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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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 22, 2012

Tom Keer

Guilty as Charged

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 20, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Time to Make the Doughnuts.

I have always thought the less noise emanating from a boat the better. And I’ve strived for stealth, or at least minimal kid squabbling. Recently, I was surprised to hear Bassmaster Elite tournament pro Dustin Wilks share that sometimes boat traffic is “not a bad thing” when you’re fishing. During a Bass Fishing Techniques class Jeff Kriet, another Bassmaster Elite Pro, echoed the sentiment. Kriet has the most fun looking for bass way “out” (deep…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 6, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Retainer Explainer.

Most of the time, I would rather not wear sunglasses. Instead, I prefer to polish my Eastwood-esque squint. However, around water, polarized sunglasses are a critical fish-catching tool, not only protecting eyes from flying lures but cutting through glare and helping to unveil glimpses of underwater activity normally missed. But sometimes the glasses have to come off.  Maybe this is due to low light conditions, to clean the lenses, see something with own eyes, or…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 28, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Find the Lure before It Finds You

  I just returned from the Bassmaster Classic, which was held in Shreveport, LA.  While at the Expo, I learned a few tricks at some seminars and returned with a few innovative fishing products. Already wondering how I ever got along with out them. One in particular that grabbed my attention was a lure organizer that uses powerful magnets to hold things in place, instead of the more traditional clips, foam or slots. It’s called…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 31, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Show Me the Boats!

  As if I wasn’t anxious enough for the weather to warm up, there are boat shows going on all around the country.  The Tulsa Boat Show happens to be in my neck of the woods, January 30 through February 6, and I plan to take the family to it. We have been on a continuing quest for the perfect family boat. Where else are we going to see hundreds of boat models, RVs, and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 26, 2012

Tom Keer

Just a little bit more

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 Keer
January 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Safe Boating

My kids are getting to the age where they are ready to learn how to skipper our boats.  I’ve pulled out my Chapman’s Piloting guide to cover some rules of the road, as a family we’ll all take a safe boating course this winter, and then when the weather is nice we’ll get back on the water. Here are some shots I snapped this summer.  My objective isn’t to be critical of anyone, it’s to show…

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