Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 7, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Clever Fishing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Fishing Valentines Day

Instead of the usual “ho-hum” Valentine’s Day dinner routine, why not plan a fun fishing date instead? In fact, this is the perfect year to come up with some fishing date ideas for Valentine’s Day since the holiday falls on a Sunday. That means you won’t have to limit your Valentine’s Day fishing date to just a few hours. If you’re unsure about how a fishing date would be received by your significant other, don’t…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 3, 2016

Tom Keer

Winter Boat Shows for the Family

Get ready for boating and fishing season at a winter boat show.

  I suspect our homes are similar during the winter.  Save for a few trips on the ice, our fishing has come to a screeching halt.  Our boats are in the yard or they’re perfectly shrink-wrapped.  It gets dark early, it’s cold, wet and windy, and cabin fever has set in.  The dogs bark non-stop, the kids are cooped up, and taxes are due very shortly.  We all need a break from the weather, the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 1, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Fitness and Conservation

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Fisheries biologists use both length and weight measurements of fish to supervise the fitness of a fish. When fish achieve a specific length, the weight should fall within a certain range to be considered healthy and robust. Depending somewhat on the region, recreational anglers may prefer to measure size in either length or weight but rarely both. Anglers who fish cooler or flowing water often seek a number for fish length. Trout, walleye, or pike…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 31, 2016

Debbie Hanson

7 Tips For Catching More Midwest Winter Walleye

winter walleye catch by young angler

Due to the fact that winter walleye continue to feed at near-freezing temperatures, they are an ideal target species for cold weather anglers in the Midwest. This species isn’t known for acrobatic leaps or showy fights, but they are finicky biters that put up a strong fight and stay deep when hooked. These qualities, combined with the fact that they are one of the most popular table fare fish in the Midwest, make walleye well…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

winter boat show display

Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much. Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 25, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Cold Air Exposure for Anglers. And Fish!

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If you live in northern states, there may be enough safe ice for some ice fishing opportunities. If you’ve never tried it, this is an odd activity, braving the cold and sitting on a bucket, peering down a hole… but it can be FUN. However, before venturing out, consider these tips regarding exposure to cold air. For the Anglers Start Warm. There is an old saying, “start warm, stay warm.” If you are already shivering…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 24, 2016

Debbie Hanson

February Boat Shows Can Teach Kids These 5 Things

Kids Learning Boat Safety

February boat shows may not be the first idea that comes to mind when planning an educational trip or weekend activity with the kids, but there are actually several good reasons to include boat shows on your list of winter learning experiences for kids. One of the largest February boat shows is the Miami International Boat Show that takes place from February 11–15, 2016. A trip to the Miami International Boat Show (or any boat…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 20, 2016

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Electronics: Spot What You Got

Fish caught with aid of ice fishing electronics.

Go big or go home, and ice fishing electronics are one way to help.  They’re winter’s version of polarized glasses used in the summer that show ice anglers what lurks below the water’s surface.  A view of what’s under the ice is pretty cool and very interesting.  But there is a practical side to this kind of technology: ice fishing electronics can help you catch more and bigger fish.  Here are three types of ice…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 18, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing for Smelt

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Well, winter has finally arrived in the northeast and my precious open water on lakes is almost gone. As I grumble and begin to sort and organize my ice fishing stuff, I can’t deny that I am looking forward to the opportunity to go ice fishing for, of all fish, the smelt. Benefits of Smelt Fishing Rainbow smelt are slender and small: 7-8 inches long and weighing just a few ounces. About the size of…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 17, 2016

Debbie Hanson

Why We Love Winter Boat Shows

Pilar Miami Boat Show

Winter boat shows are one of the best ways to boost your spirits if you are a water-lover and feel as if you’re coming down with a case of cold weather crankiness. I mean think about it — you can travel to a warm destination this winter to look at all of the latest boat models or find an indoor venue that will give you the opportunity to compare a number of different boats all…




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