Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Catch More Largemouth Bass in the Great Lakes States

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When you’re planning to go fishing for largemouth bass on a new waterway in one of the Great Lakes states, there are a lot of questions that you’ll want to get answered in order to have a successful trip. While you won’t have in-depth knowledge of every waterway in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; you just need to find some good online and offline resources that can…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Bizarre Freshwater Fishing Tactics That Actually Work

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In my opinion, one of the biggest keys to becoming a better angler is keeping an open mind when it comes to new fishing tactics and baits. Sure, you may feel more comfortable sticking with what you know, but trying new techniques and using a variety of different baits can take your freshwater fishing skills to a whole new level. Besides, unexpected fishing opportunities can arise from time to time, so it can help if…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 9, 2015

Tom Keer

Freshwater Fishing: Fall Madness

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  I love freshwater fishing in the fall because in a lot of ways I am similar to the fish. I eat more in anticipation of the cold winter.  Football was my #1 sport, and the cooler temperatures made me more aggressive.  And there is a shot at catching a big fish, which resembles me after I pack on some extra pounds.  Some fall fishing tips to catch more fish when the leaves start to…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 29, 2015

Tom Keer

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

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Walk through the Denver airport in July and August and your odds of seeing anglers heading out on a fly fishing trip are good.  Folks from all over the country arrive in Denver and then travel throughout the state in search of trout, trout and more trout.  July and August are post-run off months, and the water flows and hatches overlap with summer vacation.  The combination is tough to beat. Some anglers establish a base camp…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Fishing Trip

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It is a rare body of water that does not contain the common carp, so every fishing trip could be a carp fishing trip. The presence of carp is not always a good thing but it looks like they are here to stay so we might as well make the most of it. In trout angler catalogues you can expect to find waders; in a catalogue of products targeting the carp angler, you may find…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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