Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Tipping Point

Unfortunately, fishing rods break. Fishing rod tips are no match for untimely encounters with pickup truck tailgates, trunk lids, car doors, or feet. Then what? Chuck it and buy a new one? With a little patience, sometimes the rod can be fixed by replacing the tip with the aid of a repair kit. As my rod collection breaks down through the year, snapped rods get set aside for a cold or stormy, non-fishing day when…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Schools are Teaching about Fishing too.

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I recently visited a grade school class and noticed a list of 7 classroom rules posted by the door. Although these guidelines serve to remind students about expected behaviors and efficient time management, I thought they seemed to apply to appropriate angler behavior too and specially when teaching fishing “Pay Attention.” Is there safe room to cast? Did you notice the baitfish scattering in that back cove? “Follow Directions.” Where did he say that submerged…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How Many Fishing Rods Does an Angler “Need?”

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The average subscriber to Bass Angler Magazine has about 26 fishing rods. Pennsylvania angler, Joe Stefanacci, estimates he has over 40. Nebraska angler Jared Schleifer only has 7 that he considers “active.” You could play a round of golf with just a 4-iron. It wouldn’t affect my score much, but once you gain experience and learn when, why, and how to use the full range of clubs for the unique challenge at each hole, a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Big Fish Picture

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The number and size of fish caught by anglers are the most popular information. This is called “Catch Per Unit Effort” by fisheries biologists. However in an attempt to grasp the full underwater picture, they will use a range of sampling techniques. Each method has a degree of sampling bias or selectivity for a species or a size, so biologists must consider such factors as: time of day, season, temperature, habitat and turbidity of the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Constant Contact: 5 Great Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

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One of the most effective ways to catch fish is to use natural bait. And one of the best ways to release fish caught with bait is to keep in constant contact with that bait. Undetected hits can lead to deep hook removals, thus reducing the chances of watching fish swim away unharmed to catch another day. Here are the 5 tips for Catch and Release Fishing with bait: Choose the right hook shape and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pre-Owned Boat for Sale

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Not mine. I bought a pre-owned boat this summer and we don’t plan on parting with it anytime soon. However with cooler temperatures and the boat season winding down in places, some boats may start appearing in the newspaper classifieds. Here are a few considerations in case you may be in the market for a pre-owned boat. ● Are you ready? Do you have a place to store it? Is there room in the garage?…

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