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How to Call the Coast Guard
Calling the Coast Guard is something we only want to do in a true emergency, but when you need ‘em, boy are you glad to see ‘em. I’ve had to make the call only three times in my entire boating career: once back when they would still give recreational... Read more
Super-Cheap Fishfinders: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
You may have come across the Shopping for the Right Fishfinder blog I wrote a while back, which went through a number of important factors to consider before you choose a unit. There’s just one problem: you and I both know that the number-one factor for a lot of people is,... Read more
Bait Blunders – Don’t Do This!
I love bait. The smell of chum, the feeling of oily bunker, and the sight of wiggling bloodworms get me all charged up. But fishing from a boat, it’s easier than one might think to ruin perfectly good baits with little more than inattention. Pull any one of these... Read more
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