Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 10, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

First Fish Stories

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My kids love everything related to water. Even when not actually fishing or boating, my family plays fishing related games and still hits every aquarium, boat show, fish hatchery, and pet store just for the chance to see something aquatic. Some selected early reading material may have contributed to this enthusiasm.   Here are a few titles that come to mind: The Classic, “Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss is a great introduction to fish…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 21, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

At the Pond When I Was Fishing

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Don’t tell him I told you, but he didn’t catch a big fish. And Daddy didn’t kookd it for Dinner. But what he did get? Was far better than that. If you know me, you’ll know I love to garden. I’ve roped my boys into the act, and it’s something we all like to do together. Studies show that kids who grow their own fruits and veggies eat more fruits and veggies. Know what I…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 14, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 21, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Family Camping Trips

Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 21, 2013

Debbie Hanson

5 Important Reasons to Take Teens Fishing

There are plenty of unhealthy influences and images circulating around in the media and in our day-to-day lives these days. One question we might ask is, how do these negative influences impact the teenage members of our society? And, are there enough positive role models and organized outdoor activities for teens to get involved with to offset the negative influences? There probably isn’t one concrete answer to either question, but it is a fact that…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 16, 2013

Tom Keer

America’s Guests

I’m not a sailor, but a good friend of mine is.  He refers to himself as the World’s Guest.  He climbs aboard his boat, sails where he wants to, and drops anchor for the night.  He’s not restricted to anything except the tide and the weather.  I am a camper, though, so does that make me America’s Guest?  I pull out a topo map, drive in my truck, and pitch a tent for the night.…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 24, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 19, 2013

Tom Keer

Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

I learn something from everyone, and these days I have been learning a lot from my kids.  School started recently and every day they are faced with learning something new.  Most of the time they tackle it head on, and I am impressed with their focus and willingness to learn.  And since fishing season is in full swing I thought about learning to fish along those lines, too. There is a reason that some 27.5…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 2, 2013

Debbie Hanson

Freshwater Fishing Rules That Were Meant to be Broken

Many of us grew up with a firm set of freshwater fishing rules or beliefs that were passed on to us from a parent, grandparent or maybe even an older sibling who taught us how to fish. These rules were likely based on experiences our elders had while out on the water, and were then shared with us. While I always appreciate advice or opinions that are passed along by knowledgeable anglers and fishing mentors,…

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