Posted by: Tom Keer
May 30, 2013

Tom Keer

The Powers of Observation

There is an old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I’ve found it to be true in the majority of instances, but when it comes to the affects of the winter on our fisheries that adage sometimes falls short.  When trees or rocks fall in to a river there is a change, or when storms pound the coast the erosion has to go somewhere, there is a change.  So on…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 28, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Learning to Cast from a Boat

When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 22, 2013

Tom Keer

Safe Boating

Every time I go fishing I expect to catch fish.  Some days I catch a lot while other days I catch squat.  Every time I go boating I expect to return to the dock.  So far, that trend has held true and I’m thankful for it.  And as there is time and effort that goes into catching fish there is time and effort that goes into boating safely.  As the adage goes, “fail to plan,…

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Posted by: cneville
May 22, 2013

cneville

How to NOT Break Your Fishing Rod

What a bummer it is to break your favorite fishing rod.  Years of memories can vanish in a snap.  And unless you have a backup nearby, if the break happens on the water, your fishing day is done.  Sure, many rods carry a warranty that covers repairs or replacements these days.  But that’s no comfort when the fish are biting all around you.  It’s always best to avoid the problem in the first place, and…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 22, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Bass Tips from Scott Martin

Q: Who took me bass fishing for the first time? Do you remember what type of lure you used? A: I remember one of the very first times going bass fishing with my mother and father here at Lake Okeechobee and I actually fished with a live shiner and I caught bass that was 9 ½ pounds and I was just four years old. It’s a memory that I remember pretty vividly because that big…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Memorial Day Weekend!

The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 17, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Bike. Fish. Live.

I’m sure many of you out there have hobbies that you love outside of fishing. Accessibility, time constraints and convenience can even push this “competing” hobby into the forefront from time to time, conjuring images of a dusty and forgotten rod in the corner of the garage.  For me, this activity is cycling. Seeing that I live about 1.5 miles from my office in Alexandria, Virginia, it literally takes me less time to bike to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 14, 2013

Tom Keer

The Cleat Hitch

So today is the day you’re going fishin.’  All the gear is on board, you’re behind the console with bow and stern fenders deployed, and bow and stern anchors secured to your boat’s cleats.  Your buddy is hauling the truck and trailer back to the parking lot while you motor over to the dock to tie off and wait for him.  What’s the best knot to use?  The Cleat Hitch. The Cleat Hitch is the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 14, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

On Hold

The best rod holder is your hands.  After all, this is why we have opposable thumbs. Nothing can beat hands for continual monitoring of fish activity and reaction time.  But there are times when you just have to put the rod down. Perhaps this is due to long periods of inactivity like when covering a great amount of water in a boat like when trolling for walleye, salmon, or tuna.  When fishing with friends for…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 10, 2013

Tom Keer

Boat Dogs

You don’t leave your best friend home when you head out on the water, do you? Well, if one of your best friends is a dog, why would you leave him at home?  The answer for many is simple: they don’t. Any dog that loves to swim will happily trade their ordinary landlubber status for a day on the water.  Labrador and golden retrievers are shoe-ins to join you on your boat.  One perfect retriever…

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