Posted by: Tom Keer
November 18, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing Tips: Proper Release

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Sustainable fishing isn’t just about fisheries management; it’s also about properly releasing your fish so they don’t go belly up.  Here are 5 ways to properly release a fish so you can catch them another day. Rock fish back and forth.  A hooked fish doesn’t know you’re going to throw them back, so they fight for their lives.  When they do, they build up lactic acid.  To properly revive a fish, wet your hands before…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing for the Future: 5 Tips

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I don’t envy fisheries managers because they’re trying to create sustainable fishing which includes catches for today as well as for the future.  Their difficult task at hand is represented in the old saying of  “You can have it right or you can have it now but you can’t have it right now.”  Take fish today and you’ll have fewer tomorrow.  Wait for tomorrow you’ll have fewer today.  It seems like a black and white…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Etiquette: 6 Unspoken Rules

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Hitting the water should be fun and relaxing, and fishing etiquette keeps stress levels down and enjoyment up at your favorite local fishing spots.  Here are 6 unspoken rules that will help to remove the heartburn that comes from arguments. Don’t Crowd other Anglers.  Leave ample room between you and fellow anglers either when wading or boating.  Fishing cheek-to-cheek usually results in tangled lines and creates a lot of unnecessary stress.  There isn’t a rule…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 28, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

Boating Accidents

    A boater safety course might not remind you to put the plug in your boat to keep her from filling up with water.  But one might help you in other ways.  Here are five reasons to take one, even if you’re an Old Salt.     All About Marine Radio.  Most of the time we use a radio to chat up other anglers, but unless we’re in the United States Navy or Coast…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 21, 2015

Tom Keer

10 Safety Tips for Fishing with Kids

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A family day on the water is ideal, and to keep it fun you’ll need a few safety tips for fishing with kids.  The joy of watching a child catch a first fish, a personal record, or a new species is easily overshadowed by injury.  Here are 10 tips on how can you keep the kids safe and sound! Protective eyewear.  Polarized sunglasses are ideal for reducing eye strain and for spotting fish, but they’re invaluable…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 14, 2015

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5 Online Boating Safety Courses You Can Take Right Now

Safe Boating

Taking an online boating safety course is an easy way to pass time the non-boating time of year while getting ready for the upcoming season. Some of the classes are free while others cost a short amount of money.  And while many of the courses are essential for new or for young boaters, many courses serve as good refreshers for seasoned operators as well. Here are 5 online boating safety courses that are available from the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 7, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Injuries Requiring a Fishing First Aid Kit

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Most of us never need a fishing first aid kit, but when we do it’s usually for good reason.  Normal ailments like sunburn, dehydration, nausea or sea sickness are relatively easy to overcome with aloe, water, and Dramamine. Still, accidents can happen, and here are five common accidents that require a fishing first aid kit. Fish Hook in the body.  Let’s hope that you are fishing with barbless hooks, because they’re easy to extract.  Place a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 30, 2015

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Fall Boat Shows in October

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A buddy of mine attended several fall boat shows, and after a pretty good search he just texted me a picture of his new vessel. She’s sleek, she’s new, and she is gorgeous.  After test rides in numerous boats he finally took the plunge. I asked him if he needed help tricking it out and he said he was already done. How’d he do that so fast? Fall boat shows have an additional benefit in…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Rigging Fishing Tackle So It’s Ready to Use

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Sometimes you can buy ready–to–use fishing gear while other times you can make it yourself.  I remember when we had a hot bluefish bite, the kind where you’re catching a fish on every cast.  Those toothy sons of guns chopped up everything to the tune of one fly/soft plastic per fish.  Constantly rigging fishing tackle cuts into fishing time, and on that day it was catching time.  None of us has time for that…  …




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 16, 2015

Tom Keer

2015 Fall Boat Shows: Find Next Year’s Boats

Boat Shows

I attended my first of many fall boat shows a long time ago.  It was after I had a fishing and boating season beyond frustration, for I spend far more time working on my outboard, hull, electronics and trailer than I did on the water.  Mine was an old boat given to me by (I guess I could call him a friend), and he was desperate to get it out of his yard.  We all…




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