Posted by: Tom K.
December 19, 2012

Tom K.

My 2013 Boating Plan

Assuming that the Mayan’s are wrong and that our world continues past December 20th, I’ve got my New Year’s boating resolutions all worked out.  This year I’m keeping a short, tight list to make sure I git ’er done.   1.  Check out areas outside my local area. It’s interesting for me to see the same area in different seasons and under different conditions, but truth be told my boating gets sloppy.  I know where areas run foul, I…

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Posted by: Stephanie
August 30, 2012

Stephanie

How to Turn Your Phone in a Boating Safety Kit

When planning a trip out on the water, most typically start their checklist with the basics: fishing license, spinning rod, bait-casting rod, back-up rod, bait, snacks, sunscreen, nautical maps, tide chart, GPS, lucky ball cap and life jackets. Then, grab the kids, keys, wallet and you’re off! A great way to spend time with family and enjoy nature, boating and fishing are thought of as an escape, a way to de-stress. Disconnecting from a busy…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 27, 2012

Tom K.

Yes We Have No Bananas

Lorenzo Dow Baker's Elephant House, where it all began.

  I live on Baker Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  Baker is a common American name so the fact that I live on that street probably doesn’t mean much to anyone.  When I tell folks that my street was named in honor of my town’s native son Lorenzo Dow Baker it still doesn’t mean much.  And when I tell fishermen that they should know that name they scratch their head.  They know the names of Jimmy…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 15, 2012

Tom K.

Old School Boating with The Baymen

  I was recently talking with a friend who lamented that he wasn’t catching many fish because he didn’t have a big, offshore boat.  He had been seeing a lot of chatter about a few pods of big fish that were several miles offshore, and he was really down in the dumps.  Part of me knew that he was really asking to come out on mine and so I invited him out for a weekend…

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Posted by: Stephanie
August 13, 2012

Stephanie

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

Cave Lake State Park

  With roughly 365 million trillion gallons of water on our planet, it can be difficult to decide where’s best to drop anchor and throw out a line. Then, for us fishermen and women, add in, can I fish there, is it a good place for the family, is there a boat ramp, what species should I plan to catch, … and the planning process can become much more than you bargained for. Well, thanks…

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Posted by: Andy
August 7, 2012

Andy

Park It.

ElDoradoTimber2E

  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: Stephanie
July 30, 2012

Stephanie

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

Take_Me_Fishing_Infographic

For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…

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Posted by: Andy
July 24, 2012

Andy

Put IN.

CanoersEE

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 K.
June 28, 2012

Tom K.

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

Anglers have something to smile about at the newly improved McDill Air Force Base

My wife has a saying that has become one of my favorites.  Presentation without demonstration is merely conversation. Someone may have said that before, but I heard it from her first, and she’s right.  That statement gets to the point.  Organizations like the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Trout Unlimited among others are tireless champions of encouraging folks to get out and boat and fish, to purchase their fishing licenses, and to register their…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

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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