Posted by: Andy
September 10, 2013

Andy

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: Debbie
September 9, 2013

Debbie

2 Freshwater Fishing Lures to Use This Fall

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Fall is one of the best seasons of the year to freshwater fish since the air temperature starts to cool, the lakes become a bit calmer, and the changing color of the leaves makes for spectacular scenery if you are fishing in the northern states. Game fish, such as bass and crappie, also tend to become more active while seeking out abundant food sources before the winter months. Be sure to take full advantage of…

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Posted by: Andy
August 27, 2013

Andy

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 5, 2013

Andy

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

Andy

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

Andy

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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Posted by: Debbie
July 3, 2013

Debbie

5 Things to Know About Using Soft Plastic Worms for Bass

Bass Fishing with Plastic Watermelon Worm

Soft plastic worms are some of the best bass lures to use when fishing areas of heavy vegetation during the warm summer months. Bass often prefer to congregate where they can find thick cover on summer days because the plant life provides shade while also helping to oxygenate the water. However, making the decisions about which worms to use depending on the area and conditions can be a bit of a challenge since there are…

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Posted by: Andy
July 1, 2013

Andy

F.L.Y. Fishing (Favorite Lures of Youth)

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Do you remember your favorite fishing lure as a kid? BassMaster Elite angler, Alton Jones said his favorite as a youth was to topwater lure, a Heddon Spook. Topwater lures are a great lure for kids because of the visual appeal. With most submerged lures, we are left to imagine the lure action and movement until it returns and we catch a glimpse.  With a topwater lure, you always know what it is doing. Twitch,…

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Posted by: Andy
June 24, 2013

Andy

Go with the Flow

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I’m a pond and small lake guy. That’s just where I gained the majority of my fishing experiences and thus, where I am most confident. Recently, I moved to the edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  Many of the fishing opportunities are streams, creeks, or rivers.  Water here moves. I’m used to reacting to swirls. But now, it is ALL swirls. Standing on the bank of the Allegheny River, according to my rough calculations, in 7…

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Posted by: Andy
June 18, 2013

Andy

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

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Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…

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