Posted by: Tom Keer
March 15, 2012

Tom Keer

Favorite Fish

A bunch of us were sitting around changing out rusted trebles, tying flies, and other stuff that usually accompanies those activities. A conversation started out with an odd question: if you could only catch one fish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Personally, that was about as depressing a thought as it gets. Still, I found myself answering “a 70-90 pound tarpon.”  I picked that size of fish because it was…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Kirk Deeter
February 1, 2012

Must a Fish Be Huge to Be a Trophy?

The words “trophy fish” are synonymous with “big fish” these days. Everyone has their own standards, of course, but a trophy trout might be a 20-incher or larger, and a trophy largemouth bass might be one that tips the scales at 10 pounds or more. Trophy tuna can weigh hundreds of pounds, and a trophy billfish in the thousands! Of course, most people wouldn’t hang a minnow mount on their wall. But, on the other…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Kirk Deeter
January 25, 2012

Teaching Kids Fishing: It Isn’t All About “Catching”

There’s no denying that feeling that “tug” is what turns kids on to fishing. I can remember the first times my son, Paul, felt his line go tight. His eyes got wide, he smiled from ear to ear, and started giggling uncontrollably. It was as if a lightbulb went on in his little head, and he’s been “hooked” on fishing ever since. As such, whenever you endeavor to teach a youngster to fish, I think…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Tom Keer
November 24, 2011

Tom Keer

Lots for Which to be Thankful

About 20 minutes from my home on the bayside of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World.  My family and I fish and boat around many of their historic landing spots.  Here are few of them. The Pilgrims first anchored off of the Provincetown Spit, the last piece of land on Cape Cod. The curve of the land forms a natural harbor, one that is chock-a-block with striped bass…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Tom Keer
October 26, 2011

Tom Keer

Explore the Blue

Interactive Station 2

This past weekend my family and I went away to New Hampshire. We live at the beach, but we head to the mountains for a change of pace.  For this trip, my daughter and son wanted to bring along a few friends, and so we all piled into the car and headed north. A few of the kids had never picked pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. So we went. Two of the kids had never…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 18, 2011

On Angling Etiquette…

I’m often asked about angling etiquette. It’s an important topic, because how anglers interact with each other often dictates the quality of the overall fishing experience for everyone. 99 percent of the time, you’ll find other anglers to be kindred spirits, and you won’t have any issues. On those rare occasions when there is a problem, the root cause is usually that the person just didn’t realize they were doing the wrong thing. While there…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 9, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Keep it in the yard.

AlleghenyScene

Everyone loves water. Clean water. And we want to protect it.  As anglers and boaters, we recognize the importance of water quality and preservation.  We are careful with fuel and clean our boats to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species.  We follow fishing regulations and pick up litter, leaving the lake shore cleaner than when we found it.  And our licenses and boat registrations are up-to-date which help fund  other conservation operations. Most of…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Tom Keer
June 23, 2011

Tom Keer

Get ‘Em in the Boat

Patience and skill helps anglers land even the most stubborn of fish.

A lot of time, effort and preparation go into catching trophy fish.  We scout our terrain, put time in on the water, study weather patterns, and ultimately arrive at a plan.  Many times our plans come together and if everything goes right, a big fish hits and the next thing we know he’s in the net.  Other times it’s not so easy. One major difference between good fishermen and great fishermen is that great fishermen…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 23, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Learn How You Can Fight VHS Fish Disease. Enter USDA Fishing & Boating Photo Contest

fishhealth

If someone told you there were simple things you could do to keep fish from dying and protect our waters, you’d want to know more, right? Well, if you’re a boater or angler in the Great Lakes region, there’s a lot you can do to stop the spread of a fish disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia. VHS kills freshwater and marine fish, including some species of bass, trout and perch. The good news is you…

» Read Full Blog Post

Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
March 31, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Congratulations, Explorers!

3.31 ETBWinner

In September 2010, we teamed up with Discovery Education in the hopes of inspiring a love of the great outdoors – including a love of boating and fishing – in young people by co-creating a fun, interactive yet educational website called ExploretheBlue.com. To build excitement, we launched an essay contest supported by The Sports Authority that asked kids to describe their favorite boating or fishing memory. The contest was extremely exciting from our end. We…

» Read Full Blog Post