Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 7, 2013

4 Useful Boat Accessories for Family Trips

There is nothing quite as relaxing as spending a day on the boat, especially when your boat is outfitted with a few extra conveniences that make the experience more comfortable. Whether you plan to take the family out to watch a beautiful sunset, want to see if the fish are biting, or just feel like taking a serene afternoon cruise, there are a few extra boat accessories that you might find useful when riding on…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 25, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bow Fishing

September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet.

Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle.  However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming some logistical hurdles. Two vehicles are almost always required; one at the “put in”, and the other at a predetermined destination.  Another option is to “borrow” the wife’s “antique” milk crate, slide part…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 22, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Raise the Rafters

Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 13, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

Trolling, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fishing  you do without casting. Drop the lure or bait over the side or back of the boat, let out line, and drive the boat, which then pulls the lures creating the look of baitfish.  Though perhaps not the most exciting method of fishing, trolling works well when trying to locate fish on a large body of water.  And Lake Erie is enormous. Considered by many to…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 29, 2013

22 Essentials to Bring Aboard for a Day of Boating

The day before a boating or fishing trip can be busy considering the planning that is required. Take full advantage of the time you spend on the water by being adequately prepared for a variety of situations that may come up. It’s fairly easy to avoid bug bites, motion sickness, hungry kids and soggy shorts. Just print or write down this handy list of 22 items to bring along before heading out on the boat.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 18, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…

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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: 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: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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