Posted by: Tom Keer
March 13, 2014

Tom Keer

How to Prevent Soft Plastics from Becoming an Environmental Nuisance

A bit over a year ago, Maine state representative Paul Davis proposed legislation prohibiting the use of all plastic worms for recreational fishing.  The proposal was hit with criticism by groups like B.A.S.S and the American Sportfishing Association until more research was conducted to see if the plastic/rubber worms were truly harming the environment. Biologists completed a study finding that plastic worms were not enough of an issue and that legislation was not needed at…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 3, 2014

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Get Ready to Splash

We’re coming off what seems like an Endless Winter, with even traditionally tropical regions getting cold temperatures if not snow.  Regardless, it’ll soon be spring and that means it’s time to get your boat ready for the water.  Here are some check points to consider.   De-winterize your engine.  Issues with oil are a leading culprit of engine problems, so start there.  If you didn’t winterize your boat, change your engine oil, your filter, and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2014

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Cod, or Fish Piccata

March and April are good months to head offshore and catch bottom fish like cod, haddock, and wolfish.  These three fish are found in cold saltwater in depths of a few hundred feet.  For those wishing to catch them too, look to head out on days that have flat seas and light variable winds. Cod don’t like temperature changes and prefer cold temps during the day and warmer temps at night, and because they like…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 21, 2014

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Taking Stock of Fish… Stocks

An angler measures a fish for fishing law requirements

Just last week I saw a report that shows a dramatic decline in the striped bass   For those new to fishing, you may not know the history with the striped bass population. Back in the 1980’s it was a big deal to catch a striped bass. There were bluefish, bonito, cod, and other fish to catch, but stripers were few and far between.  With the striped bass population under 5 million fish, conservation was essential. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Just What I Need, a New Boat

My non-fishing friends (which are few and far between I might add), shake their heads when they look at my side yard.  They’ll see my Maritime Skiff center console that I use for fishing.  I bought it new 20 years ago, and it’s been worth every penny.  Next to the skiff is my duck boat, and I got it used about 15 years ago.  Next to the power boats is a Hobie Cat that my…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 21, 2014

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Shanty Town

You’re likely to find a mixed bag of anglers and shanties when you head out on to the ice. Some, like me, lead a Spartan-type of life and stand out in the cold. I kid myself that the jigging motion is going to keep me warm. Other fishermen have wind-blocks, lean-to’s of sort that are wind breaks made from sheets of canvas and stakes. Then there are the single-person huts, perfect for moving and positioning.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 15, 2014

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Keep Your Boat Ship Shape

Now that the Polar Vortex is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to give your boat a once over to make sure that the cold temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice hasn’t created problems. A thorough check this time of the year won’t take long, but if problems aren’t detected now then they might create issues later on. A stitch in time so the saying goes…. 1. Boats in the water need the most attention.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 8, 2014

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Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2013

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Learn to Fly Cast

A long time ago, outdoor writers used a variety of ways to explain the principals of fly casting. Some referred to a clock to explain the motion, others relied on a metronome for timing, while still others recommended that a book be placed under a casting arm to create form. A lot has changed since the days of split cane and fiberglass, so here are a few easy techniques to learn the basic pick up…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 11, 2013

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Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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