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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 2, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

It’s A-Boat Time!

I still have snow in the yard but the calendar says “Spring” and in the yard, there are shoots from flowers pushing skyward so I know it is time to go over my “Get the Boat Ready” list. 1. Is the boat registration up to date? Some state agencies require a yearly renewal, while others all renew on a certain date.  Best bet is to check your state’s boat registration dates and requirements. 2. Do…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Give Me a Break

For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 1, 2013

Tom Keer

Boats That Won’t Break the Bank

For many anglers, boats add a new dimension to fishing.  They enable us to get to different areas that we can’t reach in our boots. Boats can help you cover more water, and in a lot of instances allows you to bring along some extra buddies.  Boats can be expensive, but they don’t need to be.  If you’re thinking about buying a boat this season and are worried about the cost, here are a few…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 26, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

“All This From Fish”

  It was easy to get caught up in the drama of last weekend’s 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  With a storm of snow and ice, followed by 21 degrees at the Day 1 launch, just being on a boat in the ultimate fishing contest was brutal. Numb fingers make it difficult to cast and change lures.  Or, as Bassmaster Elite angler Gerald Swindle joked, “you can’t pick your nose at 21 degrees.”  …

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