Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 3, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 1

Which is better: live bait or artificial bait? All artificial fishing baits (lures) strive to imitate some form of live bait. Live bait is so efficient at catching fish that it is prohibited in most tournaments and banned on many waters. Despite its effectiveness, live fishing bait does have some limitations. Keeping Live Fishing Bait…Alive First of all for maximum success, considerations need to be made to keep the live bait, well, “live.” For example,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Fishing Trip

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It is a rare body of water that does not contain the common carp, so every fishing trip could be a carp fishing trip. The presence of carp is not always a good thing but it looks like they are here to stay so we might as well make the most of it. In trout angler catalogues you can expect to find waders; in a catalogue of products targeting the carp angler, you may find…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 26, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Don’t Overlook These 5 Places to Fish

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You may think that big cities and landlocked locations don’t have the same types of productive fishing opportunities that coastal areas do. If that’s the case, it’s time to change your thought process when considering new places to fish. Check out the below five places to fish across the U.S. that are worth further investigation. Each place mentioned was voted into the 2015 list of America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots.    …




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

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Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish.  Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure:  All fish like structure because it provides them with food and protection.  Tree deadfall provides shelter, while rocks, boulders and ledges are great ambush points.  Don’t overlook a dock or a float, they’re good spots, too. Weeds and grass beds: …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Night Fishing Trip: Same Place, Different Results

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If you are looking for new places to fish, try your regular fishing holes… in the dark. A fishing trip at night is a whole new ballgame. With much of your vision hindered, other senses like touch/feel and hearing must step it up. Here are three reasons to try a fishing trip at night: Less fishing pressure. If you have avoided a location because it is shoulder-to-shoulder during the day, you will probably find a…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 6, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Deep Thoughts: A Great Place to Fish may be Deeper.

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In an attempt to better understand a fishery, I try to relate some common heights of things above water and apply this information to the habitat below water. For example on my local waters, any fish caught below the height of a basketball goal (10 feet) is considered “deep.” “Shallow” can be about the height of a kids’ juice box, (a few inches) but generally less than a table top (3 feet). Many largemouth bass…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tricks to Try On a Fishing Trip When The Fish Won’t Bite

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You have the entire family together, you’ve gone through your checklist of tackle, fueled up the boat, and made your way out to your favorite fishing hole. You have high hopes for a successful fishing trip, but when an hour goes by without a single bite, you begin to realize that you’re going to have to pull a few fishing tricks out of your sleeve pretty quickly before everyone starts to get impatient. If you’re…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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