Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Things Anglers Should Never Do On a Fishing Trip

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Ever been on a fishing trip with a friend, and then see your friend start to shake his or her head at someone fishing in the same general area? If you are a new or beginning angler, you may have had to ask your fishing buddy what exactly that person did to elicit a “SMH” response. As for the answer, I’m guessing that it had something to do with someone not following ethical angling practices.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 6, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Deep Thoughts: A Great Place to Fish may be Deeper.

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In an attempt to better understand a fishery, I try to relate some common heights of things above water and apply this information to the habitat below water. For example on my local waters, any fish caught below the height of a basketball goal (10 feet) is considered “deep.” “Shallow” can be about the height of a kids’ juice box, (a few inches) but generally less than a table top (3 feet). Many largemouth bass…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tricks to Try On a Fishing Trip When The Fish Won’t Bite

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You have the entire family together, you’ve gone through your checklist of tackle, fueled up the boat, and made your way out to your favorite fishing hole. You have high hopes for a successful fishing trip, but when an hour goes by without a single bite, you begin to realize that you’re going to have to pull a few fishing tricks out of your sleeve pretty quickly before everyone starts to get impatient. If you’re…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The One Fishing Hack You Need to Use on Free Fishing Days

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Any angler who has thrown a 10 to 12-foot cast net over a dozen times in an attempt to capture enough live bait for a day of fishing understands the value of keeping that bait alive for as long as possible. This is especially true if you are planning to fish for multiple days in a row, such as on free fishing days or weekends. On these occasions, keeping your bait alive overnight will save…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 24, 2015

Tom Keer

How to catch fish by reading the water

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  One of the most important angling skills is learning how to catch fish by reading the water.  Finding the fish is paramount to catching them, and know this; fish are opportunistic, which means that they want to take in more calories than they burn up.  If you can find ’em you can catch ’em, so look for them in some of these areas.       Streams and Rivers: Behind or above structure.  Rocks…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 21, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Create Your Great Outdoors Month Playlist Using These Songs

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, it’s the ideal time to create a great new summer playlist using music that fits the outdoor theme. Whether you’re fishing, boating, hiking or camping, having the right music along sure seems to make time spent with friends and family even more memorable. Here are seven songs that are perfect for creating a great outdoors month playlist:     Pontoon, Little Big Town — This catchy song about…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 17, 2015

Tom Keer

How to filet a fish

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    Now that you’ve got a corker of a fish in the boat it’s time to think about how to filet a fish.  Here are some tips for making the job easy.  Get the cleaning done and get the party started!       Tools: A sharp filet knife.  A dull knife will have you cussin’ and spittin’ in no time flat.  Your filet knife should be sharp so that you can slice instead…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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