Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 25, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

A Rocking Classic

Randy Howell 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champ with his game face on.

The epic, 3-day 2014 Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament completed this weekend in Alabama. This “Super Bowl” of bass fishing was a battle of 56 anglers competing for the prestigious title.  Simply qualifying to compete in this event is a huge success. I drove over 12 hours to attend my 4th Classic and soaked up as much bass fishing info as possible, even interviewing former Bassmaster Classic Champion, Chris Lane, about fishing with his kids. By…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Classic Clash

In an attempt to communicate the scope, grand spectacle, and popularity of the Bassmaster Classic, it is frequently referred to as the “Super Bowl” of fishing tournaments. This grand 3-day fishing fest will take place in Alabama on Lake Guntersville, February 21-23. By winning one of the 2013 Bassmaster tournaments or placing high enough consistently, a select group of professional anglers achieves their  goal to compete in the yearly main event. There are some explanations…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Show Your Fishing and Boating Spirit

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I am a fishing and boating enthusiast.  And I don’t have to look far to determine that I am not alone. I constantly notice fishing rods in backseats, outboard motor brands on truck tailgates and rear windows, and license plates with the “jumping fish” upgrade. Here are some ways people show their fishing and boating love: 1) A kayak is always sticking out of the back of the truck, (and grinning all the time). 2) A…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Great Reasons to Take a Solo Fishing Trip

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I love taking kids fishing. To put them on fish and watch them light up when they get a hit is one of my greatest thrills.  But to increase the odds of a successful outing, I have to do my “homework” by fishing alone ahead of time. If the weather is questionable or there have been some seasonal changes since our last trip, I’ll venture out on my own and try to learn as much…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 8, 2014

Tom Keer

Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Water and Wildlife

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Water attracts not only boaters and anglers, but wildlife as well.  Among my sightings last year were an otter munching on crayfish, a family of black bears, and a fawn swimming in the Allegheny River. Experiences like this certainly make an outing memorable, whether the fish are biting or not. Depending on your location this winter, open water may be at a premium and can concentrate wildlife.  Plus, there is generally less boating and fishing…

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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
October 15, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Maybe Get Back -4 Tips for Backing up a Boat Trailer

Backing a boat trailer can be intimidating, especially at a crowded boat ramp.  Sometimes the trailer seems to have a mind of its own. With cooler temperatures and hunting seasons, there may be fewer people at the lake so this might be a good time to practice. Here are a few tips: 1) Slow and steady. “Haste makes… the tire fall off the side of the ramp.” There is a little bit of lag time…

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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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