Posted by: Tom Keer
December 2, 2015

Tom Keer

Holiday Fishing Gifts for Your Favorite Angler

New rods and reels make for perfect holiday fishing gifts.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the year and with luck, some of it includes fishing gifts.  Here are three categories of holiday fishing gifts that should make shopping a breeze. New Products: Next year’s new rods, reels, waders, lures and other gear usually hit the retail shelves at this time of year.  Be solutions oriented and solve problems.  If you’ve heard your spouse, sibling, or buddy complain about his…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Floats: The Bobber

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Besides the most critical component, the hook, there is no more traditional piece of fishing tackle than the bobber. Sometimes called a “float,” it is helpful for holding bait at an exact depth and a great way to detect fish biting activity. The classic round, red and white model occupies every kid’s tackle box but bobbers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here’s why different bobber types are useful: Detection: In general, the traditional…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 29, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Golden Fishing Rules You Should Never Break

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Almost every beginning angler has unknowingly broken one or two golden fishing rules while learning about the sport. While mistakes are one of the ways you learn, you don’t want to make the same mistakes twice. As you evolve as an angler, you will reflect back on your first few fishing trips and realize that you probably could have avoided a few cold stares or harsh lectures from fellow anglers by being more mindful of…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Conservation Organizations Create Sustainable Fishing

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Sustainable fishing comes from proper fisheries management, proper catch and release techniques, and a whole host of other conditions.  For some, the unsung heroes are the conservation organizations that lobby on our behalf.  Oftentimes they are the linemen of our football game, and they deserve a shout out.   Remember blackened redfish that appeared on most restaurant menus in the 1980’s? Well, that delicious meal put a tremendous dent in the redfish population.  In 1977,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

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It is good manners to leave things better than how you found them. When I borrow a truck, I return it with a full tank of gas. When friends give my family a plastic container of brownies, I will do my part and help pound down a few. Just to be polite. Oh, and I’ll return the container, washed and dried. I try to achieve the same thing when I go fishing and boating so…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Guidelines for Good Fly Fishing Etiquette

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Are you wondering what it means to have good fly fishing etiquette? Fishing aside, your parents probably corrected your dining etiquette dozens of times when you were growing up. You know not to put your elbows on the dinner table or talk with your mouth full to this day, but if you’re not sure what constitutes good fly fishing etiquette, keep reading. While I’m no expert on this topic, I do have a few suggestions…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 18, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing Tips: Proper Release

catch and release fishing tips

Sustainable fishing isn’t just about fisheries management; it’s also about properly releasing your fish so they don’t go belly up.  Here are 5 ways to properly release a fish so you can catch them another day. Rock fish back and forth.  A hooked fish doesn’t know you’re going to throw them back, so they fight for their lives.  When they do, they build up lactic acid.  To properly revive a fish, wet your hands before…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

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The presence of steelhead trout in or around Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie tributaries now has anglers out in droves. The size of the run so far this year seems to be well below expected and there are times when it appears there are more anglers than fish. Here are a few fishing etiquette rules so everyone can “get along” under such high pressure conditions. Fish “Off” times. Avoid weekends, if possible. Monitor hunting seasons.   “Opening Day” of…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 15, 2015

Debbie Hanson

What’s Biting On Florida Free Fishing Days?

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With winter weather on the way, you may find yourself wondering what you could be catching on any upcoming Florida free fishing days. You know, that state with the palm trees where you don’t need a down jacket, gloves, and earmuffs. Yep, that’s the one. If you are thinking about planning a trip to the Sunshine State, you may find it helpful to know that Saturday, November 28th is a saltwater free fishing day in…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing for the Future: 5 Tips

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I don’t envy fisheries managers because they’re trying to create sustainable fishing which includes catches for today as well as for the future.  Their difficult task at hand is represented in the old saying of  “You can have it right or you can have it now but you can’t have it right now.”  Take fish today and you’ll have fewer tomorrow.  Wait for tomorrow you’ll have fewer today.  It seems like a black and white…




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