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Month: June 2017

Several Fishing Holidays and What Makes Them the Best

Several Fishing Holidays and What Makes Them the Best

Tom Keer 6/30/2017 To most anglers, a fishing holidays typically mean extended fishing trips. They might be long weekends involving a special day. In fishing families, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day are natural choices, with others falling around Fourth of July, Labor Day, […]

7 Simple Tips for Better Boat Fuel Economy

7 Simple Tips for Better Boat Fuel Economy

Tom Keer 6/28/2017 Several years ago, prices at the gas dock soared above $6.00/gallon. My buddies running 25-foot plus boats with twin outboards nearly cried every time they filled up.  Me?  I was thankful that I had a smaller platform. Here are 7 tips to […]

Boating Under The Influence: Facts You Need To Know

Boating Under The Influence: Facts You Need To Know

Boating can offer you a natural buzz that comes from healthy things like sunshine, relaxation, and reeling in the catch of the day. All of these awesome things considered, why would you even think about risking your life by boating under the influence? Do yourself a favor, grab a bass and skip the beer.

Not only is boating under the influence illegal in every state, according to U.S. Coast Guard research on recreational boating accidents and the contribution of BUI, alcohol is a leading contributing factor in boating accidents. Make sure you know these important facts about alcohol and boat safety.

• Can you get a DUI on a boat? Yes, every state has laws that prohibit boat driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The details of these laws may vary by state, but you absolutely can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a vessel while intoxicated. This means that the answer to the question “Can you drink and drive a boat?” is “No.”

• The U.S. Coast Guard routinely patrols our nation’s waterways and can arrest you if you drive a boat under the influence, just like police officers can arrest you if you drive a car under the influence.

• What are the potential consequences of a boat DUI or BUI? Conviction for a BUI may not only lead to the suspension or loss of your boating license, but you may also lose your driver’s license in some states.

• Engine noise, sun, wind, and heat can speed up the level of impairment caused by alcohol consumption while on the water. You can learn more about this and other dangers associated with BUI by reading about the U.S. Coast Guard’s BUI initiatives. 

• Bring non-alcoholic beverages, such as sodas, water, iced tea, and lemonade on board instead. Follow the laws and set a good example of boat safety. 

• If you decide to have lunch at a waterfront restaurant and drink alcohol with your meal, remember that you need to wait a minimum of an hour per drink before operating your boat to avoid boating under the influence.

•  Know that BUI laws apply to all boats (including canoes and rowboats). When deciding where to boat, consider spots that are close to home to avoid becoming fatigued and making a poor decision. Remember that fresh air and sun can make you feel tired much quicker than you might think.

Remember, the answer to the question “Can you drink and drive a boat?” will always be “No.” If you are a new boat owner, you can learn more about boating safety classes and registering your boat on the state info pages.


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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.

Top Destinations for Your Fishing Road Trip in U.S.

Top Destinations for Your Fishing Road Trip in U.S.

Andy Whitcomb 6/26/2017 Summer means vacation time and many boaters and anglers are preparing to hit the “open road.” Besides making sure that the road is, in fact, “open” and not “closed for construction,” there are several things to consider before fish-tailing it out your […]

Myrtle Beach Fishing – Do South Carolina Fishing Right

Myrtle Beach Fishing – Do South Carolina Fishing Right

Tom Keer 6/21/2017 Nearly dead center in the middle of some 60-miles of South Carolina sand lies Myrtle Beach.  Arcades, a Ferris wheel, restaurants, and souvenir shops have made the town a family vacation destination for years.  And while the number of golf courses is […]

How to Pack a Travel Fishing Kit for Your Vacation

How to Pack a Travel Fishing Kit for Your Vacation

When packing for your summer vacation, a travel fishing kit will help make sure you have the basic fishing equipment for fun once you reach your destination. There are many types of travel fishing kits on the market depending on the kind of fish and type of journey. You could also build your own.

A travel fishing rod and reels are the central ingredients of any travel fishing kit. Some of these handy travel fishing rods are telescopic but most come in three to five easily assembled pieces. More pieces mean shorter sections that take up less room.  In general, the rod action may decrease with more sections but this certainly is better than the possible alternative of not having a rod at all!

