Posted by: Tom K.
October 23, 2013

Tom K.

A kayak, connecting the shore and your honey hole

I remember the first kayak I ever saw, and it was on a black and white television set, the kind with tubes and required a minute or more to warm up.  There was a man sitting in a long, sleek boat that wrapped around his torso, on top of a rock cliff overlooking a deep pool.  This was a peculiar situation.  Why would he sit in a boat on land?  With a whisk of his two-bladed…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 16, 2013

Tom K.

America’s Guests

I’m not a sailor, but a good friend of mine is.  He refers to himself as the World’s Guest.  He climbs aboard his boat, sails where he wants to, and drops anchor for the night.  He’s not restricted to anything except the tide and the weather.  I am a camper, though, so does that make me America’s Guest?  I pull out a topo map, drive in my truck, and pitch a tent for the night.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 9, 2013

Tom K.

The Fall Run

Fall is a special time of year.  We’re past the hazy, hot and humid weather, and now we can enjoy warm days followed by cool nights and brilliant colors to refresh our spirits.  It’s also a special time for migratory fish and game to head South to their wintering grounds well below the Mason-Dixon line.  One of my favorite species to follow is the striped bass, and the fall run has been a coastal fishing…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 2, 2013

Tom K.

How to Keep a Fish in the Catch and Release World

A few months ago I hooked a striped bass. The fish was clearly a migrating fish, and I knew that because of its color.  There were pronounced black lines, vibrant colors of green and purple, and it was covered in sea lice.  Resident fish adopt nature’s camouflage and turn a paler brown and white, and because I caught this fish on the flats and it still had those distinctive colors I knew it was passing…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 19, 2013

Tom K.

Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

I learn something from everyone, and these days I have been learning a lot from my kids.  School started recently and every day they are faced with learning something new.  Most of the time they tackle it head on, and I am impressed with their focus and willingness to learn.  And since fishing season is in full swing I thought about learning to fish along those lines, too. There is a reason that some 27.5…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 11, 2013

Tom K.

A Fall of Steelhead

Every two or three years, a wonderful fish graces us with its presence.  Steelhead, a sea-run rainbow trout, returns to the freshwater to spawn. Like Atlantic and Pacific salmon, steelhead spawn in the same area where they themselves were born. It’s a homecoming of the most dramatic proportions. Here’s why: when the steelhead drop out of the river and head out to sea they grow big and strong.  They feed on a wide variety of baitfish,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 4, 2013

Tom K.

Fall Fishing

We’ve been losing daylight since the Summer Solstice occurred way back in June.  As we move towards the Fall Equinox on September 21st we’ll find that air temperatures begin to drop.  As old Mercury drops in our thermometers the colors of the leaves will change, and humidity will decrease.  Fall is a celebration for all of us who weathered the summer heat.  But for us anglers, it’s also a time to get our fish on! …

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 28, 2013

Tom K.

Last Licks for Labor Day?

If September 21st is the actual first day of fall, Labor Day is viewed as the end of summer.  Think about it.  Kids go back to school (if they’re not back already), vacations have become memories, and work takes on an air of seriousness that makes us all shudder. Labor Day signals the end of the carefree days of summer that we have enjoyed for the past few months and it is bittersweet indeed.  We…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 12, 2013

Tom K.

Five Hot Fishing Spots in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is many things to many people, but only locals think of Tinseltown as a place to catch fish.  The second-largest city in the United States has lakes and reservoirs that are very popular among the fishing crowd, and saltwater action is a step away.  While lots of anglers drive an hour south to San Diego you can find enough fresh and saltwater action within a short drive from the center of the city.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 5, 2013

Tom K.

Pelagic Fish

As the fishing season moves from spring to summer, the Gulf Stream pushes closer to shore. It brings warm water with it, and with that warmer water come a tremendous variety of seasonal species of fish. Bonito, False albacore, skipjack and other tuna, like mahi mahi move into areas that traditionally hold coldwater fish.  Over the years there have been a random tarpon caught up north.  Think about that. For many anglers, these new species…

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