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Month: February 2018

Pescando y Navegando con mis hijos en Alaska

Pescando y Navegando con mis hijos en Alaska

Vanessa & Paul Hunt 2/23/2018 Alaska, es el estado más grande y más al norte de los Estados Unidos, es famoso por muchas cosas, ¡esto incluye una pesca increíble! Pregúntale a cualquier pescador si Alaska esta en su lista de lugares donde le gustaria pescar y veras […]

Fishing and Boating with my kids in Alaska

Fishing and Boating with my kids in Alaska

Alaska, the United States’ largest and northernmost state, is famous for many things—and that includes incredible fishing! Ask any angler for their fishing bucket list, and Alaska will be on it. With so many ways to fish—and a wide variety of species—you may never want […]

Best bait for tarpon fishing that will improve your catch

Best bait for tarpon fishing that will improve your catch

Pretty soon, tarpon will migrate back inshore to channels, bays, flats, and all the passes made famous by big schools of the Silver King!  For those of us who have missed catching this tremendous fish species we should get ready to target them.  There are a lot of different ways to jump a ‘poon, and here are 4 of the best bait for tarpon  to reel them in this spring season.

Best Live Bait for Tarpon

Some of tarpon fishing bait are shrimp, pinfish, mullet and crabs. Stake out above areas that hold tarpon and drift your live bait down to the fish.  Hook crabs in the corner of the shell and baitfish through the mouth.  The best  bait for tarpon doesn’t spin in current, so pinch off the heads of shrimp. Rig properly and catch more fish.

Shock Leaders are a Must

Tarpon suck in the best fishing bait. Since they have bony mouths and sharp gill plates be sure to rig with a shock leader of about six feet of 50-80-pound mono or fluorocarbon. You’ll break off fewer tarpon on their long runs and jumps.

Drop it to the Bottom

Mullet, that is. Mullet might be the best bait for tarpon. Tarpon love mullet any way you serve it to them and by that, I mean dead or alive.  If you’re not great a throwing a cast net to catch live mullet then drop a mullet head or chunk to the bottom.  Then wait.  Then wait some more. Patience is the key when fishing with mullet heads or chunks.  If tarpon is in the area they’ll find it.

A Bait might not be a Bait

Sometimes tarpon fishing bait isn’t a fish. It’s a fly. When the fish are on the flats or laid up in the backcountry a well-presented streamer may entice them to eat.  Skinny water is the key, and sight fishing is ideal.  It’s tough to access deeper water with a fly.

Tarpon fishing season is just around the corner. And in the meantime, you can work on your boat and tackle.  When the Silver King arrives, you’ll be waiting. Check for places to target tarpon fishing across the country with our interactive places to fish and boat map.

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.

Expert Tips on Best Baits for Tarpon Fishing

Expert Tips on Best Baits for Tarpon Fishing

Debbie Hanson 2/22/2018 In addition to celebrating our sweethearts and honoring our past presidents, you may want to plan a trip to Florida and go fishing in February. There are plenty of freshwater and saltwater fish species you can target in the Sunshine State this […]

Bottom Fishing Rigs You can use to catch more fish

Bottom Fishing Rigs You can use to catch more fish

Bottom fishing rigs can be very productive for many kinds of fish any time of the year.  Yes, that is where most snags lurk but so do many less active fish in the winter. In the heat of the summer, fish may drop to deeper […]

4 Important Reasons to Get Your Boater Safety Card

4 Important Reasons to Get Your Boater Safety Card

As of January 1, 2018, California boating laws requires people over the age of 16 to have a boater safety card.  And if you’re between the ages of 12-15 years of age you’ll be required to have adult supervision by someone 18 years or older.  Here are 5 reasons why it’s good to have a boater safety card whether or not your state requires it.

1. Boater Education Saves Lives

Getting a boating safety education id card makes sense for boaters of all ages. Boat safety handling reduces water accidents and injuries.  In fact, 80% of our states have educational requirements for running a boat andthe more you know about boat safety the more fun you’ll have on the water.

2. It’s about Practical Knowledge

Taking a boater safety course is different from taking high school trigonometry.  While I have yet to apply lessons learned in trig class I directly apply lessons learned while earning a boat safety certificate.  Of the 8,000 accidents last year, 70% were operator error. 

3. Having a Boat Safety Certificate may reduce your Insurance Premium

As there are lower rates for drivers of vehicles who are accident free there are discounts for those with boating safety education id cards.  By taking a  boater safety course you’re likely to save some money.  

