Jumping Into the Mix
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Posted: February 28, 2013
By Jim & Lisa Favors
We enjoy boating in our home waters of Michigan and Canada during the summer months, it’s one of the reasons we sold our bigger, 40-foot trawler and bought a trailerable boat, we wanted to have more flexibility in choosing where we spend our cruising time. After a full summer cruising in the Great Lakes, a few inland lakes and Canada’s North Channel, the first season we’ve had, in this area, over six years, we were ready to head out again with truck, trailer and boat. We drove to Kentucky to join the Looper procession currently in progress as many mak...... Read More

On the Line
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Posted: February 20, 2013
When the phone rings, sometimes it’s family or friends, often it’s fishing! It could be a writer seeking an interview about anything fishing or it could be a client or contact just wanting to shoot the fishing breeze.
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Time Travel
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Posted: February 15, 2013
By Jim Favors
Have you ever experienced an uncontrollable yearning to return to a favorite place, one that conjures up fond memories and treasured past experiences? If you know what I'm talking about, you'll also be familiar with the magnetic pull to return can be, at times, a little overwhelming. Recently we experienced a gravity-like pull, lightly calling, as a soft recurring whisper, to return to one of our favorite cruising haunts – Mackinac Island has been calling... calling us back to her.


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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 14, 2013
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Posted: February 14, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Waterway Closure: New Dates: Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway:
1. Mariners are hereby notified to use caution and plan their transit of this area accordingly.
2. The closure is related to new bridge construction.
3. The project is located at Lat 27-09-32.11 North and Long 80-15-06.5 West.
4. There will be a daily waterway closure from 1000 - 1600 local time starting 18 February 2013 through 8 March 2013. The waterway will be closed in both directions during these hours. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013) Updated February 8, 2013. See details below in Flo...... Read More

Turn the Page
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Posted: February 11, 2013

Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
Here I go
Playin' star again
There I go
Turn the page
-Bob Seeger
The holidays, the Super Bowl, and Groundhog Day are all in the rearview mirror. If you are anything like me, you’ve had your fill of gloves and heavy coats. I’m already looking forward to flip-flops, shorts and a little vitamin-D therapy. It’s time to turn the page from winter to spring. OK, so maybe I’m getting a few weeks ahead of myself, but it won’t be long before the grass starts growing, the dogwoods are blooming, and the...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 31, 2013
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Posted: February 10, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Miami Boat Show Bridge Schedule:
Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show the East (25.790980° -80.152275°) and West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) Miami, Florida will be placed on a half-hour schedule. The bridges will open on the top of the hour and bottom of the hour from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, Monday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 19, 2013. At all other times the bridges will open on demand. Vessels that may pass without an opening may do so at any time. (7th Dist...... Read More

Charlevoix - A Small Town With A World-Class Reputation
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Posted: February 06, 2013
By Jim Favors
When I think of the perfect, small, all American hometown, I immediately think of Charlevoix, Michigan, located just north of the 45th parallel. Even though we lived and worked in Traverse City, the Charlevoix Municipal Marina was our homeport for many years during the summer months, soon after we began our boating adventures in earnest. Charlevoix has all the charm and characteristics of the kind of place many of us would like to have as a hometown. Although we are no longer seasonal slip holders, "Charlevoix the Beautiful" still has a fond place in our hearts a...... Read More

Louisiana Redfish
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Posted: February 06, 2013
Louisiana has been an annual fall destination for many years and was my home both before and after Katrina. 2012/13 fall/winter produced the most spectacular redfishing I have ever seen! It's safe to say redfish central is the marsh of the Mississippi River Delta! Due to the proximity of deep water to the flats and a variety of bottoms and endless structure (oil rigs) the redfish population is rock-n healthy! If you haven't been I sure hope it’s on your bucket list!
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Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 - BASS Southern Open #1
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Posted: February 06, 2013
Kurt Dove will provide tournament blogs for BoatUS ANGLER this year. The B.A.S.S. Southern Open on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, FL Jan. 31- Feb. 2 was his first event of the year. We hope you enjoy following along in his 2013 tournament season!
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2013 - Lake Toho - B.A.S.S. Southern Open #1
Driving from Del Rio, Texas to anywhere is a haul and it is refreshing to know that BoatUS Angler is always with me. It gives me a piece of mind traveling as much as I do throughout the country. The first event of the season is always a special one. It's the first, it's the excitement of a new y...... Read More

Prudent Mariner
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Posted: February 05, 2013
You're cruising along in a rather narrow channel. You know that the sides come up steeply and that there's no "wiggle room" if you get out of the channel. You've got some very expensive running gear down there which certainly won't take kindly to hitting the bottom. But it's no problem because you clearly see the aid to navigation marking the edge of the channel to your starboard. You also clearly see the next one ahead which shows that the channel wall shifts to port and that you're going to have to alter course to port to head to that next marker and avoid running up on the...... Read More