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

Debbie Hanson

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

Debbie Hanson

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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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 24, 2014

Tom Keer

Sock Burning means Spring has Sprung

We boaters and anglers rely on weather reports, but if you want to see a difference of opinions then look no further than they way we get our forecasts.  On one side of the fence is a group using websites, Doppler radar, and satellite imagery.  On the other side is a group dedicated to the Farmer’s Almanac and country wisdom.  And as our groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow determines how much more winter we’ll have,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 3, 2014

Tom Keer

Get Ready to Splash

We’re coming off what seems like an Endless Winter, with even traditionally tropical regions getting cold temperatures if not snow.  Regardless, it’ll soon be spring and that means it’s time to get your boat ready for the water.  Here are some check points to consider.   De-winterize your engine.  Issues with oil are a leading culprit of engine problems, so start there.  If you didn’t winterize your boat, change your engine oil, your filter, and…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Rest and Reload

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  There is a surprising amount of strategy in multi-day tournament fishing. It isn’t enough to find a good spot with cooperative fish; you have to find 3 or 4 days’ worth of five hefty bass to weigh. This can mean frequent boat rides to locate more spots, or if the fishing is so good in both quantity and quality, the angler can try to manage that location the entire event. When you catch a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 18, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Classic Clash

In an attempt to communicate the scope, grand spectacle, and popularity of the Bassmaster Classic, it is frequently referred to as the “Super Bowl” of fishing tournaments. This grand 3-day fishing fest will take place in Alabama on Lake Guntersville, February 21-23. By winning one of the 2013 Bassmaster tournaments or placing high enough consistently, a select group of professional anglers achieves their  goal to compete in the yearly main event. There are some explanations…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Just What I Need, a New Boat

My non-fishing friends (which are few and far between I might add), shake their heads when they look at my side yard.  They’ll see my Maritime Skiff center console that I use for fishing.  I bought it new 20 years ago, and it’s been worth every penny.  Next to the skiff is my duck boat, and I got it used about 15 years ago.  Next to the power boats is a Hobie Cat that my…

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