Size Counts
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 659 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 31, 2011
You’d be surprised what a difference an inch makes.
I remember when I was hard aground going into the eastern entrance of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s always been notoriously shallow around there, and we were practicing safe navigation, but we stuck our Gulfstar 41’s keel into the sand shoal anyway. Well Damn, I thought. (Actually, I think I said it out loud. And a few other things.) The tide was falling and there weren’t any TowboatsUS around then. This was a long time ago. I’d read all the books (the ones that say don’t go aground) and k...... Read More

Toms Tips About Figuring Depths During Boatwork
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 588 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 31, 2011
1. Never drill or nail or screw on a boat unless you know exactly where the drill, nail or screw is going. Penetrating the hull is bad enough, but you could also penetrate an AC power wire, a radar cable, a VHF cable, air conditioning lines and lots of other things that can result in harm to you or at least some very expensive repairs.
1. Never drill or nail or screw on a boat unless you know exactly where the drill, nail or screw is going. Penetrating the hull is bad enough, but you could also penetrate an AC power wire, a radar cable, a VHF cable, air conditioning lines and lots of othe...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 31, 2011
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 680 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 31, 2011
Attention Snowbirds
Fort Pierce North Bridge Hourly Openings:
Due to extensive corrosion evaluations at the Fort Pierce North Bridge, Fort Pierce, Florida, the Fort Pierce North Bridge will be placed on an hourly opening schedule whereas the bridge will open on the top of the hour from 9:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, May 9 through May 13, 2011. The bridge will open on demand at all other times. (7th District LNM 13)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Severe AICW Shoaling No...... Read More

Guide For Hire
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 1210 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 31, 2011
I spent last weekend on my favorite pond, Kentucky Lake. My children went to Washington, D.C. with my Mom and Dad and my wife went for a girl’s weekend with some of her photography friends. Shameless plug: www.melaniegphotography.com. Being left all alone, in utter despair and loneliness, what else is a man to do but go fishing. Originally, I hadn’t planned on fishing a tournament this weekend, but I knew that I could probably still get a spot in the BFL event out of Kentucky Dam Marina if I really wanted to. After my weekend at Percy Priest last week, I was happy to get back on Ken...... Read More

Screaming over 3-pounders
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 1225 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 30, 2011
Have you ever gone 'Ike' over a 3lber? Well if not then you haven't fished any bass tournaments at Lake Norman.
I just returned back home to Lake Amistad from fishing the 2nd B.A.S.S. Southern Open at Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC.
First let me say what a beautiful lake. It is much bigger than I expected and at 38,000 acres the lake fishes huge. I barely saw another boat in practice and never felt crowded in the tournament. I finished 31st of 179 anglers and felt pretty comfortable the whole week considering I hadn't fished the lake before. (I typically fish well on new bodies of water,...... Read More

New Boat and Getting Ready for April
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1134 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 25, 2011
I picked up my 2011 Skeeter ZX225 on March 3rd, driving about 9 hours that day. I also picked up my new DEKA AGM batteries...the best battery technology anywhere…gels that are totally sealed…last longer during the day, charge faster and will provide longer power storage on the water. Most of the pros are running AGM batteries. Took the Skeeter out on the 4th to break in my new Yamaha SHO 4-stroke outboard. I also spent a few hours dumping all of my gear back into the boat. Caught my first fish in the new boat, so it is officially in business. The break in is a very slow first 2 ho...... Read More

Some mistakes...
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 1081 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 23, 2011
In the words of Brad Paisley, “Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Whether you are an Elite Series professional or part-timer like myself, tournament bass fishing presents itself with an almost limitless list of variables to contend with: wind, sun, clouds, temperature, water clarity, seasonal patterns, lures, rods, reels, boats, electronics, hooks, line, knots and, oh yeah, stupid bass that don’t always do what we think they should.

... Read More

2011 Hook n Look Episodes
Contributed by KStricker - This blog has been viewed 2135 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 23, 2011
Ta-Dah!!! All thirteen 2011 episodes of Hook n' Look are complete and submitted to Versus for broadcast. As a television show producer that is always a good feeling, a GREAT feeling really, especially when you're the one editing each tedious frame. It's crazy, you go from enjoying the open water and fresh air of the great outdoors as you tape each episode to a slave in captivity, incarcerated within the confinements of an editing suite.
... Read More

Days that dont start with "Tournament"
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 3870 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 22, 2011
My fishing partner, Jason Sain, and I have a lot of stupid inside jokes. We’ve been friends and fishing partners for so long, that I think we could communicate for days only using the word “Dude” with various inflections. When we fish team tournaments, we usually practice in separate boats and call each other regularly throughout the day to see how the other is doing, and hopefully help put a pattern together.
... Read More

Zona says its the Hap-Happiest Time of the Year
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 1787 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 21, 2011
Right here, right now, this time of the year, is a lot like the opening week of NFL football season for me. I don’t care if you live near Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota where it’s 45-degrees, or Guntersville, Alabama where it’s 75-degrees – your head is swirling like a buck bass on a spawning bed with all things bass fishing.
... Read More

Pages: