Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

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  In case you missed it, last weekend was a really big deal in the world of professional fishing tournaments. Fifty five anglers qualified to compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, this time held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Unable to attend this year, I enjoyed the coverage on the internet from the warmth of my office. This year in South Carolina, anglers were greeted to single digit temperatures which created problems beyond frost…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing Exposed.

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The amount of ice fishing gear depends on your location, weather conditions, and how much you want to be on the ice. For my early ice fishing adventures, I would take only the gear and supplies that would fit in a 5 gallon bucket, and which then would double as a seat. Even though dressed warmly, my fishing days were limited to “nice” weather, with minimal wind. Plus when fishing this exposed, everyone on the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing for Striped Marlin

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How are you handling the winter so far? Are you having fun ice fishing? If you want to take a break from shoveling the driveway and fly to a more tropical location, the striped marlin may be biting. For example: it is 80 degrees in Hawaii now, and striped marlin season peaks in January, February, and March. Sounds like a great excuse to charter a boat out of the Kona harbor on the Big Island.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

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Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, casting small spinner baits, and even on my fly rod but mostly while fishing for other species. When the water gets cold enough to stand on safely, many anglers start thinking about targeting…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Ways a Polar Plunge Catches Fish: Cold Water Techniques

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When retrieved, lures vary greatly in their range of actions such as the tightness of wobble, depth of dive, or amount of flash from a spinning blade. However there are many occasions such as fishing in cold water, where just the drop IS the action. As the lure falls to the bottom or earlier preferred depth, you may find that on your first crank of the reel, a fish may already be there. One technique…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 30, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Custom Hot Rods

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The holiday festivities are over and hopefully you received some fishing related gifts. My kids received a selection of fishing lures and I got some new line. I also know a few lucky anglers found a custom fishing rod under or maybe leaning against their Christmas tree. What is a custom rod anyway? Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods explained that he starts with a rod “blank.” This is just the bare, plain rod, with…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

4 Fishing Tips and Tricks for Fishing Slower in Cold Water

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Cold water means a lower metabolism for fish. This does not mean they won’t bite, but some changes in technique are in order, such as learning to fish slower. One great cold water bass lure is the jerkbait. Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, casts this lipped, suspending lure all winter. He reels to get some depth, twitches it a couple of times, then gives it a pause. Sometimes this period of inactivity…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 15, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Tipping Point

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Unfortunately, fishing rods break. Fishing rod tips are no match for untimely encounters with pickup truck tailgates, trunk lids, car doors, or feet. Then what? Chuck it and buy a new one? With a little patience, sometimes the rod can be fixed by replacing the tip with the aid of a repair kit. As my rod collection breaks down through the year, snapped rods get set aside for a cold or stormy, non-fishing day when…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Schools are Teaching about Fishing too.

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I recently visited a grade school class and noticed a list of 7 classroom rules posted by the door. Although these guidelines serve to remind students about expected behaviors and efficient time management, I thought they seemed to apply to appropriate angler behavior too and specially when teaching fishing “Pay Attention.” Is there safe room to cast? Did you notice the baitfish scattering in that back cove? “Follow Directions.” Where did he say that submerged…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How Many Fishing Rods Does an Angler “Need?”

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The average subscriber to Bass Angler Magazine has about 26 fishing rods. Pennsylvania angler, Joe Stefanacci, estimates he has over 40. Nebraska angler Jared Schleifer only has 7 that he considers “active.” You could play a round of golf with just a 4-iron. It wouldn’t affect my score much, but once you gain experience and learn when, why, and how to use the full range of clubs for the unique challenge at each hole, a…

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