End of the Season
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 1283 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 27, 2011
Winding down on an awesome year. Reflecting on the good and contemplating how I can stay away from the bad. I have just finished my 'fishing calendar' for 2012 (check out my Jan. tip in the BoatUS Tacklebox Newletter) and I'm looking forward to starting off a new year. Over the next week I will be completing yearly reports for my sponsors and renewing relationships for 2012. If BoatUS ANGLER, Skeeter Boats, Optimum Baits, Ima Lures, and El Grande Lures weren't on my team then I would not be where I am today out on the fishing circuits.
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Knucklehead
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 772 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: December 22, 2011
Anchoring in the dark can be a serious pain in the backside. If it's in the moonlight out on the Bahamas Banks in calm weather with miles and miles of shallow ocean waters and good holding around you it's a pleasure and a beautiful experience. But if it's in a narrow creek in the marsh in the middle of Georgia wilderness, and if it's pitch black and there's an 8 foot tide with a couple knots of current and if unseen shoals extend out from the marsh, well into the anchorage, ready to trap you when the tide changes in the middle of the night, you're not going to be having a lot of fun. This was...... Read More

Tom’s Tips on Buying Flashlights
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 802 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 22, 2011

1. No longer do we have to rely on the bogus billion candle power claims when buying lights.
2. On August 18, 2009, the ANSI/NEMA FL 1 FLASHLIGHT BASIC PERFORMANCE STANDARD was approved as an American National Standard. The National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) www.nema.org says that it is intended to cover basic performance of hand-held/portable flashlights, spotlights and headlamps providing directional lighting. (I discussed it in an article in BoatUS Magazine.)
3. Total light output is expressed in lumens which represent the lights overall visible light energy. This is...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 22, 2011
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 430 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 22, 2011
Attention Snowbirds:
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, AICW Mile 283.1, Night Closures:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs will be conducted at the S.R. 74 Bridge across the AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. The structural repairs will restrict the operation of the draw span in the closed-to-navigation position, each day from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 and ending on Thursday, March 15, 2012; except vessel openings will be provided with at least two hours advance notice given to the bridge operator.; And during the same period, each day between...... Read More

Old Friends
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1064 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011
18 Dec, 2011 - December is busy for a full time guide. My boat has been sold, my new one ordered which involved deciding how I wanted it to be equipped and any changes Skeeter made. I also maintain my deals with my sponsors for the new year and establish new ones as well. This takes a lot of time and communication. I have been very fortunate to have strong supporters like BoatUS ANGLER, Skeeter, DEKA batteries and many others over the last 20 years.
But this time of the year is more than business. It is a lot of fun as I get to spend time on the water in the winter months. Not a lot of boat tr...... Read More

Schooling Anglers
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1202 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011

One of my favorite off-the-water activities is talking to kids. Last month I had a really cool opportunity to participate in Powhatan High School’s Career Day. There were 74 speakers and this was my second year speaking to the kids about my guide service. I was competing with some really cool speakers…police officers, fire fighters, doctors…and even lawyers. But, I had all three of my sessions packed with high school boys…and girls! I was there to fill them in on the inner workings of the business of bass guiding.

I began with my on-the-water curriculum, The F...... Read More

PFDs and Recent Trips
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1246 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011
One of the first things I do when I take on passengers on my boat is something all boaters should consider! First things first! PFDs! I have them out and expect my passengers to put them on. I do give them a choice. Since we are fishing, I offer the Type 1, big orange styles…which are the safest you can wear…but also I offer an auto/inflatable. These auto inflatables are easier to fish with. I explain their operation and ensure they are worn properly. To be effective, they must be worn. After that, I go over safety procedures...Location of and operation of my fire extinguisher. I ...... Read More

Tournaments, Radio Appearances, and National Fishing & Boating Day
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1257 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011
Two FLW buddies, Bill Chapman and Dave Lefebre stayed at my house for the FLW Potomac River Tournament. It was a blast. We were laughing and eating all the time. I got a chance to try out some of my smoker recipes….beef, ribs, and chicken. Man, can these guys eat! But they also are dead serious about fishing. Changing line daily, organizing tackle daily, checking out their boats, daily! After their practice period, we went to National Harbor for the tournament meeting. There I chatted with a lot of the pros! Jay Yelas, JT Kenney, Anthony Gagliardi, Jonathon Newton, and a lot of other guy...... Read More

Fishing for Snakeheads and other trips
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 3539 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011
Guiding is in full swing…I am fishing 5 days a week…taking weekends to catch up, fix stuff and work on my boat. I had electronics trouble. Had to remove software and data from my units and download software. Then reboot and load another software package. Then reload all of my waypoints…we’ll see if that works!
I had an interesting fishing trip with John Odenkirk, biologist with Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Very cool! Went snakehead fishing and took along friend and outdoors writer King Montgomery. We had a blast. King is a great Potomac ...... Read More

Guiding in summer weather
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1292 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 21, 2011
Guiding in hot-humid DC summer’s heat isn’t easy! I’m conditioned for it. But most clients are not! I tell them to bring at least 10 bottles of frozen water! Frozen water will be their ice and will be very refreshing. Also sunscreen! I put mine on every morning in the AC! It’s only applied once. I cover all exposed skin, paying attention to my nose, cheekbones, and ears! I suggest the same to my clients when I call them the night before. I also insist NO ALCOHOL! If this is a deal breaker, so be it. None of the BoatUS insured guides I work with allow alcohol on the boat ...... Read More

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