Posted by: Tom Keer
February 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Why it’s Important to Check on your Boat this Winter

Ice from the drain...clear it out!

The recent storms throughout the Northern half of the country have brought rain, wind, ice, and snow. Just to give you an idea about how bad it’s really been, in my hometown we had 42 inches of snow in one week, winds of 60 MPH with gusts to 80 MPH, and then rain.  The first thing I did when the storm subsided was NOT to grab a shovel.  Instead, I check on my boat.  The…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

couple fishing icon

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

Miami 2

Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Steps to Selecting Your Future Dream Boats

flats-boat

There’s nothing quite like spending a day on a boat with family or friends while enjoying the feelings of relaxation that come along with the gentle rocking of the waves. In fact, you may be such a fan of the boating and fishing lifestyle that you’ve decided it’s time to think about purchasing your very own boat. However, with all of the different boat sizes and models on the market, how do you know which…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

Tackle Show

 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

Fish

The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2014

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows

Portland Boat Show...a boater's dream

I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one.  The truth is I hate to rush big decisions.  I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all of the fine details.  When I finally get off the dime I’m in good shape; by that I mean my hand doesn’t shake when I sign on the dotted line. Buying a new…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 23, 2014

Debbie Hanson

10 Essential Tools to Keep on Board Your Boat

sunset-boating

What do you do when the latch that secures the lid on your livewell won’t lock and you just finished throwing a cast net for two hours so that you’d have enough bait for a day of fishing? Or, when you are boating around the lake with your family, and then realize that you left one of your drain plugs back at the dock? These are two examples of situations when having the right tools…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

HoleLBassE

When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

A pair of skiffs

There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…

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