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 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 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…

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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
December 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Schools are Teaching about Fishing too.

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I recently visited a grade school class and noticed a list of 7 classroom rules posted by the door. Although these guidelines serve to remind students about expected behaviors and efficient time management, I thought they seemed to apply to appropriate angler behavior too and specially when teaching fishing “Pay Attention.” Is there safe room to cast? Did you notice the baitfish scattering in that back cove? “Follow Directions.” Where did he say that submerged…

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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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Constant Contact: 5 Great Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

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One of the most effective ways to catch fish is to use natural bait. And one of the best ways to release fish caught with bait is to keep in constant contact with that bait. Undetected hits can lead to deep hook removals, thus reducing the chances of watching fish swim away unharmed to catch another day. Here are the 5 tips for Catch and Release Fishing with bait: Choose the right hook shape and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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