Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

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  In case you missed it, last weekend was a really big deal in the world of professional fishing tournaments. Fifty five anglers qualified to compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, this time held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Unable to attend this year, I enjoyed the coverage on the internet from the warmth of my office. This year in South Carolina, anglers were greeted to single digit temperatures which created problems beyond frost…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 23, 2015

Debbie Hanson

6 Fishing Secrets Passed Down from the Pros

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Secrets… it seems that every angler I know has a ton of them. Whether we are talking about secret spots, secret techniques or secret baits, it’s usually easier to find a needle in a haystack than it is to pry any secret fishing tips out of most fisherfolks. However, if experienced anglers never shared any fishing tips, it sure would make it harder for beginners or less experienced anglers to learn and improve. Thankfully, there…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing Exposed.

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The amount of ice fishing gear depends on your location, weather conditions, and how much you want to be on the ice. For my early ice fishing adventures, I would take only the gear and supplies that would fit in a 5 gallon bucket, and which then would double as a seat. Even though dressed warmly, my fishing days were limited to “nice” weather, with minimal wind. Plus when fishing this exposed, everyone on the…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Fundamental Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

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Fly fishing isn’t just for anglers who live near winding mountain streams or steady flowing rivers and want to catch trout on a nymph. You can also fly cast off of the shoreline in Florida for snook or off the banks of a lake in North Carolina for smallmouth bass. If you’ve been fishing with spinning or bait-casting gear for years, fly fishing is a great way to challenge yourself, learn new skills, and expand…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tournaments: Get your Game On

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Photo Courtesy FLW Outdoors Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve.  It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits. Tournaments have various categories.  Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level.  In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key.  Decision making is also…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
February 10, 2015

Innovative Ice Fishing Tools to Enhance Your Adventure

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Ice fishing is a fun outdoor activity, and with the aid of advanced “tools of the trade” can result in a successful catch. But before venturing out, make sure to do your homework. Having a good contour map will help you to find depth changes and drop offs that might hold fish. Check online for contour maps, and print out a map of the lake you plan to fish. Then stop by at a local…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Fishing Tournaments

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Many avid anglers who are passionate about fishing decide to take that passion to the next level by becoming involved in competitive fishing tournaments. After all, tournaments are a whole new way to challenge yourself and test your fishing skills given the fact that you are fishing against the clock. Just keep in mind that there will be a set of rules you’ll need to follow which will vary depending on each specific tournament you…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing for Striped Marlin

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How are you handling the winter so far? Are you having fun ice fishing? If you want to take a break from shoveling the driveway and fly to a more tropical location, the striped marlin may be biting. For example: it is 80 degrees in Hawaii now, and striped marlin season peaks in January, February, and March. Sounds like a great excuse to charter a boat out of the Kona harbor on the Big Island.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

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Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, casting small spinner baits, and even on my fly rod but mostly while fishing for other species. When the water gets cold enough to stand on safely, many anglers start thinking about targeting…

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