Andy Whitcomb 3/30/2015 When I take a beginner fishing, I think of myself as a fishing guide. My goal is to put them on fish — soon and often. I set them up with my best educated guess of a lure, instruction of where to cast, […]
Month: March 2015
Debbie Hanson 3/29/2015 Fish populations are managed in a number of ways, but one of the most important ways is through federal or state-initiated fish stocking efforts. Fish stocking uses hatchery-reared fish to enhance existing fisheries and build populations of certain species within particular bodies […]
Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883. After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system. They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. These days, catching a brown trout in a stream, river, or lake is as common as sunburn.
Stocking fish (and game for that matter) has been a regular practice for so long that it is one that we, sportsmen and women, accept as standard operating procedures. But I can only imagine what kinds of discussions were held around the cracker barrels when new fish were first introduced to a region.
I bet a lot of anglers were pretty excited about new species to catch. There would be new techniques, new gear, and a new approach. We, fishermen, always enjoy a challenge, and learning more about a new fish to catch is of the highest order. Why travel to far away places when we can catch these exotics at home?
On the other hand, I bet a lot of anglers were downright peeved. They’d probably boycott non-native species being introduced to local waters. They’d worry that the new arrivals would displace the native species, and they wouldn’t want any cross breeding that would create a sterile hybrids. A Tiger Trout is an unusual looking fish and it’s odd to see a colorful pheasant in an area where you’d expect to find bobwhite quail.
So what do you all think? Is there a time and a place for stockings? Should they only be of fish that were once native to the water? Or is it ok to create a new fishery where one did not previously exist?
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Debbie Hanson 3/22/2015 You might be a fan of fishing boat features like large decks with plenty of room for fighting fish, extra rod holders, LED interior lights, dual livewells or over-sized windshields. Regardless of which bells and whistles are your favorites, if you are […]
Bruna Carincotte 3/18/2015 In a short while rivers, lakes, and ponds will warm enough to trigger the annual fish spawning season. We’ll see bass and panfish move into the shallows and create redds with their tails. After awhile, momma fish will guard her redd from […]
You’ve been thinking about buying a boat, but want to find the right resources to help you make a well-informed decision about your potential purchase. There are plenty of facts, resources, benefits and tips that you’ll find useful if you’re buying a first boat. Here are ten facts about buying a boat that will impress your friends and guide you towards making the best choice.
Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. If you buy a boat, you’ll be able to see more of our great big world than you can by car alone.
Boat shows give you an opportunity to look at a number of makes and models at one time so that you can easily narrow down your options. You can find a list of upcoming boat shows near you at Boatshows.com.
Depending on the type of boat you are considering, and the onboard accommodations, it may qualify as a second home and provide a tax deduction. Ask your accountant or tax advisor for additional information.
You can check the BUC and NADA consumer guides to get an idea about the appropriate value range of the make and model of the boat you’d like to purchase.
Boating magazines can be a good resource for helpful information about buying a boat. The type of information offered by boating magazines might include comparisons of different makes of outboard and inboard engines as well as general boat reviews.
Weight and horsepower will have an impact on the performance of your new boat. To ensure best performance, keep in mind that the weight will include your passengers, fuel and gear. A basic rule of thumb is to try to come as close as possible to the maximum horsepower that the boat is rated for.
Once you buy a boat, keep in mind that many marine insurance companies will provide a credit or discount if you have taken and passed a boating safety course from the US Coast Guard or US Power Squadron.
Over 90% of Americans live less than an hour’s drive from an accessible body of water, so once you’ve purchased a boat, you can start enjoying the boating lifestyle right away. Use the TakeMeFishing.org places to boat and fish map to find the best spots near you.
As soon as you purchase a new boat, you’ll need to register your boat so that you have legal documentation that proves you are the rightful owner and that it is a valid vessel to operate on state waterways.
Extended boat warranties can be purchased from a dealer as part of a new or used-boat purchase. If you know a few veteran boaters, you may want to ask them about the reputation of the boat manufacturers and dealers you are considering.
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Andy Whitcomb 3/9/2015 What makes a great fishing memory? Is it the size of the fish? The timing? The species? All of the above? Or, what about “the one that got away?” Oooh… Yeah, THAT fish. I bet you remember every detail. Lure designer Patrick […]
You might remember the following famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump:
My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Getting into fishing can be a similar experience. You never know what you’re going to catch when you’re out on the water, and the anticipation that comes along with the sport is one of the most exciting things about it.
What if you were asked to choose between a box of free chocolates and one hour of fishing? Which would you choose? I’m pretty sure I know the answer if you’re reading this post, but just in case, here are a few reasons why getting into fishing is better than a box of chocolates:
Fishing is a physical activity that can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. The sports of fishing and boating encourage you to use your arms to cast and your legs to walk from one spot to another or to steady yourself on the boat deck.
Fishing uses brain power. When you start getting into fishing, you use brain power to research things like tides, weather, water conditions and areas of structure. Every time you go fishing, you can learn something new.
Fishing can give you a rush of happiness that is much more sustainable than a sugar rush. When you catch a big fish, you are on “cloud nine” for days, and smile from ear to ear every time you think about the good fishing memories you have made.
The feelings of accomplishment that come from learning new fishing skills are sweeter. Think about how good it feels when you master a new skill. When you learn how to throw a cast net or tie a new fishing knot, you get those sweet feelings of accomplishment and success.
Now that you know why getting into fishing can be better than a box of chocolates, learn how to fish by clicking on over to the “How to Fish” pages in the Fishopedia section. You’ll find plenty of online fishing tips that cover topics like when to fish, how to cast, how to set the drag and more!
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Tom Keer 3/4/2015 In many of ways, getting into fishing has never been easier. Fast-tracked learning comes from the digital age which has spawned a wide range of content (pun intended). Websites are chock a block with technical data, blogs offer insights into conditions, videos […]