Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 20, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Signs That You’re Getting Ready for Fishing Season

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The sun is shining, you don’t need eight layers of clothes, and you’ve finally taken your boat out of storage (insert an extra loud “YEEHAW!” here). Although, you do have to admit that there may have been a few days when you felt like you just might lose it while patiently waiting and getting ready for fishing season. Not sure exactly how ready for fishing season you are? Well, I’d say that if any of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 20, 2015

Tom Keer

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

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  Every year we celebrate our fishing and boating heritage in an event called National Fishing and Boating Week.  The week highlights our two favorite activities and how important they are to making our lives better.  This year the National Fishing and Boating week runs from June 6-14, 2015, and that’s also the time when folks can go fishing for free.  So let’s make this easy and focus on just what you need to know.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 17, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The 5 Big Benefits of a Free Fishing Day

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National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual celebration of fishing and boating that takes place during the first week in June. During this week, many states will be offering free fishing days for you and your family to take advantage of. A free fishing day can bring some big benefits along with it. Some of these benefits you may already be aware of, and some you may not. Below are the five big benefits…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 13, 2015

Tom Keer

National Safe Boating Week 2015

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  National Safe Boating Week comes along at a good time of year.  Mechanical failures are common, particularly if you use your boat a lot.  Here are a few pre-launch considerations to elevate your level of play.       Have enough life jackets for the individuals on board. There are different types of life jackets for different activities. The Safe Boating Campaign is a great resource for determining if a life jacket is right…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 13, 2015

Why Fishing is Fun

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I remember very well the weekend in April when I went fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a group of women who were relatively new to the sport. We were all participating in the seminar weekend “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing”. We got up at 7am and our boat left the dock at 8am. I was super excited that we were going to be fishing all morning! It was a sunny day with no clouds in…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 13, 2015

Always ‘Wear It!’ and Boat Responsibly

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  When four friends were out fishing on Spring Lake near Sea Bright, New Jersey, they never thought rescue workers would pull them to safety that afternoon. Their boat had taken on water, and another boater noticed they were in distress and called the U.S. Coast Guard. All of them were wearing life jackets, and aside from being a little cold the four people were safe. This is just one of the many types of…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 11, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum

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Recently, I accompanied my daughter to a science museum for a school field trip. Part of one display made me think about fishing: the pendulum. A pendulum is a swinging object on the end of a line. Beginning anglers learn about the pendulum when they attempt to land fish. Often I observe novices reel in too much line, and then like a carrot dangling in front of a horse, they can’t reach the fish without…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 10, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Don’t Forget These 5 Things When De-Winterizing A Boat

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The day you’ve been waiting for all winter long is here — it’s that day following the official onset of spring when you can finally take your beloved vessel out of storage and go through the steps of de-winterizing a boat. Before you head out on the water for your first trip of the season, there are some important tasks you’ll want to check off your list in order to make sure that your boat…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 8, 2015

If It Swims . . .You Can Catch It On A Fly!

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People often think that fly fishing is just for trout in pristine mountain streams. For many people, an image of Brad Pitt in a ‘River Runs Through It’ comes to mind when someone mentions fishing with a fly rod. But what if you live on a farm on the prairies, or in the heart of a major city and you are hundreds of miles away from tumbling mountain water filled with rising trout? Not to…

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