Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

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  In case you missed it, last weekend was a really big deal in the world of professional fishing tournaments. Fifty five anglers qualified to compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, this time held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Unable to attend this year, I enjoyed the coverage on the internet from the warmth of my office. This year in South Carolina, anglers were greeted to single digit temperatures which created problems beyond frost…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing for Striped Marlin

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How are you handling the winter so far? Are you having fun ice fishing? If you want to take a break from shoveling the driveway and fly to a more tropical location, the striped marlin may be biting. For example: it is 80 degrees in Hawaii now, and striped marlin season peaks in January, February, and March. Sounds like a great excuse to charter a boat out of the Kona harbor on the Big Island.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Story Time

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Ice fishing requires patience. Fish are sluggish in cold water so it is a good idea to commit to a hole for a while. As you and your fishing buddy are waiting, and maybe jigging your line every now and then, this might be a good time to share some fish stories. Fishermen are renowned for their fish stories, which makes sense because if you fish long enough, you are bound to witness something amazing.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Streaming Web Cams: An Indoor Fishing Adventure. Sort of…

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Is the ice still “growing” on your lakes? Are your roads due a visit from a snowplow? Same here. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about fishing. There are various ways to use fishing “down time” such as reorganizing tackle or fishing rod repair. Well, internet also can help fishermen cope. Here are 3 ways live streaming web cams can help when fishing conditions are poor: Watch the fishing conditions online. By monitoring,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Ways a Polar Plunge Catches Fish: Cold Water Techniques

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When retrieved, lures vary greatly in their range of actions such as the tightness of wobble, depth of dive, or amount of flash from a spinning blade. However there are many occasions such as fishing in cold water, where just the drop IS the action. As the lure falls to the bottom or earlier preferred depth, you may find that on your first crank of the reel, a fish may already be there. One technique…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Custom Hot Rods

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The holiday festivities are over and hopefully you received some fishing related gifts. My kids received a selection of fishing lures and I got some new line. I also know a few lucky anglers found a custom fishing rod under or maybe leaning against their Christmas tree. What is a custom rod anyway? Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods explained that he starts with a rod “blank.” This is just the bare, plain rod, with…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

4 Fishing Tips and Tricks for Fishing Slower in Cold Water

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Cold water means a lower metabolism for fish. This does not mean they won’t bite, but some changes in technique are in order, such as learning to fish slower. One great cold water bass lure is the jerkbait. Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, casts this lipped, suspending lure all winter. He reels to get some depth, twitches it a couple of times, then gives it a pause. Sometimes this period of inactivity…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How Many Fishing Rods Does an Angler “Need?”

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The average subscriber to Bass Angler Magazine has about 26 fishing rods. Pennsylvania angler, Joe Stefanacci, estimates he has over 40. Nebraska angler Jared Schleifer only has 7 that he considers “active.” You could play a round of golf with just a 4-iron. It wouldn’t affect my score much, but once you gain experience and learn when, why, and how to use the full range of clubs for the unique challenge at each hole, a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Big Fish Picture

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The number and size of fish caught by anglers are the most popular information. This is called “Catch Per Unit Effort” by fisheries biologists. However in an attempt to grasp the full underwater picture, they will use a range of sampling techniques. Each method has a degree of sampling bias or selectivity for a species or a size, so biologists must consider such factors as: time of day, season, temperature, habitat and turbidity of the…

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