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
November 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

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There are some fantastic fishing and boating locations in the United States. In fact, this summer Take Me Fishing™ released their Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. But despite the abundant water resources, these waters must be shared by people pursuing different recreational activities. Shore Fishing Can be Ruined by Wake Recently, my son and I experienced a situation on the Allegheny River where a boater shut down our shore fishing. A…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 16, 2015

Tom Keer

2015 Fall Boat Shows: Find Next Year’s Boats

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I attended my first of many fall boat shows a long time ago.  It was after I had a fishing and boating season beyond frustration, for I spend far more time working on my outboard, hull, electronics and trailer than I did on the water.  Mine was an old boat given to me by (I guess I could call him a friend), and he was desperate to get it out of his yard.  We all…




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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: 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: 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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

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Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…




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