Tom Keer 10/30/2014 I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one. The truth is I hate to rush big decisions. I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all […]
Month: October 2014
Andy Whitcomb 10/28/2014 Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular […]
It may have happened to you once or twice, but you won’t let it happen again. Yep, you know what I’m talking about… those days of yore when you would plan a family vacation, only to come back feeling like you needed a second vacation to rest and recover from your “vacation.”
For many, there are times when hustling and bustling suits their circumstances or likings given busy work or social schedules. However, if you are like me, you might have a “Thoreau-ish” yearning to live simply on the shores of your own personal version of Walden Pond for at least a week or two each year instead. Camping and fishing are most definitely more refreshing to me than most hotel stays and dinners out. How? Let me count the ways!
Breathing in plenty of fresh air. Most of us spend plenty of time indoors during work hours, so why spend even more time indoors on vacation? Fresh air has been proven to help beat stress and increase levels of happiness.
Quiet time to reflect away from cell phones and television. It’s nice to know that you haven’t forgotten what it’s like to watch the brilliant colors of a sunrise or sunset instead of flipping a channel on the remote control. Nature is one of the best places to “get away” for uninterrupted moments of contemplation and meditation.
Simple choices. You don’t have the pressure of having to select from a menu of 50 different items when it comes time for dinner. Catch a fish within the regulations, experience the rewarding feeling of cooking your own catch over a crackling campfire, and then end the evening with one of the all-time favorite desserts of outdoor-lovers everywhere — s’mores.
The relaxing sound of crickets chirping. Many hotels and spas have CD’s or in-room TV channels that play calming and stress-relieving sounds like crickets chirping or waves lapping up against a shoreline, but what could be better than the real thing?
Are you in the process of planning a camping and fishing getaway so you can experience the refreshing qualities that nature can bring to your next family trip? Check Take Me Fishing’s vacation planning links for helpful resources and ideas.
Photo Credit: Ryan Van Dusen
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There is no shortage of boats that cost as much — if not more — than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that few of us will ultimately own. But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle. Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well as information on manufacturers that specialize in them.
Finding a hull that will match your fishing experience is important. Modified or deep vee hulls are ideal for slicing through a chop while a flat bottomed work or jon boat skims the surface. Boats without liners are lighter and that means that smaller outboards are required to move them along. Boats that require simple bunk trailers also provide a great value, carrying a lower cost than those that require roller/bunk combinations, breaking systems, or dual tires.
Buying a pre-owned boat is also an option. There are usually a tremendous number of great options on the market. Time of year plays a significant role in the negotiated price, and fall is an excellent time to look for a pre-owned boat (many owners interested in selling their boats like to sell them from September through November so they don’t need to winterize or maintain them). New owners can find great values, and it’s a win-win situation.
There are a number of ways that innovative boat companies have created great entry-level boats. Eastern Boats, for example, worked off of a modified vee hull and added a shallow draft design. They increased the freeboard, created a composite molded inner liner, and rounded the chine. Their boats offer a smooth ride that handle good seas and can access skinny water.
Maritime Skiffs are another option that features a foam-filled, fiberglass grid that adds stiffness to the hull. The stiffness reduces the pounding associated with rough conditions and as the Skiffs don’t have a liner, their overall weight is reduced. As a result they can be powered with lower horsepower outboards.
Stur-Dee boats are short-to-moderate in length, varying between 10 and 16 feet. Their hulls have foam for floatation in their liners and hand-laid fiberglass hulls. The trim details of mahogany and teak dress up the boat without adding a tremendous amount to the cost.
Carolina Skiffs are flat-bottomed boats that feature wide beams and no liners. They’re fiberglass work boats that can run in four inches of water. And since they’re so simple, they run on low horsepower outboards.
So there really is a boat for every budget. And when you consider the fun that they provide their owners and crew, they are worth every penny.
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