Posted by: Andy
March 18, 2014

Andy

(Blank)masters

The bass ranks among the most popular freshwater fish in the United States.  There are several species in the black bass family but largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass attract the most attention especially by the half a million members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. But what if there weren’t any bass?  What fish would bass anglers be chasing then? With its proportionally large mouth and aggressiveness, the green sunfish might be a candidate,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 18, 2014

Tom K.

Happy Birthday Rubber Worm!

  This year, one of our go-to lures of all times celebrates its 65th birthday.  Since the day the rubber worm jumped on to the scene it has been a staple among recreational and competitive anglers.  As time passed, the rubber worm showed no sign of retiring and instead has created a soft plastic revolution that expands every year.  The simple lure has humble beginnings. Angling historians are a bit vague on the actual beginning…

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Posted by: Andy
March 3, 2014

Andy

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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Posted by: Andy
February 21, 2014

Andy

Chris Lane on Fishing with His Kids

As I mentioned in my earlier earlier blog the “Super Bowl” of fishing is taking place this week. I’m here in attendance and I see families everywhere! Some experienced anglers, some brand new to fishing. But everyone here is getting a chance to see a different side of fishing and meet some expert anglers. While dining on BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad, Chris Lane, 2014 Bassmaster Classic Competitor, and Winner of the 2012…

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Posted by: Andy
February 10, 2014

Andy

Show Your Fishing and Boating Spirit

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I am a fishing and boating enthusiast.  And I don’t have to look far to determine that I am not alone. I constantly notice fishing rods in backseats, outboard motor brands on truck tailgates and rear windows, and license plates with the “jumping fish” upgrade. Here are some ways people show their fishing and boating love: 1) A kayak is always sticking out of the back of the truck, (and grinning all the time). 2) A…

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Posted by: Andy
February 3, 2014

Andy

Great Reasons to Take a Solo Fishing Trip

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I love taking kids fishing. To put them on fish and watch them light up when they get a hit is one of my greatest thrills.  But to increase the odds of a successful outing, I have to do my “homework” by fishing alone ahead of time. If the weather is questionable or there have been some seasonal changes since our last trip, I’ll venture out on my own and try to learn as much…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Andy
January 14, 2014

Andy

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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Posted by: Andy
January 2, 2014

Andy

Intermission

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  There are enough rivers and streams in Western Pennsylvania without ice during the winter that my regular fishing tackle refuses to store completely, preferring instead to stow for brief periods. Here are a few stowing tips: 1. A fishing rod bag or caddy is not only great for travel; it helps keep tackle clean and organized for the next fishing opportunity anywhere. 2. The versatile Loop Ropes serve well as automobile fishing rod holders.…

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Posted by: Andy
December 23, 2013

Andy

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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