Posted by: Stephanie
August 13, 2012

Stephanie

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

Cave Lake State Park

  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 K.
August 9, 2012

Tom K.

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
July 30, 2012

Stephanie

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

Take_Me_Fishing_Infographic

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 K.
July 26, 2012

Tom K.

Shark Week! Blue Sharks on the Fly

Based on its color, there is no mistake that this is a blue shark.

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 K.
July 5, 2012

Tom K.

Night Fishing

Head out early to see what the terrain looks like.

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 K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

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 K.
June 14, 2012

Tom K.

Father’s Day Fishermen

Nothing beats fishing with your dad

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 K.
June 7, 2012

Tom K.

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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Posted by: Tom K.
May 24, 2012

Tom K.

Why We Love Boating and Fishing Communities

A Halloween mooring ball.

One of the best parts of boating and fishing is that we get to hang out in boating and fishing communities.  They’re places where even the most everyday item has something to do with our favorite pastimes on the water. Out here in Massachusetts for example, we’re not surrounded by the mundane.  We are immersed in our favorite activities from start to finish. Everywhere we turn we are reminded that there is more to life…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 17, 2012

Tom K.

Celebrity Fishermen

Honey Lake Plantation

Several months ago I had a business trip that took me to a really cool place called Honey Lake Plantation (www.honeylakeplantation.com).  The plantation is towards the southern end of the Red Hills region that spans South Georgia through North Florida.  The towns of Thomasville, Monticello and Tallahassee are well known to sportsmen as well as athletes.  Although it needs no introduction, ACC powerhouse Florida State University is in Tallahassee. I had a number of meetings…

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