The Hazards of Boating: Fire on Boats

January 01, 2016

Fire on boats has always terrified seamen. But in recent years, with more safety equipment and rescue assets available, there seems to have been less thought about it. Here are some reasons why it's just as serious as ever and why, arguably, we may have more to fear from boat fires in modern times than did seamen of old.

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Late Ice, Little Tigers

January 01, 2016

Late winter brings about opportunities. Certain species begin lining up like 2-for1 day at "Old Country Buffet." Yellow perch, in particular, become extremely active during the final weeks of the ice season.

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Tale of the Gale: Fishing in a Storm

October 22, 2015

Dropping right out all the time, announces a familiar voice from above and behind me. The captain squints into the gathering breeze at a traffic jam of small scud clouds that have been piling up for several hours along the horizon to our southwest. 

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Four Tips for Buying a Used Boat Trailer

October 22, 2015

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Kayaking - A New Frontier in Sport Fishing

September 23, 2015

Gliding across calm waters in silence gave me the opportunity to smell, touch, and feel the pleasures of nature in its most intimate form. The air was clean and pure, the water cool and alive to the touch with the sights and sounds of nature in its most natural form both stunning and breathtaking.

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Tips About Parking Afloat

August 19, 2015

If someone comes into harbor and anchors too close, try to discuss it with him by a dinghy visit so that you don’t have to yell across the water. Yelling, no matter how intended, is often interpreted as hostility or anger and you’re less likely to get good results.

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Tuna Time: Trolling the Edge of the Earth

August 19, 2015

As you prepare for your maiden run to the edge, keep in mind that you can run up a whopping tab on fuel alone. You’ll also need seven or more 30- to 50-class stand-up rods, trolling gear, hooks, sinkers, leader material, gaffs, gimbal belts and a couple of kidney harnesses. 

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Pondering a Canyon Run? Let's Think it Through

July 14, 2015

Maybe you’ve painted yourself into a corner, promising your nephews a shot at a fish thrice their combined weight. Maybe after a couple of months of hard scratching inshore, you need a change of venue. 

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Death By Docking

May 21, 2015

You can usually tell when the dock master is paying attention by whether he notices the piling that you just knocked over floating away. The last time I knocked over a piling, he noticed. He was leaning on it.

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Watch and Learn: Know Your Commercial Fisherman

May 15, 2015

I’ve always liked the saying that fishermen were the original conservationists — folks whose intimate connections to the lay of the stones, the reefs, the sands, the churn of advancing seas and tide give them a vested interest in the continued bounty of their home waters.

 

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Live Bait: Unfair Advantage or Labor-Intensive Art Form?

April 22, 2015

As Charley Soares noses the bow of his 18-foot skiff toward the edge of the boulder field, I glance quickly at the near-2-pound scup dangling from a treble at the working end of my line and brace my knees under the coaming in preparation for what I know will be an ugly lob, at best.

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Bridges

April 22, 2015

When approaching a bridge always monitor the local bridge frequency on VHF, as well as channel 16. These change as you enter different states. For example, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia use channel 13, South Carolina and Florida use channel 09.

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5 Tips from the Pros to Catch More Fish

March 17, 2015

If you’re like me, you rely on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see who among your friends and colleagues is catching all the fish. Keep up this intel-gathering activity with any regularity, and you’ll see patterns emerge.

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Boat Emergencies: What to do When Something Happens Onboard

March 17, 2015

People buy a boat to fulfill a dream. Usually that's what happens. But sometimes the dream can turn into a nightmare in the form of an emergency at sea. Here are a few tips for handling "stuff" when it hits the fan.

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Seamanship and Anchoring

March 02, 2015

I indicated in my last column here that there are at least three inherent problems with absolute anchor protocols. (1) Anchoring well requires old fashioned seamanship which, in my opinion, is far more complex than that which can be defined by any one protocol.

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All Mud Isn't Created Equal

February 18, 2015

I'm not a scientist (as is obvious, I am sure) but I've been testing anchors for almost 60 years in every kind of bottom, in hurricanes, in "storms of the century" and even in two tornadoes. Of those 60 years around 35 included anchoring out almost every night. 

