Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 3, 2014

Debbie Hanson

6 Catch and Release Fishing Tools You Should be Using

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You may have heard the popular saying, “let ’em go and let ’em grow” as it pertains to releasing your catch. Catch and release fishing, including the knowledge of how to properly use catch and release tools, contributes to the conservation of our nation’s fisheries by helping to sustain fish populations. While “letting ’em grow” may be one reason you choose to release a fish, there can be other reasons too. Your fish may not…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Whose Zander is Grander?

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Fishing from a kayak is great fun. Even if the fish aren’t biting, you are still kayaking. This light water craft gets one close to water, yet it is stable and stealthy. Some models even come equipped with a rudder and peddle capabilities so you can keep on casting. If you like kayaking, fish with teeth, and vowels, you should check out the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship which takes place October 5-11. By besting…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Cut It Out.

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Fishing is a great stress reliever. But it also causes stress: on your fishing line. This then, could lead to creating stress for the angler when the line breaks. Here are 3 ways to uses your senses to detect if the fishing line has been damaged and is weak. 1) Feel. Let the line slide between thumb and finger. Is it smooth or rough? If you are casting around rocks, check the line constantly and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 29, 2014

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing: An Easy Way to Reach the Fish

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Initially, I wasn’t a kayak fan. I thought using a kayak for fishing would require an additional skill set.  I thought it’d be a tippy platform that I would easily swamp, and that overall it’d be a pain in the neck.  During those days I would have no part of them, but then a buddy showed me his hard-chine, open cockpit kayak.  I got in and paddled and fished.  After that first experience I never…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Get Out There

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Saturday, Sept. 27 has been designated “National Hunting and Fishing Day.” If you are like me, you may be thinking, “Isn’t every day a fishing and hunting day?” However, there are still a few people that have yet to experience the outdoors fully, and this day is a good reminder to get out there. There are numerous events scheduled around this date. New Hampshire held their Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration last week but other…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Need More Structure in Your Life?

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Fishing is one of the life’s greatest stress releases. And one of the best ways to catch a fish is to cast near aquatic structure. Sometimes this structure is visible above water such as stumps or boulders. Other times, it is located with the aid of electronic depth finders.  Or maybe you find structure the old fashioned way, by accidentally snagging it. Many Oklahoma lakes mark submerged brush piles with buoys to help curb this.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 26, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“What‘s Your Favorite Color?”

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New crayons were one of my favorite back to school supplies. But, I’ll venture to say that even the mega pack of colored pencils doesn’t have the range of colors of fishing lures. This common child conversation starter is difficult for me to answer, perhaps because I fish. It wasn’t that long ago that lures were packaged as simply “purple” or “silver and black.”  However due to the innovative nature of anglers and lure manufacturers,…




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