Posted by: Tom Keer
September 29, 2011

Tom Keer

Never Seeze

A little dab will do....and save you a trip to your chiropractor!

A few years ago I was hauling my boat home from a fishing trip.  Up ahead there had been an unfortunate accident.  No one was injured, but one of the three cars involved was totaled.  It seemed that most of the glass from the windshield wound up in the road. I must not have seen a shard, because the next thing I knew I had a flat tire on my boat trailer.  Not a big…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
September 28, 2011

Do You Practice Fishing?

Target

Would you walk up to the first tee at a golf course without having been to the driving range first? Would a baseball player step into the batter’s box without having had a least a little batting practice? Of course not. So why in the world do so many of us go straight to the water to fish without having even considered practiced our casting? Okay… it’s embarrassing when you’re casting on the street in…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 27, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Honeybuns

HoneybunsE

 Most anglers cannot just step out of a lakeshore house and start casting; a road trip is required before we wet a line.  And road trips call for some sustenance… often at some unholy hour. Every major road leaving Stillwater, Oklahoma has a gas station convenience store, fully equipped to cater to the angler. Some foods are an integral part of a fishing trip, consumed not necessarily for nutritional value but more out of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 22, 2011

Tom Keer

The Striper Moon

The Northeastern Native Americans named full moons.The various tribes tracked the moons according to what was happening in that specific month.  Some of them have to do with fishing. March is known as the Worm Moon.  As the ground thawed the earthworms moved to the surface.  That movement marked the return of the robins who feasted happily after a long migration.  If you’re creating a worm bed for a season’s worth of fishing, check it…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 21, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Smallie

The vast majority of the fly fishing world revolves around trout. And while trout are no doubt fun to catch on flies, that presents a bit of a problem, because a lot of people think they have to find a cool river or lake (trout do best in water temperatures lower than 70 degrees Fahrenheit) to enjoy fly fishing. And that’s just not true. In fact, there are literally hundreds of other fish species that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 20, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

The Trophy Snag

SnagTrophy

To the untrained eye, this piece of wood simply looks like a decorative landscape accent.  However, anglers may recognize this stump actually as a tribute to a grand, formidable foe – the snag.  Once a submerged productive fish structure, it was covered with algae and tiny invertebrates and thus attracted and held fish of various sizes. Anglers love submerged wood.  They seek it.  They also fear it, but cannot help but throw near it. Casts…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 15, 2011

Tom Keer

Western Drift Boats in the Fall

There is a lot of great fishing to be had in the fall, but if I had to pick one of my favorites it would be drifting a big, Western river. The rivers meander in the fall.  They’re not running hard and cold like they are in the spring, and they’re not slow and bony as they are in the summer.  Fall flows are perfect, and when you go through flat water you’ve got time…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
September 14, 2011

Bring on Fall… and the Pike Fishing!

Depending on where you live, you might already be feeling a slight nip in the air, a sure harbinger that autumn is just around the corner. I know that’s certainly true where I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and I hear much the same from my friends in northern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. While that might seem like a bummer to many anglers (after all, summer is our prime season), I…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 13, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

The Shocking Truth

ElectoE

As my family continues the quest for the perfect boat, we have reflected on some fun boating memories. I have been on the water in an assortment of vessels and, as strange as it may sound, a significant part of my boating experience has been on a “shock boat.” In fact, I met (caught?) my wife electro fishing. Perhaps you have seen one of these flat-bottom heavy-gauge aluminum boats with the railings at the front.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 8, 2011

Tom Keer

Back a trailer down a ramp like a pro

For whatever reason, some things in life just don’t come easy.  Patting your head and rubbing your belly is one.  Learning to tie your shoe laces is another.  Driving on ice is a third.  Add backing a trailer down a ramp to the list. For whatever reason, most boaters have a tough time backing down a ramp.  Maybe it is the backwards view of the world that comes from looking in a rearview mirror.  Maybe…

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