Posted by: Tom Keer
June 28, 2012

Tom Keer

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

My wife has a saying that has become one of my favorites.  Presentation without demonstration is merely conversation. Someone may have said that before, but I heard it from her first, and she’s right.  That statement gets to the point.  Organizations like the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Trout Unlimited among others are tireless champions of encouraging folks to get out and boat and fish, to purchase their fishing licenses, and to register their…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
June 6, 2012

Kudos to Anglers Who Keep Things Clean

I’m always happy to see anglers do good things for rivers, lakes and oceans. That can be as simple as stopping to pick up some trash as you fish—the little things really do matter. But some people take clean angling ethic to a higher level, and we should all be grateful for that. Take the case of Eric Rasmussen, an Eagle Scout candidate who made a project out of removing metal debris (like old car…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 26, 2012

Tom Keer

First Fish

Fishing in my adopted home state is open all year long.  I am thankful for this when the migratory saltwater fish pack their bags and head south; there are trout, bass, pickerel, and panfish to catch. I am also thankful for this when the mercury in the thermometer is consistently below freezing, and there is enough ice on the ponds and lakes we can dig some holes and add a few tip ups. If we’re…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 19, 2012

Tom Keer

Why I Love Docks

One of the best parts of heading out for a day on the water is the wide variety of docks that accompany the boating environments.  As I was checking out some fishing spots the other day I noticed a wide variety of docks and came to a conclusion; I’ve never met a dock I didn’t like. What I like best about docks is that they can be very simple or they can be complex.  One…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 22, 2012

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Guilty as Charged

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 24, 2011

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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…

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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…

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