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: Bruna Carincotte
July 17, 2015

2015 Fishing Statistics

2015 Special Report on Fishing

The 2015 Special Report on Fishing shows important fishing statistics. Over 46 Million of people are hooked on fishing in the U.S. which shows that fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults. Another great fishing statistics found in the report is that the traditionally male-dominated activity now welcomes a greater high percentage of female participants. Spending time with family and friends continue to be the largest reason to participate in fishing, but…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
July 10, 2015

LOVE TO BOAT? JOIN THE CLUB!

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For those who are either not quite ready for boat ownership or who prefer a different point of entry, boat clubs offer a relatively new solution that  provides many  attractive benefits to boating newcomers. So what do you need to know to get started? There are a few national-based boat clubs as well as regional and local clubs. Some have educational  training programs to  help club members understand how to operate a boat. They may…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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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
June 3, 2015

Tom Keer

National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

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My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster. We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat!

Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.

We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S! More than 23,000 outdoors enthusiasts cast their votes and helped us to develop this year’s list. The America’s Top Places to Fish and Boat Sweepstakes received over 280,000 votes for almost 250 parks across the country. The criteria for the Top 100 places included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 10, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Don’t Forget These 5 Things When De-Winterizing A Boat

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The day you’ve been waiting for all winter long is here — it’s that day following the official onset of spring when you can finally take your beloved vessel out of storage and go through the steps of de-winterizing a boat. Before you head out on the water for your first trip of the season, there are some important tasks you’ll want to check off your list in order to make sure that your boat…




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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: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

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I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…




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