Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

winter boat show display

Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much. Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 20, 2016

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Electronics: Spot What You Got

Fish caught with aid of ice fishing electronics.

Go big or go home, and ice fishing electronics are one way to help.  They’re winter’s version of polarized glasses used in the summer that show ice anglers what lurks below the water’s surface.  A view of what’s under the ice is pretty cool and very interesting.  But there is a practical side to this kind of technology: ice fishing electronics can help you catch more and bigger fish.  Here are three types of ice…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 13, 2016

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4 Ways to Think About Sustainable Fishing

woman shows fish caught through sustainable fishing

If we don’t angle for conservation then we’ll have fewer fish to catch. And since New Year’s Resolutions are a pro-active way for change and improvement I thought I’d carry that theory over in to sustainable fishing and boating. Here’s how can you help to create a healthier environment that offers more fish to catch. Think Water Quality: Fish thrive in clean water which also increases their survival rates and spawning activity. Get involved with conservation groups that support Federal…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 6, 2016

Tom Keer

Cheap Fishing Tackle Works Well for Less

fish caught with cheap fishing tackle

  Cheap fishing tackle used to work along the lines of “you get what you pay for.”  Anglers who paid less for gear usually got what they paid for, and their rods and reels usually performed poorly.  For those of us on a budget we’re glad that this is no longer the case.  Here are 5 reasons why today’s gear performs well but costs a lot less! Improvements in technology.  Computer-aided product development streamlines the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 30, 2015

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New Year’s Fishing Resolutions; It’s That Time!

This year I resolve to fish more!

    It’s hard to believe that the holidays are winding down and that New Year’s fishing resolutions time is on the horizon.  Most years I look at myself and arrive at boring and ordinary resolutions; lose weight, catch up on chores around the house, and get my taxes done early so I don’t stress out. Enough of that.  This year I’m taking a different approach and it’s one based on a line my fishing…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2015

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Holiday Boating Gifts at the Last Minute

holiday boating gifts of service

There is always a scramble for purchasing last-minute holiday boating gifts.  That said, the solution is quick and easy.  Here are a couple of ways to get done with the buying and get on with the celebrating. Easy Replacement Items:  Boaters wear out, lose or outgrow lots of products.  Bow and stern lines can get frayed, plugs or fenders can get lost, and if you feed your kids they’ll outgrow their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 16, 2015

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4 Cleats for Ice Fishing Safety

cleats for ice fishing safety

        As anglers, some ice fishing products catch fish while other products catch fishermen.  Ice augers, tip ups, jigging rods, warm clothing, and ladles are must have items.  I wouldn’t go fishing without a Swedish Pimple or a curly-tailed jig, but I have a tackle box full of items I could do without. Ice fishing cleats or spikes? They’re at the top of my list. Life Lesson in Ice Fishing Safety For decades I…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 9, 2015

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Unique Fishing Gifts for the Holidays

unique fishing gift

I used to think that finding unique fishing gifts was difficult.  After many years noodling around ideas it dawned on me: it isn’t that hard.  Here are four ideas to think about this holiday season. Hand-tied flies.  If you’re a fly rodder, the odds of finding standard patterns is pretty easy.  A hand-tied fly that matches the hatch is worth its weight in gold.  Tying flies is fun, it costs more time than money, and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 2, 2015

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Holiday Fishing Gifts for Your Favorite Angler

New rods and reels make for perfect holiday fishing gifts.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the year and with luck, some of it includes fishing gifts.  Here are three categories of holiday fishing gifts that should make shopping a breeze. New Products: Next year’s new rods, reels, waders, lures and other gear usually hit the retail shelves at this time of year.  Be solutions oriented and solve problems.  If you’ve heard your spouse, sibling, or buddy complain about his…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 25, 2015

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Conservation Organizations Create Sustainable Fishing

sustainable fishing habitat

Sustainable fishing comes from proper fisheries management, proper catch and release techniques, and a whole host of other conditions.  For some, the unsung heroes are the conservation organizations that lobby on our behalf.  Oftentimes they are the linemen of our football game, and they deserve a shout out.   Remember blackened redfish that appeared on most restaurant menus in the 1980’s? Well, that delicious meal put a tremendous dent in the redfish population.  In 1977,…




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