Posted by: Tom K.
February 21, 2014

Tom K.

Taking Stock of Fish… Stocks

An angler measures a fish for fishing law requirements

Just last week I saw a report that shows a dramatic decline in the striped bass   For those new to fishing, you may not know the history with the striped bass population. Back in the 1980’s it was a big deal to catch a striped bass. There were bluefish, bonito, cod, and other fish to catch, but stripers were few and far between.  With the striped bass population under 5 million fish, conservation was essential. …

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 12, 2014

Tom K.

Just What I Need, a New Boat

My non-fishing friends (which are few and far between I might add), shake their heads when they look at my side yard.  They’ll see my Maritime Skiff center console that I use for fishing.  I bought it new 20 years ago, and it’s been worth every penny.  Next to the skiff is my duck boat, and I got it used about 15 years ago.  Next to the power boats is a Hobie Cat that my…

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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: Tom K.
January 15, 2014

Tom K.

Keep Your Boat Ship Shape

Now that the Polar Vortex is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to give your boat a once over to make sure that the cold temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice hasn’t created problems. A thorough check this time of the year won’t take long, but if problems aren’t detected now then they might create issues later on. A stitch in time so the saying goes…. 1. Boats in the water need the most attention.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 8, 2014

Tom K.

Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 23, 2013

Tom K.

Learn to Fly Cast

A long time ago, outdoor writers used a variety of ways to explain the principals of fly casting. Some referred to a clock to explain the motion, others relied on a metronome for timing, while still others recommended that a book be placed under a casting arm to create form. A lot has changed since the days of split cane and fiberglass, so here are a few easy techniques to learn the basic pick up…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 11, 2013

Tom K.

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 4, 2013

Tom K.

Finding Spots to Drill a Hole

Folks who don’t ice fish think that there is nothing more to the sport than going out on the ice, drilling a hole, and catching fish. That is certainly one way to go about it, but the odds are high that you’ll be a little shy in the fish catching department. Savvy anglers use a common sense approach that begins long before the ice is thick enough to support a shanty, a vehicle, or a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 7, 2013

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Clean and Patched Cork Grips

Life’s too short to fish with an ugly rod, so during the off-season get your grip back to like-new condition in a few easy steps.  A natural material like cork gets beat up with use. Cleaning: The best way to clean cork is with a soft, nylon brush or toothbrush, some water, and dish soap.  Apply gentle pressure so you don’t chip or gouge the cork.  If you’ve got a lot of dried fish slime…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 30, 2013

Tom K.

Fall Favorites

Fall is a transitional time in the Northeast.  Some states close certain areas when hunting season opens, and that can put a crimp in a fisherman’s plans.  Here are a few places where you can get in some quality fishing before the ice forms and you can pull out your tip-ups, augers, and shanties. New York: The Salmon River in the Pulaski Area runs some 15 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar, NY…

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