Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pier Pressure

Saltwater or freshwater, a fishing pier can be a great place to fish. Not only can the structure serve as habitat and a fish attractant, it is a handy access point to deeper water. Piers are popular areas for vacationers or weekend anglers, when their fishing time is especially limited. To increase your chances of landing more fish, try fishing less pressured times such as early in the morning or when the weather is cool…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 9, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

My New Pal, the Palomar Knot

I have always been an improved clinch knot guy.  You know, 5-7 twists, tag line through the loop by the hook and then through that loop you just created, and sock it down.  I’ve tied it a million times and have great confidence in it.  But a couple of cold, dark mornings with uncooperative fingers trying to repeatedly tie drop shot rigs with that knot finally forced me to explore other options. I’m an old-ish…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 29, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

What’s Cooking?

April 19th was National Garlic Day. I think my family acknowledged that day with a pizza. But there are a lot of uses for garlic, even in fishing. Garlic dip such as Spike It Garlic Lure Dye is touted to be an attracting lure for fish. Bassmaster Elite angler Stephen Browning shared that he and his son had a great time catching trout with garlic, but he also carries a selection in his bass boat.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

6 Things to Consider When Buying a Fishing License

Maybe you’ve seen your friends posting largemouth bass pictures on Instagram or were inspired by your cousin who recently reeled in a 150-pound tarpon on a trip to the Florida Keys. Regardless, all of the fishing talk, television shows, photos and stories have you intrigued. You might not have that much experience fishing, but so what? There’s only one way to gain experience — by getting out on the water and doing it. Your first…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Fishing Round 2

Q: What could be better than Opening Day of Trout? A: Not Opening Day of Trout. Opening Day of Trout in Pennsylvania seemed a huge success. There was a heavy turnout.  Vehicles were packed into every possible pull off near stocked streams, and the banks were lined with eager anglers.  I saw a lot of kids fishing and many stringers destined for the frying pan. But some anglers chose to skip this annual crowded event.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

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 Whitcomb
April 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Read the Signs

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 Hanson
April 7, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Questions to Ask Before Fishing Unfamiliar Waterways

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 Whitcomb
April 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Scout

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 Whitcomb
March 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Icy Fishing

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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