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Tom’s Blog

Welcome to my exclusive fishing blog for Boys’ Life magazine. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in the coming months. From fishing as a pro on the FLW Tour bass circuit to guiding, filming fishing shows and fun fishing with my Cub Scout son, I spend a lot of time on the water around the country. I’ll pass along some of my fishing tips, keep you updated on what’s happening in the world of fishing, and tell you about some of my experiences in the great outdoors.

Fishing the Summit

Whether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.  

The truth about wind and fishing

Wind from the east, fish bite the least; Wind from the west, the fish bite the best. Is there any truth to this old fishing rhyme about wind?  

Satellite maps: A powerful fishing tool

The satellite imagery on tons of websites and apps allows you to get an aerial view of waterways for free, and pros and weekend fishermen alike are using this powerful scouting tool.  

A few fishing quotes I like

So many good fishing quotes to choose from, but here are a few I like. Have any good fishing quotes? If so, share them with me in the comments section!  

How to catch a fish with a worm and bobber

If you just want to feel the tug on your line and aren’t particular as to what type or how big, the basic earthworm and bobber rig is what you need. It’s inexpensive, easy to rig and use, and attracts most freshwater species of fish.  

Topwater Time! Don’t miss the year’s best bass fishing

Want to catch a lot of great big fish, preferably exploding on topwater baits and then jumping the whole way while being reeled in. For a month or so each year, this dream scenario becomes a reality, and it is the favorite time of the year for many veteran anglers.  
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