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: 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 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: Andy Whitcomb
August 24, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

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If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 17, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

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Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility.   Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures: Bass Jigs Drop Quickly A quickly sinking bass jig forces…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 10, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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   Which is better, live bait or artificial bait?       Live bait catches fish but only if you take steps to keep it alive and cast gently so it remains on the hook. With artificial bait, you have complete control.   Fishing Lures Win for Versatility Here are some ways you can make artificial bait (fishing lures) superior to live bait: Placement. You can cast forcefully to gain extra distance with artificial baits…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 3, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 1

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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: 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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