Posted by: Tom Keer
July 24, 2014

Tom Keer

The Digital Revolution

For a traditionalist like me, giving up my maps, charts, and visits to a tackle or coffee shop is not going to happen.  I prefer to sit on a bench, drink a coffee, and listen to an angler talk about nailing a big fish.  I enjoy the chats about “the one that got away” too, but I must admit I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Still, I find parts of the digital revolution really…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

UCAST

I don’t know if he fishes but last week, I followed the approximate path of Lebron James’ moving truck and drove 1066 miles to attend  ICAST in Orlando, Florida. It is the “world’s largest sport fishing trade show.”  The 11,000 plus attendees were “industry only,” so I felt fortunate to peek at some of the new, innovative recreational fishing products that will start appearing in stores. There was some overlap from companies that exhibited at…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Places to Boat and Fish

Remember how the digital world was positioned as a way to make life easier and more efficient?  In some ways it hasn’t but in other ways it certainly has been wildly successful.  A lot of fishing sites are a great example, with finding a spot to go boating or fishing being an important one. Back in the day I would learn about spots from magazine articles.  The articles were helpful and informative, and they’d talk…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 21, 2014

5 Fishing Gear Tips for Urban Anglers

Chicago has Lake Michigan, Detroit has the Detroit River, New York has Central Park, and San Francisco has San Francisco Bay. You may think that there aren’t many places to fish in an urban environment; however, these big city examples should encourage you to think again. While urban spots experience more pressure and will require you to pare down the amount of gear due to transport constraints, you can still have a great time while…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 15, 2014

4 Family-Friendly Spots for Lunker Largemouth Bass

It has been said that people often give nicknames to those they care about most. This would explain why one of America’s favorite freshwater game fish, the largemouth bass, is affectionately known by a number of different monikers such as bucketmouth, bigmouth, widemouth or lunker. Many anglers get hooked on bass fishing at a young age since largemouth bass are an accessible species that is widely distributed across the United States. In fact, largemouth bass…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Love

The common carp is so widely distributed we often forget it is a non-native species. Good luck finding a lake or river without these bottom-dwelling fish wallowing it. In many bodies of water, carp make up a majority of the fish biomass. Though highly-prized in their native Europe, the common carp makes many anglers in the U.S. grumpy. Research has shown carp to be detrimental to native fish populations and even waterfowl and game by…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 10, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Conservation through Participation

Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales, and much more. Here’s how it works: For more information about anglers’ and boaters’ role in preserving our nation’s waterways for generations to come, visit our Conservation Section.  

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 10, 2014

Tom Keer

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

City Bites

When I travel I always keep my eyes open for fishing opportunities.  Even in urban areas. If there is water, there is a fishing opportunity. For urban fishing, I usually start targeting “tougher” fish such as carp and catfish.  But watch the locals. There may be some other fishing opportunities closer than you think. Here are just a few urban fishing areas: ● Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Arkansas River skirts downtown Tulsa. A popular fish location…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 7, 2014

7 Hints for Happier Boating and Fishing Trips

I know, I know. Boating and fishing trips are already happy… how can you possibly make a day on the water even happier? Stay safe and plan activities to keep the family entertained while afloat. Here are seven hints for even happier boating and fishing trips: Check the Take Me Fishing list of state parks that are best for family-friendly fishing and boating trips. For example, if you live near Galveston, may want to plan…

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