Yes to Kids. No to Socket Wrenches.
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 1198 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: July 26, 2012
Earlier this month I ran around like James Hetfield at a Metallica concert trying to take care of business at ICAST -- the fishing industry's largest trade show. And this week I'm in tune with all that's going on in Little Rock at the Carhartt College Series National Championship, and it’s got me thinking a lot about a term I hear far too often - "growing the sport".
Here's the deal. We talk about "growing the sport" - but dudes, we ain't doing near enough of it. That's just a fact. Competitive college fishing like the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and t...... Read More

Youth Clinic Fishing Blog
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Posted: July 20, 2012
What began as a vision in 1982, the Jim "Moose" Carden Kid's Fishing Clinic has blossomed into one of Kokomo, Indiana’s largest and most popular community events. During a wade-fishing trip on the Eel River, nationally known outdoor writer Jim "Moose" Carden and fellow writer John Martino discussed the possibility of creating a fishing clinic aimed at local youth. After several more discussions, Carden and Martino decided to seek sponsorship. As weekly outdoor writer for the Kokomo Tribune, Carden approached the local newspaper for their support. Martino, working for t...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 19, 2012
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Posted: July 19, 2012
General Announcements
Deltaville Maritime Museum (Virginia) Fire:
A fire on Wednesday evening, July 18, 2012, heavily damaged this very special nautical landmark and some of its exhibits and artifacts. Check http://www.ssentinel.com/index.php/news/article/fire_destroys_deltaville_maritime_museum/ *
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Moore Haven Lock Work Complete, Okeechobee Waterway Now Open:
With installation of the new Manatee Protection System completed early, the Moore Haven Lo...... Read More

Beat the heat
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Posted: July 17, 2012
In the heat of summer on 100-degree days a lot of my friends ask, How do you do it? Pretty simple. I am conditioned for it and take a lot of precautions before I even leave the house.
II eat a smaller breakfast, starting with a glass of water. This helps me eat less and begins to prime the water supply Ill need for the day. ON the way to the ramp, a cup of coffeeits fluid too! Then it is no stop drinking water. Freezing a few bottles keeps them icy cold and feels really good while providing essential fluid intake.
Also before I leave the house, I apply sunscreen. Doing this in an air-conditio...... Read More

The Perfect Boating Vacation Destination
Contributed by kismet - This blog has been viewed 859 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2012
By Jim Favors
The title to this article alone will stir up more differing opinions than there are people watching the summer Olympics in London this year. For Lisa and I, the ideal winter boating and/or vacation destination is Key West, Florida. If you've been to the southernmost point in the continental United States or if you're a boater who appreciates tropical climates then you probably understand our sentiment. If you haven’t been and just don’t know much about Key West then you should know it’s an island all its own, literally and figuratively. There really is no other ...... Read More

Mexican Booby Trap
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2012
By Liz Tosoni
Isla Isabela, Mexico, 21 51.3 North, 105 54.0 W
Isolated, volcanic, 281’ high Isla Isabela is nicknamed the “Galapagos of Mexico” and no wonder. It is home and nesting grounds to blue footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, brown boobies, red footed boobies, brown pelicans, white tailed tropic birds, Heerman’s gulls, sooty terns and brown noddies. Then there are the native reptiles like the green iguanas and the Mexican milk snake, not to mention the proliferation of underwater life.

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Park Your Arc
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 599 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 09, 2012
Noah didn’t have much of a problem finding a place to park his arc. All he did was run aground and leave it there. Of course he did have a few downsides. He had to go through a bit of inclement weather before he got the spot, and once he parked he clearly had little chance of casting off again. But I don’t think he wanted to.
Now, I’m not Noah. Heck, I’m not even Charlton Heston. To make matters worse, I’m afraid of heights. I would have been really freaking out by the time I realized I’d parked my boat on top of a mountain. However, over the years I...... Read More

Toms Tips About Parking Afloat
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 598 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: July 09, 2012
1. If someone comes into harbor and anchors too close, try to discuss it with him by a dinghy visit so that you don’t have to yell across the water. Yelling, no matter how intended, is often interpreted as hostility or anger and you’re less likely to get good results.
2. If you come into a harbor that’s already too crowded, and you can’t move on because of weather or nightfall, try talking with the skippers of the other boats near which you need to anchor. Explain your situation and ask them for help in positioning your boat so that everybody will be reasonably comfo...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 5, 2012
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Posted: July 05, 2012
General Announcements
ROUTE 30 LIFT BRIDGE, AT NJICW MILE 67.2, Closed to Vessels:
DUE TO STORM DAMAGE, MARINERS ARE NOW ADVISED THAT THE ROUTE 30 LIFT BRIDGE (39.372922° -74.443448°), AT NJICW MILE 67.2, ACROSS BEACH THOROFARE, IN ATLANTIC CITY NJ, WILL BE CLOSED TO VESSELS REQUIRING AN OPENING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE AVAILABLE VERTICAL CLEARANCE IS APPROX 20 FEET, ABOVE MHW. THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IS AN ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR VESSELS WITH MAST HEIGHTS GREATER THAN 20 FEET. MARINERS ABLE TO PASS UNDER THE CLOSED SPAN MAY DO SO AND ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE ARE...... Read More

Propane
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 01, 2012
By Jim Favors
By the time we arrived in Marathon, Florida this past winter, we had owned our Ranger Tug for seven months. We've had fun cruising, trailering, and exploring on the new Kismet; we were rather astounded, though, when we looked back and began to calculate our travels. During this period of time we'd boated in seven states: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Alabama and now Florida. We had towed our boat from the Northwest corner of the United States east to the Great Lakes and then all the way Southeast, to the Florida Keys. Our cruising had been in both fresh and salt ...... Read More