Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2013

Tom Keer

Cape Cod National Seashore

  One reason I wanted to write about National Parks this month is because I live near one and that means that I am fortunate to have a lot of great fishing close to home.  The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 68-square mile park founded by Massachusetts native President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The 40 miles of beach runs from Chatham to Provincetown which is where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. That stretch…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 17, 2013

Tom Keer

Acadia National Park: Maine’s One-stop Fishing Spot

Photo Credit: National Park Service Many of us who try to get in as much fishing as possible always run into two primary issues: time and money.  Maine’s Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm) could be the answer to that problem. In the park you’ll find freshwater, warm water, and saltwater fishing, all within 47,000 acres. The acreage may sound skimpy compared to other national parks, but this oldest National Park east of the Mississippi is still…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 15, 2013

2 Family Fishing Games to Play on Your Summer Vacation

Summer is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to gather the kids for a family fishing trip. If you do a bit of research beforehand on the best places to boat and fish in the area of your vacation or staycation, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a suitable spot to wet a line. Although, from time to time, warm weather conditions or a slow bite can cause kids to get…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 9, 2013

Tom Keer

Everglades National Park

Photo Credit: National Park Service   For whatever reason it’s easy to think of a national park as being land based.  And at a million and a half acres, it’d be easy to think that the Everglades National Park (www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm) consists of a tremendous amount of land. One of the park’s outstanding attributes is that 1/3 of it, or 500 million acres, is water.  The fact that a tremendous amount of gamefish are in these waters…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2013

Lessons Learned on the Ladies Summer Snook Fishing Trip

The first day of summer had arrived, and along with it, some of the best inshore snook fishing to be experienced in Southwest Florida. Snook are most active during the warm summer months, so this was the ideal time to introduce one of my best girlfriends, Bekah Miller, to the sport of snook fishing. Although Bekah hadn’t fished in over 25 years and had never touched a saltwater rod, I knew she loved the outdoors.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2013

Tom Keer

Tips on Fish Cleaning and Handling

  The big one is in the boat.  It’s met all legal size regulations and is in the net.  In a short while you’ll head off the water and be on your way home, and you and your family are already planning on how you’re going to prepare your fresh fish.  Here are a few tips for keeping your fish fresh so that it’ll taste great. Photo credit Barry and Cathy Beck The best way…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 19, 2013

Tom Keer

Saltwater Dropper Rigs

Dropper rigs are standard operating procedures for trout bums, but they are relatively uncommon in the salt.  That fact always surprises me, particularly because there are so many different types of bait in the water at all times.  That point was illustrated last fall when a pod of big bluefish and striped bass pushed nine different types of bait on shore.  Using a dropper rig helps anglers find what bait the fish want so they…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 14, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

On Hold

The best rod holder is your hands.  After all, this is why we have opposable thumbs. Nothing can beat hands for continual monitoring of fish activity and reaction time.  But there are times when you just have to put the rod down. Perhaps this is due to long periods of inactivity like when covering a great amount of water in a boat like when trolling for walleye, salmon, or tuna.  When fishing with friends for…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 30, 2013

Tom Keer

It’s Tarpon Time

Right now, everyone in Florida is talking about tarpon.  They’re talking about where they were, they’re talking about where they are, and they’re theorizing about where they’re heading.  They only ones who aren’t talking much are the ones who are hooked up, and that’s because they’re yelling. There are cruising tarpon migrating throughout the Florida Keys.  There are tarpon that are daisy chaining off of Boca Grande Pass.  There are laid up tarpon in the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 28, 2013

Tom Keer

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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