Posted by: Andy
December 3, 2013

Andy

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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Posted by: Debbie
December 2, 2013

Debbie

3 Easy Places to Practice Fly Casting

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Whether you’re a beginner fly angler or have been fly fishing for years, chances are pretty good that you’ve hooked someone or something on your back cast at least once. It might have been someone’s pants, shirt or even your own hat, but the point is that you need to keep working on your casting skills while trying to avoid hooked clothes or broken skin at the same time. If you are used to casting…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 26, 2013

Debbie

Unexpected Reasons to be Thankful for Fishing

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There are many obvious reasons to be thankful for fishing. Fishing gets you outdoors into the fresh air, encourages you to learn new angling skills, and gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you land a lunker. Although, if you think about it for a bit longer, you can probably come up with several unique reasons to be thankful for fishing too. What random or unexpected reasons do you have to add to this list…

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Posted by: Andy
November 26, 2013

Andy

What kind of a bottom do you like?

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  There is a paradox of strategy with many B.A.S.S. tournament anglers. When they fish rivers, anglers often compete for backwater areas without current. When the tournament is held in lakes/reservoirs, they can’t wait until there is current to turn on the bite. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders. Current moves the fine silt…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
November 21, 2013

Elizabeth

At the Pond When I Was Fishing

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Don’t tell him I told you, but he didn’t catch a big fish. And Daddy didn’t kookd it for Dinner. But what he did get? Was far better than that. If you know me, you’ll know I love to garden. I’ve roped my boys into the act, and it’s something we all like to do together. Studies show that kids who grow their own fruits and veggies eat more fruits and veggies. Know what I…

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Posted by: Andy
November 19, 2013

Andy

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 18, 2013

Debbie

5 Kinds of Disappearing Fishing Tackle

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If you fish often enough, you’ve probably experienced the strange occurrence of fishing tackle that just plain disappears into thin air. Wasn’t it just a week or two ago that you stocked up on five packs of 4/0 hooks, three bags of plastic worms, and a brand new pair of pliers? How can it be that you searched every compartment of your tackle box only to come up with empty packages? There must be a…

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Posted by: Andy
November 12, 2013

Andy

Teachers are Students too.

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There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 9, 2013

Debbie

5 Tips for Finding Fall Smallmouth Bass

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Photo: Norman Perea Along with the arrival of cooler fall weather and the changing color of the leaves come more opportunities to land a feisty smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass prefer cooler waters than the largemouth bass, and can be found in nearly every state except Florida, Louisiana and Alaska. While water temperatures and techniques will vary somewhat depending on the part of the country you plan to fish, there are several tips that can help…

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Posted by: Andy
November 5, 2013

Andy

Visit a Fish Hatchery

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Fish hatcheries are an important part of the management of fisheries.  They increase the fishing opportunities for anglers all over the country.  Hatcheries can assist as a fisheries management tool such as where natural reproduction may not be able to keep up with the fishing pressure, or where stunting is an issue.  By stocking fish that are large enough to avoid predation, the population dynamics can be more balanced. Many fish hatcheries have visitor’s centers…

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