Posted by: Kirk
February 1, 2012

Kirk

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
January 25, 2012

Kirk

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 K.
November 24, 2011

Tom K.

Lots for Which to be Thankful

Provincetown Harbor is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World

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 K.
October 26, 2011

Tom K.

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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Posted by: Kirk
August 18, 2011

Kirk

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…

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Posted by: Andy
August 9, 2011

Andy

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…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 23, 2011

Tom K.

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…

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Posted by: Stephanie
May 23, 2011

Stephanie

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…

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Posted by: Stephanie
March 31, 2011

Stephanie

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…

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Posted by: Stephanie
January 3, 2011

Stephanie

Take Your Family Outside in 2011

Boating and Fishing With the Family

With 2010 behind us, it’s once again time to start thinking about the dreaded New Year’s resolution (dun, dun, dun). But instead of going with familiar choices like dieting or exercise, why not try adding more family time to your schedule this year? Activities like boating and fishing aren’t just fun ways to get outdoors, but they’re also a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their kids and reconnect them with nature.…

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