Posted by: Andy
September 25, 2013

Andy

Bow Fishing

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September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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Posted by: Andy
September 17, 2013

Andy

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet.

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Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle.  However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming some logistical hurdles. Two vehicles are almost always required; one at the “put in”, and the other at a predetermined destination.  Another option is to “borrow” the wife’s “antique” milk crate, slide part…

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Posted by: Andy
September 10, 2013

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Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

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Golf can serve as a way to relax, have fun, and help manage stress. It can be played alone, but more often it seems, a golf outing is a social event, perhaps where business networking takes place. However, more people fish than golf and tennis combined. Maybe fishing outings should be the new corporate retreat activity? Here are a few reasons why fishing is better than golf: With golf, you take turns and have to…

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Posted by: Andy
September 3, 2013

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Log On.

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Take Me Fishing blogger Tom Keer recently reported on the pelagic bite. (“Pelagic” means, “go start the boat; you can’t catch those from shore.) Unlike inshore fishing, where structure and weeds are a fishing gold mine… No place is more starved for fish structure than the pelagic ocean. It is wide open and featureless. Just. Water. What direction should you point the boat? Where should you start fishing? Well, birds are a great visual of…

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Posted by: Andy
August 27, 2013

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The Hatch may be Open.

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“That’s a big mosquito!” a boy in the crowd said. However, my pet for a brief moment was a harmless mayfly, attracted to the lights of my kids’ ballgame. At the river earlier that day, there also was a “hatch” (a periodic emergence of insects, often in large numbers) of another much smaller species. This last week, my usual river smallmouth bass tactics were met with less than enthusiastic hits.  I attributed my lack of…

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Posted by: Andy
August 22, 2013

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Raise the Rafters

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Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…

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Posted by: Andy
August 13, 2013

Andy

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

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Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Andy
August 5, 2013

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Top Shot

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In general, I am not much for surprises, but a jolt from a sudden topwater explosion, is certainly worth the price of admission.  In clear water, we sometimes get a chance to see a strike on submerged lures, but the only sure way to see a hit, is with a topwater lure. There are many variations of topwater lures. Robert Montgomery in his book “Why We Fish” wrote that he is “irrationally addicted to the…

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Posted by: Andy
July 29, 2013

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Aquatic Veggies

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Aquatic vegetation is one sign of a productive body of water. It indicates plenty of nutrients and high fertility.  Various types of vegetation in water may serve as food for microscopic insects, spawning habitat, and nurseries for larval fish. Large water plants provide shade and both protective cover for small fish, and ambush points for predators. Because of this, many anglers, especially bass anglers, love what they have named “salad.” Bassmaster Elite Jonathan VanDam seeks…

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Posted by: Andy
July 23, 2013

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Yard Fishing

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Every fishing or boating show likes to include something for the kids. Often this is in the form of a hands-on casting booth where the target may be a giant inflatable fish mouth. These booths always have a long line. This fun can continue in the yard, where you do not have to stand in line. “Backyard Bass” is a game example consisting of three flat, plastic fish. A rubber casting plug “catches” the fish…

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