Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 4, 2015

Debbie Hanson

12 Pieces of Essential Ice Fishing Safety Gear

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Winter has officially arrived and hard water anglers across the Northern states are bringing the ice augers out of storage. If you have plans to bundle up and join them for ice fishing season, now is the perfect time to run through this checklist of essential ice fishing safety gear. Life jacket. You wouldn’t want to leave the dock without a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) in the summer months, and winter should be…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Tips to Catch ‘Em Up

Jesse A. Wellen knows how to find fish!

Photo Credit: Jesse A. Wellen Learning how to ice fish isn’t as difficult as you might think.  It is a simple, fun sport.  Those of us far north of the Mason-Dixon line see the mercury in our thermometers drop and take the opportunity to bundle up and hit the ice.  Here are some tips and a gear list of ice fishing equipment to help enhance your next ice fishing trip. Ice Thickness:   Before you go…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Custom Hot Rods

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The holiday festivities are over and hopefully you received some fishing related gifts. My kids received a selection of fishing lures and I got some new line. I also know a few lucky anglers found a custom fishing rod under or maybe leaning against their Christmas tree. What is a custom rod anyway? Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods explained that he starts with a rod “blank.” This is just the bare, plain rod, with…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Fishing New Year’s Resolutions To Make Now

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If you are like me, you are probably wondering how it can possibly be that another year has come and gone so quickly. As you reflect back over the last 365 days, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions and make a few fishing New Year’s resolutions. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped over the past 365 days? If not, why? If you did,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

4 Fishing Tips and Tricks for Fishing Slower in Cold Water

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Cold water means a lower metabolism for fish. This does not mean they won’t bite, but some changes in technique are in order, such as learning to fish slower. One great cold water bass lure is the jerkbait. Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, casts this lipped, suspending lure all winter. He reels to get some depth, twitches it a couple of times, then gives it a pause. Sometimes this period of inactivity…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 19, 2014

Debbie Hanson

4 Unexpected Gifts You Receive From Teaching Fishing

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This time of year, the types of gifts you are likely to think about most are the ones that come wrapped in decorative paper and are tied up with a bow. However, when it comes to teaching fishing to a beginner and sharing your love of the sport with others, there are a few intangible gifts you are likely to receive. Here are four unexpected gifts you may receive from teaching fishing to others: Patience.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

Tom Keer

Learning from Family and Friends

There is more to being a mentor than catching fish.

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Tipping Point

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Unfortunately, fishing rods break. Fishing rod tips are no match for untimely encounters with pickup truck tailgates, trunk lids, car doors, or feet. Then what? Chuck it and buy a new one? With a little patience, sometimes the rod can be fixed by replacing the tip with the aid of a repair kit. As my rod collection breaks down through the year, snapped rods get set aside for a cold or stormy, non-fishing day when…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 14, 2014

Debbie Hanson

3 Surprising Reasons Why Fishing is Cool, Pass it On!

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There are plenty of obvious reasons why fishing just might be one of the coolest outdoor activities… there are the feelings of accomplishment that come with mastering new techniques, learning new fishing tips, uninterrupted time spent with family or friends, the thrill of reeling in a nice catch, and the stunning sunset views on the water. However, there are also some less obvious or somewhat surprising reasons why fishing is cool. So, do me a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

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 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…

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