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Five tips for Reading the Water
Being able to read the water isn’t just important for fishermen, it’s an important talent for all boaters. It can help you avoid running aground, lose speed due to currents, or anchor in an inappropriate area. Oh yeah, and then there is that fish-catching thing. Just in case there... Read more
Unexpected Gems from the Miami Show: LilliPad, and SonarCharts Live
You expect to find cool stuff from major manufacturers at a major boat show, like all the goodies I told you about last week in Hot News from the Miami Boat Show. But one of the neat things about big boat shows is stumbling across the unexpected gems. And... Read more
Hot News from the Miami Boat Show
My last week was spent in Miami, Florida, attending the Miami Boat Show, checking out all the cool new boats and marine goodies on display. And I can sum up the show with one word: wow. Actually, three words work better: wow, w-o-w, and WOW! There was truly a... Read more
Fishing Boat, or Speed Boat? Yes!
These days, it’s hard to tell whether some center consoles are fishing boats, or speed boats. Triple outboard rigs have become common, quads are popping up all over the place, and max horsepower ratings well over 1,000 have become normal. Are these fishing boats, or are they really speed... Read more
The Miami Boat Show is Just a Week Away!
Welcome, everyone, to the Miami boat show. Next week in sunny Florida, thousands of new boats, cool accessory gear, and mind-boggling marine electronics will go on display. No, we can’t all be there – but I will (I haven’t missed a single Miami show since 1995) and don’t worry,... Read more
How to Hot-Rod a Fishing Lure
Do you modify your fishing lures, to make them more effective? If so, you need to know about hot-rodding. And if not, well, you should. In one episode of the Got Bait? fishing series, we show how to hot-rod and rig a soft plastic fishing lure, step by step. Here’s... Read more
Is Your Boat About to Have a Heart Attack?
On a boat, electrical failure isn’t too far off from a heart attack – and many boats are always one jiggling wire away from this ailment. That’s because boats aren’t like houses or cars, which sit in one place or coast down smooth asphalt. Boats roll, pitch, slam, and... Read more
Stupid Things NOT to do on a Boat
Is stupid had a per-gallon price, it would be something like $0.01. There’s lots of stupid to go around – too much – and you don’t even have to drill, frack, or even search very hard to find it. Darwin Award-level actions aside, on dry land it usually doesn’t get us... Read more