Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 19, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Urban Catfish

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Catfish are one of the most popular sport fish.  Anyone with a chunk of bait on the bottom has a chance to experience the strength of these brutes. For several consecutive weekends in the in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area anglers have competed for fish with whiskers. Recently the First Annual Field & Stream Catfish Classic was won by Team “Nite Shift.” They beat 35 boats with teams of two as well as shoreline competitors.  However, winning…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 12, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Does Not Play Well With Others”

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Soft plastics come in a staggering selection of colors, scents, shapes, and sizes. They also vary in composition. I have several dozen packages in my tackle bags. In an attempt to increase angling efficiency and make some more luggage room for a much needed vacation, I consolidated some of these packages into a “river” bag, and a “lake” bag. A few weeks later, I discovered that some soft plastics had seemingly melted together, and I…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Whatever It Takes

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I love to take my daughter fishing. But she only likes to go… sometimes. She has both spincast and spinning reels, which she can cast accurately. Already, she is confident landing and handling several fish species.  And she loves to be near water. But, fishing is just not her thing. Yet. So, when she does decide to go fishing with us, I do what I can to keep it fun for her: If she wants…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 29, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Garden Harvest

This time of year, most gardens are producing plenty of vegetables and flowers. Though gardens require work to maintain, the tasty results are well worth the trouble. Whether the garden is a small urban raised bed or a larger rural roto-tilled plot, insects will find and feast on the garden too.  Some of the insects are pests that can be great bait. Collecting these in a coffee can with a hole-punched lid not only helps…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

UCAST

I don’t know if he fishes but last week, I followed the approximate path of Lebron James’ moving truck and drove 1066 miles to attend  ICAST in Orlando, Florida. It is the “world’s largest sport fishing trade show.”  The 11,000 plus attendees were “industry only,” so I felt fortunate to peek at some of the new, innovative recreational fishing products that will start appearing in stores. There was some overlap from companies that exhibited at…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Love

The common carp is so widely distributed we often forget it is a non-native species. Good luck finding a lake or river without these bottom-dwelling fish wallowing it. In many bodies of water, carp make up a majority of the fish biomass. Though highly-prized in their native Europe, the common carp makes many anglers in the U.S. grumpy. Research has shown carp to be detrimental to native fish populations and even waterfowl and game by…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

City Bites

When I travel I always keep my eyes open for fishing opportunities.  Even in urban areas. If there is water, there is a fishing opportunity. For urban fishing, I usually start targeting “tougher” fish such as carp and catfish.  But watch the locals. There may be some other fishing opportunities closer than you think. Here are just a few urban fishing areas: ● Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Arkansas River skirts downtown Tulsa. A popular fish location…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Bat Belt

For those stormy days when you can’t go fishing or boating, it is the summer movie “blockbuster” season.  Maybe there is a new superhero movie.  I understand another Batman movie in production. Batman differs from most superheroes in that he often relies on his “wonderful toys,” as the Joker once said. Some of these gadgets are kept on his utility belt. With all of the tools that can be clipped to a belt, this fisherman…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 24, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Camp BaitaHook

The National Wildlife Federation is having a Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014. Camping means roughing it, at least a little bit, getting a little more up-close and personal with nature. And because great camping spots often are in close proximity with water, this can be a golden time for some fishing. Did you forget the bait? There may be some fish tempting morsels closer than you think. ● Hotdogs.  Did one “accidentally”…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 16, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How many Followers do you have?

Sometimes anglers fish too quickly. Beginning anglers may rush because of lack of patience; advanced anglers may rush due to over confidence. If fish don’t hit immediately, or within a perceived strike zone, many anglers race the lure back to cast again. Many species of fish, freshwater or saltwater, will follow a lure or bait before deciding to strike or not. Be alert and give each cast a chance to tell you something. If the…

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