Freshwater Fishing


 

Secrets to Fall Freshwater Fishing

All you have to do is tweak your tactics and your gear a little, and you'll be a committed autumn angler for life. …

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Five Simple Ways To Preserve Fishing

If you've enjoyed fishing all your life, you've got a great opportunity to say thanks and help preserve that way of life for the next generation.…

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Fish & Ski Boat Buying Guide

When shopping for the popular hybrid boat style, appropriately called a Fish & Ski, the key in finding the right boat for you is to decide which will be your primary activity.…

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Winter Fishing Tips

Think Your Fishing Season Is Over Just Because It’s Winter? No way! Follow these great tips to catch your limit in colder weather. …

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Boating & Fishing Charities

We've rounded up a list of boating and fishing charities that need your support.…

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Tips From the Pros

Mariners who spend a lot of time on the water, along with electronics dealers and manufacturers share their tips.…

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Chasing Fish with Marine Electronics

Today even little skiffs venture well out to sea to catch fish that they once could only dream about. …

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Gone Fishin’

There are fish stories, and then there are Fish Stories! …

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Anchorline

News & updates from the editors of BoatU.S. Trailering.…

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Recycled Fishing Line Would Stretch Across America

Nearly 2,700 miles of fishing line has been recycled in one year through the BoatU.S. Foundation's Reel In and Recycle Program.…

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GPS, Fish Finders & Waterproof Binoculars

While every boater's "gotta-have-gear" and wish lists are different, there are a few items just about any boater will find useful, including GPS, Fish Finders and Waterproof Binoculars.…

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Top secrets to finding the best fishing spots on vacation

You know your home fishing hole like the back of your hand, but here are some secrets to finding the best fishing spots when you're on vacation.…

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Be a good neighbor: Know your marina etiquette

There’s only one word you need to know to master marina etiquette: Consideration. If you’ll consider your neighbor’s point of view for a moment, you will usually make the right decision. …

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Keep America Fishing: The Voice of the American Angler

Find out how you can take an active role in keeping our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams open to recreational fishing now and for generations to come.…

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Boating Etiquette: Reading between "The Rules"

There are certain customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others.…

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Get Kids Involved in Family Boating Fun

Learn how you can get your kids involved in family boating fun with these helpful tips.…

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Gearing Up For A Boating Day Trip

Boating is one of the most enjoyable ways you can spend time with your friends and family. All it takes is a little preparation, and your day trip will be remembered for all the right reasons.…

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Bass Fishing: Smallmouth Bass

The smallmouth bass is generally green, brown, bronze, or tan in general color with dark vertical bands rather than a horizontal band along the side. …

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Trolling Motors

Trolling motors are generally small electric outboard motors, frequently mounted on the bow, used to quietly maneuver into fishing areas. …

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Fish Finders

The right fishing boat accessories, such as electronic fish finders, can help to greatly improve your catch at the end of the day. …

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Boat Wear: Foul Weather Gear

Get tips on the proper boat wear and gear for foul weather from a lifelong boater with over 40 years on the water.…

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Fishing: Natural Bait vs. Artificial Lures

Read the pros and cons of using natural fishing bait or artificial lures. Earthworms, grubs, crank baits, spinners, and more are all covered in this helpful article.…

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Tips On Using Marine GPS Based Devices

Marine GPS units are a welcome addition to the boater's arsenal of necessary equipment. GPS is an acronym that stands for Global Positioning System. The GPS is an elaborate network of satellites orbit…

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Freshwater Fishing: Yellow Perch

For many anglers, yellow perch are the first fish to "arrive" in the rivers after the first of the year.…

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Freshwater Fishing: White Crappie

White crappie are sought after by both bank and boat anglers. …

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Freshwater Fishing: Lake Trout

Lake trout are distinguished by their white or yellowish spots on a dark green to grayish background and a deeply forked tail.…

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Livewells & Baitwells

The best livewells are big enough to hold enough water for the fish to remain upright & have some room to move. A baitwell helps keep your bait alive & swimming.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Bluegill

The bluegill is a popular game fish with many fishermen. They are found throughout the continental United States in various lakes, streams and ponds. Bluegills are quite easy to catch and make a great…

