Posted by: Debbie
January 25, 2014

Debbie

4 Places to Go Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

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Although Wisconsin is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” the winter fishing opportunities found in this Midwestern state shouldn’t be overshadowed by the amount of cheese curds it produces. According to the University of Wisconsin’s Water Library, Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes and 13,500 miles of navigable streams and rivers. That means plenty of places to go fishing… even in the middle of January. Ice fishing may not be for everyone since it can…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 21, 2014

Tom K.

Shanty Town

You’re likely to find a mixed bag of anglers and shanties when you head out on to the ice. Some, like me, lead a Spartan-type of life and stand out in the cold. I kid myself that the jigging motion is going to keep me warm. Other fishermen have wind-blocks, lean-to’s of sort that are wind breaks made from sheets of canvas and stakes. Then there are the single-person huts, perfect for moving and positioning.…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 15, 2014

Tom K.

Keep Your Boat Ship Shape

Now that the Polar Vortex is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to give your boat a once over to make sure that the cold temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice hasn’t created problems. A thorough check this time of the year won’t take long, but if problems aren’t detected now then they might create issues later on. A stitch in time so the saying goes…. 1. Boats in the water need the most attention.…

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Posted by: Andy
January 14, 2014

Andy

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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Posted by: Debbie
January 13, 2014

Debbie

How Do Fish Keep From Freezing During Winter?

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It’s the middle of winter in the Northern United States and temperatures have been consistently below freezing for weeks. A few fishing buddies talked you into a day of ice fishing on the lake, so now you’re sitting in a shanty, sipping on your warm morning coffee and wondering, how in the heck do fish survive all winter long in such chilly water temperatures anyway? There are actually a few factors involved when it comes…

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Posted by: Debbie
January 9, 2014

Debbie

4 Hot Spots for Winter Destination Fishing in Florida

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The sidewalk needs shoveling again, your car has been taking 20 minutes to warm up and you’re tired of piling on seven layers of clothes before opening the front door. Yep, you’re getting cabin fever and have an itch to fish someplace that doesn’t require an ice auger. The good news is that sunny skies and short sleeves are only a plane ride away. Check out some of these economical Florida fishing hotspots if you…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 8, 2014

Tom K.

Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
January 7, 2014

Elizabeth

Ice Fishing 101

Chisels or an auger are popular tools for ice fishing

Winter months, for some, entail trying to find something to do while staying warm indoors, but for ice anglers, it’s go time.  It’s time for you to give ice fishing a try. Below are hints on ice fishing gear you really need , and what you won’t need, and some other ice fishing tips to help make this your new outdoor passion. For starters, a quad or a snowmobile might come in handy to help…

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Posted by: Andy
January 6, 2014

Andy

Water and Wildlife

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Water attracts not only boaters and anglers, but wildlife as well.  Among my sightings last year were an otter munching on crayfish, a family of black bears, and a fawn swimming in the Allegheny River. Experiences like this certainly make an outing memorable, whether the fish are biting or not. Depending on your location this winter, open water may be at a premium and can concentrate wildlife.  Plus, there is generally less boating and fishing…

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