Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 30, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

E-fish-iency

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When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish– soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, and how to retrieve. Then I do something completely different. Even when fishing with more experienced anglers, I rarely throw the same lure, or retrieve it in the same manner. Through the process…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year. If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

What’s My Line?

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When I was young, my two or three rod and reels combos all had the same line: 8 pound monofilament. Monofilament was the workhorse for anglers everywhere for anything that swims. Today however, my rod and reel collection has grown to double digits with specific line types and sizes to match. Why does remembering your line matter? It has been a long winter and when getting reacquainted with your reels, the differences in each line…

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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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