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Bass Fishing: Rock Bass

Rock bass have a very deep and laterally compressed body. They usually have red to orange eyes, large, terminal mouth, body coloring from golden brown to olive, with white to silver belly, and 5 to 7 …

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Fishing with Kids: Tips from Bass Pro Kevin Van Dam

Get tips of fishing with kids from Bass Pro Kevin Van Dam. Help the kids stay tuned while fishing, and soon they'll be reeling them in like little pros…

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Bass Fishing Tips: How to Catch Bass

Read 10 of the best bass fishing tips written by seasoned anglers. Learn how to catch more bass with these secrets from the pros!…

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Restoring and Upgrading Your Boat

Increase your "dock appeal" with these helpful tips on restoring and upgrading your boat.…

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Good Boaters Carry Spare Parts

Carry spare parts, be a self-sufficient boater! Read a list of important accessories and equipment to bring aboard with you to ensure safe boating.…

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What Boaters Should Know About Lake Weeds

One common problem shared by all lake shore owners is weed management. Not only can aquatic weeds clog up and potentially damage a boat’s motor, but quite frequently they are an unpleasant sight and a…

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Re-rigging Outriggers

Outriggers are critical fishing gear for trolling that -- unlike rods, reels and lures -- are part of the boat. The easiest way to think of them is as a system consisting of three main parts: mounting…

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When Wind is Your Friend

The wind is blowing and you’re boating. Should you retreat for calmer waters? If it’s choppy but safe, no. Experts say fish are easiest to find along shores taking the full brunt of the breeze. Here’s…

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Fishing Snag-Free

You did it. That super-duper $12 lure is snagged in your favorite fishing hole. Now what?…

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Best Boat Names

You can get a little insight into the psyche of a fisherman by the boat he owns and runs. Here are some boat names to ponder, with some poignant thoughts about each handle.…

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Bass Fishing: Ten Biggest Myths

Every angler group has its widely held fallacies, perhaps none more than bass anglers. That’s perhaps surprising, given the volume of research directed at black bass. Moreover, superbly skilled profes…

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Live Bait: How To Keep Fishing Bait Alive and Healthy

Nothing catches fish like live bait, the trick is to keep it healthy. …

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Why are Boat Shows held in the Middle of Winter?

When looking at the Michigan boat show calendar, you see there are a significant number of boat shows within the first quarter of the year and many might wonder, “Why hold a boat show in the dead of w…

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Marine Lending Consumer Finance Tips (during the US market downturn)

US banks are making boat loans. Yes, there are fewer banks doing this today than one year ago. However, proportionately both boat sales and loans are down so the service capacity for boat loans remain…

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New Year’s Resolutions We Can Keep

‘Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions relate to changing bad habits or attempting to change negative aspects of our lives. It’s time to put a more positive spin onto this ti…

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For the Boater on Your List

Having trouble buying the perfect gift for the boaters on your list? Here are some ideas that will float their boat!…

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What is the Best Fishing Bait?

There is such an assortment of bait that it is difficult to recommend any particular color, size, or type as the best. There are more than a thousand good baits on the market. All will catch fish at s…

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What You Need To Know About Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

If fishing is your hobby, protective eyewear is a must. As your eyes are one of the most delicate organs in the body, you should protect them from the sun's damaging rays as well as from intrusive ele…

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How to Find a Fishing Guide

Need help finding that perfect fishing spot or landing the big one? A fishing guide might be the perfect solution. Follow these tips to find a fishing guide that's right for you.…

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Things to Know About Fishing Charter

Recreation is an essential factor in the life of every human being. The anglers or the fishermen represent the largest single group of recreational seekers, and have a decided advantage over the other…

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Start planning for next summer, NOW!

