Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 8, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Camp FishaPond

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If you have plans to camp this summer, don’t forget the fishing rods. You probably will be camping near some water such as a lake, river, or stream and that means a good opportunity for some fishing fun. And make sure you and your kids don’t overlook that little pond near camp. Here are a few reasons to fish a pond: Ponds are shallower than lakes and thus more productive. They warm quickly in the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Fish for Bass with “The Frog.”

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This topwater lure is a favorite not only of largemouth bass, but of the bass angler. Because it floats and is basically weedless, it can be worked over and through the heavy vegetation where few other lures dare. The visual hit is extremely addictive and may remind you of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” My son recently put on a show at a nearby lake with many consecutive hits of his frog lure. Here are…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks.

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I’m a part-time river gambler. Betting that I can catch chunky smallmouth bass, I cast into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and even “raise the stakes” by letting my lure fall and bump into the rocks. But rocks are tough on hooks and chances of a successful hook set drop dramatically if the hook is not sharp and strong. Check Your Hooks for These 3 Qualities: Dull hook point. This is commonly overlooked. Compare the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

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I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 11, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum

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Recently, I accompanied my daughter to a science museum for a school field trip. Part of one display made me think about fishing: the pendulum. A pendulum is a swinging object on the end of a line. Beginning anglers learn about the pendulum when they attempt to land fish. Often I observe novices reel in too much line, and then like a carrot dangling in front of a horse, they can’t reach the fish without…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Fishing Report

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I follow fishing reports not just from local sources, but also around the country. When I travel, I am going to go fishing while I’m there. That is just understood. And there are many suppliers of current fishing information, from the outdoor section of local newspapers to the Take Me Fishing web site state reports resource. States even may offer to send electronic weekly fishing reports. For example, I receive reports from Michigan and Oklahoma,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

E-fish-iency

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When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish– soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, and how to retrieve. Then I do something completely different. Even when fishing with more experienced anglers, I rarely throw the same lure, or retrieve it in the same manner. Through the process…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

What’s My Line?

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When I was young, my two or three rod and reels combos all had the same line: 8 pound monofilament. Monofilament was the workhorse for anglers everywhere for anything that swims. Today however, my rod and reel collection has grown to double digits with specific line types and sizes to match. Why does remembering your line matter? It has been a long winter and when getting reacquainted with your reels, the differences in each line…




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