Provides information of Fishes

Month: January 2015

Take your Ice Fishing Equipment on an Adventure

Take your Ice Fishing Equipment on an Adventure

Tom Keer 1/28/2015 All of our ice fishing equipment was set up in what we considered the best places to ice fish. The sleds were empty, the tip ups were set, and we were jigging and jigging and jigging. As the sun started to set […]

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

Andy Whitcomb 1/26/2015 Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, […]

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Sign-up to receive our monthly newsletter with interesting blogs about fishing and boating. Get fishing tips and tricks and read personal stories from anglers who live and breathe fishing and boating. Learn new fishing skills, boating resources, fishing etiquette, conservation and more.

Please complete the following fields to subscribe to our newsletter.

SUBSCRIBERS PREFERENCES

What information would you like?

Submit

An Ice Fishing Gear List

An Ice Fishing Gear List

Tom Keer 1/21/2015 The more we ice fish the more gear we collect. That’s one of the fun parts of fishing or of any sport for that matter. But we all have to get started somewhere, so here is a list of gear that is […]

Ice Fishing Electronics: Spot What You Got

Ice Fishing Electronics: Spot What You Got

Tom Keer 1/20/2015 Go big or go home, and ice fishing electronics are one way to help. They’re winter’s version of polarized glasses used in the summer that show ice anglers what lurks below the water’s surface. A view of what’s under the ice is […]

Fish Story Time

Fish Story Time

Ice fishing requires patience. Fish are sluggish in cold water so it is a good idea to commit to a hole for a while. As you and your fishing buddy are waiting, and maybe jigging your line every now and then, this might be a good time to share some fish stories. Fishermen are renowned for their fish stories, which makes sense because if you fish long enough, you are bound to witness something amazing.

For example, my grandfather was fishing in Canada and lost a large pike when the teeth cut the line. Later that day on the other side of this large lake, his friend caught the same pike, later identified because it still had my grandfather’s lure in its mouth.

Bassmaster Elite angler, Zell Rowland was fishing a tournament early in his career where the bass fishing was really slow. Out of 130 boats of competitors, only 20 teams weighed in fish the first day. On the second day, one bass hit the lures of both Zell and his co angler almost simultaneously, so they reeled in the same bass together. They had to flip a coin to see who would get to weigh it as theirs. (Zell won.)

It sounds like a “fish story,” but I watched Jimmy Houston on his fishing show catch two bass at once on the two treble hooks of one topwater lure called a “Heddon Zara Spook.”

At about 4 years old, my son dangled his fingers in the water off our dock and was bitten by the resident aggressive 5-pound bass. The injury was minor and his admiration for largemouth bass and in particular, “that crazy bass,” as well as fishing in general only grew out of that experience.

I recently heard a story from fishing rod maker Mike Woodward, that a duck hunter at a nearby lake went to retrieve his downed bird with his boat, only to watch it disappear to a large pike or muskie. This lake has now moved near the top of my “to do” list!

Do you have a fish story? If so, I’d love to read it on my smart phone while I’m sitting on this bucket, staring down a hole in the ice.


You Might Also Like

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.   

6 Ice Fishing Tips to Target Species Through the Ice

6 Ice Fishing Tips to Target Species Through the Ice

Debbie Hanson 1/18/2015 It has been said that variety is the spice of life… I firmly believe that this concept should also apply to your life as an ice angler. Don’t let the chilly winter temperatures deter you from experimenting with new baits or lures […]

Ice Fishing Safety

Ice Fishing Safety

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP Sign-up to receive our monthly newsletter with interesting blogs about fishing and boating. Get fishing tips and tricks and read personal stories from anglers who live and breathe fishing and boating. Learn new fishing skills, boating resources, fishing etiquette, conservation and more. Please […]

Streaming Web Cams: An Indoor Fishing Adventure. Sort of…

Streaming Web Cams: An Indoor Fishing Adventure. Sort of…

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Sign-up to receive our monthly newsletter with interesting blogs about fishing and boating. Get fishing tips and tricks and read personal stories from anglers who live and breathe fishing and boating. Learn new fishing skills, boating resources, fishing etiquette, conservation and more.

Please complete the following fields to subscribe to our newsletter.

SUBSCRIBERS PREFERENCES

What information would you like?

Submit

4 of the Best Places to Ice Fish

4 of the Best Places to Ice Fish

Debbie Hanson 1/11/2015 Whether you appreciate the solitude that comes with being one of the few anglers out on a frozen lake at sunset or just look forward to uninterrupted time spent with friends and family in an ice shanty atmosphere, there are a few […]