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Month: October 2018

Fall Boating in the South: 7 Scenic Lakes to Visit Now

Fall Boating in the South: 7 Scenic Lakes to Visit Now

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Boating License Expiration: Re-up Tips for Procrastinators

Boating License Expiration: Re-up Tips for Procrastinators

Expiration. A word that can incite panic when referring to any type of license you’ve earned, paid for, or one that’s legally required. If you’re searching online for “boating license expiration,” you might be inquiring about one of two things: a state boater education card […]

5 International Fishing License Guidelines to Know

5 International Fishing License Guidelines to Know

Whether you plan to visit Australia’s Northern Territory to target barramundi or hop aboard a skiff in the Bahamas to land your first bonefish on fly, you’ll need to purchase an international fishing license. The important thing to remember is that every country will have different fishing license requirements and fees. To help you through the process of buying a non-resident fishing license for an international trip, consider a few guidelines that may make your planning process easier.

Since you know how to find specific information on buying the right international fishing permit or license, why not start planning your bucket list trip? Your best fishing memories have yet to be made!

 

  1. Use a reputable tour company or fishing outfitter that will assist you in planning your international trip (including any international fishing permit or license details). They will be familiar with any license requirements and fees that apply to your desired destination. In many cases, they can take care of all the fishing license paperwork before you arrive.
  2. Current Bahamas fishing regulations state that fishing licenses are now required. However, most lodges, fishing resorts, or guides that you book with will have license forms on hand. In this case, you can simply fill out the license form upon your arrival, and then pay the lodge or guide to finalize your license.
  3. Since Hawaii and Alaska are both part of the United States and not considered international fishing destinations, you can buy a fishing license online for either one. However, if you book a fishing trip with a charter boat or fishing guide, it’s a good idea to check with your captain or guide to find out which specific type of license you need to have before you go.
  4. If you want to purchase a Canada international fishing license, you’ll need to remember that each province or territory have different license laws (just like our individual states). In Ontario, for example, the fishing license requirement for non-residents consists of two parts: The purchase of an Outdoors Card and the purchase of a fishing license tag. Be sure to check the license requirements that pertain to the province or territory where you will be fishing.
  5. When planning to take a trip to Australia, it may be useful for you to know that you can find the international fishing license requirements for each of the states and territories on their websites. These include, but are not limited to: New South Wales Fishing & Aquaculture, Victorian Fisheries, Queensland Fisheries, South Australia Fisheries, Western Australia Fisheries, Tasmania Sea Fishing & Aquaculture and Tasmania’s Inland Fisheries Service, Northern Territory Fisheries, and Australian Capital Territory fisheries.

Since you know how to find specific information on buying the right international fishing permit or license, why not start planning your bucket list trip? Your best fishing memories have yet to be made!

What Native Fish Conservation Means For Anglers

What Native Fish Conservation Means For Anglers

Conservation means protecting and preserving the ecosystems, environment and wildlife that we enjoy so they’re around for years to come. As anglers, it’s important that we protect native fish and the waters they need to survive by practicing low impact fishing and by contributing to […]

Children With Special Needs Can Fish Too!

Children With Special Needs Can Fish Too!

Fishing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all people, including those with special needs.  There are few things in life more pleasurable than watching a child with special needs beaming with joy after catching a fish.  It doesn’t matter what a person’s limitations […]

Winterize your boat fuel system for trouble-free boating

Winterize your boat fuel system for trouble-free boating

Video and content provided by Techron Marine
 

In many parts of the country, shorter days and the cooler weather of fall signal that the end of boating season is approaching.  To help protect your pride and joy and ensure trouble-free operation come springtime, you need to properly “winterize” your vessel for storage. The same holds true for anytime you’re storing your boat for an extended period of non-use, regardless of the weather or season.

The key to this process is taking steps to protect your boat’s engine and fuel system — including adding a proven fuel system additive formulated specifically for marine use.  Fuel leader Chevron formulated new Techron Marine Protection Plus Fuel System Treatment for use in all types of gasoline-powered boats. Just one ounce treats 10 gallons of gasoline, stabilizing the fuel for two years while protecting against harmful corrosion and deposits throughout the system.

