Posted by: Tom Keer
January 14, 2015

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Safety

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Photo Credit: New Hampshire Fish and Game “No one will be happy until someone loses an eye” goes the saying, and that’s what makes ice fishing safety an important topic.  A fun day of ice fishing can turn sour very quickly, so here are 5 topics that will turn frowns upside down. 1.     Falling through the ice. I said falling through the ice would never happen to anyone I know, and then my sister went through…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Streaming Web Cams: An Indoor Fishing Adventure. Sort of…

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Is the ice still “growing” on your lakes? Are your roads due a visit from a snowplow? Same here. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about fishing. There are various ways to use fishing “down time” such as reorganizing tackle or fishing rod repair. Well, internet also can help fishermen cope. Here are 3 ways live streaming web cams can help when fishing conditions are poor: Watch the fishing conditions online. By monitoring,…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 11, 2015

Debbie Hanson

4 of the Best Places to Ice Fish

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Whether you appreciate the solitude that comes with being one of the few anglers out on a frozen lake at sunset or just look forward to uninterrupted time spent with friends and family in an ice shanty atmosphere, there are a few things to appreciate about winter — ice fishing is one of them. Not sure where to ice fish or which lakes will offer the best ice fishing experience? Well, maybe I can help…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Ice Fish

Photo Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Photo Credit: WI DNR There is a lot more to ice fishing than drilling a hole and setting up shop.  Finding a spot is best done when it’s warm out so you can tie in to a species’ winter feeding patterns.  Let’s break down searching for a spot based on the commonly targeted types of fish. Yellow Perch:  Perch get ice fishermen fired up with good reason.  These fish school up, and the schools can…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Ways a Polar Plunge Catches Fish: Cold Water Techniques

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When retrieved, lures vary greatly in their range of actions such as the tightness of wobble, depth of dive, or amount of flash from a spinning blade. However there are many occasions such as fishing in cold water, where just the drop IS the action. As the lure falls to the bottom or earlier preferred depth, you may find that on your first crank of the reel, a fish may already be there. One technique…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 4, 2015

Debbie Hanson

12 Pieces of Essential Ice Fishing Safety Gear

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Winter has officially arrived and hard water anglers across the Northern states are bringing the ice augers out of storage. If you have plans to bundle up and join them for ice fishing season, now is the perfect time to run through this checklist of essential ice fishing safety gear. Life jacket. You wouldn’t want to leave the dock without a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) in the summer months, and winter should be…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Tips to Catch ‘Em Up

Jesse A. Wellen knows how to find fish!

Photo Credit: Jesse A. Wellen Learning how to ice fish isn’t as difficult as you might think.  It is a simple, fun sport.  Those of us far north of the Mason-Dixon line see the mercury in our thermometers drop and take the opportunity to bundle up and hit the ice.  Here are some tips and a gear list of ice fishing equipment to help enhance your next ice fishing trip. Ice Thickness:   Before you go…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Custom Hot Rods

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The holiday festivities are over and hopefully you received some fishing related gifts. My kids received a selection of fishing lures and I got some new line. I also know a few lucky anglers found a custom fishing rod under or maybe leaning against their Christmas tree. What is a custom rod anyway? Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods explained that he starts with a rod “blank.” This is just the bare, plain rod, with…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Fishing New Year’s Resolutions To Make Now

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If you are like me, you are probably wondering how it can possibly be that another year has come and gone so quickly. As you reflect back over the last 365 days, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions and make a few fishing New Year’s resolutions. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped over the past 365 days? If not, why? If you did,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2014

Tom Keer

Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

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I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.  The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn’t really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.…

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