Posted by: Tom Keer
May 1, 2014

Tom Keer

How (and When) to Register your Boat

If I think long and hard enough I can remember buying my first boat.  I prefer not to think of it ‘cause it makes me feel old.  That said, I do remember being far more interested in launching and running my boat than wanting to fill out the registration paperwork.  Who wouldn’t be?  A new boat is exciting, so here are a few pointers so you can be compliant with rules and regulations.  You can knock these out in no…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 22, 2014

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Fishing Regulations: Why they are Important

A bunch of my fishing buddies and I got into a hot debate last week.  It began when one read a report about a game warden who watched a father and a son catch 10 trout.  The regulations call for a 5-trout limit per angler, so the total number of fish was fine.  The length requirements were met, too.  So what’s the problem?  Well, the warden watched the father catch six fish while the son…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 15, 2014

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Crossing State Lines

’  In our wanderings we sometimes cross state lines.  We might do it if we are fishing in a state that crosses boundaries.  I think of the Connecticut River which I’ve fished a number of times in a variety of places.  The headwaters are in Northern New Hampshire about 300 yards south of the Canadian boarder.  It runs south for a while and on one side of the river is Vermont and New Hampshire is…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 2, 2014

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Early Season Trout Tactics

In the early season, there isn’t much of a reason to get up at the crack of dawn to go trout fishing.  The water is cold and the fish are lethargic.  Head out for some pancakes and let the sun warm things up for a bit.  And here are a few things to remember when you go down to the river.  Trout are coldwater species, so use a thermometer to take the water temperature.  If…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 24, 2014

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Sock Burning means Spring has Sprung

We boaters and anglers rely on weather reports, but if you want to see a difference of opinions then look no further than they way we get our forecasts.  On one side of the fence is a group using websites, Doppler radar, and satellite imagery.  On the other side is a group dedicated to the Farmer’s Almanac and country wisdom.  And as our groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow determines how much more winter we’ll have,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 18, 2014

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Happy Birthday Rubber Worm!

  This year, one of our go-to lures of all times celebrates its 65th birthday.  Since the day the rubber worm jumped on to the scene it has been a staple among recreational and competitive anglers.  As time passed, the rubber worm showed no sign of retiring and instead has created a soft plastic revolution that expands every year.  The simple lure has humble beginnings. Angling historians are a bit vague on the actual beginning…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 13, 2014

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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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