 

Here’s how to protect your boat’s engine and fuel system:

First, add the correct amount of fuel additive to a full tank of gas.  Keeping the fuel level full during storage eliminates air space in the tank that can lead to issues with condensation.

Next, change the element on your boat’s water-separating fuel filter to make sure you remove any old fuel or accumulated water.  If your boat doesn’t have one of these, it’s a very good idea to add one.

It’s also important to run the boat at speed for a while to make sure you burn all of the old gas out of the engine and fuel lines and give the added fuel treatment time to circulate through the entire system.  If you do this on the trailer or lift while attached to a fresh water supply, make sure to let the engine idle for a good 15 minutes.  If you have access to your boat during the offseason, it’s also a good idea to start it up and run it for a few minutes every few weeks.

 

 

Do these things and you’ll be ready for action when the weather warms up and the fish start to bite again.   Taking care of your fuel system during offseason storage with Techron Marine – and using it with every fill up – will help you enjoy trouble-free boating all year long.

Learn more at www.techronclean.com

Get ready to go ice fishing in Minnesota

Get ready to go ice fishing in Minnesota

Looking forward to ice fishing? You’re not alone. Like you, I am looking forward to waves surrendering to a lengthy siege of ice. When this happens, the bluegill will be the fish that you, I and others catch and keep the most. And because that’s […]

How to Transport Fish from Ocean to Table

How to Transport Fish from Ocean to Table

Debbie Hanson 10/14/2018 Now that you know how to fish, you may want to keep a few of your catches to take home for dinner. This means that it’s the perfect time to learn how to transport fish that you plan to eat. Knowing how […]

8 White Perch Fishing Tips & Techniques

8 White Perch Fishing Tips & Techniques

Photo credit Southern Maryland Fishing

One of the most popular species to target on the U.S. Atlantic coast is a small, silvery fish called the white perch. White perch are a relative of the striped bass, but are smaller in size, typically measuring in at 8-10 inches which makes them an ideal (and delectable) panfish.

They are generally found in brackish waters and freshwater ponds and are most prominent in the Chesapeake Bay and New England region. Here are some useful white perch fishing tips to pack in your bag of tricks on your next fishing adventure!

White Perch Fishing Tips

 

  1. Get your fishing license. A simple, yet sometimes overlooked requirement! you can purchase your fishing license online.
  2. Fish the spring spawn. In April through June, white perch migrate from larger estuaries up into rivers to spawn. This makes for great shore fishing and a denser concentration of fish.
  3. Fish river mouths. Tributaries outflow into bays create a thriving brackish estuary ideal for catching white perch.
  4. Use light tackle. Due to their small size, white perch tend to nibble delicately. Light tackle will allow you to feel the most feeble attempts so you can better anticipate the hook set.
  5. Give them time. Allow your bait to sit as the fish nibbles or else you’ll pull the hook away from them. Set the hook once you feel the perch take the hook.
  6. Try live bait. White perch love fish delicacies such as worms, minnows and shrimp. Try a few variations to see what works best in your area.
  7. Try trolling. If you’re a boating angler, trolling is an effective method for catching white perch. Drift slowly with baited lines in the water until you get a bite.
  8. Quadruple your odds. Try using a sabiki rig to catch multiple white perch at once. Bait each of the tiny hooks with a small minnow and drop down into the strike zone. Set a hook when you feel the strike and drop the line back down to keep fishing.

Try these white perch fishing tips for yourself and you’ll quickly find out why this fish is so fun to catch. It’s also a great species for teaching kids how to fish. Learn more about white perch including where to find them, fishing techniques and types of bait and tackle to use. Happy fishing!

Alycia Page

Alycia Page

Alycia Page is a writer, avid sportsman, and Southwest Florida native where her roots were planted four generations ago. Alycia works as a contributing blogger to numerous organizations promoting tourism, conservation, fishing and outdoor involvement. When not casting lines along the Gulf Coast, she can be found hunting, camping or chasing new adventures. For more outdoor inspiration, visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.

What You Need in a Boating Pre-Departure Checklist

What You Need in a Boating Pre-Departure Checklist

Photo credit Ken Schultz I created my first boating pre-departure checklist some years ago after towing my boat to a local launch ramp and discovering that I’d dragged a 25-foot electrical extension cord down the road for nearly 10 miles. Connected to an onboard battery charger, […]