Posted by: Tom Keer
May 20, 2015

Tom Keer

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

Free Fishing Days

  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

Andy Whitcomb

“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

Tom Keer

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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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Earth Day: Don’t Trash your Mother Earth

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We just celebrated the Earth Day which is a form of Mother’s Day, and in this instance we should be good to our Mother Earth.  While I don’t cotton to wearing tie-dye, I do believe in this one core philosophy: the cleaner and healthier our environment the better sporting experience we enjoy.  When fishing and boating, pack out what you pack in.         Monofilament lines don’t breakdown very easily, and if a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 9, 2015

Tom Keer

The Saltwater Fishing License

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No one bats an eye about a freshwater fishing license, but in recent time more coastal states have added saltwater fishing licenses to the mix.  They’re new to most states, so here are answers to 4 commonly asked questions.         Who needs a saltwater license? Like their freshwater counterpart, anglers 16 years or older are required to hold a saltwater license.  Most states have rules that don’t charge disabled people or anglers…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 1, 2015

Tom Keer

Five reasons you need a fishing license

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I told my teenage kids that the fishing season was approaching and we needed to get their fishing licenses purchased.  One of their friends asked if he could come along. “Sure thing,” I said.  “Do you have a fishing license?” “No,” he said.  “Why do I need one?  When my dad bought our boat he didn’t need a license to drive it.  So if you don’t need a license to run a boat…why do you…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

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

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  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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