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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 29, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

A Better “Superbowl?”

My Steelers did not even make the playoffs, so the upcoming Superbowl is of little interest this year. However, I am eagerly awaiting another Superbowl of sorts: The Bassmaster Classic. This year, the giant event is held on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma on February 22-24th. Weigh ins will be held in the new BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. This marks the westernmost Classic held in the modern era. 53 competitors will compete for the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 3, 2013

Tom Keer

Beat the Winter Blues with a Boating and Fishing Show

Ok, New Year’s Day is over.  For those of us outside the tropical or near-tropical regions, our boats are in dry dock, our reels are packed in grease, and our rods are stowed away.  If we head out for some winter steelhead, ice fishing, or hopping a plane to a warmer climate then we’re still logging some time on the water.  And if our answer is D, none of the above, then there are plenty…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 12, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Bridge Night.

Recently, I learned that October 20th is National Bridge Day. Fortunately, this is recognition of the potential fish structure and not the dull couple’s card game.  A bridge is not just a means to get to a fishing location; if it spans water, a bridge may actually BE the destination. Keith Sutton, author of The Crappie Handbook, notes that bridges make great crappie structures, especially the concrete piers when the water is cool. “The piers…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 11, 2012

Tom Keer

5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Boat

The end of the boating season always brings about mixed emotions.  Knowing that we’re going to haul our boats and get them ready for storage means we’re not heading out on the water any time soon, and that just stinks.  There is also the routine maintenance that goes into winterizing engines, removing electronics, and fixing any of the hatches, railings, or canvas that experienced, well, heavy use.  Every cloud has a silver lining, and handling…

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