Category Archives: Recreational Fishing

First-Timer’s Guide to Buying the Perfect Fishing Boat

Buying Your First Fishing Boat – What You Need to Know   Spend enough time fishing and at some point many of us will decide that we want a fishing boat – it’s a given.  You find yourself looking at boating magazines, doing online searches for articles on boat buying and classified ads, attending a boat show or two, and even occasionally drifting into daydream land… I know because I’ve been there. You’re filled with excitement (at times bordering on… Read More »

Bass Pro Hooks Cabela’s – Now What?

Is This the End for an Iconic Outdoor Brand? We love the outdoors and we also love to buy things that enhance our enjoyment of our favorite outdoor sport, whether it be fishing, hunting or camping. Oh, that look we get on our faces when we walk into a Bass Pro or Cabela’s store ! We’re like kids in a candy store …only worse. There’s always this warm, inviting feeling that overcomes me whenever I walk through their doors. Maybe… Read More »

10 Tips for Sustainable Sport Fishing

Protecting Our Fish and the Future of Sport Fishing We hear a lot of talk about sustainable fishing practices and sustainably sourced fish (fish caught or harvested in a manner that promotes the future of fish populations, the environment and the livelihoods of those who make their living from fishing). In the past we didn’t see the level of concern we have now about our fish stocks being depleted or other environment issues, for that matter. But I think today most of… Read More »

Striped Bass Fishing

Fishing for Stripers, Never Boring They are called rockfish, linesiders and stripers, but the one thing these rugged and powerful fish are never called is boring. One of the things that makes striped bass such a favorite with anglers is the fact that they are anadromous, meaning they can be caught in freshwater (and also brackish water) as well as saltwater. The species can be found naturally along the Atlantic coast from Canada down to northern Florida. They are an… Read More »

5 Casts Every Fly Fisherman Should Master

5 Essential Fly Fishing Casting Techniques   To anglers who fly fish, the cast is quite important to their success on the water. How you put the fly in the water plays a key role in whether or not you are going to catch fish. The fly fishing casting technique that is used is also partly dependent upon the fishing conditions, so it is worthwhile to master more than one style. There are several types of casts, each with a few variations, but… Read More »

8 Types of Fishing Reels Most Commonly Used

 8 Most Used Types of Fishing Reels by Anglers Most of us who are involved with recreational fishing know what a reel is and the basics of what it does. However, we have many types of fishing reels, used for different types of fishing or situations. You might be asking yourself, what difference does it make what reel I use? Well, it does  make a difference, because each type fishing reel is designed with a specific use or experience in mind.… Read More »

Recreational Fishing: Reeling in Big Dollars for the U.S. Economy

The Economics of Recreational Fishing Americans love the great outdoors, and this enthusiasm for hunting and fishing as well as other outdoor recreation has an economic value. This post focuses on the recreational fishing industry. Recreational fishing, or sport fishing, is a major contributor to the U.S. economy. I don’t think most of us give the subject much thought. Well, according to an updated report titled Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts put out in February 2017 by… Read More »