Posted by: Andy
May 13, 2014

Andy

Pier Pressure

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Saltwater or freshwater, a fishing pier can be a great place to fish. Not only can the structure serve as habitat and a fish attractant, it is a handy access point to deeper water. Piers are popular areas for vacationers or weekend anglers, when their fishing time is especially limited. To increase your chances of landing more fish, try fishing less pressured times such as early in the morning or when the weather is cool…

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Posted by: Andy
May 9, 2014

Andy

My New Pal, the Palomar Knot

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I have always been an improved clinch knot guy.  You know, 5-7 twists, tag line through the loop by the hook and then through that loop you just created, and sock it down.  I’ve tied it a million times and have great confidence in it.  But a couple of cold, dark mornings with uncooperative fingers trying to repeatedly tie drop shot rigs with that knot finally forced me to explore other options. I’m an old-ish…

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Posted by: Andy
April 29, 2014

Andy

What’s Cooking?

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April 19th was National Garlic Day. I think my family acknowledged that day with a pizza. But there are a lot of uses for garlic, even in fishing. Garlic dip such as Spike It Garlic Lure Dye is touted to be an attracting lure for fish. Bassmaster Elite angler Stephen Browning shared that he and his son had a great time catching trout with garlic, but he also carries a selection in his bass boat.…

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Posted by: Andy
April 21, 2014

Andy

Trout Fishing Round 2

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Q: What could be better than Opening Day of Trout? A: Not Opening Day of Trout. Opening Day of Trout in Pennsylvania seemed a huge success. There was a heavy turnout.  Vehicles were packed into every possible pull off near stocked streams, and the banks were lined with eager anglers.  I saw a lot of kids fishing and many stringers destined for the frying pan. But some anglers chose to skip this annual crowded event.…

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Posted by: Andy
April 15, 2014

Andy

PIKE!

Though officially called “northern pike,” cool water anglers on familiar terms with this fish frequently refer to them as simply, “northerns.” However, there are no “southern” pike, so I prefer just “PIKE!” with all caps and the exclamation point that these toothy, ferocious fish deserve. It is the impressive set of teeth that force you to play by their rules. They commonly cut standard fishing line so wire leaders are recommended. Teeth also mean that…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 15, 2014

Tom K.

Crossing State Lines

’  In our wanderings we sometimes cross state lines.  We might do it if we are fishing in a state that crosses boundaries.  I think of the Connecticut River which I’ve fished a number of times in a variety of places.  The headwaters are in Northern New Hampshire about 300 yards south of the Canadian boarder.  It runs south for a while and on one side of the river is Vermont and New Hampshire is…

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Posted by: Andy
April 8, 2014

Andy

Read the Signs

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Successful anglers are puzzle solvers. They take cues from nature for lure selection, such as fly fishermen “matching the hatch” during an aquatic insect emergence. For locating fish many anglers watch for bird activity, such as seagulls feeding on large baitfish schools. But anglers also have to pay attention to any actually printed, posted signs. Stapled to every 10th roadside tree is the Pennsylvania state flower, the yellow “Posted, Private Property” sign.  Closer inspection around…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 2, 2014

Tom K.

Early Season Trout Tactics

In the early season, there isn’t much of a reason to get up at the crack of dawn to go trout fishing.  The water is cold and the fish are lethargic.  Head out for some pancakes and let the sun warm things up for a bit.  And here are a few things to remember when you go down to the river.  Trout are coldwater species, so use a thermometer to take the water temperature.  If…

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Posted by: Andy
March 27, 2014

Andy

Icy Fishing

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We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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Posted by: Andy
March 11, 2014

Andy

Stalking the Stockings

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It is almost that time of year again in Pennsylvania. Beginning about the second week of March, trout from PA state hatcheries will be dispersed to 700 streams and 100 lakes around the state. Thousands of miles of streams receive an exciting boost with almost 4 million brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Stocking from fish hatcheries helps provide fishing opportunities for thousands of anglers. Many of the water recipients are small streams which are not…

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