Posted by: Tom Keer
August 5, 2013

Tom Keer

Pelagic Fish

As the fishing season moves from spring to summer, the Gulf Stream pushes closer to shore. It brings warm water with it, and with that warmer water come a tremendous variety of seasonal species of fish. Bonito, False albacore, skipjack and other tuna, like mahi mahi move into areas that traditionally hold coldwater fish.  Over the years there have been a random tarpon caught up north.  Think about that. For many anglers, these new species…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 1, 2013

Tom Keer

Time to hit the Flats

As with a lot of fishing there are different schools of thought for fishing flats. Flats are long stretches of areas that hold shallow water.  Some are sand, others are cobble, and when the tide is right the fish move up on to them to feed.  Not everyone likes to fish flats, some folks like to work deeper water and structure, but if you like to like to cast to fish you can see, this…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 26, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Ocean Fishing for Reds

There’s nothing I love more than spending time outside with my kids. Which is why I cherish our beach vacations so much — we’re always outside and on the go. Whether it’s biking to the Salty Dog and back, body surfing or showing off our preposterous Kadima skills, our crew is all about finding great ways to spend quality time outdoors. And last summer we came up with yet another when one of our close…

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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

Debbie Hanson

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

Debbie Hanson

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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