Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 1, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Fitness and Conservation

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Fisheries biologists use both length and weight measurements of fish to supervise the fitness of a fish. When fish achieve a specific length, the weight should fall within a certain range to be considered healthy and robust. Depending somewhat on the region, recreational anglers may prefer to measure size in either length or weight but rarely both. Anglers who fish cooler or flowing water often seek a number for fish length. Trout, walleye, or pike…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 25, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Cold Air Exposure for Anglers. And Fish!

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If you live in northern states, there may be enough safe ice for some ice fishing opportunities. If you’ve never tried it, this is an odd activity, braving the cold and sitting on a bucket, peering down a hole… but it can be FUN. However, before venturing out, consider these tips regarding exposure to cold air. For the Anglers Start Warm. There is an old saying, “start warm, stay warm.” If you are already shivering…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 18, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing for Smelt

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Well, winter has finally arrived in the northeast and my precious open water on lakes is almost gone. As I grumble and begin to sort and organize my ice fishing stuff, I can’t deny that I am looking forward to the opportunity to go ice fishing for, of all fish, the smelt. Benefits of Smelt Fishing Rainbow smelt are slender and small: 7-8 inches long and weighing just a few ounces. About the size of…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 11, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

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The criteria for selecting the best ice fishing rod and reel combos differ from combos for open water. The main reason is that there is NO casting involved; just drop the bait or lure down a hole. Another way to measure an ice fishing combo is the “action.” What species you are targeting, the rod sensitivity, and how much and where it bends can affect your fishing success on hard water. Here are some things…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 4, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Cold Water Safety Tips for Kayaks

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While some parts of the country may be ice fishing, others are experiencing a winter that is much warmer than last year. So far. The moving water of many streams and rivers will remain open even when the ponds and lakes freeze over with a foot of ice. This means there is still the opportunity for some fun kayak excursions, as long as the following cold water safety tips are followed. Check the weather. Cold…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Equipment: The Trotline

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  The trotline is a primitive piece of traditional fishing equipment where the angler doesn’t need to be present all the time. It does not require a skill in casting or presentation, just lots of bait. This line often is a heavy nylon with a hook tied to it every couple of feet or so. Depending on the bait and target fish species these hooks can be treble, single, or better yet, circle hooks which…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 21, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tool: The Cargo Pocket

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There are a wide range of designs of tackleboxes on the market, both hard and soft, with specialized compartments for fishing lures, bobbers, and rigs for each size and shape. But on most of my fishing trips, the containers I’m most grateful for are the ones located about mid thigh on each leg of my pants. And cargo pockets prove that not just any pocket will do. Standard pockets on jeans, for example will be…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tackle: the Snap & Swivel

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A popular piece of traditional fishing tackle is a small unit of metal hardware consisting of a barrel swivel connected to a small wire clip, or the “snap.” Elite Bassmaster angler, Greg Hackney remembers always using snap swivels in his youth but you probably won’t find them used by most tournament anglers. Although handy, they are not for every fishing situation. Snap Swivel Advantages        1. Allows for a quick lure change without tying another…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 7, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Unique Gift Ideas for Dad

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When looking for gifts ideas for Dad, it may be helpful to keep in mind that great gifts don’t always arrive in wrapped packages and it is better to give than receive. Here are three examples of unique gift ideas for Dad. Good fishing tackle, for the kids. True, this may seem like yet another gift for the kids, but in the long run, Dad will benefit. Not that there is anything wrong with that…




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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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