Posted by: Tom Keer
February 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tournaments: Get your Game On

Photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

Photo Courtesy FLW Outdoors Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve.  It’s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits. Tournaments have various categories.  Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level.  In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key.  Decision making is also…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

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Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 28, 2015

Tom Keer

Take your Ice Fishing Equipment on an Adventure

Ice fishing adventures to remote parts of the lake have been common since the 1930's.

  All of our ice fishing equipment was set up in what we considered the best places to ice fish. The sleds were empty, the tip ups were set, and we were jigging and jigging and jigging. As the sun started to set we began gathering up our gear with only a perch and a few panfish on the stringer. “I wish it was summer,” Bob said. “Why?” I asked. “Because we could launch the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 21, 2015

Tom Keer

An Ice Fishing Gear List

Photo Credit New Hampshire Outdoors

Photo Credit: New Hampshire Outdoors The more we ice fish the more gear we collect. That’s one of the fun parts of fishing or of any sport for that matter. But we all have to get started somewhere, so here is a list of gear that is enough for a beginner through intermediate ice fisherman. The sky is always the limit, but let’s get started. Tools of the Trade: Fishing Gear Two techniques work best…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 14, 2015

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Safety

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Photo Credit: New Hampshire Fish and Game “No one will be happy until someone loses an eye” goes the saying, and that’s what makes ice fishing safety an important topic.  A fun day of ice fishing can turn sour very quickly, so here are 5 topics that will turn frowns upside down. 1.     Falling through the ice. I said falling through the ice would never happen to anyone I know, and then my sister went through…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 7, 2015

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Where to Ice Fish

Photo Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Photo Credit: WI DNR There is a lot more to ice fishing than drilling a hole and setting up shop.  Finding a spot is best done when it’s warm out so you can tie in to a species’ winter feeding patterns.  Let’s break down searching for a spot based on the commonly targeted types of fish. Yellow Perch:  Perch get ice fishermen fired up with good reason.  These fish school up, and the schools can…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Best Places to Ice Fish: 5 Tips

Jesse A. Wellen knows how to find fish!

Photo Credit: Jesse A. Wellen Learning how to ice fish isn’t as difficult as you might think.  It is a simple, fun sport.  Those of us far north of the Mason-Dixon line see the mercury in our thermometers drop and take the opportunity to bundle up and hit the ice.  Here are some tips and a gear list of ice fishing equipment to help enhance your next ice fishing trip. Ice Thickness:   Before you go…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2014

Tom Keer

Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

You don't see smiles like these from playing a video game

I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.  The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn’t really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

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Learning from Family and Friends

There is more to being a mentor than catching fish.

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

Tackle Show

 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…




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