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Month: September 2013

2 Versatile Flies to Use When Fly Fishing for Bass

2 Versatile Flies to Use When Fly Fishing for Bass

Debbie Hanson 9/30/2013 As a beginning fly angler, I still have plenty to learn about the multitude of flies, lines, and gear associated with this elegant form of fishing. What I do know, however, is that freshwater lakes and ponds can be found within a […]

Bow Fishing

Bow Fishing

Andy Whitcomb 9/25/2013 Photo credit bowhunting360.com September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. […]

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker

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5 Space Saving Ideas for Kayak Fishing

5 Space Saving Ideas for Kayak Fishing

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Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

Tom Keer 9/19/2013 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 […]

4 Things Fish Would Tell Us If They Could Talk

4 Things Fish Would Tell Us If They Could Talk

I’ve often heard anglers talk about effective fishing techniques and say that, “in order to catch fish, you have to think like a fish.” I have to say that I’m on board with this concept. For example, if I was a big hungry bass, I might be hanging out in an area of current where bait fish and insects would be swept within easy biting distance.

TN Smallie Hanson

Besides eating habits though, I’ve often wondered… what other kinds of thoughts might go through the minds of our finned friends after they are hooked? From a catch and release standpoint, here are a few things I think fish might want to say if they had a voice.

 

  1. I can hold my breath out of the water for just about as long as you can under the water, so make it speedy with the photos please! Most of us sport fish species can survive out of water for only a couple of minutes.

  2. Don’t grab me with a dry towel or rag… ever. I have a protective slime on my body that helps to guard against diseases and bacteria. A towel will remove this protective slime layer and exposes me to infection.

  3. When you take me out of the water to remove the hook or take a photo, do me a favor and hold me as close to the water or boat as possible. That way, if I happen to slip out of your hands, it’s not as far of a fall and I’m less likely to get injured.

  4. Don’t throw your used fishing line, broken lures, or any other kind of trash in my home waters! You wouldn’t like it if I left a bunch of garbage in your living room, would you? Many public boat ramps now have recycling containers for fishing line, so please use them and follow the guidelines for ethical angling.

Bass Release Hanson

The next time you are out fishing, be mindful of your fish handling and release methods. Have you ever thought about what a fish might have to say specifically to you about your angling habits? If you have a few insightful comments, post them in the forum.


Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet

Andy Whitcomb 9/17/2013 Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle. However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming […]

A Fall of Steelhead

A Fall of Steelhead

Tom Keer 9/11/2013 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 […]

Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

Golf can serve as a way to relax, have fun, and help manage stress. It can be played alone, but more often it seems, a golf outing is a social event, perhaps where business networking takes place. However, more people fish than golf and tennis combined. Maybe fishing outings should be the new corporate retreat activity?

Golf fishing rod combo

Here are a few reasons why fishing is better than golf:

 

  1. With golf, you take turns and have to watch each other’s swing. When fishing, in general anyone can cast whenever he wants, often at the same time, giving everyone a chance the whole time.

  2. Golf has those little electric carts; fishing has boats.

  3. You have to wash golf balls occasionally; fishing lures wash themselves.
     

  4. In golf, you may have to wear knickers and plaid; in fishing, you wear polarized glasses and vests with nifty little pockets.
     

  5. Golf requires skill to propel an item (ball) one way to a small exact destination (hole). Fishing requires skill to propel an item (lure) not only to a small exact destination (ex. submerged stump), but also then make it return, WITH something alive attached.

  6. Golf always has a set ending or goal: a similar little hole, eventually 18 times. Fishing, not so much. Unless you are in a timed tournament, the goal of fishing is more of discovery, which may not even be found that day. However, when fish are hooked, the problem then becomes when to end the fun.

If you are looking for a team building exercise with co-workers, a fun way to thank a business client, or just escape from office stress, consider leaving the clubs at home. It might not even have to be a chartered boat outing; there probably is a good fishing hole closer than you think. For example, here are Tom Keer’s 5 places in Los Angeles. However, if the boss asks, why risk it? As angler Joe Stefanacci said, “A tarpon trip would certainly help increase productivity, right?!”


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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

2 Freshwater Fishing Lures to Use This Fall

2 Freshwater Fishing Lures to Use This Fall

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