Posted by: Andy
May 9, 2014

Andy

My New Pal, the Palomar Knot

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I have always been an improved clinch knot guy.  You know, 5-7 twists, tag line through the loop by the hook and then through that loop you just created, and sock it down.  I’ve tied it a million times and have great confidence in it.  But a couple of cold, dark mornings with uncooperative fingers trying to repeatedly tie drop shot rigs with that knot finally forced me to explore other options. I’m an old-ish…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 7, 2014

Tom K.

Fishing Knots

  Photo: Barry and Cathy Beck Knots are our direct link to a fish. There is a direct connection between the quality of the knots we tie and the number of fish we put in the net.  Here are some general points to consider while you rig up and a few videos to show how to tie three of the most popular fishing knots.    Knot Basics: 1.     Breaking strength is important for knots and…

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Posted by: Debbie
May 5, 2014

Debbie

6 Tips to Help You Keep Fishing Simple

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Sometimes anglers like to make fishing more complicated than it needs to be … particularly after we’ve been doing it for a few years. What used to be a simple day of fishing for bluegill or bass in the neighborhood pond with a basic spincast combo and two-tray tackle box has somehow evolved into a two-hour trip to Lake Okeechobee, seven different kinds of fishing rods and a tackle bag that rivals a Samsonite suitcase…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 1, 2014

Tom K.

How (and When) to Register your Boat

If I think long and hard enough I can remember buying my first boat.  I prefer not to think of it ‘cause it makes me feel old.  That said, I do remember being far more interested in launching and running my boat than wanting to fill out the registration paperwork.  Who wouldn’t be?  A new boat is exciting, so here are a few pointers so you can be compliant with rules and regulations.  You can knock these out in no…

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Posted by: Andy
April 29, 2014

Andy

What’s Cooking?

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April 19th was National Garlic Day. I think my family acknowledged that day with a pizza. But there are a lot of uses for garlic, even in fishing. Garlic dip such as Spike It Garlic Lure Dye is touted to be an attracting lure for fish. Bassmaster Elite angler Stephen Browning shared that he and his son had a great time catching trout with garlic, but he also carries a selection in his bass boat.…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 28, 2014

Debbie

6 Things to Consider When Buying a Fishing License

Maybe you’ve seen your friends posting largemouth bass pictures on Instagram or were inspired by your cousin who recently reeled in a 150-pound tarpon on a trip to the Florida Keys. Regardless, all of the fishing talk, television shows, photos and stories have you intrigued. You might not have that much experience fishing, but so what? There’s only one way to gain experience — by getting out on the water and doing it. Your first…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 22, 2014

Tom K.

Fishing Regulations: Why they are Important

A bunch of my fishing buddies and I got into a hot debate last week.  It began when one read a report about a game warden who watched a father and a son catch 10 trout.  The regulations call for a 5-trout limit per angler, so the total number of fish was fine.  The length requirements were met, too.  So what’s the problem?  Well, the warden watched the father catch six fish while the son…

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Posted by: Andy
April 21, 2014

Andy

Trout Fishing Round 2

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Q: What could be better than Opening Day of Trout? A: Not Opening Day of Trout. Opening Day of Trout in Pennsylvania seemed a huge success. There was a heavy turnout.  Vehicles were packed into every possible pull off near stocked streams, and the banks were lined with eager anglers.  I saw a lot of kids fishing and many stringers destined for the frying pan. But some anglers chose to skip this annual crowded event.…

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Posted by: Debbie
April 18, 2014

Debbie

10 of the Weirdest Boating Words You Have Ever Heard

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So, you have been thinking about buying a boat so that you can get to some of those coveted fishing spots you have been hearing about. There’s only one problem … every time you talk to a boat-owning friend or do any online research, you come across an array of boating terms that sound more like part of Captain Jack Sparrow’s dialogue in Pirates of the Caribbean than any basic boat parts or terms that…

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Posted by: Andy
April 15, 2014

Andy

PIKE!

Though officially called “northern pike,” cool water anglers on familiar terms with this fish frequently refer to them as simply, “northerns.” However, there are no “southern” pike, so I prefer just “PIKE!” with all caps and the exclamation point that these toothy, ferocious fish deserve. It is the impressive set of teeth that force you to play by their rules. They commonly cut standard fishing line so wire leaders are recommended. Teeth also mean that…

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