Posted by: Tom Keer
February 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Taking Stock of Fish… Stocks

An angler measures a fish for fishing law requirements

Just last week I saw a report that shows a dramatic decline in the striped bass   For those new to fishing, you may not know the history with the striped bass population. Back in the 1980’s it was a big deal to catch a striped bass. There were bluefish, bonito, cod, and other fish to catch, but stripers were few and far between.  With the striped bass population under 5 million fish, conservation was essential. …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Classic Clash

In an attempt to communicate the scope, grand spectacle, and popularity of the Bassmaster Classic, it is frequently referred to as the “Super Bowl” of fishing tournaments. This grand 3-day fishing fest will take place in Alabama on Lake Guntersville, February 21-23. By winning one of the 2013 Bassmaster tournaments or placing high enough consistently, a select group of professional anglers achieves their  goal to compete in the yearly main event. There are some explanations…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 5, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Visit a Fish Hatchery

Fish hatcheries are an important part of the management of fisheries.  They increase the fishing opportunities for anglers all over the country.  Hatcheries can assist as a fisheries management tool such as where natural reproduction may not be able to keep up with the fishing pressure, or where stunting is an issue.  By stocking fish that are large enough to avoid predation, the population dynamics can be more balanced. Many fish hatcheries have visitor’s centers…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 2, 2013

Tom Keer

How to Keep a Fish in the Catch and Release World

A few months ago I hooked a striped bass. The fish was clearly a migrating fish, and I knew that because of its color.  There were pronounced black lines, vibrant colors of green and purple, and it was covered in sea lice.  Resident fish adopt nature’s camouflage and turn a paler brown and white, and because I caught this fish on the flats and it still had those distinctive colors I knew it was passing…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 24, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 15, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting dirty. I love every minute of it. Well, most minutes.  (Okay, some minutes are really, really hard. But that’s for another time.) I really love watching the boys with Dad getting loud and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 17, 2013

Tom Keer

Acadia National Park: Maine’s One-stop Fishing Spot

Photo Credit: National Park Service Many of us who try to get in as much fishing as possible always run into two primary issues: time and money.  Maine’s Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm) could be the answer to that problem. In the park you’ll find freshwater, warm water, and saltwater fishing, all within 47,000 acres. The acreage may sound skimpy compared to other national parks, but this oldest National Park east of the Mississippi is still…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 9, 2013

Tom Keer

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 Whitcomb
April 30, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

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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