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7 Fishing Tools to Use on a Free Fishing Day

7 Fishing Tools to Use on a Free Fishing Day

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Fishing is easier and more affordable than you think!

Fishing is easier and more affordable than you think!

Bruna Carincotte 5/30/2015 According to the 2014 Special Report on Fishing, nearly a third of participants in the sport said that having easier and more affordable access to fishing equipment would motivate them to get out on the water. And therefore, South Bend® teamed up […]

Learn how to dewinterize a boat in 7 simple steps

Learn how to dewinterize a boat in 7 simple steps

Your buddies stopped by the house and just told you they stung ’em; time to dewinterize your boat. Haste makes waste, so here’s a partial list to help you move through the process on how to dewinterize a boat without missing a step:

 

  • Check your water pump and thermostats. The impeller on a water pump goes bad about every 200 hours, and this little rubber part is what keeps water flowing to cool your engine. The thermostat regulates the water temperature, and if it’s off the water flow to your engine will be too hot or too cold. Replace if you’re near the 200 hours. Check your hoses as well and replace those that are cracked.

  • Check your fluids. When learning how to dewinterize a boat, you need to pull the dipstick and check your oil, top off if necessary. Replace filters. Oil and gas filters specifically, and if you didn’t change them when you put them up in the fall you’ll want to change it now. The fuel filter should be changed about every 100 hours.

  • Check your bilge pump. There are a few parts to check, that being the circuit, the pump and the automatic switch. When water enters the bilge it hits the switch, so if the pump doesn’t kick on then you might be in trouble.

  • Paint the bottom. You’ll only need to use anti-fouling paint if the dewinterize boat stays in the water for the season. Scrape and sand the bottom, wipe down and paint.
     

  • Trailer check. Leaf springs can rust, brackets can corrode, so get your boat off the trailer and replace as necessary. While you’re working on the trailer check your lights to make sure they are operational, and regrease your wheel bearings. Replace tires with flat spots or ones with degraded rubber.

  • Add in your safe boating gear. A partial check list is one life jacket per boater, a throw cushion, a fire extinguisher, a bell and whistle, a flare, and a mirror. Check your radio to make sure it receives and transmits.

  • Mop up. This is the last step to dewnterize a boat. Make sure you charge your battery, add fresh gas, check your navigational lights, and be sure your electronics are working.
     

  • Splash for a sea trial.

    Now that you are ready for the season, check when free fishing days are happening in your state!

    Tom Keer

    Tom Keer

    Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.

    The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks.

    The Point of No Return: Check Your Hooks.

    Andy Whitcomb 5/26/2015 I’m a part-time river gambler. Betting that I can catch chunky smallmouth bass, I cast into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and even “raise the stakes” by letting my lure fall and bump into the rocks. But rocks are tough on hooks […]

    Sight Fishing for Trout

    Sight Fishing for Trout

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    4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

    4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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    There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

    There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

    Tom Keer 5/20/2015 Every year we celebrate our fishing and boating heritage in an event called National Fishing and Boating Week.  The week highlights our two favorite activities and how important they are to making our lives better.  This year the National Fishing and Boating […]

    10 Signs That You’re Getting Ready for Fishing Season

    10 Signs That You’re Getting Ready for Fishing Season

    Debbie Hanson 5/20/2015 The sun is shining, you don’t need eight layers of clothes, and you’ve finally taken your boat out of storage (insert an extra loud “YEEHAW!” here). Although, you do have to admit that there may have been a few days when you […]

    The 5 Big Benefits of a Free Fishing Day

    The 5 Big Benefits of a Free Fishing Day

    National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual celebration of fishing and boating that takes place during the first week in June. During this week, many states will be offering free fishing days for you and your family to take advantage of.

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    A free fishing day can bring some big benefits along with it. Some of these benefits you may already be aware of, and some you may not. Below are the five big benefits of a free fishing day:

     

    1. You don’t need to purchase a license to fish on public bodies of water. Free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time without having to purchase a fishing license. If you already have a fishing license, consider mentoring a friend or family member who is new to the sport.

    2. Fishing is a great way to de-stress. Boating and fishing are ranked at the top of the list when it comes to stress-relieving activities. In fact, 90% of kids who spend time outside say being in nature helps relieve stress. A free fishing day is the perfect opportunity to unplug and unwind.

    3. A deeper connection with nature and the outdoors. A day of fishing doesn’t always require a lot of advance planning or a long road trip. You can find a great spot to fish that’s close to home by using the places to boat and fish map. Aside from learning new fishing skills, you’ll be outdoors in the fresh air listening to the soothing sounds of the waves and the chirping of the birds.

    4. Quality time with family and friends. As our lives and schedules get busier and busier, it becomes more important to consciously set aside quality time with family and friends. Sharing the experience of fishing is the perfect way to bond with the people that we care most about.

    5. Mastery of outdoor skills and the associated feelings of accomplishment. Fishing is a good way to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment and mastering outdoor skills. One of the best things about fishing is that it’s an activity that can be enjoyed at any age.

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    What are you waiting for? Check to see when the free fishing days will be held in your state and plan to get out on the water. Keep in mind that individual states may place certain restrictions and other regulations may apply, so be sure to contact your state fish and wildlife agency for specific state regulations.


    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.

    National Safe Boating Week 2015

    National Safe Boating Week 2015

    Tom Keer 5/13/2015 National Safe Boating Week comes along at a good time of year.  Mechanical failures are common, particularly if you use your boat a lot.  Here are a few pre-launch considerations to elevate your level of play. Have enough life jackets for the […]