Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 15, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting dirty. I love every minute of it. Well, most minutes.  (Okay, some minutes are really, really hard. But that’s for another time.) I really love watching the boys with Dad getting loud and…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 12, 2013

Debbie Hanson

Tips for Finding a Good Spot to Saltwater Fish from Shore

Shore fishing is one of the best types of fishing for families and beginning anglers. There are some great saltwater shore fishing spots that will consistently provide plenty of action if you know what to look for. Not sure where exactly you should drop your line? The following saltwater spot scouting tips may be useful: Pick up a tide chart at a local tackle shop and note the levels of rising and falling tides in…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2013

Tom Keer

Cape Cod National Seashore

  One reason I wanted to write about National Parks this month is because I live near one and that means that I am fortunate to have a lot of great fishing close to home.  The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 68-square mile park founded by Massachusetts native President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The 40 miles of beach runs from Chatham to Provincetown which is where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. That stretch…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 17, 2013

Tom Keer

Acadia National Park: Maine’s One-stop Fishing Spot

Photo Credit: National Park Service Many of us who try to get in as much fishing as possible always run into two primary issues: time and money.  Maine’s Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm) could be the answer to that problem. In the park you’ll find freshwater, warm water, and saltwater fishing, all within 47,000 acres. The acreage may sound skimpy compared to other national parks, but this oldest National Park east of the Mississippi is still…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 9, 2013

Tom Keer

Everglades National Park

Photo Credit: National Park Service   For whatever reason it’s easy to think of a national park as being land based.  And at a million and a half acres, it’d be easy to think that the Everglades National Park (www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm) consists of a tremendous amount of land. One of the park’s outstanding attributes is that 1/3 of it, or 500 million acres, is water.  The fact that a tremendous amount of gamefish are in these waters…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 18, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Memorial Day Weekend!

The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 7, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Take Mom Fishing

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 Whitcomb
April 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When I…




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