Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

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Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much. Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 4, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Cold Water Safety Tips for Kayaks

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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: Andy Whitcomb
October 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boat Show or No?

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A boat show can be a great source of information if you are in the market for a boat. For example I recently noticed that there is a power and sailboat show on December 3-6 in St. Petersburg. It will have a sailing clinic and “free children’s fishing lessons.” Unfortunately, it is in St. Petersburg, Florida and not our tiny St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania… which I guess makes more sense. Another boat information option is to…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Boat Anchors: Essential Boat Equipment

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A boat is a magnificent craft, allowing us to reach remote fishing spots on the water that are well beyond casting range from shore. Once the boat arrives there however, the next issue becomes how to remain there. You can turn off the motor or stop paddling, but it isn’t like parking a car. Wind and currents have other plans. Creative Ideas for Fishing Boat Anchors Anglers often create simple anchors out of handy materials such…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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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: Andy Whitcomb
May 11, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Physics of Fishing: The Pendulum

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Recently, I accompanied my daughter to a science museum for a school field trip. Part of one display made me think about fishing: the pendulum. A pendulum is a swinging object on the end of a line. Beginning anglers learn about the pendulum when they attempt to land fish. Often I observe novices reel in too much line, and then like a carrot dangling in front of a horse, they can’t reach the fish without…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

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  So you just bought a boat and are anxious for that first splash.  As with cars, boats need to first be registered.  Here’s how:         See who handles the registration process.  In some states it’s the DMV while in others it’s the Parks Division or the Fish and Game Department.  Check to find your specific state requirements. You will need to fill out the application forms.  Some states accept online registrations…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…




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