4. In some States it’s the Law

Every boater needs to follow the law, and a safe boating course is the easiest way to learn the material. Take a boating course online or in a classroom setting sanctioned by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  The material ranges from educational prep, chapter quizzes, and a final test.  Winter is the perfect time to take an educational course, so check ’em out today.  Spring is right around the corner and that means we’ll be preparing our boats for a shakedown cruise!


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.

Lake Lewisville Fishing Trip Ideas You’ll Love

Lake Lewisville Fishing Trip Ideas You’ll Love

Don’t miss out on a family-friendly Lake Lewisville fishing experience if you visit Texas this year. Depending on when you go, you might catch species like white bass, white crappie, blue catfish, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, or spotted bass. In other words, […]

Chicago Fly Fishing: Where to Go in Chicago, What to Bring

Chicago Fly Fishing: Where to Go in Chicago, What to Bring

If you find yourself in need of some fly fishing near Chicago, there are plenty of options. Wind often complicates Chicago fly fishing but the “Windy City” is a worthy location due to its proximity to Lake Michigan and its tributaries which can hold steelhead, […]

Nuestra aventura familiar de pesca en Idaho

Nuestra aventura familiar de pesca en Idaho

En las Montañas de la sierra de Idaho se encuentra una de las mejores ciudades del estado, la ciudad de Stanley. Esta es una pequeña comunidad que alberga a unos 60 residentes, que durante la primavera, el verano y el otoño, atrae a una multitud de visitantes ya que ofrece los mejores deportes acuáticos como rafting en el río, paseos en bote, esquí acuático, paddle surf, kayak, natación, y especialmente la pesca. ¡Stanley lo tiene todo para los amantes del agua!

Acampar con los niños esta en nuestra lista de verano de este año. Confesión: ¡nuestros niños nunca han acampando! Cuando nos enteramos de Stanley, sabíamos que este sería el lugar perfecto para nosotros. ¡Ofrece todo lo que amamos: montañas, naturaleza, caminatas, ríos, lagos y pesca!

Stanley es el hogar de la trucha arco iris, pescado blanco de montaña y el salmón chinook entre otros. El río Salmón tiene más de 900 millas, y los pescadores acuden en multitutes durante la primavera para atrapar Salmon. ¡Ahora sabes por qué se llama el río Salmón!

Pasamos varios días acampando en Stanley, al lado del lago y tuvimos la oportunidad de navegar bote por el río Salmón, ir en kayak y pescar en las aguas del lago Stanley, tambien pescamos con moscas en el río Salmon. Para llegar alla usamos el mapa interactivo de Vamos a Pescar para ubicar los mejores lugares para pescar en Stanley, además de una tienda de pesca con mosca y una guía de pesca.

Estábamos acampando durante el cumpleaños de Paul, y el siempre había querido aprender a pescar con mosca, por eso decidi buscar un guía para que le diera una leccion de pesca.

Dejaré que Paul les cuente sobre su experiencia de su pesca con mosca: 

La guía de pesca con mosca, Troy con Sawtooth Adventure Co., era muy conocedora, no solo de las técnicas y lugares de pesca con mosca, sino también de las especies de peces locales. Bajamos a la deriva por el río Salmon, y disfrutamos aprendiendo sobre la historia local de Stanley, los diferentes tipos de peces, los ciclos de vida de los insectos y cómo afectan los hábitos de alimentación de los peces y mucho más. Fue una excursión de pesca divertida, educativa y relajante que recomendaría a cualquiera. Además, yo que soy nuevo en la pesca con mosca, me gustó cómo Troy se tomo el tiempo para enseñarme las técnicas y me ayudó a mejorar mi lanzamiento durante todo el día. Ahora soy un pescador con mosca!

Después de hacer rafting en el rio, nos prestaron un kayak inflable durante unos días para que que los niños pescaran en el Lago cerca de Stanley. Solo atrapaban palos, pero fue gran práctica para ellos y nos encantaba verlos pescar de forma independiente. ¡Ellos nos pidieron levantarse temprano para ir a pescar! ¿Qué tan sorprendente es eso?

Nuestro tiempo en Stanley fue perfecto para acampar y pescar. ¡Nos encanto estar en familia y volver a conectarnos con la naturaleza! ¡Pensamos en que necesitamos hacer esto más a menudo!

Cuál ha sido tu lugar favorito para pescar y conectarte con la naturaleza? ¡Nos encantaría conocer tus lugares favoritos para acampar, navegar, e ir de excursión de pesca!


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Our Family Fishing and Boating Adventure in Idaho

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