Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 31, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Follow that Duck!

Much of the United States is dealing with a brutal heat wave; known here in Oklahoma as “summer.” Anglers, and fish, compensate for triple-digit daytime temperatures by utilizing the cooler windows of mornings and evenings. To find fish mid day, you may have to move the focus away from shallow water. Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet can fish any depth. Like most anglers, a shallow water structure, such as a stump near the shore, will…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 24, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Put IN.

Recently, my family canoed several miles of the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania. A few hours of  summer canoe rental is a good opportunity to test drive a water craft to determine if purchased, whether it will be used on the water or as a drink cooling conversation piece. Though the river was bustling with a big weekend crowd, we enjoyed our paddle and quickly learned some quirks not only of canoe maneuvering, but of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 21, 2012

Tom Keer

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 15, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Boating Reason #131: Snakes

There are many reasons to enjoy boating. Laird Durham, a freelance writer and avid boater, has assembled his Top 10 Reasons, and there are many others.   Fishing, of course, is a major reason.  Access to all depths and locations of a body of water is a huge plus for fishing from a boat.  For some, so is avoiding contact with snakes. Unless it is steelhead season and very cold, many fishermen, like my fishing companion…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 5, 2012

Tom Keer

Safety First

Many boaters have already logged significant hours on the water.  For me up here in New England?  I’m just getting ready.  The initial arrival of migrating striped bass combined with unseasonably warm temperatures has motivated me to get my boat out of the mothballs.  Part of my checklist is reviewing all of my U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety requirements.  I’ve got PFD’s for every passenger I intend to bring onboard, a whistle, a visual distress…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 3, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

The Boat Tote

  There is something to be said about not having a boat trailer.  And for me, that something has been “Yea! No boat trailer!” I do miss pulling up on a trailer at the end of a fishing trip, leaving everything ready and in place for next time.  And the trailer checklist is not that long.  Let’s just say that I have had issues with wire harnesses and taillights in the past. Currently, I schlep…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 27, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

“Fin” (the end)

Deciding when to go fishing can be a complex issue.  The conditions when fish may be biting best are considered along with other important issues such as safe weather. And your job. But if we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never get on the water. So off we go on our aquatic quest. Then there is perhaps an even greater dilemma:  when to end the fishing trip. As a youngster, I learned the longer…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 22, 2012

Tom Keer

Guilty as Charged

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 20, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Time to Make the Doughnuts.

I have always thought the less noise emanating from a boat the better. And I’ve strived for stealth, or at least minimal kid squabbling. Recently, I was surprised to hear Bassmaster Elite tournament pro Dustin Wilks share that sometimes boat traffic is “not a bad thing” when you’re fishing. During a Bass Fishing Techniques class Jeff Kriet, another Bassmaster Elite Pro, echoed the sentiment. Kriet has the most fun looking for bass way “out” (deep…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 6, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Retainer Explainer.

Most of the time, I would rather not wear sunglasses. Instead, I prefer to polish my Eastwood-esque squint. However, around water, polarized sunglasses are a critical fish-catching tool, not only protecting eyes from flying lures but cutting through glare and helping to unveil glimpses of underwater activity normally missed. But sometimes the glasses have to come off.  Maybe this is due to low light conditions, to clean the lenses, see something with own eyes, or…

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