Posted by: Tom K.
July 10, 2014

Tom K.

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

Think there are fish in this lake at Yosemite?

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Stephanie
November 14, 2013

Stephanie

There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

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It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…

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Posted by: Debbie
November 5, 2013

Debbie

7 Weird Things to Bring on a Camping Trip

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S’mores by the fire, the sound of crickets chirping, the sight of sparkling stars overhead… there are many things about the outdoors to appreciate when you’re on a camping trip with the family. However, every now and then, Mother Nature or other unexpected circumstances may throw in a surprise or two. As you plan an outdoor family vacation, you might want to consider bringing a few of these usual, but useful items along. Dryer Sheets.…

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Posted by: Debbie
October 28, 2013

Debbie

3 Pieces of Portable Fishing Gear for Camping Trips

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Anyone who has planned a family camping trip knows that it can be a challenge to pare down all of the gear that is needed for a few days in the great outdoors. Just when you think you have everything packed strategically in the vehicle, you find out that someone forgot to give you a sleeping bag or a heavy duty flashlight during the initial arranging process. This causes you to search desperately for even…

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Posted by: Stephanie
October 21, 2013

Stephanie

Family Camping Trips

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Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…

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Posted by: Stephanie
October 18, 2013

Stephanie

Fall for Fishing and Boating

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Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 16, 2013

Tom K.

America’s Guests

I’m not a sailor, but a good friend of mine is.  He refers to himself as the World’s Guest.  He climbs aboard his boat, sails where he wants to, and drops anchor for the night.  He’s not restricted to anything except the tide and the weather.  I am a camper, though, so does that make me America’s Guest?  I pull out a topo map, drive in my truck, and pitch a tent for the night.…

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Posted by: Stephanie
September 24, 2013

Stephanie

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…

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Posted by: Stephanie
August 15, 2013

Stephanie

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

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I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting dirty. I love every minute of it. Well, most minutes.  (Okay, some minutes are really, really hard. But that’s for another time.) I really love watching the boys with Dad getting loud and…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 22, 2013

Tom K.

Cape Cod National Seashore

  One reason I wanted to write about National Parks this month is because I live near one and that means that I am fortunate to have a lot of great fishing close to home.  The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 68-square mile park founded by Massachusetts native President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The 40 miles of beach runs from Chatham to Provincetown which is where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. That stretch…

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