Posted by: Tom Keer
August 27, 2012

Tom Keer

Yes We Have No Bananas

  I live on Baker Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  Baker is a common American name so the fact that I live on that street probably doesn’t mean much to anyone.  When I tell folks that my street was named in honor of my town’s native son Lorenzo Dow Baker it still doesn’t mean much.  And when I tell fishermen that they should know that name they scratch their head.  They know the names of Jimmy…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 15, 2012

Tom Keer

Old School Boating with The Baymen

  I was recently talking with a friend who lamented that he wasn’t catching many fish because he didn’t have a big, offshore boat.  He had been seeing a lot of chatter about a few pods of big fish that were several miles offshore, and he was really down in the dumps.  Part of me knew that he was really asking to come out on mine and so I invited him out for a weekend…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 13, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

  With roughly 365 million trillion gallons of water on our planet, it can be difficult to decide where’s best to drop anchor and throw out a line. Then, for us fishermen and women, add in, can I fish there, is it a good place for the family, is there a boat ramp, what species should I plan to catch, … and the planning process can become much more than you bargained for. Well, thanks…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 9, 2012

Tom Keer

Fishing and Boating Weathervanes

Sometimes we just can’t get enough of fishing and boating.  Our first step begins with the innocent purchases of shirts and hats pockmarked with fish and boats.  Later on we spackle living room walls with pictures and paintings of our favorite species and craft.  As if that’s not enough, some of us decorate the outside of our homes.  Laugh now, but don’t be surprised if you wind up with a weathervane that tells the world…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 26, 2012

Tom Keer

Shark Week! Blue Sharks on the Fly

Back in the mid 1990’s I made a video (remember those?) with my friend Jon Perette.  The topic was catching blue sharks on a fly.  For the better part of a month we made a number of long runs from the South Shore of Massachusetts to Stellwagon Bank to gather the footage. Fishing for blue sharks was a tremendous amount of fun, but as time went on I pursued other species of fish.  My memories…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 5, 2012

Tom Keer

Night Fishing

In one day the air temperatures jumped from 60 degrees during the day to the mid-90’s.  It stayed warm at night, too, and it remained consistently warm for a week.  It’s that time of year for spring to transition to summer, and I’m not complaining; there are hotter areas in the country.  What it means for my fishing is a change in water temperatures from perfect to warm.  And now it’s time to start fishing…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 21, 2012

Tom Keer

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 14, 2012

Tom Keer

Father’s Day Fishermen

I recently read a survey which said that over 73% of anglers are taken fishing for the first time by their father.  To the men in the world who take their kids fishing I say Happy Father’s Day.  And I hope on Sunday you all will be fishing. For much of his short life, my dad was a soldier.  I wasn’t able to fish with him as much as I would have liked.  We spin…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 7, 2012

Tom Keer

Signs that You’re in a Boating Community

For whatever reason, I’ve always been interested in signs.  I like antique signs that describe the store without having to use a lot of words. You know, a pair of eyeglasses that point the direction of the eye doctor.  A tooth for a dentist’s office.  A pint of beer for a bar.  A key for a locksmith.  It seemed to me there used to be a lot more of these in the past, but I…

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