Posted by: Tom Keer
February 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tournaments: Get your Game On

Photo Courtesy FLW Outdoors Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve.  It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits. Tournaments have various categories.  Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level.  In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key.  Decision making is also…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
February 10, 2015

Innovative Ice Fishing Tools to Enhance Your Adventure

Ice fishing is a fun outdoor activity, and with the aid of advanced “tools of the trade” can result in a successful catch. But before venturing out, make sure to do your homework. Having a good contour map will help you to find depth changes and drop offs that might hold fish. Check online for contour maps, and print out a map of the lake you plan to fish. Then stop by at a local…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Fishing Tournaments

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Many avid anglers who are passionate about fishing decide to take that passion to the next level by becoming involved in competitive fishing tournaments. After all, tournaments are a whole new way to challenge yourself and test your fishing skills given the fact that you are fishing against the clock. Just keep in mind that there will be a set of rules you’ll need to follow which will vary depending on each specific tournament you…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

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Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing for Striped Marlin

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How are you handling the winter so far? Are you having fun ice fishing? If you want to take a break from shoveling the driveway and fly to a more tropical location, the striped marlin may be biting. For example: it is 80 degrees in Hawaii now, and striped marlin season peaks in January, February, and March. Sounds like a great excuse to charter a boat out of the Kona harbor on the Big Island.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Steps to Selecting Your Future Dream Boats

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There’s nothing quite like spending a day on a boat with family or friends while enjoying the feelings of relaxation that come along with the gentle rocking of the waves. In fact, you may be such a fan of the boating and fishing lifestyle that you’ve decided it’s time to think about purchasing your very own boat. However, with all of the different boat sizes and models on the market, how do you know which…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 28, 2015

Tom Keer

Take your Ice Fishing Equipment on an Adventure

Ice fishing adventures to remote parts of the lake have been common since the 1930's.

  All of our ice fishing equipment was set up in what we considered the best places to ice fish. The sleds were empty, the tip ups were set, and we were jigging and jigging and jigging. As the sun started to set we began gathering up our gear with only a perch and a few panfish on the stringer. “I wish it was summer,” Bob said. “Why?” I asked. “Because we could launch the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

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Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, casting small spinner baits, and even on my fly rod but mostly while fishing for other species. When the water gets cold enough to stand on safely, many anglers start thinking about targeting…

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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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