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The Collapse of Cod: Will We Fillet the Last Fish?

February 15, 2015

We Americans have what we see as a long set of traditions — cultural, ecological and, of course, economic — with codfish. 

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From the trine to the Broiler: The Right Way to Handle Fish

February 02, 2015

Among the many reasons I take up the rod and reel, foremost could be the satisfaction of feeding myself, my family and friends the world-class protein I’ve harvested from the wild with my own hands.

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The ICW From on High

December 16, 2014

And I looked down from on high... Sounds like it's from the Bible, doesn't it. Actually I kind of felt like that, but not because I have an exalted image of myself (well, maybe a little).

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Show Some Love for the Blues

December 16, 2014

I have hooked, fought, boated, beached, gaffed, unhooked, revived, released, bled, filleted, skinned, gutted, scaled, weighed, photographed, iced, toted, sorted, netted, stacked or otherwise handled a staggering number of bluefish

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Moving Out for January Eyes for Fishing

Moving Out for January Eyes

December 14, 2014

Timing is everything when you’re trying to hook up with walleyes during a slowdown and having your lines in the water just before and just after dark is imperative.

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A Fly Weight Rod and Some Heavyweight Fish

October 21, 2014

As I brace my knees against the transom and adjust the “drop” between my rod tip and the little whip eel, I scrutinize the plot of water where it appears that a body of substantial bass or gorilla-sized blues has been erupting in the dim 3 a.m. calm.

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How Old is Too Old to Boat?

October 21, 2014

My current "Chez Nous" was launched in 1975. She's fiberglass. Some would say she's old. Let them. What do they know? She's tugging at her line ready to get underway as I write this. She's a Gulfstar 53' motorsailer.

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Science VS Gut Instinct: How We Learn to Fish

September 24, 2014

If there is one recipe that reliably yields top-flight fishermen — in terms of basic human traits, talents, root skills — I’m reasonably certain that a hard-wired scientific bent is the key ingredient.

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Waves Can Sing Boats Even When It's Calm

September 24, 2014

Picture a good fishing day. You're trolling along the drop off, they're hitting and you're taking them in over the stern or quarter. 

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The Beauty of Boats that Look and Work as They Should

August 26, 2014

Boats should look like boats, and churches like churches.  At their best, boats are an outward expression of an inner conversation about beauty and purpose (to paraphrase a furniture maker). 

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Are We Headed for Another Bass Crash

August 26, 2014

Five years ago, give or take, when the first rounds of known striper strongholds began to dry up in the Northeast — spots on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, the Elizabeths, Fishers Island, the Sluiceway in eastern Long Island Sound —

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Why Boats Sink

July 23, 2014

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A Classic on Top

June 24, 2014

Several years ago, at a fishing expo, I passed a booth where a video showed a topwater plug I had used as a kid, but hadn’t seen in decades.

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Boaters: Do Not Let July 4th Be Your Undoing

June 24, 2014

A long day on the water exposed to the elements combined with crowded waterways and alcohol consumption could be a recreational boater’s ultimate undoing this July 4th holiday weekend.

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Drift Smarter to Catch More Fish

June 23, 2014

Outside the charter fleet, where rigid schedules and the need to catch on command force captains to lean on high-percentage methods, you won’t find many anglers singing the praises of wire-line or downrigger slow-trolling. 

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Boat Jobs

May 23, 2014

If you’ve done a boat job, no matter what it is, you know the ugly truth. They NEVER go the way you expect them to.

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Getting Nowhere Fast

May 23, 2014

There comes a time when you just have to stay put, especially if you’re trying to put a hurt on a boat full of walleyes, work a bedded bass, or maybe keep chucking a bait at a monster musky.

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No Time for Downtime

April 17, 2014

There is no fun to be had when equipment malfunctions or breaks down, especially when you’re trying to spend some quality time on your favorite body of water. 

