Posted by: Tom Keer
June 17, 2015

Tom Keer

How to filet a fish

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    Now that you’ve got a corker of a fish in the boat it’s time to think about how to filet a fish.  Here are some tips for making the job easy.  Get the cleaning done and get the party started!       Tools: A sharp filet knife.  A dull knife will have you cussin’ and spittin’ in no time flat.  Your filet knife should be sharp so that you can slice instead…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 10, 2015

Tom Keer

Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month is upon us, and without question Great Outdoors Month is a thoroughly American idea.  The month celebrates our country’s natural heritage by encouraging us all to take advantage of the open space that we all enjoy. One attribute that makes USA such a unique nation is that we have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of open-to-the-public land. This month we’re celebrating National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 3, 2015

Tom Keer

National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

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My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster. We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 27, 2015

Tom Keer

De-winterize your boat

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Your buddies stopped by the house and just told you they stung ’em; time to de-winterize your boat.  Haste makes waste, so here’s a partial list to help you move through the process without missing a step. Check your water pump and thermostats. The impeller on a water pump goes bad about every 200 hours, and this little rubber part is what keeps water flowing to cool your engine.  The thermostat regulates the water temperature,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 20, 2015

Tom Keer

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

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  Every year we celebrate our fishing and boating heritage in an event called National Fishing and Boating Week.  The week highlights our two favorite activities and how important they are to making our lives better.  This year the National Fishing and Boating week runs from June 6-14, 2015, and that’s also the time when folks can go fishing for free.  So let’s make this easy and focus on just what you need to know.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 18, 2015

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“Are You a Fly Fisherman?”

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I get this simple question a lot. But, it takes me a while to answer. I CAN fly fish, and HAVE gone fly fishing many times but I cannot yet truly indentify myself as a fly fisherman. I’m not the only one who wanted to learn more about this class of angler. A seminar at the 2014 ICAST (“the world’s largest sport fishing tradeshow”) moderated by takemefishing.org contributor, Tom Keer, addressed the differences between fly…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 13, 2015

Tom Keer

National Safe Boating Week 2015

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  National Safe Boating Week comes along at a good time of year.  Mechanical failures are common, particularly if you use your boat a lot.  Here are a few pre-launch considerations to elevate your level of play.       Have enough life jackets for the individuals on board. There are different types of life jackets for different activities. The Safe Boating Campaign is a great resource for determining if a life jacket is right…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 6, 2015

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Getting ready for the fishing season

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      While some of us are getting ready for the fishing season, others have been in full swing for a few months.  The one common thread?  This year, plan an exotic trip.  That doesn’t mean that you have to take out a second mortgage to go fishing.  There are a lot of different ways to add some spice to your fishing trips.  Here are 5 things you can add into your fishing experience!…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 29, 2015

Tom Keer

How to get a fishing license

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     I was recently asked if a test was needed to get a fishing license.  It struck me as somewhat odd, because the answer is no.  You need to take a test for a driver’s license, to get a hunting license, and for a lot of other things but not for fishing.  If you need a license then you can get one right now.         But as I thought about it, there…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

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  So you just bought a boat and are anxious for that first splash.  As with cars, boats need to first be registered.  Here’s how:         See who handles the registration process.  In some states it’s the DMV while in others it’s the Parks Division or the Fish and Game Department.  Check to find your specific state requirements. You will need to fill out the application forms.  Some states accept online registrations…




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