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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Posted by: Tom K.
June 7, 2012

Tom K.

Signs that You’re in a Boating Community

For whatever reason, I’ve always been interested in signs.  I like antique signs that describe the store without having to use a lot of words. You know, a pair of eyeglasses that point the direction of the eye doctor.  A tooth for a dentist’s office.  A pint of beer for a bar.  A key for a locksmith.  It seemed to me there used to be a lot more of these in the past, but I…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 24, 2012

Tom K.

Why We Love Boating and Fishing Communities

A Halloween mooring ball.

One of the best parts of boating and fishing is that we get to hang out in boating and fishing communities.  They’re places where even the most everyday item has something to do with our favorite pastimes on the water. Out here in Massachusetts for example, we’re not surrounded by the mundane.  We are immersed in our favorite activities from start to finish. Everywhere we turn we are reminded that there is more to life…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 19, 2012

Tom K.

Why I Love Docks

Boat docks are always a lot of fun

One of the best parts of heading out for a day on the water is the wide variety of docks that accompany the boating environments.  As I was checking out some fishing spots the other day I noticed a wide variety of docks and came to a conclusion; I’ve never met a dock I didn’t like. What I like best about docks is that they can be very simple or they can be complex.  One…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 22, 2012

Tom K.

Guilty as Charged

Don't walk on by...

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: Tom K.
January 5, 2012

Tom K.

Wooden Boats

For some reason, well maintained wooden boats turn heads.

One hot summer’s day I putted around the harbor in my fiberglass skiff. It was an absolutely perfect day, with a high cloud ceiling, low pressure, and low humidity. There was a perfect amount of wind, and everyone, it seemed, was on the water. Fishermen were catching ‘em up, sailors were coming about, kayakers were paddling in the shallows, and pleasure boaters were taking a cruise. There was a long line of boaters waiting to…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 17, 2011

Tom K.

It’s All in a Name

Second Effort is moored next to Double Trouble.  Things come in two's....

My friend has a sailboat named “Aphrodite.”  I couldn’t exactly remember the significance of the Greek goddess (it’s been a while since I was in high school), and when I looked her up it said she symbolizes love, beauty and pleasure. Aphrodite was born out of sea foam, and hers is the absolutely perfect name for the sleek sailboat that cuts through the waves and brings her crew joy in beautiful surroundings. Buying a boat, any…

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Posted by: Andy
November 8, 2011

Andy

“Resourceful Creations”

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Anglers are nothing if not creative and opportunistic – they even exhibit some ingenuity in a pinch.  I’m not sure if the following examples are a good representation of those traits, however, or if instead they merely illustrate that anglers also have a good sense of humor. From various shows and movies about surviving in the wilderness, I have learned that if you do not have a fishing pole, you can whittle a long stick,…

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