Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Water and Wildlife

OtterSightingE

Water attracts not only boaters and anglers, but wildlife as well.  Among my sightings last year were an otter munching on crayfish, a family of black bears, and a fawn swimming in the Allegheny River. Experiences like this certainly make an outing memorable, whether the fish are biting or not. Depending on your location this winter, open water may be at a premium and can concentrate wildlife.  Plus, there is generally less boating and fishing…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 14, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 21, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Family Camping Trips

Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 7, 2013

Debbie Hanson

4 Useful Boat Accessories for Family Trips

There is nothing quite as relaxing as spending a day on the boat, especially when your boat is outfitted with a few extra conveniences that make the experience more comfortable. Whether you plan to take the family out to watch a beautiful sunset, want to see if the fish are biting, or just feel like taking a serene afternoon cruise, there are a few extra boat accessories that you might find useful when riding on…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 24, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet

Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle.  However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming some logistical hurdles. Two vehicles are almost always required; one at the “put in”, and the other at a predetermined destination.  Another option is to “borrow” the wife’s “antique” milk crate, slide part…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 22, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Raise the Rafters

Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 22, 2013

Debbie Hanson

4 Productive Post-Fishing Rituals To Adopt

One of the biggest attractions to fishing is that there is always something new to learn. Every time you drop a line in the water, you have the opportunity to pick up a new technique, discover something different about the behavior patterns of your favorite species, or learn something you didn’t know about how certain changes in weather affect the bite. The bottom line is, you can never know everything there is to know about…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 17, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Fit Your Child for a Life Jacket

  We know that life jackets are synonymous with boating safety and that everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket each and every time on the water. But when it comes to matching the jacket with the person, one size does not fit all. This is especially true for children. An ill-fitting jacket can put your child in harm’s way. Too small and it will not be able to keep the body afloat;…




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