Posted by: Tom Keer
April 4, 2013

Tom Keer

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 Keer
March 20, 2013

Tom Keer

The Stocking Truck

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 Whitcomb
March 5, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

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

  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 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.”   With…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 19, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trophy Room

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 smaller…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 10, 2013

Tom Keer

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: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Wild Animal Encounters

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 Keer
November 28, 2012

Tom Keer

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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 26, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Thankful for a Return Policy

Fishing offers the possibility of a unique connection with a wild underwater creature that cannot be experienced with any other outdoor activity.  That next cast could be met with a nerve-rattling strike. With a successful hook set, a connection via a barely visible line transfers the fish’s determined pull and energy of powerful runs and acrobatic leaps. And then, if you want, the fish can be returned for another angler to experience someday. Fishing is…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Trick or Treat

Ask any kid if they’re interested in free candy and you’re likely to get a resounding “yes!”  Which means that kids are well aware that Halloween is coming up.  My kids are at the age where they aren’t as interested in the candy as they are in the festivities and that got me thinking: isn’t Halloween a lot like Fall fishing? Take migratory saltwater fish for example.  They have been responding to the cooling air…




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