Those Hard to Reach Places

Much of fishing success depends on access. Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation.

But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip for the right reasons, you also have to return.

Keith Sutton, author of “Out There Fishing,” used a tree to help fish a location in a flooded jungle in Brazil. It worked great except that his guide thought it was amusing to drive the boat out of sight and leave him up there for a while.

I’m not much for heights or rappelling but always carry a rope in the truck for scaling steep river banks. If the fish are there, I need to be there too.

When exploring those hard to reach places, stay safe. Go slowly, wear a life jacket, and always have a fishing buddy. Make sure that the adrenaline rush and excitement is due to the fishing only.

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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 since 2011.