…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 29, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Golden Fishing Rules You Should Never Break

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Almost every beginning angler has unknowingly broken one or two golden fishing rules while learning about the sport. While mistakes are one of the ways you learn, you don’t want to make the same mistakes twice. As you evolve as an angler, you will reflect back on your first few fishing trips and realize that you probably could have avoided a few cold stares or harsh lectures from fellow anglers by being more mindful of…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 18, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing Tips: Proper Release

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Sustainable fishing isn’t just about fisheries management; it’s also about properly releasing your fish so they don’t go belly up.  Here are 5 ways to properly release a fish so you can catch them another day. Rock fish back and forth.  A hooked fish doesn’t know you’re going to throw them back, so they fight for their lives.  When they do, they build up lactic acid.  To properly revive a fish, wet your hands before…




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