Posted by: Tom Keer
August 14, 2014

Tom Keer

Who is Today’s Angler?

Ready to hit the water

From looking at participation numbers, I’m on the bandwagon to get more folks out fishing, and to figure out where we’re at I read a lot of research done by some very smart folks.  I just finished a report conducted by Take Me Fishing and the Outdoor Foundation, and I learned some interesting facts that I didn’t know.  Here is a link to the study and here are a few interesting statistics with my take…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 7, 2014

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Family Fishing

Kids

  Although the first video games were invented in 1948, the first ones I remember seeing were Asteroids and Space Invaders in a pizza parlor in the late 1970’s.  My pals and I stopped by to get a couple of slices after football practice and there was a line out the door.  We were pleased to see that the line wasn’t for food, but that line for the video game represented its own set of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 31, 2014

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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 Keer
July 24, 2014

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The Digital Revolution

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 Keer
July 21, 2014

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Places to Boat and Fish

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 Keer
July 10, 2014

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

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 Keer
July 2, 2014

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Urban Fishing: Sail with the wind you’ve got

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 Keer
June 26, 2014

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It’s hard to beat a marina in the summer

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 Keer
June 18, 2014

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School’s Out: Time to Play

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 Keer
June 6, 2014

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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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