Posted by: Andy
May 15, 2012

Andy

Boating Reason #131: Snakes

ReasonToBoatSnakeE

There are many reasons to enjoy boating. Laird Durham, a freelance writer and avid boater, has assembled his Top 10 Reasons, and there are many others.   Fishing, of course, is a major reason.  Access to all depths and locations of a body of water is a huge plus for fishing from a boat.  For some, so is avoiding contact with snakes. Unless it is steelhead season and very cold, many fishermen, like my fishing companion…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 5, 2012

Tom K.

Safety First

Safe Boating

Many boaters have already logged significant hours on the water.  For me up here in New England?  I’m just getting ready.  The initial arrival of migrating striped bass combined with unseasonably warm temperatures has motivated me to get my boat out of the mothballs.  Part of my checklist is reviewing all of my U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety requirements.  I’ve got PFD’s for every passenger I intend to bring onboard, a whistle, a visual distress…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 26, 2012

Tom K.

Just a little bit more

Jon boats....an old favorite

There is something deep in our angling soul that motivates us to try and reach water that we traditionally have not been able to reach.  If we’re wearing waders we sometimes pull them up as high as they go and walk on tip-toes to get closer to where we believe the fish are holding.  Some times we get wet, other times we stay dry, some of us do it once in a while, others of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 5, 2012

Tom K.

Wooden Boats

For some reason, well maintained wooden boats turn heads.

One hot summer’s day I putted around the harbor in my fiberglass skiff. It was an absolutely perfect day, with a high cloud ceiling, low pressure, and low humidity. There was a perfect amount of wind, and everyone, it seemed, was on the water. Fishermen were catching ‘em up, sailors were coming about, kayakers were paddling in the shallows, and pleasure boaters were taking a cruise. There was a long line of boaters waiting to…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 29, 2011

Tom K.

Working with the Wind

Flags in the storm.

Every boater and angler has a relationship with the wind. Sometimes it’s a love-hate relationship. A sailor, for instance, leaps for joy when there’s a stiff wind. It’s what we wait for, that tell-tale snap when a boat comes about and a canvas sail snaps to attention. It’s the time when a spin fisherman working with a tail wind achieves unparalleled casting distances as the wind carries a spinner or jerk bait to new reaches.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 17, 2011

Tom K.

It’s All in a Name

Second Effort is moored next to Double Trouble.  Things come in two's....

My friend has a sailboat named “Aphrodite.”  I couldn’t exactly remember the significance of the Greek goddess (it’s been a while since I was in high school), and when I looked her up it said she symbolizes love, beauty and pleasure. Aphrodite was born out of sea foam, and hers is the absolutely perfect name for the sleek sailboat that cuts through the waves and brings her crew joy in beautiful surroundings. Buying a boat, any…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 10, 2011

Tom K.

Rowboats and Dinghies

Rowboat at rest

Rowboats and dinghies are ideal for a simple getaway.  These aluminum or wooden boats can be powered by a pair of oars or a small outboard.  Simplicity is the order of the day, and the kind of fishing that you do with them brings out the kid in each of us, every single time. In the sweetwater, what’s better than digging a coffee can full of earthworms, threading them to a hook, attaching a bobber,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 8, 2011

Tom K.

Back a trailer down a ramp like a pro

For whatever reason, some things in life just don’t come easy.  Patting your head and rubbing your belly is one.  Learning to tie your shoe laces is another.  Driving on ice is a third.  Add backing a trailer down a ramp to the list. For whatever reason, most boaters have a tough time backing down a ramp.  Maybe it is the backwards view of the world that comes from looking in a rearview mirror.  Maybe…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 1, 2011

Tom K.

Get Ready for ‘Cane Season

Dry dock before the hurricane.

Planes were meant for flying, boats were meant for sailing.  Unfortunately, hurricane season is the time of year when we’re most likely to see a boat fly.  Here are a few tips to batten down the hatches and to keep your boat safe. Most folks scramble for boats when they should be scrambling for insurance  policies.  Some policies specifically dictate what damages they will  cover while others require some form of boat relocation (meaning hauling …

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Posted by: Andy
August 30, 2011

Andy

My Banana Split

BlackBananas

  Years ago when I was setting up a marlin trip out of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, my guide warned, “And NO bananas!” I wanted to laugh at his apparent fruit issues but from his tone over the phone, I knew better. Many people may start the day with a banana, like professional angler Laura Heflin, but bananas never make it to the boat. Why you ask? Some believe bananas on boats…

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