Posted by: Tom K.
July 31, 2014

Tom K.

Beat the Heat

I spoke with my friend Dave Dayton last week and he was all jacked up.  He and his son fished for two mornings at Honey Lake Plantation in Northern Florida, right on the Florida/Georgia Line (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  So how was the fishing, Dave? “Epic,” he said.  “We had non-stop catching for three hours, with largemouth bass, tiger bass, and bream on the feed.  We lost count of the numbers, but it was a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 24, 2014

Tom K.

The Digital Revolution

Fishing...and catching

For a traditionalist like me, giving up my maps, charts, and visits to a tackle or coffee shop is not going to happen.  I prefer to sit on a bench, drink a coffee, and listen to an angler talk about nailing a big fish.  I enjoy the chats about “the one that got away” too, but I must admit I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Still, I find parts of the digital revolution really…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 21, 2014

Tom K.

Places to Boat and Fish

Photo Credit Bassmaster.com

Remember how the digital world was positioned as a way to make life easier and more efficient?  In some ways it hasn’t but in other ways it certainly has been wildly successful.  A lot of fishing sites are a great example, with finding a spot to go boating or fishing being an important one. Back in the day I would learn about spots from magazine articles.  The articles were helpful and informative, and they’d talk…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 10, 2014

Tom K.

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

Think there are fish in this lake at Yosemite?

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 2, 2014

Tom K.

Urban Fishing: Sail with the wind you’ve got

The author catching a striped bass....with Old Ironsides near Logan Airport

There is a boaters saying that applies to life; “we sail with the wind we’ve got.”  Sometimes we don’t get to have our cake and eat it, too, and sportsmen who live in cities usually do so for one reason: a job to take care of their families.  Sometimes it’s a virtual death sentence but sometimes it’s not so bad.  We just have to “sail with the wind we’ve got.” I grew up on a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 26, 2014

Tom K.

It’s hard to beat a marina in the summer

The busier the harbor the more interesting things you'll see...like this boy riding a bike up the gang plank.

Over the winter, a friend and I tried to outdo each other with the weather.  It was a perfect back and forth for on a Monday we got a foot of snow, on Tuesday he got a foot of snow, and on Wednesday I got a foot of snow.  It was a race to the bottom and by April you could have stuck a fork in us, we were done. During one of those talks…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 18, 2014

Tom K.

School’s Out: Time to Play

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We don’t need to look at a calendar to know it’s summer.  Baseball season is in full swing, ice cream stands are open and backyard BBQ’s are fired up.  While all of that is good and true, nothing says summer more than schools closing their doors for the year.  In fact, many are already closed. Summer seems long at the beginning of vacation, doesn’t it?  But if you don’t watch it it’ll go by fast. …

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 6, 2014

Tom K.

Free Fishing Days pay Big Dividends

  Like you, I’m skeptical when I learn about “free” things but when it comes to the nationwide free fishing days they are no joke. In fact, they routinely pay back anglers in spades. The program’s roots are in encouraging outdoorsy folks to try fishing. If you have never fished before it’s a time to get on the water, give it a try, and see if it sticks. No license fees are required during the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 28, 2014

Tom K.

Boating Basics

A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my trailer tire had a flat.  Not a problem, I thought, for I had everything I needed to fix the flat.  So I put the truck in gear, applied the emergency brake, chocked the tires and got after it.  I’d be splashing at the ramp…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 21, 2014

Tom K.

The Perfect First Fishing Spot

People remember firsts because they’re unique.  It doesn’t really matter what we’re talking about, because a first dog, a first touchdown, a first car, and anything else that is first is special.  When you take an angler fishing for the first time it’s important to plan for the event.  The experience you provide, be it good, bad or indifferent, is one they’ll remember for life. My #1 rule for picking a spot is to find…

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