Posted by: Debbie
June 12, 2014

Debbie

4 Surprising Things I Learned While Fishing with my Fathers

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Could it have been the joyous sound of a largemouth bass striking Grandpa’s Hula Popper near the lily pads? Could it have been that moment when I proudly stood in front of my father’s camera lens with a yellow perch dangling from the end of my Snoopy fishing pole? Or was it the words of encouragement that were spoken by two of the people I admired the most? The reasons why I originally fell in…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 11, 2014

Tom K.

Fishing is more than a hobby. It’s like joining a fraternity.

  When you become an angler you’re enrolling in an organization that is far larger than you might expect. With some 39 million freshwater conventional anglers, about 12 million saltwater conventional anglers and about 6 million fly rodders you’re enlisting in a group about 47 million strong. Like any big group there are a few bad apples, but there isn’t one strong enough to spoil the whole bunch. During the season you’ll see us in…

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Posted by: Andy
June 10, 2014

Andy

Some like it Hot.

Fish behavior and activity is related greatly to water temperature. In general, fish are less active in cold water. As the temperature increases through the day or season, fish spend more time actively feeding. For example, largemouth bass may be inactive on cool mornings but more energetic in areas when the sun begins warming dark rocks or submerged logs.  There is a limit, though.  Too hot can lead to conditions with less oxygen and can…

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Posted by: Debbie
June 9, 2014

Debbie

Your 5 Craziest Fishing Questions Answered

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If you are brand spanking new to fishing, it only makes sense that you are going to have A LOT of questions. You might have questions about baits, questions about fishing techniques, questions about fish behavior or questions about where to fish. Learning to ask the right questions is a big part of the learning process, so hopefully you have a patient mentor or fishing buddy that doesn’t mind a bit of angling interrogation every…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 6, 2014

Tom K.

Free Fishing Days pay Big Dividends

  Like you, I’m skeptical when I learn about “free” things but when it comes to the nationwide free fishing days they are no joke. In fact, they routinely pay back anglers in spades. The program’s roots are in encouraging outdoorsy folks to try fishing. If you have never fished before it’s a time to get on the water, give it a try, and see if it sticks. No license fees are required during the…

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Posted by: Andy
June 3, 2014

Andy

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…

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Posted by: Debbie
June 2, 2014

Debbie

5 People to Take Fishing on a Free Fishing Day

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The old saying that, “nothing in life is free” doesn’t always apply when it comes to fishing. During National Fishing and Boating Week, many states offer license-free fishing days, which are an ideal opportunity for new or beginning anglers to try fishing on public bodies of water without having to buy a fishing license. Even if you already have a fishing license, you can still take someone out who has never been fishing before. Not…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 28, 2014

Tom K.

Boating Basics

A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my trailer tire had a flat.  Not a problem, I thought, for I had everything I needed to fix the flat.  So I put the truck in gear, applied the emergency brake, chocked the tires and got after it.  I’d be splashing at the ramp…

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Posted by: Andy
May 27, 2014

Andy

Bizarre Fish Foods

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There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Debbie
May 26, 2014

Debbie

5 Boating Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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If you take your boat out on a regular basis, chances are pretty good that “IT” has happened to you more times than you’d care to mention. What is “IT” you ask? Well, “IT” is one of those occasions when you were quietly fishing at one of your favorite spots and Mr. or Mrs. Rude Boater suddenly blasted past you creating an unsafe or inconsiderate situation on the water. According to the US Coast Guard,…

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