Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
July 17, 2015

2015 Fishing Statistics

2015 Special Report on Fishing

The 2015 Special Report on Fishing shows important fishing statistics. Over 46 Million of people are hooked on fishing in the U.S. which shows that fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults. Another great fishing statistics found in the report is that the traditionally male-dominated activity now welcomes a greater high percentage of female participants. Spending time with family and friends continue to be the largest reason to participate in fishing, but…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 15, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trip

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For the past week I’ve been on a family fishing trip.  We didn’t go to an exotic location visited by very few anglers (though that would have been cool!).  Instead, we hauled our boat to the public ramp that is three miles from our driveway.  After a short wait in the launch line we splashed and then cast off our lines for a five mile run to our favorite flat.   The seas were calm,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Night Fishing Trip: Same Place, Different Results

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If you are looking for new places to fish, try your regular fishing holes… in the dark. A fishing trip at night is a whole new ballgame. With much of your vision hindered, other senses like touch/feel and hearing must step it up. Here are three reasons to try a fishing trip at night: Less fishing pressure. If you have avoided a location because it is shoulder-to-shoulder during the day, you will probably find a…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Things Anglers Should Never Do On a Fishing Trip

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Ever been on a fishing trip with a friend, and then see your friend start to shake his or her head at someone fishing in the same general area? If you are a new or beginning angler, you may have had to ask your fishing buddy what exactly that person did to elicit a “SMH” response. As for the answer, I’m guessing that it had something to do with someone not following ethical angling practices.…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
July 10, 2015

LOVE TO BOAT? JOIN THE CLUB!

Boat clubs

For those who are either not quite ready for boat ownership or who prefer a different point of entry, boat clubs offer a relatively new solution that  provides many  attractive benefits to boating newcomers. So what do you need to know to get started? There are a few national-based boat clubs as well as regional and local clubs. Some have educational  training programs to  help club members understand how to operate a boat. They may…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 6, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Deep Thoughts: A Great Place to Fish may be Deeper.

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In an attempt to better understand a fishery, I try to relate some common heights of things above water and apply this information to the habitat below water. For example on my local waters, any fish caught below the height of a basketball goal (10 feet) is considered “deep.” “Shallow” can be about the height of a kids’ juice box, (a few inches) but generally less than a table top (3 feet). Many largemouth bass…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tricks to Try On a Fishing Trip When The Fish Won’t Bite

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You have the entire family together, you’ve gone through your checklist of tackle, fueled up the boat, and made your way out to your favorite fishing hole. You have high hopes for a successful fishing trip, but when an hour goes by without a single bite, you begin to realize that you’re going to have to pull a few fishing tricks out of your sleeve pretty quickly before everyone starts to get impatient. If you’re…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

Drum-Fun

The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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