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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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 5, 2012

Tom Keer

Safety First

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: Andy Whitcomb
April 3, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

The Boat Tote

  There is something to be said about not having a boat trailer.  And for me, that something has been “Yea! No boat trailer!” I do miss pulling up on a trailer at the end of a fishing trip, leaving everything ready and in place for next time.  And the trailer checklist is not that long.  Let’s just say that I have had issues with wire harnesses and taillights in the past. Currently, I schlep…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 27, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

“Fin” (the end)

Deciding when to go fishing can be a complex issue.  The conditions when fish may be biting best are considered along with other important issues such as safe weather. And your job. But if we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never get on the water. So off we go on our aquatic quest. Then there is perhaps an even greater dilemma:  when to end the fishing trip. As a youngster, I learned the longer…

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