It’s not off-season for boaters—It’s planning season! What can boaters do to help them through the long wait for the next boating season? If your boat comes out of the water shortly after Labor Day, …

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Clean Water and Access -- The Glue that Binds Michigan Boaters

Whether you own a power yacht, wakeboard boat, fishing boat or sailboat, if you enjoy recreational boating then you share two common interests with all other boaters, clean water and access to it. The…

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DIY: Handy Under-Hatch Tool and Fly Stowage

Small, easily-misplaced items like hook removers, fishing and/or split-ring pliers, and hook sharpeners can be kept organized and quickly accessed if you stow them on the underside of a hatch. The onl…

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No-Mess Baitfish De-Hooker

Capt. George Warren of the Charger out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, came up with this simple yet foolproof way of taking baitfish off a rig without having to touch either the hooks or the fish.…

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Northwest Salmon Derby Series grows to 14 derbies in 2008

There‘s no better way to get out on the water and enjoy some of Washington’s “good news” on salmon fishing than the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Directed by the Northwest Marine Trade Association, a…

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAKES TAKING QUAGGA MUSSEL THREAT SERIOUSLY

The recent discovery of Quagga mussels at Lake Mead and Lake Havasu is prompting water district officials to initiate measures to prevent further Quaggas outbrbeaks. Although they are hardly noti…

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Fall Lay-Up

Nothing is harder on your boat than neglect, and neglect is exactly what recreational boats are subjected to when cold weather settles in. But proper lay-up techniques can minimize the ill effects win…

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Freshwater Fishing Boats

One of the most popular boating activities, freshwater fishing can be enjoyed by experienced boaters and beginners alike. Whether you’re interested in extreme sports fishing or a laid-back jaunt aroun…

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Best Freshwater Fishing Techniques

Before catching fish, anglers must locate them. Unless you live in the middle of the great southwestern deserts there should be a body of fishable water within an hour of your home. You can find fish …

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Best Times for Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

Experienced anglers will tell you that there are "best" times to fish. These "best times" can be related to the amount of sunlight, to warming trends, to depth at which fish are found...…

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Where Do Fish Live?

To catch fish the angler must first locate them. Fish are found nearly everywhere there is water with enough food, oxygen and cover. Near your home there should be a body of water that has fish living…

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Safe Fishing Tips

If using a boat to fish, wear your life jacket and make sure that your passengers wear theirs, too. Inspect waterfronts daily – the natural environment is subject to change without notice. …

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Fishing Tips: Freshwater & Saltwater Fish

Before catching fish, anglers must locate them. Much of North America is within a day’s drive of the oceans, an estuary, or some other marine environment. You can find fish nearly anywhere there is fo…

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Boating is Affordable

Boating is affordable and there’s a boat for every age, lifestyle and budget. Most people don’t realize how affordable boating is: in some instances, you can buy a brand new boat financed for around…

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Tips on Buying from a Certified Dealer

Marine Industry Certified Dealers have earned a reputation for taking good care of their customers. In fact, to become certified a dealership must meet independently verified high standards in everyth…

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Freshwater Fish: Trout

Trout are one of the most sought after angling species and will take a variety of natural and artificial baits. They favor cold, clear moving water—rivers and streams—but some species inhabit the dept…

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Bass Fishing: Largemouth Bass

For sport anglers, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are two of the most prized catches. Bass spend most of their time in lakes and rivers with plentiful fresh water. They tend to congregate in moss…

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Freshwater Fishing - Carp

Although carp have been considered a nuisance by North American anglers, they are highly prized as sportfish in Europe, and can be excellent fighters. A growing number of anglers in the US are becomin…

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Freshwater Fish: White Perch

White perch are an important recreational species and are considered a delectable game fish.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Black Crappie

Fish for crappie, also known as the calico bass, by using a float since they do not always stay near the bottom.…

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Freshwater Fish: American Eel

American eels occur profusely in the Mississippi’s tributaries, including the Minnesota, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Saint Croix rivers, and sometimes in Lake Superior.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Drum Fish, Gaspergou, Sheepshead

Except for color, freshwater drum resembles its marine relative the red drum. The fish is deep-bodied and equipped with a long dorsal fin divided into two sections. The dorsal fin usually has 10 spine…

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Freshwater Fish: Northern Pike

The northern pike is an elongated fish. Its dorsal region is bluish-green to gray in color, shading to white or yellow on the belly. …

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Freshwater Fish - Muskellunge

In general, identifying the hybrid tiger muskie from the muskellunge is fairly easy, though it can be more difficult with some individuals. The tiger muskie is named for the prominent light-colored, b…

