Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 11, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum

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Recently, I accompanied my daughter to a science museum for a school field trip. Part of one display made me think about fishing: the pendulum. A pendulum is a swinging object on the end of a line. Beginning anglers learn about the pendulum when they attempt to land fish. Often I observe novices reel in too much line, and then like a carrot dangling in front of a horse, they can’t reach the fish without…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 27, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

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Spring fishing is now in full swing. Water temperatures are warm enough that fish are active and there are opportunities galore. If you plan on taking kids fishing, there even are fishing derbies, clinics, and various kid events scheduled around the country. For example, there are clinics in Colorado in May, some upcoming in Indiana, and Mississippi recently held a “fish rodeo.” Here are 3 reasons to check out these events: Learn. There will be…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Tradition

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“The only thing better than catching fish is putting someone on fish, who doesn’t fish much.” Luke Whitcomb (12) Opening Day of Trout has always been a really big deal in Pennsylvania. Scores of anglers that have been maintaining their sanity over the brutal winters by punching holes in ice and huddling in a shanty are now free to cast for the millions of rainbow, brown, and brook trout the state loads into streams throughout…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

E-fish-iency

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When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish– soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, and how to retrieve. Then I do something completely different. Even when fishing with more experienced anglers, I rarely throw the same lure, or retrieve it in the same manner. Through the process…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year. If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Getting into Fishing

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In many of ways, getting into fishing has never been easier.  Fast-tracked learning comes from the digital age which has spawned a wide range of content (pun intended).  Websites are chock a block with technical data, blogs offer insights into conditions, videos show new anglers how it’s done, and conditions boards announce where the fishing is hot…and where it is not. Tackle shops provide information in a hands-on approach.  Whether it’s a seminar devoted to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 18, 2015

Tom Keer

This Year, Learn How to Fly Fish

Author Tom Keer sight cast to this cruising bluefish in a foot of Cape Cod water.

  As cross training makes athletes better at their respective sports, learning how to fly fish will make you a better angler too.  Here are 6 reasons why: Fly fishing is the opposite of conventional fishing. With fly fishing you’re casting a heavy line and a light lure (fly). With conventional fishing you’re casting a heavy lure and a light line. The coordination and the delicacy will make increase your casting and fishing abilities, and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2014

Tom Keer

Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

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I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.  The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn’t really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 19, 2014

Debbie Hanson

4 Unexpected Gifts You Receive From Teaching Fishing

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This time of year, the types of gifts you are likely to think about most are the ones that come wrapped in decorative paper and are tied up with a bow. However, when it comes to teaching fishing to a beginner and sharing your love of the sport with others, there are a few intangible gifts you are likely to receive. Here are four unexpected gifts you may receive from teaching fishing to others: Patience.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

Tom Keer

Learning from Family and Friends

There is more to being a mentor than catching fish.

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…

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