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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet.

Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle.  However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming some logistical hurdles. Two vehicles are almost always required; one at the “put in”, and the other at a predetermined destination.  Another option is to “borrow” the wife’s “antique” milk crate, slide part…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 10, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

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: Andy Whitcomb
September 3, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Log On.

Take Me Fishing blogger Tom Keer recently reported on the pelagic bite. (“Pelagic” means, “go start the boat; you can’t catch those from shore.) Unlike inshore fishing, where structure and weeds are a fishing gold mine… No place is more starved for fish structure than the pelagic ocean. It is wide open and featureless. Just. Water. What direction should you point the boat? Where should you start fishing? Well, birds are a great visual of…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 22, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Raise the Rafters

Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 13, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 18, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 28, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Learning to Cast from a Boat

When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Memorial Day Weekend!

The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 14, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

On Hold

The best rod holder is your hands.  After all, this is why we have opposable thumbs. Nothing can beat hands for continual monitoring of fish activity and reaction time.  But there are times when you just have to put the rod down. Perhaps this is due to long periods of inactivity like when covering a great amount of water in a boat like when trolling for walleye, salmon, or tuna.  When fishing with friends for…

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