Posted by: Andy
December 3, 2013

Andy

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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Posted by: Andy
November 26, 2013

Andy

What kind of a bottom do you like?

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  There is a paradox of strategy with many B.A.S.S. tournament anglers. When they fish rivers, anglers often compete for backwater areas without current. When the tournament is held in lakes/reservoirs, they can’t wait until there is current to turn on the bite. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders. Current moves the fine silt…

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Posted by: Andy
November 19, 2013

Andy

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Andy
November 12, 2013

Andy

Teachers are Students too.

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There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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Posted by: Andy
November 5, 2013

Andy

Visit a Fish Hatchery

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Fish hatcheries are an important part of the management of fisheries.  They increase the fishing opportunities for anglers all over the country.  Hatcheries can assist as a fisheries management tool such as where natural reproduction may not be able to keep up with the fishing pressure, or where stunting is an issue.  By stocking fish that are large enough to avoid predation, the population dynamics can be more balanced. Many fish hatcheries have visitor’s centers…

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Posted by: Andy
October 29, 2013

Andy

Steel City

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Two hours North of Pittsburgh, the state of Pennsylvania has its toe in the Great Lake known as Erie. And within this relatively small access, a great steelhead fishery is managed. Fall marks the time these chrome versions of rainbow trout leave the massive lake and enter the streams to spawn.  This year, low water levels and warm temperatures delayed the runs somewhat. A recent storm just “blew out” the streams so when the water…

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Posted by: Andy
October 21, 2013

Andy

Supersize It this Fall.

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It is widely known that, as Bassmaster Elite angler Tommy Biffle said, “Big ol’ baits catch big ol’ fish.”  Before he leaves a fishing spot, fellow Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet will throw a large swimbait, to see if there are any big ones in the area. However during most of the year, anglers generally split the difference with medium-sized lures to catch a wider range of fish sizes, including those large fish.  Due to…

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Posted by: Andy
October 15, 2013

Andy

Maybe Get Back -4 Tips for Backing up a Boat Trailer

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Backing a boat trailer can be intimidating, especially at a crowded boat ramp.  Sometimes the trailer seems to have a mind of its own. With cooler temperatures and hunting seasons, there may be fewer people at the lake so this might be a good time to practice. Here are a few tips: 1) Slow and steady. “Haste makes… the tire fall off the side of the ramp.” There is a little bit of lag time…

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Posted by: Andy
October 8, 2013

Andy

Spinnerbait time

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When the temperature starts dropping and the leaves change colors, I start casting the old spinnerbait again. This wired lure works great all year but during spring and fall, they really get a workout drawing reaction strikes. Bassmaster Elite Pro, Greg Hackney said, “For a long time, I didn’t know there was any other lure.” A spinnerbait has two components.  The top “spinner” consists of 1 to 3 blades of various shapes and colors, depending…

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Posted by: Andy
October 1, 2013

Andy

To Set or Not to Set

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We hear it all the time from coaches of various sports. Simple reminders like: “Put the glove on the ground.” “Cut to the basket.” “Play defense.” Players know these things, yet a little reminder every now and then helps maintain focus to get the job done. The same goes with fishing. Here are few reminders for one of the most important events in fishing, the hook set. “If the lure drops-twice… You might need a…

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