Just Keep Reeling
Andy Whitcomb
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This award-winning outdoor humor writer has been featured in Oklahoma Today, Farm and Ranch Living, Outdoor Oklahoma, Boating World  and the ICAST Show Guide for the last three years.  Currently, he is in the 2017 spring issue of Kayak Angler magazine, 2017 Paddling Buyers Guide, and the 2017 February Boating World.

His humorous piece, "Fishy Relationships"
from the ICAST Show Guide won
a 2015 Outdoor Writers' Association of America EIC Award. In 2016 he won two 2106 EIC Awards for his web content for www.takemefishing.org. 

Since 2011, he has been sharing weekly tips, observations, and stories as a contract blogger for
Take Me Fishing.org, first place in a list of the top 30 fishing blogs.

This week's post (May 15, 2017):
"Sailing and Fishing?!"


Best Time to Fish for Steelhead


Recent interview by www.docktalk365.com

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"Just Keep Reeling." A collection of Andy Whitcomb's articles, stories, columns, and posts.
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“I'm going to leave the field of outdoor humor writing to you. I'm sure it will be in good hands.”
Patrick McManus, author of many books including his latest, THE HORSE IN MY GARAGE

"The great thing about Andy Whitcomb is he sees things about fishing we tend to overlook- his "outside of the box" style is what makes him so special as a writer. True breath of fresh air!!!!"
Mark Zona, TV Personality, Host of “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show.”

"Andy Whitcomb has a clever way of looking at seemingly mundane subjects and giving them an interesting spin. His talents as a storyteller have made him one of my favorite writers. I eagerly anticipate every funny and heart-warming tale."
Keith “Catfish” Sutton, author of several books including “The Crappie Fishing Handbook” and “Out There Fishing”)

“Andy Whitcomb knows the three Fs: fishing, family, and fun. His columns for Oklahoma Today combined all three in ways that made us, and our readers, smile every time.”
Steffie Corcoran, Editor, Oklahoma Today Magazine

"I think you are probably the best columnist we've had. And definitely the most funny."
 Megan Rossman, Associate Editor, Oklahoma Today Magazine

"Absolutely a new and different point of view and perspective. Your style of writing reminds me a lot of Bill Bryson."
Eric Engbretson, Underwater Photographer


                             Columnist in award-winning 2011 Oklahoma Today: http://www.oklahomatoday.com



(Updated: 05-15-17)

313. "Sailing and Fishing?"

312. "Fishing in New York?"

311. "Tides and Bass"

310. "7 Great Boat Accessories"

309. "Bass Fishing Location Strategy"

308. "Free Fishing in Texas?"

307. "How to Choose a Fishing Reel"

306. "Early Spring Fishing Tips"

305. "Best Spring Bass Lures"

304. "Best Bass Lake Factors"

303. "Prespawn Bass: Phase One"

302. "Winter Trout Tips"

301. "Local Fishing Tournaments"

300. "How to Read a Fishing Report"

299. "Tip Up Tips"

298. "Advanced Winter Bass Techniques"

297. "Where to Ice Fish"

296. "4 Reasons to Visit Winter Boat Shows"

295. "Winter Fishing Conservation Review"

294. "How to Teach Kids to Fish in the Cold"

293. "Local Fishing Knowledge"

292. "Fishing Gift Ideas that Conserve"

291. "Cold Water Bass Fishing"

290. "Best Time to Fish: When Cold?"

289. "Good Local Fishing Spots"

288. "Family Boat Upgrading"

287. "Hook Considerations for Catch and Release"

286. "Circle Reasoning: The Circle Hook"

285. "The Best Time to Fish for Steelhead"

284. "Charter Boat Fishing Trip Fun"

283. "Boat Battery Safety Tips"

282. "Underwater Photography and Conservation"

281. "5 Tips to Get Kids Excited about Fishing"

280. "National Hunting and Fishing Day"

279. "How to Boat and Fish Heavy Vegetation"

278. "How Old is That Fish?"

277. "3 Great Saltwater Fishing Places"

276. "Saltwater Fishing Gear"

275. "The Other Best Times to Fish"

274. "Bait Fish I Have Known"

273. "Classifying Fun for Conservation"

272. "Choosing a Fishing Guide"

271. "4 Fun Ways to Boat"

270. "Fishing and Boating for the Birds"

269. "Three Tips for Crappie"

268. "The Best Bass Boat: The Kayak?"

267. "The Clinch is a Cinch"

266. "The Buzzbait"

265. "Presque Isle: A Top Fishing Spot"

264. "Get My Drift"

263. "Run for the Border"

262. "Get a Grip"

261. "Crafting a Lure"

260. "Work on Your Fishing 'Game'"

259. "The Change Up"

258. "A Fishing Tip: Tip!"

