Posted by: Andy
March 12, 2013

Andy

Give Me a Break

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For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 1, 2013

Tom K.

Boats That Won’t Break the Bank

A pair of skiffs without liners.

For many anglers, boats add a new dimension to fishing.  They enable us to get to different areas that we can’t reach in our boots. Boats can help you cover more water, and in a lot of instances allows you to bring along some extra buddies.  Boats can be expensive, but they don’t need to be.  If you’re thinking about buying a boat this season and are worried about the cost, here are a few…

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Posted by: Andy
February 26, 2013

Andy

“All This From Fish”

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  It was easy to get caught up in the drama of last weekend’s 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  With a storm of snow and ice, followed by 21 degrees at the Day 1 launch, just being on a boat in the ultimate fishing contest was brutal. Numb fingers make it difficult to cast and change lures.  Or, as Bassmaster Elite angler Gerald Swindle joked, “you can’t pick your nose at 21 degrees.”  …

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Posted by: Andy
January 29, 2013

Andy

A Better “Superbowl?”

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My Steelers did not even make the playoffs, so the upcoming Superbowl is of little interest this year. However, I am eagerly awaiting another Superbowl of sorts: The Bassmaster Classic. This year, the giant event is held on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma on February 22-24th. Weigh ins will be held in the new BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. This marks the westernmost Classic held in the modern era. 53 competitors will compete for the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 3, 2013

Tom K.

Beat the Winter Blues with a Boating and Fishing Show

Ok, New Year’s Day is over.  For those of us outside the tropical or near-tropical regions, our boats are in dry dock, our reels are packed in grease, and our rods are stowed away.  If we head out for some winter steelhead, ice fishing, or hopping a plane to a warmer climate then we’re still logging some time on the water.  And if our answer is D, none of the above, then there are plenty…

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Posted by: Andy
October 12, 2012

Andy

Bridge Night.

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Recently, I learned that October 20th is National Bridge Day. Fortunately, this is recognition of the potential fish structure and not the dull couple’s card game.  A bridge is not just a means to get to a fishing location; if it spans water, a bridge may actually BE the destination. Keith Sutton, author of The Crappie Handbook, notes that bridges make great crappie structures, especially the concrete piers when the water is cool. “The piers…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 11, 2012

Tom K.

5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Boat

The end of the boating season always brings about mixed emotions.  Knowing that we’re going to haul our boats and get them ready for storage means we’re not heading out on the water any time soon, and that just stinks.  There is also the routine maintenance that goes into winterizing engines, removing electronics, and fixing any of the hatches, railings, or canvas that experienced, well, heavy use.  Every cloud has a silver lining, and handling…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Andy
June 5, 2012

Andy

From Russia, With Ballast

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During a recent fishing trip, my crappie jig snagged a small, striped shell. I placed it in an empty water bottle and sent a photo to Dr. Jim Long at Oklahoma State University to confirm my suspicions. “This is significant,” he stated as he verified it as a zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Native to the Caspian Sea, this tiny critter hitchhiked in the ballast of a ship. Well, not this particular mussel, but its ancestors…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 24, 2012

Tom K.

Why We Love Boating and Fishing Communities

A Halloween mooring ball.

One of the best parts of boating and fishing is that we get to hang out in boating and fishing communities.  They’re places where even the most everyday item has something to do with our favorite pastimes on the water. Out here in Massachusetts for example, we’re not surrounded by the mundane.  We are immersed in our favorite activities from start to finish. Everywhere we turn we are reminded that there is more to life…

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