Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

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There are some fantastic fishing and boating locations in the United States. In fact, this summer Take Me Fishing™ released their Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. But despite the abundant water resources, these waters must be shared by people pursuing different recreational activities. Shore Fishing Can be Ruined by Wake Recently, my son and I experienced a situation on the Allegheny River where a boater shut down our shore fishing. A…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Fishing Conservation Groups for Recreational Anglers

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Fishing conservation groups are focused on helping anglers to become knowledgeable stewards of our natural aquatic resources. Many of these groups hold regularly scheduled meetings and provide educational resources to the community — all covering topics that pertain to fishing and conservation. One of the major reasons for getting involved with fishing conservation groups is that you can learn more about conservation challenges and volunteer opportunities of particular interest in your region or area. If…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catch and Release: On Your Terms

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Many anglers like to harvest fish for dinner every now and then. Regulations for selective harvest may even be beneficial for the management of a fishery, by reducing the number of stunted fish, for example. But, the practice of “catch and release” is tremendously important. As author Lee Wulff wrote, “… fish are too valuable to be caught only once.” Unintended Catch and Release However, the first part of this sustainable fishing method is the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Etiquette: 6 Unspoken Rules

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Hitting the water should be fun and relaxing, and fishing etiquette keeps stress levels down and enjoyment up at your favorite local fishing spots.  Here are 6 unspoken rules that will help to remove the heartburn that comes from arguments. Don’t Crowd other Anglers.  Leave ample room between you and fellow anglers either when wading or boating.  Fishing cheek-to-cheek usually results in tangled lines and creates a lot of unnecessary stress.  There isn’t a rule…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Facts About Sustainable Fishing All Anglers Should Know

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As recreational anglers, we should always supplement our appreciation for the sport with a high level of environmental awareness and responsibility. By practicing sustainable fishing, we can help maintain and contribute to the health of the fish species that inhabit our waterways. Many people think that sustainable fishing methods apply only to commercial fishing operations, but this isn’t at all the case. Recreational anglers can also make an impact by setting an example or sharing…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 28, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

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    A boater safety course might not remind you to put the plug in your boat to keep her from filling up with water.  But one might help you in other ways.  Here are five reasons to take one, even if you’re an Old Salt.     All About Marine Radio.  Most of the time we use a radio to chat up other anglers, but unless we’re in the United States Navy or Coast…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Improve Fish Hook Safety When Using Multi Hook Rigs

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Depending on the regulations in your state, you may be able to fish with rigs that have multiple hooks. Under the right conditions this can be a great way to catch fish. But more hooks mean more chances of snagging your sweatshirt, life jacket, another rod, etc. Here are a few species of fish that can be caught with multiple hook rigs, and some fish hook safety tips on how to store and transport these…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 25, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Fishing First Aid Kit Essentials

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By applying safe boating and fishing practices, you can prevent most injuries while enjoying your time on the water without incident. However, the unexpected can happen, so it’s best to be prepared by making sure that you have a properly stocked fishing first aid kit on all your trips. Preparing a fishing first aid kit is easy. You can simply purchase a standard first aid kit at your local pharmacy, and then add items that…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 21, 2015

Tom Keer

10 Safety Tips for Fishing with Kids

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A family day on the water is ideal, and to keep it fun you’ll need a few safety tips for fishing with kids.  The joy of watching a child catch a first fish, a personal record, or a new species is easily overshadowed by injury.  Here are 10 tips on how can you keep the kids safe and sound! Protective eyewear.  Polarized sunglasses are ideal for reducing eye strain and for spotting fish, but they’re invaluable…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boat Show or No?

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A boat show can be a great source of information if you are in the market for a boat. For example I recently noticed that there is a power and sailboat show on December 3-6 in St. Petersburg. It will have a sailing clinic and “free children’s fishing lessons.” Unfortunately, it is in St. Petersburg, Florida and not our tiny St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania… which I guess makes more sense. Another boat information option is to…




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