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Line Up to Fish

April 16, 2014

It's time. Time to go fishing! The weather says "yes" and you say, "Let’s go"! Grab the rods and head to the water. 

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Transom Mounting a Transducer

Transom Mounting a Transducer

March 24, 2014

The transom mount transducer is suitable for outboard, inboard/outboard, single inboard or jet-drive propelled vessels. The hull deadrise angle must be below 30° and the transom deadrise should be between 3 to 20°.

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HawkEye Boat Transducer

Gluing a Transducer Inside A Boat Hull (Glue-In Transducer)

March 24, 2014

This transducer is suitable for vessels with the following hull types: High speed boats to increase the performance of the depth sounder. Trailer boats to prevent accidental damage to the transducer from trailering. 

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How to Install a Thru Hull Transducer

March 24, 2014

Hello, my name is Gabe and it’s time for another HawkEye Tech Tutorial! Today I’m going to demonstrate how to install a thru hull transducer.

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How to Use a Digital Depth Finder

March 24, 2014

Hello, my name is Gabe and it’s time for another HawkEye Tech Tutorial! Today, I’m going to talk about our line of HawkEye Digital Depth Finders.

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Gator Specks of Rollover

March 14, 2014

Just landing and releasing two nice speckled trout made my early morning fishing a plus factor with adrenalin rushes. On flipping out another cast and retrieve my awake was jolted with a sudden and violent "TIC" !! The explosion of water that followed showed a shaking head of a fish in the middle of the tidal splash. 

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Whiting - Kings of the Surf

Whiting - Kings of the Surf

February 14, 2014

Fishing reports advised the whiting were biting in the surf along Rollover’s beachfront, and with nothing much happening anywhere else, a trip was quickly planned for some hopefully active surf fishing action that would put a few whiting on the fish fry menu.

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The Birds of Autumn

The Birds of Autumn

November 11, 2013

Piercing bird cries and splashing alerted me to the melee! One minute I was casting sea-grass looking for a bite and the next I was at full throttle looking for a fight!

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Make it a September to Remember

Make it a September to Remember

September 03, 2013

September is a transition month, when summer temperatures finally begin to give way to the coolness of fall. This break from the sauna sounds like great news, but it's a time when many bass fishing anglers struggle.

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HawkEye Portable Hand Held Fish Finder Video Script

HawkEye Portable Hand Held Fish Finder Video Script

August 21, 2013

Thanks for purchasing a HawkEye portable fish finder.   My name is Gabe, and I am the HawkEye advisor!  I am here today to demonstrate how to use and care for the Hawkeye F33P Portable Fish Finder!

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Walleyes

Red Hot Reservoir Walleyes

July 30, 2013

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catching the biggest and best fish

Angler Recognition Programs Enhance Pleasure

July 22, 2013

Anglers of all ages enjoy showing off their catch and recalling the memories. In fact, that’s pretty much been the case for all historical "ages" as well. For instance, Chinese anglers used bamboo rods, reels and silk lines in 3,000 B.C., and one can imagine their pride in a big catch. 

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Poppin Cork Magic

July 21, 2013

EARLY is always better, especially when fishing in the summer months. I’ve just arrived at one of my favorite fishing spots on East Galveston Bay, where the salt-grass is alive with the mornings activity of bait-fish fleeing the maws of hungry fish.

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April Fishing Looking Great

May 01, 2013

Lake levels are almost back to normal and fishing is great. Lake Palestine is now only about 4 to 5 inches low and the surface temps are in the mid 60’s with the spring spawn up and running.

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An Angler's Guide to Preparing for Spring Ice Out

March 31, 2013

If you are an angler living up north, you’ve probably spent the long winter ice fishing with your buddies. Nothing like the experience of cooking up a hearty meals and waiting to feel that tug on your jigging stick that indicates you’ll be pulling up a bass, pickerel, perch or pike.

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Southeast Kansas Fishing Radio Show Lands Best of Show Honors

March 30, 2013

A Parsons, Kansas based radio show which airs throughout the summer on the local radio station KLKC was recently crowned "Best of Show" at the annual conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). 

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