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

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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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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
March 18, 2015

The Spawning Bed

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In a short while rivers, lakes, and ponds will warm enough to trigger the annual fish spawning season.  We’ll see bass and panfish move into the shallows and create redds with their tails.  After awhile, momma fish will guard her redd from egg snatchers, and the circle of life begins again.  The adult fish will be visible, they’ll be hungry, and they’ll be aggressive.  If a lure enters their zone during this time they may…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

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I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 4, 2015

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Getting into Fishing

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In many of ways, getting into fishing has never been easier.  Fast-tracked learning comes from the digital age which has spawned a wide range of content (pun intended).  Websites are chock a block with technical data, blogs offer insights into conditions, videos show new anglers how it’s done, and conditions boards announce where the fishing is hot…and where it is not. Tackle shops provide information in a hands-on approach.  Whether it’s a seminar devoted to…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tricks and Tips

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One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re looking for bass, crappie, trout, striped bass, or other species, change your approach from one focused on putting fish in the boat to one of observation and pattern recognition. In doing so you’ll…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 18, 2015

Tom Keer

This Year, Learn How to Fly Fish

Author Tom Keer sight cast to this cruising bluefish in a foot of Cape Cod water.

  As cross training makes athletes better at their respective sports, learning how to fly fish will make you a better angler too.  Here are 6 reasons why: Fly fishing is the opposite of conventional fishing. With fly fishing you’re casting a heavy line and a light lure (fly). With conventional fishing you’re casting a heavy lure and a light line. The coordination and the delicacy will make increase your casting and fishing abilities, and…




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