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Trying to outsmart the fish

September 25, 2016 After a slow fishing summer I finally wised up and changed my tactics. It was time to put away the trolling rods and the Flicker Shad lures and go back to the basic. more »»

Folbot is the best fishing boat

September 18, 2016 What defines the ideal fishing boat? Ask a dozen fishermen this question and you might get a dozen different answers. Of course I have formed my own opinions over many years of fishing from boats. more »»

This writer’s thrill of the hunt

September 4, 2016 Ah, September, a time to turn the page on some new chapters in the book of my life. First of all I now begin a new year of life after my birthday on Aug. 29. more »»

What to do when it’s too hot

July 24, 2016 It’s hard to think about hunting when it is almost too hot to fish, but the seasons will soon sneak up on us. Deer archery season begins on Sept, 24, and that is almost exactly two months from today. more »»

How to catch fish every time out

May 29, 2016 There are many fishing techniques and I have probably tried them all. I do admit, however, that for the last several years most of my fishing has involved boats. Sometimes I anchor the boat. more »»

Getting all tied up in knots

May 22, 2016 My knot did not hold and I was left with a limp line and no jig. It was a good jig, too. I had cast the 1/8-ounce lead head myself and colored it with red powder paint. more »»

Spring is here and so are fishing superstitions

May 8, 2016 Fishing lore says that when the dogwood blooms it is time to go crappie fishing. I’m not sure how accurate this is, but I once had a co-worker who actually refused to fish until the dogwood bloome. more »»

Fishermen are lured to the lake

May 1, 2016 Are fishing lures really designed to catch fish, or just fishermen? I’ll leave the answer to that riddle to scholars. more »»

You can’t beat Mother Nature

March 13, 2016 In risk of telling my age I remember a TV commercial for a butter substitute that said “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. more »»

Two more days for shot at a deer

December 13, 2015 I must admit that I was a bit surprised by how many deer were taken in Columbiana County, because I had not seen any during shooting hours. more »»

A real Thanksgiving treat

November 22, 2015 For those of you of my generation I’m sure you remember sitting in class while the teacher led you in singing the lyric “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. more »»

Oh deer: It’s that time of year

October 25, 2015 This is a special time of year that hunters and buck deer love to see come. This is the time of year when girl deer flutter their eyelashes and drive the boy deer to do crazy thing. more »»

Time stands still for no one

October 11, 2015 What ever happened to those transitional days of autumn? You know, those warm Indian Summer days with blue skies and lazy times spent gathering walnuts and other tasty foods to store for winte. more »»

So many things to do, but so little time

October 4, 2015 Fall, just like spring, comes at a time when there is a lot to do other than hunt and fis. more »»

How did you do on opening day?

September 27, 2015 Archery deer season opened Saturday and if all went well I was out there. I can’t say for sure as I have to write this column early in the week so it can be included in today’s MoJ. more »»

Getting harder to catch fish

September 13, 2015 While some anglers might consider trolling a lazy way to fish, it can be effective if done properly. more »»

Better fish where the fish are

September 6, 2015 An old fisherman once told me, “There ain’t no sense fishing where they ain’t.” Other than a possible conviction for murdering the English language, what the old codger told me made a lot of sens. more »»

Real fishermen use real worms

May 31, 2015 I think it would be safe to say that more fish are caught using worms than with any other bait. That even includes my favorite artificial baits such as Road Runners, Hot n’ Tots, and Shad Raps. more »»

Connoisseurs of carp unite

May 24, 2015 You might find this hard to believe, but the common carp was imported to the United States in 1879 as a food fish. more »»

Fishing for the facts

May 17, 2015 Our dogwood tree is definitely in blossom so the crappies have just begun to bite. Right? Well, not necessarily. more »»



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