Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 14, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

On Hold

The best rod holder is your hands.  After all, this is why we have opposable thumbs. Nothing can beat hands for continual monitoring of fish activity and reaction time.  But there are times when you just have to put the rod down. Perhaps this is due to long periods of inactivity like when covering a great amount of water in a boat like when trolling for walleye, salmon, or tuna.  When fishing with friends for…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 2, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

It’s A-Boat Time!

I still have snow in the yard but the calendar says “Spring” and in the yard, there are shoots from flowers pushing skyward so I know it is time to go over my “Get the Boat Ready” list. 1. Is the boat registration up to date? Some state agencies require a yearly renewal, while others all renew on a certain date.  Best bet is to check your state’s boat registration dates and requirements. 2. Do…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 1, 2013

Tom Keer

Boats That Won’t Break the Bank

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: Tom Keer
January 3, 2013

Tom Keer

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 Whitcomb
September 18, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Unplugged.

  Have you ever backed a boat down a ramp and into the lake, only to discover the boat plug was missing and then try nonchalantly to pull it back up to drain? According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, in 2011 “there were 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S.”  That is a lot of boat plugs to remember. With all of the life jackets, fishing tackle, and gear…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 7, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Park It.

  According to the National Association of State Park Directors, there are over 6000 state parks across the country.  Too many to choose from?  Nature’s Waterpark Showdown, has championed eight state parks.  This list, created by the Facebook fans of Take Me Fishing, is a great place to start. Each park is very accessible, not only for boats with ramps or rentals, but also for dining alfresco. A classic family outdoor activity features the great…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 31, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Follow that Duck!

Much of the United States is dealing with a brutal heat wave; known here in Oklahoma as “summer.” Anglers, and fish, compensate for triple-digit daytime temperatures by utilizing the cooler windows of mornings and evenings. To find fish mid day, you may have to move the focus away from shallow water. Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet can fish any depth. Like most anglers, a shallow water structure, such as a stump near the shore, will…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 24, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Put IN.

Recently, my family canoed several miles of the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania. A few hours of  summer canoe rental is a good opportunity to test drive a water craft to determine if purchased, whether it will be used on the water or as a drink cooling conversation piece. Though the river was bustling with a big weekend crowd, we enjoyed our paddle and quickly learned some quirks not only of canoe maneuvering, but of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 21, 2012

Tom Keer

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

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 Whitcomb
May 15, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Boating Reason #131: Snakes

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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