Posted by: Andy
April 15, 2014

Andy

PIKE!

Though officially called “northern pike,” cool water anglers on familiar terms with this fish frequently refer to them as simply, “northerns.” However, there are no “southern” pike, so I prefer just “PIKE!” with all caps and the exclamation point that these toothy, ferocious fish deserve. It is the impressive set of teeth that force you to play by their rules. They commonly cut standard fishing line so wire leaders are recommended. Teeth also mean that…

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Posted by: Andy
April 8, 2014

Andy

Read the Signs

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Successful anglers are puzzle solvers. They take cues from nature for lure selection, such as fly fishermen “matching the hatch” during an aquatic insect emergence. For locating fish many anglers watch for bird activity, such as seagulls feeding on large baitfish schools. But anglers also have to pay attention to any actually printed, posted signs. Stapled to every 10th roadside tree is the Pennsylvania state flower, the yellow “Posted, Private Property” sign.  Closer inspection around…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 7, 2014

Debbie

Questions to Ask Before Fishing Unfamiliar Waterways

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Sometimes anglers get a bit overzealous in the quest for a trophy catch or food for the dinner table. We don’t always “stop for a break, before we take” like we should. Most of the time this has nothing to do with anyone meaning any harm, but rather comes from a lack of information. This is especially true when anglers leave their home waters to take a destination fishing trip. Here’s a good example: In…

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Posted by: Andy
April 1, 2014

Andy

Trout Scout

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has begun stocking  trout in streams around Pennsylvania.  Even though the trout season doesn’t start until April 12th for my neck of the woods, to increase chances of success, it is worthwhile to scout these streams. If you are in the same boat, and want to get a head start compared to other anglers, here are a few tips to scouting and viewing fish in streams: 1) Polarized glasses…

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Posted by: Andy
March 27, 2014

Andy

Icy Fishing

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We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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Posted by: Debbie
March 18, 2014

Debbie

4 Spring Midwestern Fishing Hot Spots

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The snow has melted, the trees are beginning to bud, and the drag on many a fishing reel has started to sing along with the birds. It’s springtime in the Midwest! Two of the best species to target throughout the Midwest during this time of year are largemouth bass and walleye since they start to move into shallower waters in preparation for spawning. While the spawning period for each species and location will vary depending…

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Posted by: Andy
March 18, 2014

Andy

(Blank)masters

The bass ranks among the most popular freshwater fish in the United States.  There are several species in the black bass family but largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass attract the most attention especially by the half a million members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. But what if there weren’t any bass?  What fish would bass anglers be chasing then? With its proportionally large mouth and aggressiveness, the green sunfish might be a candidate,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 18, 2014

Tom K.

Happy Birthday Rubber Worm!

  This year, one of our go-to lures of all times celebrates its 65th birthday.  Since the day the rubber worm jumped on to the scene it has been a staple among recreational and competitive anglers.  As time passed, the rubber worm showed no sign of retiring and instead has created a soft plastic revolution that expands every year.  The simple lure has humble beginnings. Angling historians are a bit vague on the actual beginning…

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Posted by: Andy
March 11, 2014

Andy

Stalking the Stockings

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It is almost that time of year again in Pennsylvania. Beginning about the second week of March, trout from PA state hatcheries will be dispersed to 700 streams and 100 lakes around the state. Thousands of miles of streams receive an exciting boost with almost 4 million brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Stocking from fish hatcheries helps provide fishing opportunities for thousands of anglers. Many of the water recipients are small streams which are not…

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Posted by: Andy
March 3, 2014

Andy

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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