Posted by: Tom K.
July 17, 2013

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Acadia National Park: Maine’s One-stop Fishing Spot

Photo Credit: National Park Service Many of us who try to get in as much fishing as possible always run into two primary issues: time and money.  Maine’s Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm) could be the answer to that problem. In the park you’ll find freshwater, warm water, and saltwater fishing, all within 47,000 acres. The acreage may sound skimpy compared to other national parks, but this oldest National Park east of the Mississippi is still…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 9, 2013

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Everglades National Park

Photo Credit: National Park Service   For whatever reason it’s easy to think of a national park as being land based.  And at a million and a half acres, it’d be easy to think that the Everglades National Park (www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm) consists of a tremendous amount of land. One of the park’s outstanding attributes is that 1/3 of it, or 500 million acres, is water.  The fact that a tremendous amount of gamefish are in these waters…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 2, 2013

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Summer Fun at Yellowstone National Park

Maybe it was due to the large number of geysers spread throughout the park or the abundant wildlife, but since it was created in 1872, Yellowstone National Park has attracted anglers from all over the world.  And with good reason; there are over hundreds of miles of some of the best wild trout rivers in the country.  Add to it some 200+ creeks and 45 lakes and you’ve got a fishing Valhalla, a place where…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 19, 2013

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Saltwater Dropper Rigs

A 3 Fly Rig ready for fishing.

Dropper rigs are standard operating procedures for trout bums, but they are relatively uncommon in the salt.  That fact always surprises me, particularly because there are so many different types of bait in the water at all times.  That point was illustrated last fall when a pod of big bluefish and striped bass pushed nine different types of bait on shore.  Using a dropper rig helps anglers find what bait the fish want so they…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 11, 2013

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Launch Ramp Etiquette

Boating is fun. Fishing is fun. And the combination is outstanding.  There is one hurdle that we need to clear before we turn the bow towards our favorite hot spot and that is the boat ramp.  And with that being said, some of you are probably chuckling while others are getting steaming mad. I have the same mixed emotions myself, and when the ramp turns into a circus my patience drains really fast.  Rather than…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 6, 2013

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Take Me Fishing….My Kids

One of the parts that I like about fishing is the camaraderie of hitting the water with my pals.  We give each other grief over dropped fish or botched casts.  We celebrate proper execution that results in a trophy fish.  We commiserate during freezing temperatures, extreme heat, and downpours.  Sometimes I prefer solitude and head out on my own, but for the overwhelming majority of the time I really enjoy fishing with others. Over the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 30, 2013

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The Powers of Observation

There is an old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I’ve found it to be true in the majority of instances, but when it comes to the affects of the winter on our fisheries that adage sometimes falls short.  When trees or rocks fall in to a river there is a change, or when storms pound the coast the erosion has to go somewhere, there is a change.  So on…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 22, 2013

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Safe Boating

Every time I go fishing I expect to catch fish.  Some days I catch a lot while other days I catch squat.  Every time I go boating I expect to return to the dock.  So far, that trend has held true and I’m thankful for it.  And as there is time and effort that goes into catching fish there is time and effort that goes into boating safely.  As the adage goes, “fail to plan,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 14, 2013

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The Cleat Hitch

So today is the day you’re going fishin.’  All the gear is on board, you’re behind the console with bow and stern fenders deployed, and bow and stern anchors secured to your boat’s cleats.  Your buddy is hauling the truck and trailer back to the parking lot while you motor over to the dock to tie off and wait for him.  What’s the best knot to use?  The Cleat Hitch. The Cleat Hitch is the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 10, 2013

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Boat Dogs

You don’t leave your best friend home when you head out on the water, do you? Well, if one of your best friends is a dog, why would you leave him at home?  The answer for many is simple: they don’t. Any dog that loves to swim will happily trade their ordinary landlubber status for a day on the water.  Labrador and golden retrievers are shoe-ins to join you on your boat.  One perfect retriever…

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