Posted by: Andy
February 3, 2014

Andy

Great Reasons to Take a Solo Fishing Trip

SoloTimeE

I love taking kids fishing. To put them on fish and watch them light up when they get a hit is one of my greatest thrills.  But to increase the odds of a successful outing, I have to do my “homework” by fishing alone ahead of time. If the weather is questionable or there have been some seasonal changes since our last trip, I’ll venture out on my own and try to learn as much…

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Posted by: Stephanie
January 27, 2014

Stephanie

Destination Fishing in the Winter

Fishing in the Keys is a great way to get out of the cold.

  Here is a picture of what one of my many fishing spots looks like this time of year. It’s not a pretty sight, particularly because it’s saltwater. In case anyone is wondering, saltwater freezes at 28 degrees, and with flows a foot thick the odds are the water temperatures have been consistently colder. The migratory fish left a few months ago, they won’t return for a few months, and so it’s easy to know…

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Posted by: Andy
January 27, 2014

Andy

Old Ice Holes

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Or in this case, a circular hole in the ice. Winter’s fish portal. An abandoned hole in the ice might be obscured with blowing snow and refrozen partially, so look closely and watch your step.  Sometimes, you might even discover a hole that still has open water.  Often holes are drilled with a gas powered auger or chainsaw. If done in shallow water, this noise will spook…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 21, 2014

Tom K.

Shanty Town

You’re likely to find a mixed bag of anglers and shanties when you head out on to the ice. Some, like me, lead a Spartan-type of life and stand out in the cold. I kid myself that the jigging motion is going to keep me warm. Other fishermen have wind-blocks, lean-to’s of sort that are wind breaks made from sheets of canvas and stakes. Then there are the single-person huts, perfect for moving and positioning.…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Andy
January 14, 2014

Andy

Staples

StaplesE

For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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Posted by: Stephanie
January 7, 2014

Stephanie

Ice Fishing 101

Chisels or an auger are popular tools for ice fishing

Winter months, for some, entail trying to find something to do while staying warm indoors, but for ice anglers, it’s go time.  It’s time for you to give ice fishing a try. Below are hints on ice fishing gear you really need , and what you won’t need, and some other ice fishing tips to help make this your new outdoor passion. For starters, a quad or a snowmobile might come in handy to help…

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Posted by: Andy
January 6, 2014

Andy

Water and Wildlife

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Water attracts not only boaters and anglers, but wildlife as well.  Among my sightings last year were an otter munching on crayfish, a family of black bears, and a fawn swimming in the Allegheny River. Experiences like this certainly make an outing memorable, whether the fish are biting or not. Depending on your location this winter, open water may be at a premium and can concentrate wildlife.  Plus, there is generally less boating and fishing…

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Posted by: Andy
December 23, 2013

Andy

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Andy
December 17, 2013

Andy

Can You Cast “Art?”

LureArtE

  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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