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Month: November 2015

Golden Fishing Rules You Should Never Break

Golden Fishing Rules You Should Never Break

Debbie Hanson 11/29/2015 Almost every beginning angler has unknowingly broken one or two golden fishing rules while learning about the sport. While mistakes are one of the ways you learn, you don’t want to make the same mistakes twice. As you evolve as an angler, […]

Conservation Organizations Create Sustainable Fishing

Conservation Organizations Create Sustainable Fishing

Tom Keer 11/25/2015 Sustainable fishing comes from proper fisheries management, proper catch and release techniques, and a whole host of other conditions. For some, the unsung heroes are the conservation organizations that lobby on our behalf. Oftentimes they are the linemen of our football game, […]

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

It is good manners to leave things better than how you found them. When I borrow a truck, I return it with a full tank of gas. When friends give my family a plastic container of brownies, I will do my part and help pound down a few. Just to be polite. Oh, and I’ll return the container, washed and dried. I try to achieve the same thing when I go fishing and boating so I can do my part for protecting our water resources.

Keep the Water Clean

Clean and drain boat when leaving at the ramp. Don’t transport water from one water resource to another such as via boat live wells, bait buckets, or in my case recently, water-filled waders.

Speaking of waders, mind the felt. Depending on your area, there may be regulations now against external felt (rather than rubber) soles on the bottom of waders. Although great for gripping slick rocks, felt is thought to be able to harbor unwanted microscopic organisms that could unintentionally be introduced to a different water resource.

Don’t ignore litter. Unfortunately, it is a rare fishing trip where we don’t return to the truck with an assortment of discarded waste. If you don’t have a bag, stuff those handy cargo pockets (more on these nifty features soon) until you can locate suitable garbage/recycling receptacle.

Cold Water Techniques for Fish Conservation

Alter your fishing tackle. For instance, cooler water often means a change in the speed of line retrieval when casting. Sometimes the speed can be faster, as with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. This time of year may garner a “reaction” bite, rather than a “hungry” bite, so you may find fish hooked but not necessarily IN the mouth. Pinched barbs are easier on the fish and promote better fish conservation.

Stay alert. Sometimes the retrieve slows or even stops and transitions to using more live bait. Even though fish activity in cold water may be sluggish, it is important to pay attention to the line, bobber, etc. to avoid a deep hook which may be more stressful for the fish to remove. Also in addition to pinched barbs, consider exchanging a treble hook for a single hook to improve fish conservation.

Want to learn more ways to protect our water resources?


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.   

5 Guidelines for Good Fly Fishing Etiquette

5 Guidelines for Good Fly Fishing Etiquette

Debbie Hanson 11/22/2015 Are you wondering what it means to have good fly fishing etiquette? Fishing aside, your parents probably corrected your dining etiquette dozens of times when you were growing up. You know not to put your elbows on the dinner table or talk […]

Sustainable Fishing Tips: Proper Release

Sustainable Fishing Tips: Proper Release

Sustainable fishing isn’t just about fisheries management; it’s also about properly releasing your fish so they don’t go belly up. Here are 5 ways to properly release a fish so you can catch them another day.   Rock fish back and forth. Hooked fish […]

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

Steelhead Fishing Etiquette

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What’s Biting On Florida Free Fishing Days?

What’s Biting On Florida Free Fishing Days?

Debbie Hanson 11/15/2015 With winter weather on the way, you may find yourself wondering what you could be catching on any upcoming Florida free fishing days. You know, that state with the palm trees where you don’t need a down jacket, gloves, and earmuffs. Yep, […]

5 Facts About Sustainable Fishing All Anglers Should Know

5 Facts About Sustainable Fishing All Anglers Should Know

Debbie Hanson 11/15/2015 As recreational anglers, we should always supplement our appreciation for the sport with a high level of environmental awareness and responsibility. By practicing sustainable fishing, we can help maintain and contribute to the health of the fish species that inhabit our waterways. […]

Sustainable Fishing for the Future: 5 Tips

Sustainable Fishing for the Future: 5 Tips

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Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

Andy Whitcomb 11/9/2015 There are some fantastic fishing and boating locations in the United States. In fact, this summer Take Me Fishing™ released their Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. But despite the abundant water resources, these waters must be shared by […]