Posted by: Tom Keer
May 31, 2012

Tom Keer

Fishing Artwork

It’s probably true that most of us have some form of artwork that is related to fishing in our homes. From paintings and etchings to carvings and photographs, the list can be quite long. But sometimes there are pieces that stand out, mostly because they just shout out fishing. They adorn our homes, and anyone who drives up to the front door instantly knows that he’s at the home of a fisherman. We all expect…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
May 30, 2012

Do You Have a Favorite State Park for Fishing or Boating?

I often write about fishing in far-flung wild locales, but some of my favorite fishing spots are found in places that anyone can easily access—state parks. When you think about it, state parks are really the backbone of our sport, as many anglers enjoy their first experiences—and regular recreational getaways—on their waters. Some have become fishing meccas, while others remain semi-hidden gems. I can promise you that there’s no limit to the fishing adventures and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 29, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

“Wood or Plastic?”

When was the last time you saw a wooden lure? If you’re like me, it was when the Mrs. dragged you along shopping for antiques.  Wood was a material used in vintage hard lures because it was readily available and could be carved by hand. Years ago, there was a spot reserved in my small travel tackle box for Dad’s orange, wooden Lazy Ike. It tricked many bass and sunfish. If I ever snagged a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 24, 2012

Tom Keer

Why We Love Boating and Fishing Communities

One of the best parts of boating and fishing is that we get to hang out in boating and fishing communities.  They’re places where even the most everyday item has something to do with our favorite pastimes on the water. Out here in Massachusetts for example, we’re not surrounded by the mundane.  We are immersed in our favorite activities from start to finish. Everywhere we turn we are reminded that there is more to life…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
May 23, 2012

PFDs… Make Them Fit

This week is National Safe Boating Week, which is a great campaign to heighten awareness of the things we should know as we get into the boating season in earnest. Take a little time to check out this link and remember the useful tips. After all, every week should be considered safe boating week. One thing, I want to talk about is a subject that I find particularly important, yet I notice gets overlooked frequently.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 22, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Got Lucky Drawers?

  “Any luck?” is usually the second question anglers field when they return from a fishing trip (“Where have you been?” perhaps being the first). There are Luck-E-Strike and Lucky Craft lure companies. Lucky 13 is a classic lure that can be found in my tackle box. And “luck” or “superstitions” were part of the 20 Questions series posed to Bassmaster tournament anglers. Responses regarding superstitions seem to fall into three categories: 1)  “Yes.” Jeff…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 17, 2012

Tom Keer

Celebrity Fishermen

Several months ago I had a business trip that took me to a really cool place called Honey Lake Plantation (www.honeylakeplantation.com).  The plantation is towards the southern end of the Red Hills region that spans South Georgia through North Florida.  The towns of Thomasville, Monticello and Tallahassee are well known to sportsmen as well as athletes.  Although it needs no introduction, ACC powerhouse Florida State University is in Tallahassee. I had a number of meetings…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
May 16, 2012

Be The Fish

I’ve learned that sometimes, in order to know more about catching fish, it’s worth taking a little time to actually “be the fish.” And so I’ve been known to scuba dive or snorkel with trout, bass, walleyes, pike, and other species. This has led to some interesting “Going Deep” stories for Field & Stream magazine, but to tell you the truth, the real value has been that it’s made me a better angler. So what…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 15, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Boating Reason #131: Snakes

There are many reasons to enjoy boating. Laird Durham, a freelance writer and avid boater, has assembled his Top 10 Reasons, and there are many others.   Fishing, of course, is a major reason.  Access to all depths and locations of a body of water is a huge plus for fishing from a boat.  For some, so is avoiding contact with snakes. Unless it is steelhead season and very cold, many fishermen, like my fishing companion…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 10, 2012

Tom Keer

Fishing and Boating Rigs

We all know that fishing and boating are two of the best activities going.  Some days we don’t catch ‘em up as much as we’d want to, or other days the rain or chop foils our plans for a smooth boat ride.  Those tough days make the other ones even more enjoyable, but so does riding in the vehicles that get us to where we’re going. Now that fishing is fully underway in my area…

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