Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
June 21, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Gone Fishing for Summer

The first day of summer is here! Finally the long, dreary winter days feel far behind us. And really, what better way to celebrate the kick-off of summer than by spending quality time in the great outdoors? Lucky for you, June is recognized as Great Outdoors Month. And even better, Take Me Fishing™ has tons of ideas for how you can celebrate. TakeMeFishing.org provides fishing and boating ‘where to’ and ‘how to’ information so you…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 18, 2014

Tom Keer

School’s Out: Time to Play

We don’t need to look at a calendar to know it’s summer.  Baseball season is in full swing, ice cream stands are open and backyard BBQ’s are fired up.  While all of that is good and true, nothing says summer more than schools closing their doors for the year.  In fact, many are already closed. Summer seems long at the beginning of vacation, doesn’t it?  But if you don’t watch it it’ll go by fast. …

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 16, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How many Followers do you have?

Sometimes anglers fish too quickly. Beginning anglers may rush because of lack of patience; advanced anglers may rush due to over confidence. If fish don’t hit immediately, or within a perceived strike zone, many anglers race the lure back to cast again. Many species of fish, freshwater or saltwater, will follow a lure or bait before deciding to strike or not. Be alert and give each cast a chance to tell you something. If the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Some like it Hot.

Fish behavior and activity is related greatly to water temperature. In general, fish are less active in cold water. As the temperature increases through the day or season, fish spend more time actively feeding. For example, largemouth bass may be inactive on cool mornings but more energetic in areas when the sun begins warming dark rocks or submerged logs.  There is a limit, though.  Too hot can lead to conditions with less oxygen and can…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 6, 2014

Tom Keer

Free Fishing Days pay Big Dividends

  Like you, I’m skeptical when I learn about “free” things but when it comes to the nationwide free fishing days they are no joke. In fact, they routinely pay back anglers in spades. The program’s roots are in encouraging outdoorsy folks to try fishing. If you have never fished before it’s a time to get on the water, give it a try, and see if it sticks. No license fees are required during the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Those Hard to Reach Places

Much of fishing success depends on access.  Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation. But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Bizarre Fish Foods

There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 21, 2014

Tom Keer

The Perfect First Fishing Spot

People remember firsts because they’re unique.  It doesn’t really matter what we’re talking about, because a first dog, a first touchdown, a first car, and anything else that is first is special.  When you take an angler fishing for the first time it’s important to plan for the event.  The experience you provide, be it good, bad or indifferent, is one they’ll remember for life. My #1 rule for picking a spot is to find…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 20, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Going My Way?

Location is everything.  Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel.  However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there. For example, in an episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade set his reel to free spool, left his fishing rod in a holder, and paddled a small raft a long distance to drop his baited hook where…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 14, 2014

Tom Keer

C’mon, let’s go fishin’

We were in between tides and a buddy and I stopped in a sandwich shop for some lunch. He knew this spot because he is a technical rock climber and goes to the shop that was next door. After we ate we stopped in to kill some time, and my first thought was “what the heck?” I had never seen this kind of gear before and had zero idea what it was or what it…

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