Posted by: Tom Keer
January 13, 2016

Tom Keer

4 Ways to Think About Sustainable Fishing

woman shows fish caught through sustainable fishing

If we don’t angle for conservation then we’ll have fewer fish to catch. And since New Year’s Resolutions are a pro-active way for change and improvement I thought I’d carry that theory over in to sustainable fishing and boating. Here’s how can you help to create a healthier environment that offers more fish to catch. Think Water Quality: Fish thrive in clean water which also increases their survival rates and spawning activity. Get involved with conservation groups that support Federal…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 11, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

ice fishing rod holder

The criteria for selecting the best ice fishing rod and reel combos differ from combos for open water. The main reason is that there is NO casting involved; just drop the bait or lure down a hole. Another way to measure an ice fishing combo is the “action.” What species you are targeting, the rod sensitivity, and how much and where it bends can affect your fishing success on hard water. Here are some things…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 10, 2016

Debbie Hanson

What To Know About Using An Ice Fishing Rod Holder

Ice Fishing Rod Holder

If you’re relatively new to the experience of ice fishing, you might wonder about using an ice fishing rod holder. After all, isn’t it sort of like cheating if you aren’t holding the rod and don’t have the opportunity to “feel” the bite? The answer to that question is certainly subject to opinion and can depend on how much time you plan to spend on the ice. There are a few things you should know…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 6, 2016

Tom Keer

Cheap Fishing Tackle Works Well for Less

fish caught with cheap fishing tackle

  Cheap fishing tackle used to work along the lines of “you get what you pay for.”  Anglers who paid less for gear usually got what they paid for, and their rods and reels usually performed poorly.  For those of us on a budget we’re glad that this is no longer the case.  Here are 5 reasons why today’s gear performs well but costs a lot less! Improvements in technology.  Computer-aided product development streamlines the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 4, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Cold Water Safety Tips for Kayaks

boy wearing pdf for cold water safety

While some parts of the country may be ice fishing, others are experiencing a winter that is much warmer than last year. So far. The moving water of many streams and rivers will remain open even when the ponds and lakes freeze over with a foot of ice. This means there is still the opportunity for some fun kayak excursions, as long as the following cold water safety tips are followed. Check the weather. Cold…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 3, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Ice Fishing Reel Features

alaska-ice-fishing-reel

If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year is to do more ice fishing, then you’ll want to know about a few key ice fishing reel features that can help reduce issues related to the cold weather, and keep your bait presentation as natural as possible. As you begin your ice fishing reel research, remember that spinning reels, spin-casting reels, and bait-casting reels are the three types of freshwater reels that are most often…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 30, 2015

Tom Keer

New Year’s Fishing Resolutions; It’s That Time!

This year I resolve to fish more!

    It’s hard to believe that the holidays are winding down and that New Year’s fishing resolutions time is on the horizon.  Most years I look at myself and arrive at boring and ordinary resolutions; lose weight, catch up on chores around the house, and get my taxes done early so I don’t stress out. Enough of that.  This year I’m taking a different approach and it’s one based on a line my fishing…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Equipment: The Trotline

fish caught with traditional fishing equipment

  The trotline is a primitive piece of traditional fishing equipment where the angler doesn’t need to be present all the time. It does not require a skill in casting or presentation, just lots of bait. This line often is a heavy nylon with a hook tied to it every couple of feet or so. Depending on the bait and target fish species these hooks can be treble, single, or better yet, circle hooks which…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 27, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Traditional Fishing Tackle Hacks

traditional fishing tackle hack

When it comes to traditional fishing tackle, there’s nothing wrong with finding different or more resourceful ways of using it. Sometimes you can save time and money by making a few modifications to traditional tackle or by using everyday household items. Check out these five traditional fishing tackle and gear hacks that just might help make your life easier.         Use wine corks as an easy and snag-free way to transport flies.…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Holiday Boating Gifts at the Last Minute

holiday boating gifts of service

There is always a scramble for purchasing last-minute holiday boating gifts.  That said, the solution is quick and easy.  Here are a couple of ways to get done with the buying and get on with the celebrating. Easy Replacement Items:  Boaters wear out, lose or outgrow lots of products.  Bow and stern lines can get frayed, plugs or fenders can get lost, and if you feed your kids they’ll outgrow their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).…




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