Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Those Hard to Reach Places


Much of fishing success depends on access.  Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation.

But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip for the right reasons, you also have to return.

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Author Keith “Catfish” Sutton fishing in Brazil. Photo by Jeff Samsel.

Keith Sutton, author of “Out There Fishing,” used a tree to help fish a location in a flooded jungle in Brazil. It worked great except that his guide thought it was amusing to drive the boat out of sight and leave him up there for a while.


I’m not much for heights or rappelling but always carry a rope in the truck for scaling steep river banks. If the fish are there, I need to be there too.

When exploring those hard to reach places, stay safe. Go slowly, wear a life jacket, and always have a fishing buddy.  Make sure that the adrenaline rush and excitement is due to the fishing only.

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. Visit him at

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