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Month: June 2019

8 Things to Include On a Small Boat Safety Checklist

8 Things to Include On a Small Boat Safety Checklist

As someone who has been fishing from a small boat my whole life, I cringe if I see any watercraft whose occupants have clearly just jumped in and headed off, maybe with almost nothing in the boat but themselves, and often obviously overloaded. Sometimes I […]

Braid to Fluorocarbon Knot: Steps for Tying the Uni-to-Uni

Braid to Fluorocarbon Knot: Steps for Tying the Uni-to-Uni

Are you wondering which braid to fluorocarbon knot to use when attaching your leader to your line? While there are a few different fishing knots you can use, let’s consider one of the best knots to use for tying light braid to fluorocarbon leader — […]

Tuna Tackle For Beginners: 5 Lures you’ll Love

Tuna Tackle For Beginners: 5 Lures you’ll Love

Tuna are a highly migratory species that can be found around the world⁠—from New Zealand to Nova Scotia and North Carolina to Mexico. There are several species of tuna, varying in size, weight, characteristics, and location. This means that fishing techniques and tuna tackle may also differ depending on these variables and more. If you plan to try your hand at tuna fishing, here is a list of five sure-catch lures to include on your tuna tackle shopping list.

1.    Skirted Trolling Lures

There are many styles of trolling lures from jet heads to chuggers. The bright-colored skirts and metallic features create movement and shine that attract tuna. Rig with ballyhoo or other baits for a more realistic profile.

2.    Diving Lures

Tuna are often found 60 to 100 feet below the surface. When it comes to tuna tackle, add a lipped lure to your trolling spread that will dive deep into tuna territory.

3.    Feather Lures

Lures with a polished, metal head and long, colorful feathers create “smoke” in the water that almost always urge a strike.

4.    Cedar Plugs

A secret weapon in a tuna fishing tackle arsenal, tuna can’t resist the swimming action of these solid wood plugs. Soak in a bait scent for extra effectiveness.

5.    Topwater Plugs

When tuna are busting bait at the surface, tie on a topwater lure and cast into the frenzy. Use a topwater plug or try a popper for extra-attractive water movement

Remember, the lure is the key to getting any fish to bite, but the only way you’ll know is to get out and try different styles of tuna fishing tackle until you find the fishing lures that work best for you. Nothing beats experience! Before you head out, be sure your fishing license is up-to-date get your fishing license online. Tight lines!

5 Best Places to Fish in Indianapolis for Smallmouth Bass

5 Best Places to Fish in Indianapolis for Smallmouth Bass

There’s no better time to find a few good places to fish in Indianapolis (or within a short drive from the city) for smallmouth bass. When the trout streams get too warm for fishing, smallmouth bass are still more than willing to take small in-line […]

Mississippi river boating

Mississippi river boating

Just because it has been called “Old Man River,” the Mississippi River is not just reserved for senior citizens. Well over 2000 miles long and flowing from Minnesota to Louisiana, there are some Mississippi river boating opportunities for everyone. Rivers tend to be more intimidating […]

10 Ways to Participate in Ready Set Wear It 2019 for Safer Boating

10 Ways to Participate in Ready Set Wear It 2019 for Safer Boating

What is Ready Set Wear It 2019? Ready Set Wear It is a family-friendly event that helps to educate boaters about the importance of wearing a life jacket.

Whether you’re just learning how to boat or have been a boater for years, it might be tempting to not wear a life jacket while on the water – maybe you think you’re a strong swimmer or that it simply doesn’t look cool. However, regardless of the type of boating activity, there’s never an excuse to not wear one.

Check out 10 easy ways you can be a safer boater and set a positive example of boating safety while taking part in Ready Set Wear It 2019.

