Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 13, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

  With roughly 365 million trillion gallons of water on our planet, it can be difficult to decide where’s best to drop anchor and throw out a line. Then, for us fishermen and women, add in, can I fish there, is it a good place for the family, is there a boat ramp, what species should I plan to catch, … and the planning process can become much more than you bargained for. Well, thanks…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 10, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Bovines and Bass

Some great fishing can be found in remote ponds and streams that are way out in the country, often on farms or ranches.   These bodies of water not only provide rugged fishing opportunities but may multitask as irrigation for crops or a watering hole for livestock. If building a new pond by the book, most states recommend construction which excludes livestock, utilizing a fence and a pipe in the dam which leads to a gravity…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 28, 2012

Tom Keer

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

My wife has a saying that has become one of my favorites.  Presentation without demonstration is merely conversation. Someone may have said that before, but I heard it from her first, and she’s right.  That statement gets to the point.  Organizations like the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Trout Unlimited among others are tireless champions of encouraging folks to get out and boat and fish, to purchase their fishing licenses, and to register their…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 14, 2012

Tom Keer

Father’s Day Fishermen

I recently read a survey which said that over 73% of anglers are taken fishing for the first time by their father.  To the men in the world who take their kids fishing I say Happy Father’s Day.  And I hope on Sunday you all will be fishing. For much of his short life, my dad was a soldier.  I wasn’t able to fish with him as much as I would have liked.  We spin…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 5, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

From Russia, With Ballast

During a recent fishing trip, my crappie jig snagged a small, striped shell. I placed it in an empty water bottle and sent a photo to Dr. Jim Long at Oklahoma State University to confirm my suspicions. “This is significant,” he stated as he verified it as a zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Native to the Caspian Sea, this tiny critter hitchhiked in the ballast of a ship. Well, not this particular mussel, but its ancestors…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 8, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Huge Potential

Bassmaster Elite Pro Gerald Swindle might call them “peanuts.” Pro Casey Ashley just calls them “babies.” But personally, “Dink” has always been in my vocabulary.  Whatever you call them, little fish are worth appreciating too. For example, from thousands of eggs, only a few bass, will survive and grow large enough to earn the title of “whopper.” Despite the lack of photographic evidence and the stories anglers may tell, small fish are sometimes caught.  Too…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 3, 2012

Tom Keer

Don’t Like Your Local River?

Many of us are blessed to have outstanding fishing close to home.  In fact, many of us choose to live in areas that are near great fishing!  Others of us are required to live closer to work, and if a major metropolitan city is on your horizon then you may find a good amount of competition for space on the water. Take, for example, Concord, Massachusetts. It’s a significant American city for a lot of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 26, 2012

Tom Keer

First Fish

Fishing in my adopted home state is open all year long.  I am thankful for this when the migratory saltwater fish pack their bags and head south; there are trout, bass, pickerel, and panfish to catch. I am also thankful for this when the mercury in the thermometer is consistently below freezing, and there is enough ice on the ponds and lakes we can dig some holes and add a few tip ups. If we’re…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 17, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Shall We Snag Now?

  The paddlefish is one of those rare fish that will never bite.  This bizarre shark-like fish only eats by filtering the water for microscopic plankton.  And plankton are very difficult to put on a hook. Thus, the only method to catch paddlefish is snagging, generally with a large weighted treble hook. In many states, the paddlefish is protected but in Oklahoma, snagging paddlefish is promoted.  According to the 2012 Oklahoma Fishing Guide, the population…

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