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Month: May 2014

Boating Basics

Boating Basics

Tom Keer 5/28/2014 An unhappy angler that can’t get out due to boat problems A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my […]

Bizarre Fish Foods

Bizarre Fish Foods

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5 Boating Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

5 Boating Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

If you take your boat out on a regular basis, chances are pretty good that “IT” has happened to you more times than you’d care to mention. What is “IT” you ask? Well, “IT” is one of those occasions when you were quietly fishing at one of your favorite spots and Mr. or Mrs. Rude Boater suddenly blasted past you creating an unsafe or inconsiderate situation on the water.

According to the US Coast Guard, operator errors account for 70% of boating accidents, which is precisely why it’s important to know and follow all boating laws for the safety (and consideration) of everyone who uses the waterways. If you are new to boating, learn the “rules of the road” and find out how to be a responsible boater by taking a boating basics class in your local area.

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While there are many more boating mistakes that could be included, here are five of what may be the most common:

 

  1. Crossing the channel in front of incoming or outgoing vessels. Don’t cross the channel in front of incoming or outgoing boats, but rather yield to vessels in the channel since they have the right of way. When two power vessels are crossing, the vessel that has the other on her starboard side must stay out of the way and avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.

  2. Speeding past anglers in shallow water and running through grass flats. Operate your boat responsibly when in shallow waters. Speeding past anglers or other boaters in shallow water is not only disruptive; it can also cause serious damage to seagrass beds and to your boat.

  3. Running over another boat’s fishing lines. Seems like common sense, but you might be surprised how many boaters aren’t very aware of other boats or anglers. Pay attention and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

  4. Anchoring in the middle of the channel. Do not to anchor your vessel in the middle of a navigable channel. Boating channels are the “roads” of the waterways and this could be compared to parking your car in the middle of the highway.

  5. Not being aware of shallows, shoals or rocks and running aground. First, know how deep your boat is below the waterline or how much your boat “drafts” so that you can take that into consideration. Second, do your “homework” ahead of each trip by researching the area where you plan to boat or fish. Read charts, study contours, monitor depths, and use your GPS.

Now that you know a few of the common boating mistakes that people make, you can avoid making these same mistakes yourself. What other boating mistakes or faux pas have you seen or experienced? Provide your feedback by joining the Take Me Fishing Community and adding your comments to this post.


Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.

The Perfect First Fishing Spot

The Perfect First Fishing Spot

Tom Keer 5/21/2014 People remember firsts because they’re unique. It doesn’t really matter what we’re talking about, because a first dog, a first touchdown, a first car, and anything else that is first is special. When you take an angler fishing for the first time […]

Fishing tips and tricks to catch more fish

Fishing tips and tricks to catch more fish

Andy Whitcomb 5/20/2014 Location is everything. Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel. However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there. For example, in an […]

Going My Way?

Going My Way?

Location is everything. Most of the time to reach fish and make a presentation with bait or lures, anglers cast using a rod and reel. However, there are some other unusual methods to get your hook out there.

For example, in an episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade set his reel to free spool, left his fishing rod in a holder, and paddled a small raft a long distance to drop his baited hook where he wanted it placed. Carp anglers have used slingshots, if not for the bait, then for dispersal of attracting chum. And kites can be employed when fishing for such pelagic species as marlin or sailfish. There is an experimental, triangular bobber rig being tested called the FarOutRigger to float bait far beyond casting range. Not long ago, I even watched a video of a remote controlled boat that was used to fish.

There is a unique bobber that acts like it has remote control too. Standard bobbers or floats serve as an indicator of a bite and hold bait or lures at a set depth. However, you remain at the whim of the current or wind. After drifting by the target area, you must recast.

  • Keeled bobber moving right, toward current.

  • With a twitch, the keeled bobber flips and heads the other direction.

The can do a neat trick. It has a keel or fin on both sides so that it will set a course and either travel left or right. Give it a twitch and it will flip over to change directions. While kids are waiting for a fish to bite, they can have fun “steering” it to navigate through the current. Or for ponds and lakes, they could reel it in and then tug when needed to slalom through an obstacle course of rocks or logs.

Have you used any abnormal methods for placement of your bait?


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

How to Find the Best Freshwater Fishing Spots Near You

How to Find the Best Freshwater Fishing Spots Near You

Convenience can be a key factor when it comes to spending more time on the water. It’s pretty simple, if you can find a good fishing spot that is close to home, chances are much greater that you will fish more often and gain more […]

Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Fish & Boat in America

Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Fish & Boat in America

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C’mon, let’s go fishin’

C’mon, let’s go fishin’

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Pier Pressure

Pier Pressure

Andy Whitcomb 5/13/2014 Saltwater or freshwater, a fishing pier can be a great place to fish. Not only can the structure serve as habitat and a fish attractant, it is a handy access point to deeper water. Piers are popular areas for vacationers or weekend […]