Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

E-fish-iency

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When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish– soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, and how to retrieve. Then I do something completely different. Even when fishing with more experienced anglers, I rarely throw the same lure, or retrieve it in the same manner. Through the process…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 29, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Super Cool Secrets About Fish Stocking

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Fish populations are managed in a number of ways, but one of the most important ways is through federal or state-initiated fish stocking efforts. Fish stocking uses hatchery-reared fish to enhance existing fisheries and build populations of certain species within particular bodies of water. Here are five super cool secrets about fish stocking efforts that you may not know: Certain states offer opportunities for private ponds and lakes to be stocked if an application is…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Stocking Fish: Should Waters Be Stocked with Non-Native Species?

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  Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883.  After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system.  They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. …

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year. If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Innovative Features You Wish All New Fishing Boats Had

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You might be a fan of fishing boat features like large decks with plenty of room for fighting fish, extra rod holders, LED interior lights, dual livewells or over-sized windshields. Regardless of which bells and whistles are your favorites, if you are thinking of buying a boat, you are wise to consider the useful features that are offered by manufacturers while also thinking about the number of hours you anticipate spending on the water during…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
March 18, 2015

The Spawning Bed

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In a short while rivers, lakes, and ponds will warm enough to trigger the annual fish spawning season.  We’ll see bass and panfish move into the shallows and create redds with their tails.  After awhile, momma fish will guard her redd from egg snatchers, and the circle of life begins again.  The adult fish will be visible, they’ll be hungry, and they’ll be aggressive.  If a lure enters their zone during this time they may…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

What’s My Line?

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When I was young, my two or three rod and reels combos all had the same line: 8 pound monofilament. Monofilament was the workhorse for anglers everywhere for anything that swims. Today however, my rod and reel collection has grown to double digits with specific line types and sizes to match. Why does remembering your line matter? It has been a long winter and when getting reacquainted with your reels, the differences in each line…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 15, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Facts About Buying a Boat That Will Impress Your Friends

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You’ve been thinking about buying a boat, but want to find the right resources to help you make a well-informed decision about your potential purchase. There are plenty of facts, resources, benefits and tips that you’ll find useful if you’re buying a first boat. Here are ten facts about buying a boat that will impress your friends and guide you towards making the best choice. Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. If…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

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I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The One That Got Away: The Best Fishing Memory

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What makes a great fishing memory? Is it the size of the fish? The timing? The species? All of the above? Or, what about “the one that got away?” Oooh… Yeah, THAT fish. I bet you remember every detail. Lure designer Patrick Sebile has fished in 64 countries. He has caught over 700 species. Yet, he grew visibly frustrated when sharing a story where he lost a very large snook in Florida. “I can still…

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