Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
May 2, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Picking a River Boat: A Raft or a Dory?

I’m in the process of fulfilling a lifelong dream of buying a manually powered boat for river fishing.  It’s great to walk and wade, but there’s something about the sensation of flowing with the current… taking family and friends along with you on your river trips… and covering literally miles of fishing opportunity that a boat affords. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing for bass (some of the biggest smallmouth bass in the country are…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Give Me a Break

For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: cneville
February 28, 2013

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Boat Shoes: Good Casting Starts with Firm Footing

Legendary bass pro Gary Klein once told me that fish tend to be a lot dumber than the angler at the other end of a long cast.  That is no doubt true whether you’re zinging a drop-shot rig off a bass boat, or hoofing streamer flies from the front of a skiff. But what a lot of anglers fail to understand is that good fishing (and good casting) are literally built on solid footing.  The…

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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: Tom Keer
December 19, 2012

Tom Keer

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 Vatalaro
August 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

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 Keer
August 27, 2012

Tom Keer

Yes We Have No Bananas

  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 Keer
August 15, 2012

Tom Keer

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 Vatalaro
August 13, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

  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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