Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Turn Your Phone in a Boating Safety Kit

When planning a trip out on the water, most typically start their checklist with the basics: fishing license, spinning rod, bait-casting rod, back-up rod, bait, snacks, sunscreen, nautical maps, tide chart, GPS, lucky ball cap and life jackets. Then, grab the kids, keys, wallet and you’re off! A great way to spend time with family and enjoy nature, boating and fishing are thought of as an escape, a way to de-stress. Disconnecting from a busy…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 29, 2012

Our National Parks Are Gifts for All Anglers

What a tremendous gift our forefathers gave when they set aside America’s National Parks. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the country and fish in a number of exciting locales, but there’s just something special about being in places like Grand Teton, Yellowstone, The Everglades or Rocky Mountain National Park. They each have a distinct feel, a certain crisp smell in the air, and the sounds of pure nature. I have often thought that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 28, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

True Blue?

The blue catfish is legendary for its tremendous size.  Only two sturgeon species and the alligator gar are capable of reaching sizes larger than the blue catfish.  That is some rare company.  Blues can top the scales at over 100; several sources even mention a 300-pound blue caught in the 1800’s.  By comparison, a giant channel catfish may reach 30 pounds. But what if the catfish is small? How can you tell a blue catfish…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 27, 2012

Tom Keer

Yes We Have No Bananas

  I live on Baker Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  Baker is a common American name so the fact that I live on that street probably doesn’t mean much to anyone.  When I tell folks that my street was named in honor of my town’s native son Lorenzo Dow Baker it still doesn’t mean much.  And when I tell fishermen that they should know that name they scratch their head.  They know the names of Jimmy…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 23, 2012

Tom Keer

Take Someone Fishing

The other day, several of us were sitting on the tailgate after an evening of fishing.  We had one of those spectacular sunsets where there were lots of fish around and boy were they easy to catch.  Ours was the kind of day that makes up for those times when the conditions aren’t right and we have to struggle.  It was pure magic. My friend brought up the results of a Field and Stream story…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 22, 2012

Is the Sling the Next Thing?

I recently attended the International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show in Reno, Nevada, where manufacturers of fly fishing products showed off the wares they plan to sell next year. One thing I noticed is that many companies are devising sling packs for anglers to carry their gear. One advantage of a sling is that you can slide it around your body, keeping your front clear when you’re actually fishing. When you need a specific gizmo,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 21, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t be Koi with me.

During a recent fishing trip to a small city lake, my son spied something orange in the water, suspended under a tree limb.  I recalled the tell-tale sign of blue aquarium gravel at the boat ramp and suspected it was a goldfish or koi. We eased up quietly to get a better look but it scooted off. Because of their often detrimental effects, invasive species are a major concern and precautions are taken to prevent…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 15, 2012

Fond of Fiberglass

The other day I dusted off an old favorite fly rod, took it fishing, and couldn’t help but wonder why I had neglected it for as long as I had. It’s a little 7-foot, #4-weight fiberglass rod. If you haven’t ever fished fiberglass, you ought to give it a try, and here’s why: For starters, fiberglass usually isn’t nearly as expensive as the modern generation graphite rods can be. Granted, a fiberglass rod isn’t made…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 15, 2012

Tom Keer

Old School Boating with The Baymen

  I was recently talking with a friend who lamented that he wasn’t catching many fish because he didn’t have a big, offshore boat.  He had been seeing a lot of chatter about a few pods of big fish that were several miles offshore, and he was really down in the dumps.  Part of me knew that he was really asking to come out on mine and so I invited him out for a weekend…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 14, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

How to Lose Fish.

  Fishing and boating shows and expos can be found all around the country at various times of the year.  Often these facilities will have pro anglers conducting fishing seminars using large tanks containing bass. These seminars are a great way to pick up tips, not only on what to do, but what NOT to do. Although the focus of the demonstration is suppose to be the lure action or technique, it is these pampered…

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