When selecting a travel reel, keep in mind that although baitcasters are more compact, spinning reels are more versatile and forgiving if casting a range of lures or bait. Many spinning reel handles also can hinge to create additional much needed space. If you are putting together your own travel fishing kit, make sure the rod and reel are a decent match with the line/lure weight recommendations.

Additional travel fishing kit components are hooks, weights, floats, and lures. Take a range of each to allow for various types of fish bites but to save space, try to keep to a minimum. You’ll also want to make sure there is room for a pair of long-nosed pliers or similar tool for unhooking, cutting line, pinching barbs, and such.

Some travel fishing kits come in their own case, but fishing starter kits also make great travel fishing kits. The packaging helps contain and protect all the fishing gear, not just on the shelf, but also at least one way when stuffed in the back of the family SUV. And don’t forget the most important element: the fishing license

 


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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.   

Free Fishing Days California: Best Species to Catch

Free Fishing Days California: Best Species to Catch

Debbie Hanson 6/15/2017 Do you want to take advantage of a free fishing day California style, but don’t know which species make good targets for beginning anglers? No worries, there are plenty of freshwater and saltwater California fish species that are ideal for new anglers […]

6 Regalos de pesca que puedes darle a papa en su dia

6 Regalos de pesca que puedes darle a papa en su dia

Debbie Hanson 6/14/2017 Tu padre es el que te lleva a pescar, te anima en cada captura y te enseña hacer nuevos nudos. Es por esto y mucho mas que tienes que encontrar el mejor regalo de la pesca para tu compañero de aventuras. Considera […]

6 Father’s Day Fishing Gifts Dad Can Always Use

6 Father’s Day Fishing Gifts Dad Can Always Use

He takes you fishing, teaches you new knots, and cheers you on through every catch. This means you have to find just the right Father’s Day fishing gifts for your number one angling Dad. Carefully consider which fishing gifts should make the cut though, because the best Father’s Day gift ideas are the ones that Dad can always use. 

Skip the aftershave and soap on a rope this year. Go for a few of these fishing gift ideas instead.

1. Spoon Assortment

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Give Dad an assortment of casting and trolling spoons in a variety of sizes and colors. Spoons are simply designed, easy to use, and are proven fish catchers. These are good fishing gifts for Dad to use when targeting largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, trout, salmon, and muskellunge. 

2. Insulated Vacuum Bottle

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Help Dad keep his beverages at the right temperature. Give him an insulated vacuum bottle that keeps his coffee hot on cool days and his water or lemonade cold on hot days. Look for an insulated bottle made from rust proof stainless steel that will hold up to years of use in all weather conditions. Insulated vacuum bottles are not only practical Father’s Day fishing gifts, they can also be used if Dad likes to hunt or hike.

3. Pliers

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Even if Dad already has one pair of pliers, this is one of those Father’s Day gifts that he can always use in multiples. In fact, having a back-up pair of pliers is a necessity because they tend to accidentally go overboard from time to time. Before you gift a pair to Dad this year, attach a piece of an old pool noodle to the pliers with fishing line to save them from sinking to the bottom of the lake. 

4. Landing Net

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Make sure Dad boosts his catch and release ratio by gifting him a silicone landing net. You can even take him on a Father’s Day fishing trip to show him how the silicone rubber mesh will help to protect his catches from injury. 

5. Dehooking Tool

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Dehooking tools make useful gifts for fishermen who practice catch and release because they help easily remove hooks without having to handle the fish or take it out of the water. Be sure to find a dehooking tool that is suitable for the size of hooks that Dad uses most frequently. 

6. Headlamp

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If you are looking for a Father’s Day fishing gift for a Dad who loves to get out on the water before dawn or after dusk, consider giving him a headlamp. A simple LED headlamp will help by providing extra light for tying knots, unhooking fish, and rigging baits. 

After Dad opens his Father’s Day fishing gifts, don’t forget to remind him to renew or purchase his fishing license online if he hasn’t already done so. Then, take him to his favorite fishing spot because the time you spend on the water with him will be the best gift of all.


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Debbie Hanson

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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.

Best Time to Go Fishing: National Get Outdoors Day

Best Time to Go Fishing: National Get Outdoors Day

Tom Keer 6/14/2017 It’s quite common to wonder what the best times for when to fish, and the standard answer is whenever you can.  Some times or tides are better than others, but the combination of this month’s great weather, hot freshwater and saltwater bites, […]