Posted by: Tom K.
July 9, 2013

Tom K.

Everglades National Park

Photo Credit: National Park Service   For whatever reason it’s easy to think of a national park as being land based.  And at a million and a half acres, it’d be easy to think that the Everglades National Park (www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm) consists of a tremendous amount of land. One of the park’s outstanding attributes is that 1/3 of it, or 500 million acres, is water.  The fact that a tremendous amount of gamefish are in these waters…

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Posted by: Andy
April 30, 2013

Andy

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

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Arbor Day was last Friday.  And when I think of trees, I think of fishing. (Bear with me.)  Trees, and other plants for that matter, are an important aspect to many great fisheries. Though often overlooked, trees aide with the conservation of fisheries well before they are even water logged. Structure such as flooded timber, stumps, brush, “lay downs”, or “blow downs” are highly sought after by anglers of bass and crappie. Every year, leftover…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 4, 2013

Tom K.

The Spawning Bed

At different times of the year, fish pair up for their annual spawning ritual.  In the warmer climates, bass and bream are answering the call of nature right now, and anglers are seeing them on the beds.  In a month or two, spots further north will see bass and panfish doing the same thing.  Some trout and steelhead set up redds in rivers in the spring while other trout and salmon spawn in the fall. …

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 20, 2013

Tom K.

The Stocking Truck

MassWildlife photographer Bill Byrne.

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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Posted by: Andy
March 5, 2013

Andy

Don’t Flip Out: Tips for Teaching Kids to Handle Fish

Walleye have sharp teeth, spines, and gill covering but still can be held for a photo

  When taking a kid fishing, eventually an actual fish will be landed.  What happens next can affect the chances of a return trip. If the goal is to admire the catch, then watch it swim away, here are a few tips for proper fish handling (for you or for the kiddies): 1. The best thing to do is leave the fish in the water. However, holding the fish for a photo is often in…

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Posted by: Andy
February 26, 2013

Andy

“All This From Fish”

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  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
February 19, 2013

Andy

Trophy Room

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  You’ve done it. Landed a whopper. Not something merely for the frying pan; a true trophy fish. Now what? How are you going to remember this magnificent fish and accurately communicate the massive proportions to others? Anglers are more conservation-minded these days, rarely putting a trophy on a stringer. They recognize that the oldest fish are going to take the longest to replace.  The largest fish are needed in aquatic systems to spawn, eat…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 10, 2013

Tom K.

Bold in the Cold

Winter fishing in the Northern reaches traditionally has been through the ice.  While you’re likely to see a tremendous number of ice fishermen on lakes and ponds from Maine to Washington State, you’re also likely to see anglers waist deep in rivers.  After all, they’re fishing for steelhead. Wild steelhead are anadromous fish, just like salmon.  They’re born into a river and migrate to the ocean where they spend some time growing up.  When they’re…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
November 30, 2012

Elizabeth

Wild Animal Encounters

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One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature.  I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out of fishing, regardless of how many fish they actually catch. But let’s face it, there are times when encounters with wild animals are more than exhilarating—they can be downright dangerous and frightening.  Trust…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 28, 2012

Tom K.

Mentors Old and Young

Time on the water answers most fishing questions and that time is what helps an angler improve.  Whenever I fish alone I experiment with different techniques, a variety of lures and retrieves, and I learn a lot.  But, nothing beats learning from a mentor, and when I fish alone I always wind up thinking about the many folks who have taught me along my way. My dad showed me a lot of the basics of…

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