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Month: February 2015

Fishing Tricks and Tips

Fishing Tricks and Tips

Tom Keer 2/25/2015 One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re […]

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Frost Bite: A Review of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Andy Whitcomb 2/23/2015 In case you missed it, last weekend was a really big deal in the world of professional fishing tournaments. Fifty five anglers qualified to compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, this time held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Unable to attend […]

6 Fishing Secrets Passed Down from the Pros

6 Fishing Secrets Passed Down from the Pros

Secrets… it seems that every angler I know has a ton of them. Whether we are talking about secret spots, secret techniques or secret baits, it’s usually easier to find a needle in a haystack than it is to pry any secret fishing tips out of most fisherfolks. However, if experienced anglers never shared any fishing tips, it sure would make it harder for beginners or less experienced anglers to learn and improve.

Thankfully, there are professionals out there who are willing to open up every once in a while to offer secret words of fishing wisdom. Some of these professionals make a living through fishing tournaments while others are full-time fishing charter captains. Regardless, the one thing they all have in common is a great deal of time spent on the water, so here are 6 fishing secrets that have been passed down from the pros:

 

  1. “In the heat of the summer, I like to start off with a top water bait early in the morning. This way you can see if you can capitalize on aggressive fish.” — Kevin VanDam, Professional Bass Angler

  2. “Keep the slack out of your line and always maintain steady pressure on the fish.” — Greg Stamper, Professional Charter Fishing Captain

  3. “… smallmouth bass relate more to a well-defined structural edge — such as a drop-off in a natural lake or a reservoir channel break — and to sparse, isolated pieces of cover, like a little patch of rocks on a sand flat or a lone stump at the end of a reservoir point.” — Chris Noffsinger, Fishing Guide and Bassmaster Competitor

  4. “The best time to fish floating baits is in the early morning or dusk. Fish will feed on the surface in these low light conditions.” — Gary Burch, Professional Charter Fishing Captain

  5. “Don’t stress or over-think things. Just get out there, do it and have the confidence.” — Allison Shaw, Professional Bass Angler

  6. “Use a lake map and break it down into areas that contain the biggest coves, creeks or bays. These areas generally have the best fishing opportunities.” — Mike DelVisco, Professional Bass Angler

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Have one or two of your own fishing secrets that you don’t mind sharing? If so, then head on over to the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook Page and comment on the link to this post with one of your fishing tips or secrets.


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Debbie Hanson

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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.

This Year, Learn How to Fly Fish

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Ice Fishing Exposed

Ice Fishing Exposed

Andy Whitcomb 2/16/2015 The amount of ice fishing gear depends on your location, weather conditions, and how much you want to be on the ice. For my early ice fishing adventures, I would take only the gear and supplies that would fit in a 5 […]

Favorite Fishing Tournaments

Favorite Fishing Tournaments

Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve. It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits.

Tournaments have various categories. Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level. In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key. Decision making is also critical, and if you don’t run through your options quickly and accurately then you’ll find someone else in your spot. Free-for-all challenges lower the stakes a bit by allowing anglers to fish on their own. Only results getting measured, and fishing knowledge, decision making, reading the water, knowledge of a species, and techniques appropriate to the situation are the game. Some tournaments include competitions within a competition, with techniques like the most accurate cast or the longest distance cast being common choices.

Getting paid to fish is another good reason to fish tournaments. Some professional fishermen earn a living catching fish while amateurs can make enough pocket change to help offset some-if not all-of their expenses. The ultimate is to win enough major tournaments to be sponsored, and those patches on your shirt or vest are the result of a lot of hard work and determination.

Some tournaments are just plain fun. Charity tournaments or catch-and-release tournaments are a fantastic way to get a group of like-minded folks together. If there is money at stake it always goes towards the sponsoring group or cause, and it’s usually raised in the way of donations.

If you win you are on the right track, and if you lose you are still on the right track. You’ll talk with other anglers, and learn what worked and what didn’t. You can try it out the next time you are on the water, either at a tournament or just knocking around with friends. Are you a regular on Fishing Tournaments? Share your experience with us by commenting on this post.


Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.

Fishing Tournaments: Get your Game On

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Tom Keer 2/11/2015 Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve. It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits. Tournaments have various categories. Some of […]

Innovative Ice Fishing Tools to Enhance Your Adventure

Innovative Ice Fishing Tools to Enhance Your Adventure

Bruna Carincotte 2/10/2015 Ice fishing is a fun outdoor activity, and with the aid of advanced “tools of the trade” can result in a successful catch. But before venturing out, make sure to do your homework. Having a good contour map will help you to […]

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.”

That’s right, romantic.

What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and relationship movies with couples walking along the beach, waves crashing into shoreline rocks, and the reflection of the sunset over water. Every boat is a convertible. And while you are sharing a sunset cruise, why not troll for a striped bass?

About 88 million people boated in 2012, and 33 million went fishing either on a boat or from shore. However, the U.S. population is over 320 million so these figures also show that there are many people who maybe just haven’t tried boating and/or fishing together yet and might enjoy this non-traditional romantic date. And if the weather is too cold for a boat ride, a basket of snacks and little propane heater could help turn an ice hut into a cozy, unique date experience for the right, adventuresome person.

Have you been on a date and gone fishing or boating?

Sources: Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation (RBFF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Manufactures Association.


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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.   

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Fishing Tournaments

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