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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Whose Zander is Grander?

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Fishing from a kayak is great fun. Even if the fish aren’t biting, you are still kayaking. This light water craft gets one close to water, yet it is stable and stealthy. Some models even come equipped with a rudder and peddle capabilities so you can keep on casting. If you like kayaking, fish with teeth, and vowels, you should check out the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship which takes place October 5-11. By besting…

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