Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Stocking Fish: Should Waters Be Stocked with Non-Native Species?

  Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883.  After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system.  They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. …

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
March 18, 2015

The Spawning Bed

In a short while rivers, lakes, and ponds will warm enough to trigger the annual fish spawning season.  We’ll see bass and panfish move into the shallows and create redds with their tails.  After awhile, momma fish will guard her redd from egg snatchers, and the circle of life begins again.  The adult fish will be visible, they’ll be hungry, and they’ll be aggressive.  If a lure enters their zone during this time they may…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Getting into Fishing

In many of ways, getting into fishing has never been easier.  Fast-tracked learning comes from the digital age which has spawned a wide range of content (pun intended).  Websites are chock a block with technical data, blogs offer insights into conditions, videos show new anglers how it’s done, and conditions boards announce where the fishing is hot…and where it is not. Tackle shops provide information in a hands-on approach.  Whether it’s a seminar devoted to…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tricks and Tips

One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re looking for bass, crappie, trout, striped bass, or other species, change your approach from one focused on putting fish in the boat to one of observation and pattern recognition. In doing so you’ll…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 18, 2015

Tom Keer

This Year, Learn How to Fly Fish

  As cross training makes athletes better at their respective sports, learning how to fly fish will make you a better angler too.  Here are 6 reasons why: Fly fishing is the opposite of conventional fishing. With fly fishing you’re casting a heavy line and a light lure (fly). With conventional fishing you’re casting a heavy lure and a light line. The coordination and the delicacy will make increase your casting and fishing abilities, and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Why it’s Important to Check on your Boat this Winter

Ice from the drain...clear it out!

The recent storms throughout the Northern half of the country have brought rain, wind, ice, and snow. Just to give you an idea about how bad it’s really been, in my hometown we had 42 inches of snow in one week, winds of 60 MPH with gusts to 80 MPH, and then rain.  The first thing I did when the storm subsided was NOT to grab a shovel.  Instead, I check on my boat.  The…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tournaments: Get your Game On

Photo Courtesy FLW Outdoors Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve.  It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits. Tournaments have various categories.  Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level.  In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key.  Decision making is also…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

Miami 2

Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 28, 2015

Tom Keer

Take your Ice Fishing Equipment on an Adventure

Ice fishing adventures to remote parts of the lake have been common since the 1930's.

  All of our ice fishing equipment was set up in what we considered the best places to ice fish. The sleds were empty, the tip ups were set, and we were jigging and jigging and jigging. As the sun started to set we began gathering up our gear with only a perch and a few panfish on the stringer. “I wish it was summer,” Bob said. “Why?” I asked. “Because we could launch the…

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