Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 3, 2015

Debbie Hanson

3 Tips for Safer Boating This Season

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With a little bit of advance preparation and planning, you can have a greater feeling of safety and security while on the water with your family and friends. Now that spring is here and National Fishing and Boating Week is coming up, it’s the ideal time to apply a few tips that can mean much safer (and happier) boating trips. National Fishing and Boating Week coincides with the first week of June every year and…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 27, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

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Spring fishing is now in full swing. Water temperatures are warm enough that fish are active and there are opportunities galore. If you plan on taking kids fishing, there even are fishing derbies, clinics, and various kid events scheduled around the country. For example, there are clinics in Colorado in May, some upcoming in Indiana, and Mississippi recently held a “fish rodeo.” Here are 3 reasons to check out these events: Learn. There will be…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Can You Imagine Life Without a Fishing License?

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Every year when I get ready to renew my Florida fishing license, I can’t help but think about what my life would be like without having one. Such a bummer thought, I know… although it really does remind me about the many reasons why I should feel grateful for all of the amazing memories I’ve made over the years with family and friends while on the water. Here are a few ways that life might…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Why Getting into Fishing is Better Than a Box of Chocolates

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You might remember the following famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Getting into fishing can be a similar experience. You never know what you’re going to catch when you’re out on the water, and the anticipation that comes along with the sport is one of the most exciting things about it. What if you were asked…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 25, 2015

Debbie Hanson

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

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Even when the weather puts a damper on your outdoor fishing plans, you can still create your own indoor fishing-related fun. No, you won’t be landing a largemouth bass in your living room, but this list of indoor fishing games can help you keep your skills sharp and species knowledge up to par. Fish Jigsaw Puzzle. Learn how to identify different fish species by assembling a fish jigsaw puzzle. Many outdoor specialty retailers and websites…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 11, 2015

Debbie Hanson

4 of the Best Places to Ice Fish

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Whether you appreciate the solitude that comes with being one of the few anglers out on a frozen lake at sunset or just look forward to uninterrupted time spent with friends and family in an ice shanty atmosphere, there are a few things to appreciate about winter — ice fishing is one of them. Not sure where to ice fish or which lakes will offer the best ice fishing experience? Well, maybe I can help…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2014

Tom Keer

Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

You don't see smiles like these from playing a video game

I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.  The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn’t really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

Tom Keer

Learning from Family and Friends

There is more to being a mentor than catching fish.

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 3, 2014

Tom Keer

Rebuilding Angler Stocks One at a Time

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I spoke with a buddy last week, and he was grousing about the lower numbers of striped bass.  There has been a lot of chatter about regulations and biomass, and it seems like protective measures will soon be in place.  So I asked him about the biomass of anglers. “What the heck are you talking about?” he asked. “Well, the number of fish are down and we’re doing something about it.  But what about the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 14, 2014

Debbie Hanson

10 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for Anglers

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Was it the Rudolph sweatshirt complete with flashing light for a nose? Or maybe it was the turtle-shaped Chia Pet? Jelly of the month club membership? My guess is that you’ve probably received at least one holiday gift that made you cringe a little when you opened it. So, to all of you who have an angler on your holiday gift list, please pay attention! Avoid becoming a “less than great” gift-giver by checking out…




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