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Freshwater Fish - Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel are aggressive fighters once hooked, thus making them an exciting catch. They are active through the winter, under the ice, so they can be caught by ice anglers. …

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Freshwater Fish: Walleye

The large reflective surface of its eyes gives the walleye a sight advantage over other fish. …

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Catfishing Tips and Catfish Species

Many anglers simply love catfish. There are 37 catfish families, with species found in both freshwater and saltwater. Perhaps their most recognized traits are their catlike whiskers, or barbells, and …

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Rod Holders

Using the right kind of fishing boat equipped with the right fishing gear can greatly expand your angling opportunities. …

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Freshwater Fishing Gear: Rods and Reels

With nearly 45 million Americans listing fishing as their preferred leisure activity, recreational anglers outnumber participants in most other outdoor sports. Successful anglers mix patience, skill, …

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Fly Fishing Boats

What are important things to look for in a fly fishing boat? What are the best boats for fly fishing? …

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Freshwater Fishing Tips

There are always plenty of things to keep in mind when angling for the perfect catch, but these basic freshwater fishing tips can help provide a general overview of what you need to know: …

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Ten Tips for Clean and Green Boating

Follow these easy top 10 tips for clean and green boating.…

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What’cha Eating? Bait Matrix

While some anglers lay claim to personal secret bait recipes, there are some “standard” baits that have been widely proven over time. Here are some of the more common ones.…

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Flyfishing Essentials

The word “flyfishing” to many brings to mind bucolic scenes of men in waders standing in a river gorge. But those who know the sport also know that flyfishing from aboard a boat can be even more fun a…

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Chart Plotters for Nautical Navigation

A chart plotter combines the functions of your charts, compass, and GPS into one, easy-to-use device.…

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Fire Extinguishers

The law requires fire extinguishers for most boats—a good idea, if there’s anything on your boat that could possibly burn. Read on to find out which extinguishers you should have on hand and what othe…

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First Aid Supplies

As much as we try to be careful, accidents can happen while we’re boating—usually miles away from professional medical care. That’s why it’s important to have a well-equipped first aid kit on board, a…

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Echo Sounders

One of the great mysteries of boating is wondering what lies beneath us, between the water and the bottom. An echo sounder can help us in our exploration of the world below the depths.…

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Sun Protection

Being on the water’s all about sun and fun, isn’t it? As they say, you can have too much of a good thing—and it’s all too easy to soak up more sun than you should’ve.…

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Fish Finders

One of the great mysteries of boating is wondering what lurks beneath the waves—more specifically, how deep is the water, where are the submerged rocks, and where are the fish? …

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Trolling Motors: Freshwater Fishing Accessories & Gear

A trolling motor is a small electric motor, located on the bow or stern (sometimes both), that’s used for moving a fishing boat through the water quietly, to avoid spooking the fish. …

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Fishing Tips from the Pros

10 All-purpose fishing tips and 5 Saltwater fishing tips from professional anglers.…

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Fishing with Kids: Teach Children to Fish

So you are going to take some kids fishing! You want our future fishermen to have fun, so read these helpful tips on fishing with children.…

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Codes of Angling Ethics

Ethics cannot be dictated. They develop with time, experience, and interaction with others. The following code is offered as a guideline to increase awareness and encourage discussion.…

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27 Ways To Tell If You're A Fishing Fanatic

You know you’ve got the fishing bug bad if your boat costs more than your house! Read DiscoverBoating.com's list of signs that you're a fishing fanatic.…

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Boat Buyer Guide: Tips on How to Buy a Boat

Plan ahead… There are a lot of choices. Allow enough time to explore many different types of boats, and several different brands within each category… This is a big investment that will change your li…

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Fishing Tips: Fighting A Fish

You listened to the bait shop guy and bought his equipment, so in return he offers a hot spot to try. After a couple of casts, you feel a strike and set the hook. The reel screams, and you're hooked u…

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Anchoring Tips

Anchoring is done for two principal reasons: to stop for fishing, swimming, lunch, or an overnight stay or to keep you from running aground in bad weather.…

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