Posted by: Andy
July 8, 2013

Andy

The Stick Trout

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When I was young, Dad would call any branch that I landed while fishing, a “stick trout” and pat me on the back.  We had other names for snags but I eventually learned that some of these labels really were fish names, such as a “rock bass,” and “logperch.” In visiting with some of the Bassmaster Elite anglers, I learned Greg Hackney uses the term “limb bream” for landed sticks. Edwin Evers says he is…

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Posted by: Andy
July 1, 2013

Andy

F.L.Y. Fishing (Favorite Lures of Youth)

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Do you remember your favorite fishing lure as a kid? BassMaster Elite angler, Alton Jones said his favorite as a youth was to topwater lure, a Heddon Spook. Topwater lures are a great lure for kids because of the visual appeal. With most submerged lures, we are left to imagine the lure action and movement until it returns and we catch a glimpse.  With a topwater lure, you always know what it is doing. Twitch,…

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Posted by: Andy
June 24, 2013

Andy

Go with the Flow

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I’m a pond and small lake guy. That’s just where I gained the majority of my fishing experiences and thus, where I am most confident. Recently, I moved to the edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  Many of the fishing opportunities are streams, creeks, or rivers.  Water here moves. I’m used to reacting to swirls. But now, it is ALL swirls. Standing on the bank of the Allegheny River, according to my rough calculations, in 7…

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Posted by: Andy
June 18, 2013

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“Propellers Need Not Apply”

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Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…

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Posted by: Andy
June 11, 2013

Andy

Father’s Day Suggestions

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  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Andy
June 4, 2013

Andy

Bluegill Bonanza

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There are sunfish that grow larger and there are sunfish with “gills” that streak bluer. No one follows around the bluegill stocking trucks, yet the prolific bluegills have their followers. The bluegill is often overlooked and underappreciated by many anglers.  Some of this is because you have to downsize your gear. They have tiny mouths and so you have to use a small lure or bait hook. Bluegill do not need supplemental stocking because they…

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Posted by: Andy
May 28, 2013

Andy

Learning to Cast from a Boat

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When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Andy
May 21, 2013

Andy

Memorial Day Weekend!

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The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy
May 14, 2013

Andy

On Hold

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The best rod holder is your hands.  After all, this is why we have opposable thumbs. Nothing can beat hands for continual monitoring of fish activity and reaction time.  But there are times when you just have to put the rod down. Perhaps this is due to long periods of inactivity like when covering a great amount of water in a boat like when trolling for walleye, salmon, or tuna.  When fishing with friends for…

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Posted by: Andy
April 23, 2013

Andy

Opening Day Review

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Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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