Posted by: Tom Keer
July 24, 2014

Tom Keer

The Digital Revolution

For a traditionalist like me, giving up my maps, charts, and visits to a tackle or coffee shop is not going to happen.  I prefer to sit on a bench, drink a coffee, and listen to an angler talk about nailing a big fish.  I enjoy the chats about “the one that got away” too, but I must admit I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Still, I find parts of the digital revolution really…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 10, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Conservation through Participation

Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales, and much more. Here’s how it works: For more information about anglers’ and boaters’ role in preserving our nation’s waterways for generations to come, visit our Conservation Section.  

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 7, 2014

7 Hints for Happier Boating and Fishing Trips

I know, I know. Boating and fishing trips are already happy… how can you possibly make a day on the water even happier? Stay safe and plan activities to keep the family entertained while afloat. Here are seven hints for even happier boating and fishing trips: Check the Take Me Fishing list of state parks that are best for family-friendly fishing and boating trips. For example, if you live near Galveston, may want to plan…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2014

Tom Keer

It’s hard to beat a marina in the summer

Over the winter, a friend and I tried to outdo each other with the weather.  It was a perfect back and forth for on a Monday we got a foot of snow, on Tuesday he got a foot of snow, and on Wednesday I got a foot of snow.  It was a race to the bottom and by April you could have stuck a fork in us, we were done. During one of those talks…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
June 21, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Gone Fishing for Summer

The first day of summer is here! Finally the long, dreary winter days feel far behind us. And really, what better way to celebrate the kick-off of summer than by spending quality time in the great outdoors? Lucky for you, June is recognized as Great Outdoors Month. And even better, Take Me Fishing™ has tons of ideas for how you can celebrate. TakeMeFishing.org provides fishing and boating ‘where to’ and ‘how to’ information so you…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 28, 2014

Tom Keer

Boating Basics

A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my trailer tire had a flat.  Not a problem, I thought, for I had everything I needed to fix the flat.  So I put the truck in gear, applied the emergency brake, chocked the tires and got after it.  I’d be splashing at the ramp…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 26, 2014

5 Boating Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

If you take your boat out on a regular basis, chances are pretty good that “IT” has happened to you more times than you’d care to mention. What is “IT” you ask? Well, “IT” is one of those occasions when you were quietly fishing at one of your favorite spots and Mr. or Mrs. Rude Boater suddenly blasted past you creating an unsafe or inconsiderate situation on the water. According to the US Coast Guard,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 21, 2014

Tom Keer

The Perfect First Fishing Spot

People remember firsts because they’re unique.  It doesn’t really matter what we’re talking about, because a first dog, a first touchdown, a first car, and anything else that is first is special.  When you take an angler fishing for the first time it’s important to plan for the event.  The experience you provide, be it good, bad or indifferent, is one they’ll remember for life. My #1 rule for picking a spot is to find…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 1, 2014

Tom Keer

How (and When) to Register your Boat

If I think long and hard enough I can remember buying my first boat.  I prefer not to think of it ‘cause it makes me feel old.  That said, I do remember being far more interested in launching and running my boat than wanting to fill out the registration paperwork.  Who wouldn’t be?  A new boat is exciting, so here are a few pointers so you can be compliant with rules and regulations.  You can knock these out in no…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 18, 2014

10 of the Weirdest Boating Words You Have Ever Heard

So, you have been thinking about buying a boat so that you can get to some of those coveted fishing spots you have been hearing about. There’s only one problem … every time you talk to a boat-owning friend or do any online research, you come across an array of boating terms that sound more like part of Captain Jack Sparrow’s dialogue in Pirates of the Caribbean than any basic boat parts or terms that…

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