Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 25, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Cold Air Exposure for Anglers. And Fish!

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If you live in northern states, there may be enough safe ice for some ice fishing opportunities. If you’ve never tried it, this is an odd activity, braving the cold and sitting on a bucket, peering down a hole… but it can be FUN. However, before venturing out, consider these tips regarding exposure to cold air. For the Anglers Start Warm. There is an old saying, “start warm, stay warm.” If you are already shivering…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Tackle: the Snap & Swivel

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A popular piece of traditional fishing tackle is a small unit of metal hardware consisting of a barrel swivel connected to a small wire clip, or the “snap.” Elite Bassmaster angler, Greg Hackney remembers always using snap swivels in his youth but you probably won’t find them used by most tournament anglers. Although handy, they are not for every fishing situation. Snap Swivel Advantages        1. Allows for a quick lure change without tying another…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

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The presence of steelhead trout in or around Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie tributaries now has anglers out in droves. The size of the run so far this year seems to be well below expected and there are times when it appears there are more anglers than fish. Here are a few fishing etiquette rules so everyone can “get along” under such high pressure conditions. Fish “Off” times. Avoid weekends, if possible. Monitor hunting seasons.   “Opening Day” of…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Freshwater Fishing Lures for the Entire Water Column

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Sometimes I am asked, “Do you really need all these lures?”And my answer is always an emphatic, “maybe!” There is no one freshwater fishing lure that will do everything. In addition to variations in colors and actions, there is depth to consider. With changes in depth, other factors will fluctuate such as light, temperature, and oxygen concentration. And these factors all influence fish feeding behavior. Thermocline Determines Best Freshwater Fishing Lures Water stratifies sometimes, which…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Rigging Fishing Tackle So It’s Ready to Use

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Sometimes you can buy ready–to–use fishing gear while other times you can make it yourself.  I remember when we had a hot bluefish bite, the kind where you’re catching a fish on every cast.  Those toothy sons of guns chopped up everything to the tune of one fly/soft plastic per fish.  Constantly rigging fishing tackle cuts into fishing time, and on that day it was catching time.  None of us has time for that…  …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 21, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

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Smallmouth bass are celebrated for their power and fight.   Even the small bronze fish surprise many anglers because they represent like much larger fish. And what better way to “kick it up a notch” than to catch smallmouth bass on a fly rod? However, I have been making some mistakes on the Allegheny River. Bass Fly Fishing Techniques The first two tips are from Lamar Underwood’s book, “1001 Fishing Tips” when fly fishing for saltwater…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 14, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Learning New Freshwater Fishing Techniques

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Fishing is full of surprises. For example despite my attempt to target fall bass with cooler water techniques, I’ll sometimes find other species tugging at the end of my line such as walleye, or even flathead catfish. As I travel, I continue to learn unexpected new freshwater fishing techniques for certain species from local anglers. Several times I’ve been told how to catch a fish and I’ve thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Boat Anchors: Essential Boat Equipment

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A boat is a magnificent craft, allowing us to reach remote fishing spots on the water that are well beyond casting range from shore. Once the boat arrives there however, the next issue becomes how to remain there. You can turn off the motor or stop paddling, but it isn’t like parking a car. Wind and currents have other plans. Creative Ideas for Fishing Boat Anchors Anglers often create simple anchors out of handy materials such…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 28, 2015

Stephanie Vatalaro

Waltzing with Sailfish

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HOOKED ON A NEW WAY TO REEL IN A 120-POUNDER I wouldn’t call myself an avid angler, but I come from a long line of fishermen. In my family, fishing is a rite of passage. My legacy began on Lake Erie. I reeled in walleye there as a youngster and continued angling in the Florida Keys, where I grew up exploring the pristine waters and grass flats with my dad, a flats fishing guide. Despite our differences, we always had a good…




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