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: Tom Keer
June 24, 2015

Tom Keer

How to catch fish by reading the water

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  One of the most important angling skills is learning how to catch fish by reading the water.  Finding the fish is paramount to catching them, and know this; fish are opportunistic, which means that they want to take in more calories than they burn up.  If you can find ’em you can catch ’em, so look for them in some of these areas.       Streams and Rivers: Behind or above structure.  Rocks…




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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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 15, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Rod Composition

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“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t.” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. A significant portion of our family fishing time currently is consumed by my kids’ baseball and softball games and practices. During one particularly lengthy practice my thoughts wandered to fishing and I asked Coach Mike Weigle, about bat construction materials. He explained some of the differences between wooden, “composite carbon fiber polymer,” and “aluminum alloy” bats. Like fishing rods, each…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 8, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Camp FishaPond

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If you have plans to camp this summer, don’t forget the fishing rods. You probably will be camping near some water such as a lake, river, or stream and that means a good opportunity for some fishing fun. And make sure you and your kids don’t overlook that little pond near camp. Here are a few reasons to fish a pond: Ponds are shallower than lakes and thus more productive. They warm quickly in the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Fish for Bass with “The Frog.”

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This topwater lure is a favorite not only of largemouth bass, but of the bass angler. Because it floats and is basically weedless, it can be worked over and through the heavy vegetation where few other lures dare. The visual hit is extremely addictive and may remind you of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” My son recently put on a show at a nearby lake with many consecutive hits of his frog lure. Here are…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 3, 2015

Tom Keer

National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

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My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster. We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat!

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We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S! More than 23,000 outdoors enthusiasts cast their votes and helped us to develop this year’s list. The America’s Top Places to Fish and Boat Sweepstakes received over 280,000 votes for almost 250 parks across the country. The criteria for the Top 100 places included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks.

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I’m a part-time river gambler. Betting that I can catch chunky smallmouth bass, I cast into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and even “raise the stakes” by letting my lure fall and bump into the rocks. But rocks are tough on hooks and chances of a successful hook set drop dramatically if the hook is not sharp and strong. Check Your Hooks for These 3 Qualities: Dull hook point. This is commonly overlooked. Compare the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

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I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…




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