Posted by: Andy
June 11, 2013

Andy

Father’s Day Suggestions

MysteryTackleBoxE

  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Andy
May 28, 2013

Andy

Learning to Cast from a Boat

KayakPIBass2013E

When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Andy
May 7, 2013

Andy

Take Mom Fishing

LakeMomE

Mother’s Day is almost here so many will be thinking about flower bouquets or blooming plants. In fact, the National Public Garden Day is always set for the Friday before Mother’s Day. But have you ever thought of taking “Mom” fishing? Laura Starkey Heflin has fished on Mother’s Day.  She happens to be a professional bass tournament angler. However, not all their time together has been about fishing. She recalls fondly when her son, Jesse,…

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Posted by: Andy
March 5, 2013

Andy

Don’t Flip Out: Tips for Teaching Kids to Handle Fish

Walleye have sharp teeth, spines, and gill covering but still can be held for a photo

  When taking a kid fishing, eventually an actual fish will be landed.  What happens next can affect the chances of a return trip. If the goal is to admire the catch, then watch it swim away, here are a few tips for proper fish handling (for you or for the kiddies): 1. The best thing to do is leave the fish in the water. However, holding the fish for a photo is often in…

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 7, 2013

Tom K.

Go Hard or Go Home

Photo Courtesy of the State of New Hampshire F&W

A long time ago it was common for my football coach to get complaints from me and my teammates during our summer two-a-days.  Coach’s phrase was “go hard or go home.”  At one point he got tired of saying it and had t-shirts made with the saying broadcasted in plain view.  Now that I think about it, that saying relates to ice fishing too. I’m no weatherman, and while the Groundhog called for an early…

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Posted by: Stephanie
February 4, 2013

Stephanie

A Look Back

Jeff Kelm ice fisihng

When you speak with most tournament ice anglers, they share stories of growing up in the ice belt, setting up tip-ups for pike, and sitting in a converted camper trailer with their fathers, grandfathers or uncles jigging and listening to fish tales.  Although I did ice fish as a young child, my story is not quite the same.  I certainly did not fish often enough as a child for it to play a major role in…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 19, 2012

Tom K.

My 2013 Boating Plan

Assuming that the Mayan’s are wrong and that our world continues past December 20th, I’ve got my New Year’s boating resolutions all worked out.  This year I’m keeping a short, tight list to make sure I git ’er done.   1.  Check out areas outside my local area. It’s interesting for me to see the same area in different seasons and under different conditions, but truth be told my boating gets sloppy.  I know where areas run foul, I…

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