 

  1. Take a safe boating course. Learn valuable tips that can help save your life in unexpected situations by taking a NASBLA (National Association of Boating Law Administrators) approved boating safety course. Many courses are online, and can save you money on boat insurance.
  2. Be sure everyone wears a U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly fitting life jacket (personal flotation device or PFD) while boating. More specifically, make sure that your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved for the specific type of activity you plan to take part in on the water.
  3. Schedule a vessel safety check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons during an upcoming Ready Set Wear It event. Every vessel safety check is conducted 100 percent free of charge.
  4. Know the state boating laws. Rules and laws can differ from state to state and violations can result in ticketing, fines or jail time.
  5. File a float plan with someone you trust that includes details about the trip, your boat registration information, persons, towing or trailer vehicle, communication equipment, and emergency contacts.
  6. Check the latest weather forecast before you leave the dock. You can visit weather.gov for the latest updates in your area, and use a marine radio to stay informed of any weather changes while on board.
  7. Know and follow your boat capacity limit. If you have too much on your boat, the boat may become unstable and capsize.
  8. Always maintain a proper lookout and be aware of other boaters and the environment while boating.
  9. Partner with local outdoor clubs to host a life jacket and water safety presentation.
  10. Help spread the word about the dangers of boating under the influence. Protect your life and others – never BUI. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 19 percent of deaths.

Now that you have a list of specific ways that you can be a safer boater, during Ready Set Wear It 2019 and always, its time to take to the water and lead by example.


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.

Offshore fishing safety equipment every recreational boater needs

Offshore fishing safety equipment every recreational boater needs

Safety on the water is a foundational tenet of boating and fishing. For saltwater anglers who venture offshore, the need for offshore fishing safety equipment increases exponentially as this style of fishing involves various risks and requirements. It’s critical to outfit your vessel with proper […]

Considering Lifetime Fishing License Price

Considering Lifetime Fishing License Price

The best way to learn about a lifetime fishing license price is to conduct some online searches. Simply type “fishing license” and your state and some helpful info will appear. Just as fishing license fees vary by state, so does lifetime fishing license all states. […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month 2019

5 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month 2019

The U.S. Senate formally declared June 2019 as Great Outdoors Month 2019! June is one of the best months of the year for families. School is out, summer is in, and road-tripping family vacations begin. Great Outdoors Month is a celebration of America’s great outdoors and all the benefits it brings into our lives. It’s not only a place for exercise, recreation, and exploration, but it also provides extensive health, social, and economic benefits. Here are six ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month 2019 with your family.

1.    Just get Outside!

Leave the phone at home and enjoy spending time in nature with family doing your favorite activity. Have a picnic, go for a bike ride, or simply hang out in your backyard together. Per Harvard Health Publishing article, one way to improve your children’s health is to spend plenty of time playing outside, appreciating nature, getting sun exposure, doing some excercise, and socializing with other kids. 

2.    #EscapeTheIndoors

Share your adventures on social media using the hashtag #EscapeTheIndoors and inspire friends and family to celebrate Great Outdoors Month. Embark on a family outdoors challenge, plan to get outside for 30 minutes a day throughout Great Outdoors Month 2019 and beyond. It can be as simple as a daily walk or get adventurous and try new activities together.

3.    Go Boating or Fishing

With thousands of lakes across the U.S., fun on the water is never too far for anyone. Share summer skills and make memories for a lifetime, teach your friends or your children how to prepare the ideal bait, how to cast or how to prepare your boat to go fishing.  Find places to boat and fish and enjoy quality time with your friends or family. Share your fishing adventure with other anglers. 

4.    Visit a National Park near you

Our nation’s National Parks are treasures and fantastic learning opportunities for kids. Explore open spaces, discover wildlife, and teach them about our country’s history and why preserving public lands is vital for future generations to enjoy them. Get out to the great outdoors, visit National Park Service to find a park near you.

5.    Join the Great American Campout

Go camping on June 22, 2019, and be a part of the Great American Campout with thousands of campers. Escape the indoors and go camping with your family and friends this summer.

The greatest part about national Great Outdoors Month is everyone has access to the outdoors, anytime, for free. Make it a point to get outside year-round with your family. We only have one ‘Great Outdoors.’ As kids learn to enjoy it, they naturally become those who will protect it for generations to come.

6 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month 2019

6 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month 2019

The U.S. Senate formally declared June 2019 as Great Outdoors Month 2019! June is one of the best months of the year for families. School is out, summer is in, and road-tripping family vacations begin. Great Outdoors Month is a celebration of America’s great outdoors […]