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: Debbie Hanson
March 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Why Getting into Fishing is Better Than a Box of Chocolates

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You might remember the following famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Getting into fishing can be a similar experience. You never know what you’re going to catch when you’re out on the water, and the anticipation that comes along with the sport is one of the most exciting things about it. What if you were asked…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

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Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

How to Start Fishing Like a Champ

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You might be new to fishing or maybe you’ve been fishing for years. Regardless of how much experience you have, if you really want to “up” your fishing game, it’s time to learn how to start fishing like a champ! What exactly does “fishing like a champ” mean? Based on my personal definition, it’s when an angler seizes an opportunity during a critical moment on the water and then proceeds to catch a fish while…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tricks and Tips

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One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re looking for bass, crappie, trout, striped bass, or other species, change your approach from one focused on putting fish in the boat to one of observation and pattern recognition. In doing so you’ll…




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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: Debbie Hanson
February 23, 2015

Debbie Hanson

6 Fishing Secrets Passed Down from the Pros

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Secrets… it seems that every angler I know has a ton of them. Whether we are talking about secret spots, secret techniques or secret baits, it’s usually easier to find a needle in a haystack than it is to pry any secret fishing tips out of most fisherfolks. However, if experienced anglers never shared any fishing tips, it sure would make it harder for beginners or less experienced anglers to learn and improve. Thankfully, there…




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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 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…




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