Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Those Hard to Reach Places

Much of fishing success depends on access.  Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation. But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Bizarre Fish Foods

There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 20, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Going My Way?

Location is everything.  Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel.  However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there. For example, in an episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade set his reel to free spool, left his fishing rod in a holder, and paddled a small raft a long distance to drop his baited hook where…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pier Pressure

Saltwater or freshwater, a fishing pier can be a great place to fish. Not only can the structure serve as habitat and a fish attractant, it is a handy access point to deeper water. Piers are popular areas for vacationers or weekend anglers, when their fishing time is especially limited. To increase your chances of landing more fish, try fishing less pressured times such as early in the morning or when the weather is cool…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 9, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

My New Pal, the Palomar Knot

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: Andy Whitcomb
April 29, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

What’s Cooking?

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: Andy Whitcomb
April 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Fishing Round 2

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: Andy Whitcomb
April 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Read the Signs

Successful anglers are puzzle solvers. They take cues from nature for lure selection, such as fly fishermen “matching the hatch” during an aquatic insect emergence. For locating fish many anglers watch for bird activity, such as seagulls feeding on large baitfish schools. But anglers also have to pay attention to any actually printed, posted signs. Stapled to every 10th roadside tree is the Pennsylvania state flower, the yellow “Posted, Private Property” sign.  Closer inspection around…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Trout Scout

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has begun stocking  trout in streams around Pennsylvania.  Even though the trout season doesn’t start until April 12th for my neck of the woods, to increase chances of success, it is worthwhile to scout these streams. If you are in the same boat, and want to get a head start compared to other anglers, here are a few tips to scouting and viewing fish in streams: 1) Polarized glasses…

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