257. "Fishing Variables"

256. "Tips for Taking a Family Fishing"

255. "Pond Mistakes"

254. "Catch and Release: Review and Update"

253. "The Northern Pike Spawn"

252. "Grab a Grub"

251. "Largemouth Bass Spawning Considerations"

250. "Trout Stocking Report"

249. "Loading a Fly Reel"

248. "Boat Ready?"

247. "Fish Fitness and Conservation"

246. Cold Air Exposure Tips for Anlgers and Fish

245. "Ice Fishing for Smelt"

244. "Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combos"

243. "Cold Water Tips for Kayaks"

242. "The Trotline"

241. "Cargo Pockets"

240. "Snap & Swivel"

239. "Unique Fishing Gift Ideas for Dad"

238. "The Bobber"

237. "Tips for Protecting Water Resources"

236. "Steelhead Fishing Etiquette"

235. "Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up"

234. "Catch and Release: On Your Terms"

233. "Multi Rigs and Hook Safety"

232. "Boat Show or No?"

231. "Keeping It Creel"

230. "Selecting Fishing Clothes"

229. "Freshwater Fishing Lures for the Entire Water Column"

228. "Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass"

227. "New Fishing Techniques"

226. "Boat Anchors: Freshwater Fishing Gear to Stay"

225. "Knot Now!"

224. "Crossover Lures: Freshwater And Saltwater"

223. "Getting Jiggy With It"

222. "The Great Bait Debate: Part 2"

221. "The Great Bait Debate: Part 1"

220. "Carp Fishing Trip"

219. "How to Maximize Family Fishing Time"

218. "Night Fishing Trip"

217. "Deep Thoughts"

216. "Can You Beat a Drum?"

215. "It's Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish"

214. "Fishing Rod Composition"

213. "Camp FishaPond"

212. "Frogger"

211. "The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks"

210. "Are You a Fly Fisherman?"

209. "Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum"

208. "Sight Fishing for Trout"

207. "3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby"

206. "Trout Tradition"

205. "The Fishing Report"

204. "Local Fishing Information Sources"

203. "E-fish-iency"

202. "4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish"

201. "What's My Line?"

200. "The One That Got Away: Best Fishing Memory"

199. "3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips"

198. "Frost Bite: 2015 Bassmaster Classic Review"

197. "Ice Fishing Exposed"

196. "Fish Here Often?"

195. "Striped Marlin"

194. "Yellow Perch on Ice"

193. "Fish Story Time"

192. "Streaming Web Cams"

191. "3 Ways a Polar Plunge Catches Fish"

190. "Custom Hot Rods"

189. "4 Tips for Fishing Slower in the Cold"

188. "Tipping Point"

187. "Fish School"

186. "How Many Rods Does an Angler Need?"

185. "The Big Fish Picture"

184. "Constant Contact"

183. "Hare Today"

182. "Steel Stockings"

181. "Take It or Leaf It"

180. "Holes"

179. "Pre Owned Boat for Sale"

178. "Whose Zander is Grander?"

177. "Cut It Out"

176. "Get Out There"

175. "It's All Good

174. "Fitness Plan"

173. "Need More Structure in Your Life?"

172. "What's Your Favorite Color?"

171. "Urban Catfishing"

170. "Does Not Play Well With Others"

169. "Whatever It Takes"

168. "Garden Harvest"

167. "UCAST"

166. "Carp Love"

165. "City Bites"

164. "Fishing Bat Belt"

163. "Camp BaitAHook"

162. "How Many Followers Do You Have?"

161. "Some Like it Hot"

(For more archived posts, go to "Articles")


From ESPNOutdoors.com 



(Updated 03-06-14)

Better than a Box of Chocolates

Crossing Over

Crawdad Mouse 


The Reel Roaster(tm) Review 


(More archived posts under "Articles")              


"Quickfire Interview" with the Outdoor Blogger Network


Photo by James Overstreet at the 2010 Classic media day

Perhaps is signature piece, "Bass Thumb, the Finer Points" in 2007 Outdoor Oklahoma


His interview by Chase Rheam of the Stillwater NewsPress:

Interviewing anglers at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, behind Skeet Reese at the end of this commercial:


Recognized as an influential outdoor writer, he was invited to speak on story-telling at 100th meeting of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

April 4, 2012, presented "The Caste System" to a graduate fisheries class at Oklahoma State University about his perspective of fishing method evolution.

Thanks for your support!

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"Feel my skills, donkey, donkey, donkey, donkey."

Thanks, Dave!

With Brandon Palaniuk at 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Thanks James Overstreet!

photo by Dean Andrews


"Is my wallet missing?"

    Thanks, Mike!     

       Thanks, Z!    

       Thanks Jarrett!

Opening Day of trout in PA. Released after photo. 

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