Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Fishing Report

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I follow fishing reports not just from local sources, but also around the country. When I travel, I am going to go fishing while I’m there. That is just understood. And there are many suppliers of current fishing information, from the outdoor section of local newspapers to the Take Me Fishing web site state reports resource. States even may offer to send electronic weekly fishing reports. For example, I receive reports from Michigan and Oklahoma,…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Where to Buy Fishing License: 8 Facts You Should Know

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I remember a time, not all that long ago I might add, when one of the only places you could get your fishing license was at the local tackle shop. My goodness, how things have changed! As much as some people I know like to moan and groan about technological advances, there are some great benefits that we get to enjoy as a result of modern conveniences. This is especially true when we’re talking about…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 9, 2015

Tom Keer

The Saltwater Fishing License

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No one bats an eye about a freshwater fishing license, but in recent time more coastal states have added saltwater fishing licenses to the mix.  They’re new to most states, so here are answers to 4 commonly asked questions.         Who needs a saltwater license? Like their freshwater counterpart, anglers 16 years or older are required to hold a saltwater license.  Most states have rules that don’t charge disabled people or anglers…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Can You Imagine Life Without a Fishing License?

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Every year when I get ready to renew my Florida fishing license, I can’t help but think about what my life would be like without having one. Such a bummer thought, I know… although it really does remind me about the many reasons why I should feel grateful for all of the amazing memories I’ve made over the years with family and friends while on the water. Here are a few ways that life might…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 1, 2015

Tom Keer

Five reasons you need a fishing license

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I told my teenage kids that the fishing season was approaching and we needed to get their fishing licenses purchased.  One of their friends asked if he could come along. “Sure thing,” I said.  “Do you have a fishing license?” “No,” he said.  “Why do I need one?  When my dad bought our boat he didn’t need a license to drive it.  So if you don’t need a license to run a boat…why do you…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

E-fish-iency

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When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish– soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, and how to retrieve. Then I do something completely different. Even when fishing with more experienced anglers, I rarely throw the same lure, or retrieve it in the same manner. Through the process…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 29, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Super Cool Secrets About Fish Stocking

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Fish populations are managed in a number of ways, but one of the most important ways is through federal or state-initiated fish stocking efforts. Fish stocking uses hatchery-reared fish to enhance existing fisheries and build populations of certain species within particular bodies of water. Here are five super cool secrets about fish stocking efforts that you may not know: Certain states offer opportunities for private ponds and lakes to be stocked if an application is…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Stocking Fish: Should Waters Be Stocked with Non-Native Species?

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  Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883.  After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system.  They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year. If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching…




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