Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 6, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Deep Thoughts: A Great Place to Fish may be Deeper.

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In an attempt to better understand a fishery, I try to relate some common heights of things above water and apply this information to the habitat below water. For example on my local waters, any fish caught below the height of a basketball goal (10 feet) is considered “deep.” “Shallow” can be about the height of a kids’ juice box, (a few inches) but generally less than a table top (3 feet). Many largemouth bass…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 5, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Tricks to Try On a Fishing Trip When The Fish Won’t Bite

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You have the entire family together, you’ve gone through your checklist of tackle, fueled up the boat, and made your way out to your favorite fishing hole. You have high hopes for a successful fishing trip, but when an hour goes by without a single bite, you begin to realize that you’re going to have to pull a few fishing tricks out of your sleeve pretty quickly before everyone starts to get impatient. If you’re…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 29, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Beat a Drum?

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The freshwater drum does not get enough respect as a sport fish. In fact, in most states it is not considered a game fish and regulations may fall under the heading of “other.” It is a rarely targeted species, more often a surprise while trying to catch something else. Although it may feel great on the end of a line, it can be a disappointment to bass tournament anglers in large rocky lakes and large…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 28, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The One Fishing Hack You Need to Use on Free Fishing Days

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Any angler who has thrown a 10 to 12-foot cast net over a dozen times in an attempt to capture enough live bait for a day of fishing understands the value of keeping that bait alive for as long as possible. This is especially true if you are planning to fish for multiple days in a row, such as on free fishing days or weekends. On these occasions, keeping your bait alive overnight will save…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 26, 2015

What’s Covered By a Typical Boat Insurance Policy?

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By Cristel Mohrman, Allstate Every trip out on the water is an opportunity for adventure. And the more prepared you are, the better experience you’ll have. That’s why, beyond  following safe boating practices, you can also help protect yourself — and your boat — with boat insurance. Here’s a breakdown of the protections you  may find in a typical policy.  Protections Offered By Boat Insurance Loss or damage to your boat. Boat insurance typically helps…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 24, 2015

Tom Keer

How to catch fish by reading the water

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  One of the most important angling skills is learning how to catch fish by reading the water.  Finding the fish is paramount to catching them, and know this; fish are opportunistic, which means that they want to take in more calories than they burn up.  If you can find ’em you can catch ’em, so look for them in some of these areas.       Streams and Rivers: Behind or above structure.  Rocks…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 22, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

It’s Not Easy Being Green: How to Handle Fish

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One of the amazing aspects of fishing is that you have the opportunity not only to connect with a remarkable underwater creature, but then you can release it and maybe, just maybe, catch it again… BIGGER. Keeping the fight brief and not over-tiring the fish, increases the chances of a successful catch and release event. However, handling a fish that is still “green” and full of energy can be tricky for both you and the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 21, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Create Your Great Outdoors Month Playlist Using These Songs

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, it’s the ideal time to create a great new summer playlist using music that fits the outdoor theme. Whether you’re fishing, boating, hiking or camping, having the right music along sure seems to make time spent with friends and family even more memorable. Here are seven songs that are perfect for creating a great outdoors month playlist:     Pontoon, Little Big Town — This catchy song about…




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