Posted by: Tom Keer
October 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Affordable Fishing Vacations

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Two weeks ago the frame on my Toyota 4-Runner broke when one tire bounced through a pot hole.  I wasn’t angry for the truck was a 2000 model and I had put nearly 250,000 miles on the odometer.  The truck took me through rivers to get to bird hunting coverts, down the beach in search of pods of blitzing bass or blues, and many points in between.  In looking at new/used vehicle prices I am…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

A pair of skiffs

There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 9, 2014

Tom Keer

Get ahead of next year’s boating curve

It's easy to work on a trailer when there isn't a boat sitting on it.

What does ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ have in common? They’re words of wisdom that are best followed when putting up your boat for the winter. I keep my boat on a trailer, so I first head to the harbor and tie her to a dock finger.  I’ll head home where I perform a full inspection of my trailer.  I’ll first check out…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 29, 2014

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing: An Easy Way to Reach the Fish

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Initially, I wasn’t a kayak fan. I thought using a kayak for fishing would require an additional skill set.  I thought it’d be a tippy platform that I would easily swamp, and that overall it’d be a pain in the neck.  During those days I would have no part of them, but then a buddy showed me his hard-chine, open cockpit kayak.  I got in and paddled and fished.  After that first experience I never…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 24, 2014

Tom Keer

Fish Tacos

Hope Lutheran picnic

Whenever I see an idea that provides a solution to one of my problems I kick myself for not figuring it out on my own. After filleting fish like cod, striped bass, or other white, flaky fish I usually have a bunch of small pieces left over.  They’re tough to work with, and that is precisely where Fish Tacos come into play.  Think about it: who really wants to eat fish chowder in the summer…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 15, 2014

Tom Keer

How to Increase your Kids’ Creativity in 30 Easy Casts

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I enjoyed school.  True, I enjoyed some subjects more than others, but I didn’t enjoy the stress associated with learning.  Getting good grades was always on my mind, and I got pretty stressed out.  When my grades were bad I’d spend more time in the library, I would get extra help, and I would study with my friends.  My approach back then was to work harder. In one class, nothing I tried worked.  When mid…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 11, 2014

Tom Keer

Why Leaf Peep when you can get a Full View?

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Sometimes it’s great to do things up close and personal, and hiking through the mountain trails are a great way to see autumn’s changing leaves.  But sometimes a close perspective means we lose our vision, sort of losing the ‘forest through the trees’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  Taking a few steps back gives that broader perspective, and looking at maples’ orange and reds, the yellows in the white birch, and the browns from the oaks…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 4, 2014

Tom Keer

Let’s Blow Off Some Steam

Bluefish and Angela Keer

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is already in our rear-view mirror.  Alas, it is, and as we push deeper into September the pace will quicken.  Work will get more serious, particularly as we head into the 4th Quarter.  For our kids, mid-terms will be rolling around for those in the Southern part of the country and for those up North it’ll just be starting.  Add sports, activities, the changing seasons and it’s a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 28, 2014

Tom Keer

Vamos a Pescar (Let’s Go Fishing)

We live in an era of seemingly information overload, and it is delivered 24/7.  There is no shortage of news delivered on websites, tweets, radio, video and posts.  Heck, where I live we still get local newspapers delivered.  Some of the news is sensationalism, some of it is posturing, and a bunch of it is even interesting.       America, the great melting pot of different cultures, is changing once again.  While each century…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Tomorrow’s Anglers

Let's Go Fishing

  I believe it was Roderick Haig-Brown’s Seasons of an Angler that spelled out the phases that anglers experience across their life.  A loose paraphrase of his work charts out five stages that go about like this: Phase 1: All the angler wants to do is to catch a fish.  The bar is low, any fish will do. Phase 2: Once the skunk is out of the boat, an angler wants to catch a lot…

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