Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 23, 2014

10 Essential Tools to Keep on Board Your Boat

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What do you do when the latch that secures the lid on your livewell won’t lock and you just finished throwing a cast net for two hours so that you’d have enough bait for a day of fishing? Or, when you are boating around the lake with your family, and then realize that you left one of your drain plugs back at the dock? These are two examples of situations when having the right tools…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Affordable Fishing Vacations

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Two weeks ago the frame on my Toyota 4-Runner broke when one tire bounced through a pot hole.  I wasn’t angry for the truck was a 2000 model and I had put nearly 250,000 miles on the odometer.  The truck took me through rivers to get to bird hunting coverts, down the beach in search of pods of blitzing bass or blues, and many points in between.  In looking at new/used vehicle prices I am…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 20, 2014

How to Save Time With Ready to Use Fishing Gear

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So, there you are… standing on the shore with your fishing rod in hand, poised and ready to cast your shiny new silver spoon into the water at a chunky bass you just spotted near a log. You cast at him, and cast at him, and cast at him. He wants nothing to do with your lure, gets tired of the harassment and decides to swim off towards the other end of the lake. Ugh!…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

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There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 17, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fishing Tips From A Goofy Movie

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It’s never a bad time to learn the fine art of fishing. And really, who better to teach us than the master of the perfect cast, Goofy? Let’s see if we can learn a thing or two from his fishing skills in A Goofy Movie: While en route to fishing, take the role of navigator seriously. You don’t want to take a wrong turn (Max, you were supposed to go right). Get in the fishing…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pre-Owned Boat for Sale

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Not mine. I bought a pre-owned boat this summer and we don’t plan on parting with it anytime soon. However with cooler temperatures and the boat season winding down in places, some boats may start appearing in the newspaper classifieds. Here are a few considerations in case you may be in the market for a pre-owned boat. ● Are you ready? Do you have a place to store it? Is there room in the garage?…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 13, 2014

4 Great Boats for Beginners

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Stress-relief, fresh air, and family bonding time — just a few of the reasons you have decided to invest in your very first boat. Since there is a boat for every budget, it’s just a matter of choosing the right type of boat that suits your lifestyle and intended use. The first thing you’ll want to think about is whether you will be using your boat exclusively for fishing or if you plan to use…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 9, 2014

Tom Keer

Get ahead of next year’s boating curve

It's easy to work on a trailer when there isn't a boat sitting on it.

What does ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ have in common? They’re words of wisdom that are best followed when putting up your boat for the winter. I keep my boat on a trailer, so I first head to the harbor and tie her to a dock finger.  I’ll head home where I perform a full inspection of my trailer.  I’ll first check out…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 7, 2014

Ways to Take Full Advantage of Free Outdoor Events

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It may not be the holiday season just yet, but did you know something? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers us a gift each year that many outdoor-lovers don’t know about, or take advantage of. Next week, October 12 through the 18 is National Wildlife Refuge Week. And, on Sunday, October 12 (the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week), free admission will be offered at many refuges to help you get better acquainted…

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