Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 6, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Deep Thoughts: A Great Place to Fish may be Deeper.

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In an attempt to better understand a fishery, I try to relate some common heights of things above water and apply this information to the habitat below water. For example on my local waters, any fish caught below the height of a basketball goal (10 feet) is considered “deep.” “Shallow” can be about the height of a kids’ juice box, (a few inches) but generally less than a table top (3 feet). Many largemouth bass…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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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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