Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 1, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Fitness and Conservation

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Fisheries biologists use both length and weight measurements of fish to supervise the fitness of a fish. When fish achieve a specific length, the weight should fall within a certain range to be considered healthy and robust. Depending somewhat on the region, recreational anglers may prefer to measure size in either length or weight but rarely both. Anglers who fish cooler or flowing water often seek a number for fish length. Trout, walleye, or pike…




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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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Catch and Release: When to Keep Your Prize Fish

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The issue of game fish conservation weighed heavily in my hands, about 17 pounds to be exact.  My wife Angela had just done great job reading the water, she made a good cast, and she expertly swam a soft plastic fishing lure.  It was no surprise when the striped bass blew up on it, and she set the hook, steered the fish from the rocks, and put it where it belonged- in our net. Now…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

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Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish.  Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure:  All fish like structure because it provides them with food and protection.  Tree deadfall provides shelter, while rocks, boulders and ledges are great ambush points.  Don’t overlook a dock or a float, they’re good spots, too. Weeds and grass beds: …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Night Fishing Trip: Same Place, Different Results

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If you are looking for new places to fish, try your regular fishing holes… in the dark. A fishing trip at night is a whole new ballgame. With much of your vision hindered, other senses like touch/feel and hearing must step it up. Here are three reasons to try a fishing trip at night: Less fishing pressure. If you have avoided a location because it is shoulder-to-shoulder during the day, you will probably find a…




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