East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 21, 2012
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Posted: December 21, 2012
Attention Snowbirds
New AICW Shoaling Reported:
Topsail Island, Hampstead, NC: Shoaling to depth of less than 4.0 ft MLW has been reported between New River-Cape Fear River 99A (LLNR 39548) (34-21-17.526N, 077-40-52.880W) and New River-Cape Fear River 99B (LLNR 39549). Channel width appears to have been reduced to approximately 35 feet. (5th District LNM 51)*
Shallotte Inlet Crossing: Shoaling to a depth of 2.7 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Cape Fear River-Little River Buoy 81 (33-54-24.690N, 078-23-05.511W) (LLNR 40340). (5th District LNM 51)
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Stuff Happens
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Posted: December 19, 2012
When taking into consideration the number of hours we spend on the water as professional anglers and the technological complexity of modern-day apparatus, odds are that...eventually...somewhere down the road...you're going to encounter a situation, some equipment malfunction where you'll appreciate some helpful assistance. It's inevitable, and at this time I can now personally bear witness that it's truly a comfort knowing you're prepared when a breakdown occurs.
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Collins Inlet, Killarney, & Little Current
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Posted: December 15, 2012
By Jim Favors
We pulled anchor in Covered Portage Cove and headed east, through Killarney, out of the North Channel and into Georgian Bay with Collins Inlet as our destination for the day. There are no waterside signs alerting you that you’ve made this transition, other than what you see before you. The visual I’m referring to is the unprotected and wide-open Georgian Bay waters resting to starboard (as we we’re heading east). This area has the entire fetch of the bay at its mercy. The North Channel has Manitoulin Island (the largest fresh water island in the world) to shield...... Read More

Special: East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 15, 2012
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Posted: December 15, 2012
Great Bridge Lock Closure:
The lock at Great Bridge , Chesapeake, VA will be closed to navigation between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Tuesday 18 December, 2012 for removal of debris on the lock floor. Vessels desiring to transit the AICW during the closure may use the Alternate Route of the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The controlling depth of the Canal is 6.0 feet. The Dismal Swamp locking hours are 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. The lock and bridge monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 . Chart: 12206. (5th District LNM 50)

Special: East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 12, 2012
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Posted: December 12, 2012
From the Fifth District Bridge Branch:
SUBJ: SCHEDULED BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS HRD BNM 514-12 VA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) - ELIZABETH RIVER - SOUTHERN BRANCH MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE NORFOLK-PORTSMOUTH BELTLINE RR BRIDGE (AT AIWW MILE 2.6) ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER BETWEEN PORTSMOUTH AND CHESAPEAKE VA WILL BE CLOSED TO VESSELS REQUIRING AN OPENING ON TUE 18 DEC 2012, FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM, TO EFFECT URGENT CABLE REPAIRS. IN THE CLOSED POSITION TO VESSELS, THE AVAILABLE VERTICAL CLEARANCE IS APPROXIMATELY 6 FEET, ABOVE MHW. MARINERS SHOULD ADJUST T...... Read More

Returning to the Elite Series
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Posted: December 10, 2012
It has been a great time out on the water for me the past 8 months... as I have achieved some tournament goals I had been working toward for the past few years. My guiding business has been running on full throttle as well. In 2013 I will be taking on some new adventures and basszone.com provided this media write up recently about them. I thought it would be great to forward to all of my blog readers here at BoatUS ANGLER. Look forward to seeing all of you across the U.S. in 2013.
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Zona & Cockburn: On the Razors Edge
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Posted: December 10, 2012
Southern Illinois’ Travis Cockburn is a highly accomplished outdoorsman. The 40-year-old insurance man has cashed many tournament paychecks in regional events, and he recently arrowed one of the largest whitetails in Illinois history.
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Old Friends
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Posted: December 06, 2012
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 traffic, it&rsquo...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 6, 2012
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Posted: December 06, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
Snows Cut Bridge (AICW Mile 295.7) Reduced Vertical and Horizontal Clearance:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs will be performed at the Snows Cut Bridge (34.055532° -77.899558°) on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 at Carolina Beach, NC beginning 7 a.m., on December 10, 2012 through 5 p.m., on April 1, 2013. To facilitate repairs, a work platform will be installed and the available vertical clearance for the underside of the bridge will be temporarily reduced by four feet to 61 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transi...... Read More

Trailer Lights Bite
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: December 03, 2012
You’re ready to go. The boat stuff is in the boat, the truck stuff is in the truck, everything is tied down, you back up to the trailer and you do stop with the ball right under the coupler and you don’t jam the coupler into your tail light. This is going to be a great day. Until you plug in the trailer lights. Only one or several or maybe none work. Or maybe they all work until you hit the turn switch or the brakes and the trailer lights don’t have a clue. DAMN.
So what do you do? I suspect (I’m only guessing, I have no way of knowing these things) that many jus...... Read More