Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

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It is good manners to leave things better than how you found them. When I borrow a truck, I return it with a full tank of gas. When friends give my family a plastic container of brownies, I will do my part and help pound down a few. Just to be polite. Oh, and I’ll return the container, washed and dried. I try to achieve the same thing when I go fishing and boating so…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

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The presence of steelhead trout in or around Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie tributaries now has anglers out in droves. The size of the run so far this year seems to be well below expected and there are times when it appears there are more anglers than fish. Here are a few fishing etiquette rules so everyone can “get along” under such high pressure conditions. Fish “Off” times. Avoid weekends, if possible. Monitor hunting seasons.   “Opening Day” of…




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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: 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: 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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Keeping it Creel: A Conservation and Management Tool

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To help conserve and manage a fishery, biologists use a variety of scientific sampling methods to collect data such as seines, trap nets, and electrofishing. Angler effort and catch rate is another important aspect of fish conservation and fisheries management and a creel survey can provide some valuable information. Fisheries Management Improved by Anglers’ Answers A creel survey involves interviewing anglers about their fishing success for the day. This can be accomplished on shore, by…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Safety Tips: Selecting Clothes

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Fall is a great time to go fishing and boating. The fish are biting, temperatures are cooler, and the fall foliage show, well underway in many parts of the country, makes a spectacular backdrop. Here are some reasons why you need to select the right clothes for fishing safety during this transitional season: Sun. Though maybe not quite as intense, the sun still deserves a healthy dose of respect. A full day on or near…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Freshwater Fishing Lures for the Entire Water Column

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Sometimes I am asked, “Do you really need all these lures?”And my answer is always an emphatic, “maybe!” There is no one freshwater fishing lure that will do everything. In addition to variations in colors and actions, there is depth to consider. With changes in depth, other factors will fluctuate such as light, temperature, and oxygen concentration. And these factors all influence fish feeding behavior. Thermocline Determines Best Freshwater Fishing Lures Water stratifies sometimes, which…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 21, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

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Smallmouth bass are celebrated for their power and fight.   Even the small bronze fish surprise many anglers because they represent like much larger fish. And what better way to “kick it up a notch” than to catch smallmouth bass on a fly rod? However, I have been making some mistakes on the Allegheny River. Bass Fly Fishing Techniques The first two tips are from Lamar Underwood’s book, “1001 Fishing Tips” when fly fishing for saltwater…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Boat Anchors: Essential Boat Equipment

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A boat is a magnificent craft, allowing us to reach remote fishing spots on the water that are well beyond casting range from shore. Once the boat arrives there however, the next issue becomes how to remain there. You can turn off the motor or stop paddling, but it isn’t like parking a car. Wind and currents have other plans. Creative Ideas for Fishing Boat Anchors Anglers often create simple anchors out of handy materials such…




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