Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

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The presence of steelhead trout in or around Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie tributaries now has anglers out in droves. The size of the run so far this year seems to be well below expected and there are times when it appears there are more anglers than fish. Here are a few fishing etiquette rules so everyone can “get along” under such high pressure conditions. Fish “Off” times. Avoid weekends, if possible. Monitor hunting seasons.   “Opening Day” of…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 15, 2015

Debbie Hanson

What’s Biting On Florida Free Fishing Days?

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With winter weather on the way, you may find yourself wondering what you could be catching on any upcoming Florida free fishing days. You know, that state with the palm trees where you don’t need a down jacket, gloves, and earmuffs. Yep, that’s the one. If you are thinking about planning a trip to the Sunshine State, you may find it helpful to know that Saturday, November 28th is a saltwater free fishing day in…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catch and Release: On Your Terms

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Many anglers like to harvest fish for dinner every now and then. Regulations for selective harvest may even be beneficial for the management of a fishery, by reducing the number of stunted fish, for example. But, the practice of “catch and release” is tremendously important. As author Lee Wulff wrote, “… fish are too valuable to be caught only once.” Unintended Catch and Release However, the first part of this sustainable fishing method is the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Etiquette: 6 Unspoken Rules

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Hitting the water should be fun and relaxing, and fishing etiquette keeps stress levels down and enjoyment up at your favorite local fishing spots.  Here are 6 unspoken rules that will help to remove the heartburn that comes from arguments. Don’t Crowd other Anglers.  Leave ample room between you and fellow anglers either when wading or boating.  Fishing cheek-to-cheek usually results in tangled lines and creates a lot of unnecessary stress.  There isn’t a rule…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Improve Fish Hook Safety When Using Multi Hook Rigs

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Depending on the regulations in your state, you may be able to fish with rigs that have multiple hooks. Under the right conditions this can be a great way to catch fish. But more hooks mean more chances of snagging your sweatshirt, life jacket, another rod, etc. Here are a few species of fish that can be caught with multiple hook rigs, and some fish hook safety tips on how to store and transport these…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 25, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Fishing First Aid Kit Essentials

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By applying safe boating and fishing practices, you can prevent most injuries while enjoying your time on the water without incident. However, the unexpected can happen, so it’s best to be prepared by making sure that you have a properly stocked fishing first aid kit on all your trips. Preparing a fishing first aid kit is easy. You can simply purchase a standard first aid kit at your local pharmacy, and then add items that…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 7, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Injuries Requiring a Fishing First Aid Kit

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Most of us never need a fishing first aid kit, but when we do it’s usually for good reason.  Normal ailments like sunburn, dehydration, nausea or sea sickness are relatively easy to overcome with aloe, water, and Dramamine. Still, accidents can happen, and here are five common accidents that require a fishing first aid kit. Fish Hook in the body.  Let’s hope that you are fishing with barbless hooks, because they’re easy to extract.  Place a…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Safety Tips: Selecting Clothes

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Fall is a great time to go fishing and boating. The fish are biting, temperatures are cooler, and the fall foliage show, well underway in many parts of the country, makes a spectacular backdrop. Here are some reasons why you need to select the right clothes for fishing safety during this transitional season: Sun. Though maybe not quite as intense, the sun still deserves a healthy dose of respect. A full day on or near…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Freshwater Fishing Lures for the Entire Water Column

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Sometimes I am asked, “Do you really need all these lures?”And my answer is always an emphatic, “maybe!” There is no one freshwater fishing lure that will do everything. In addition to variations in colors and actions, there is depth to consider. With changes in depth, other factors will fluctuate such as light, temperature, and oxygen concentration. And these factors all influence fish feeding behavior. Thermocline Determines Best Freshwater Fishing Lures Water stratifies sometimes, which…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 27, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Fall Fishing Tips for Largemouth Bass by Region

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With the change in seasons comes the need to change up your fishing strategy. Fall fishing can be fantastic if you make some adjustments to your technique as well as the spots you cover. One general fall bass fishing tip is to pick up the speed of your retrieve — keeping in mind that most largemouth bass will be more inclined to chase lures and expend additional energy as water temperatures cool following the hot…




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