Posted by: Tom Keer
September 2, 2015

Tom Keer

Fall Fishing Tips: The Fall Run

Fall Run Blog

Next to winter, spring, and summer, fall is my favorite time to be on the water.  Truth of the matter is that I’ll fish anywhere, any time, but if I had to pick my favorite it would be hands-down, fall fishing. Gulf Stream Fishing It’s the time of year when the Gulf Stream pushes so close that it brings in pelagic fish species that we don’t normally see.  Bonito, False albacore, Skipjack tuna, mahi-mahi, and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 26, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trips in the South

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It’s starting to cool off down South, so plan a family fishing trip as the fishing gets hot.  Here are some places to go for salt and freshwater fishing: Guntersville, Alabama: I’ve talked about Lake Guntersville before because it’s featured in the Bassmaster Classic.  The lake is loaded with largemouth bass, crappie and cats. Oak Mountain State Park is another great bet, too. And made the 2015 Top 100 places to fish and boat list!…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 19, 2015

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing is a Quiet Ride

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Saltwater fishing takes on a whole new dimension with a fishing kayak.  Not only can you get to places you previously couldn’t reach by boat or by boots, but the quiet ride makes them perfect for getting up close and personal.   Fishing Kayaks Offer Freedom There are two types of hard-chine fishing kayaks.  The first features an open cockpit with either one or two seats.  Water stays out of the boat.  In the event…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Catch and Release: When to Keep Your Prize Fish

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The issue of game fish conservation weighed heavily in my hands, about 17 pounds to be exact.  My wife Angela had just done great job reading the water, she made a good cast, and she expertly swam a soft plastic fishing lure.  It was no surprise when the striped bass blew up on it, and she set the hook, steered the fish from the rocks, and put it where it belonged- in our net. Now…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 5, 2015

Tom Keer

Saltwater Fishing: Gunkholing

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“Gunkholing” or cruising in shallow waters with a wide variety of shallow-draft boats, is a perfect way to go saltwater fishing.  Aluminum skiffs, flats boats, shallow draft skiffs, and fishing kayaks are popular hulls that can get into the skinniest of waters. Here are some of the top places to find saltwater fish, and the boats that can get to them! Flats Fishing: Fish on the flats are skittish.  In the tropics are lemon sharks and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 29, 2015

Tom Keer

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

Catch 'em up

Walk through the Denver airport in July and August and your odds of seeing anglers heading out on a fly fishing trip are good.  Folks from all over the country arrive in Denver and then travel throughout the state in search of trout, trout and more trout.  July and August are post-run off months, and the water flows and hatches overlap with summer vacation.  The combination is tough to beat. Some anglers establish a base camp…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

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Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish.  Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure:  All fish like structure because it provides them with food and protection.  Tree deadfall provides shelter, while rocks, boulders and ledges are great ambush points.  Don’t overlook a dock or a float, they’re good spots, too. Weeds and grass beds: …




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 15, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trip

Angela

For the past week I’ve been on a family fishing trip.  We didn’t go to an exotic location visited by very few anglers (though that would have been cool!).  Instead, we hauled our boat to the public ramp that is three miles from our driveway.  After a short wait in the launch line we splashed and then cast off our lines for a five mile run to our favorite flat.   The seas were calm,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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