Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 3, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 26, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

What kind of a bottom do you like?

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  There is a paradox of strategy with many B.A.S.S. tournament anglers. When they fish rivers, anglers often compete for backwater areas without current. When the tournament is held in lakes/reservoirs, they can’t wait until there is current to turn on the bite. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders. Current moves the fine silt…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 19, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Teachers are Students too.

There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Supersize It this Fall.

It is widely known that, as Bassmaster Elite angler Tommy Biffle said, “Big ol’ baits catch big ol’ fish.”  Before he leaves a fishing spot, fellow Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet will throw a large swimbait, to see if there are any big ones in the area. However during most of the year, anglers generally split the difference with medium-sized lures to catch a wider range of fish sizes, including those large fish.  Due to…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Spinnerbait time

When the temperature starts dropping and the leaves change colors, I start casting the old spinnerbait again. This wired lure works great all year but during spring and fall, they really get a workout drawing reaction strikes. Bassmaster Elite Pro, Greg Hackney said, “For a long time, I didn’t know there was any other lure.” A spinnerbait has two components.  The top “spinner” consists of 1 to 3 blades of various shapes and colors, depending…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 1, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

To Set or Not to Set

We hear it all the time from coaches of various sports. Simple reminders like: “Put the glove on the ground.” “Cut to the basket.” “Play defense.” Players know these things, yet a little reminder every now and then helps maintain focus to get the job done. The same goes with fishing. Here are few reminders for one of the most important events in fishing, the hook set. “If the lure drops-twice… You might need a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 25, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bow Fishing

September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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