East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 29, 2012
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Posted: March 29, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
Dismal Swamp Canal Open after Three Month Closure:
The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that as of March 19, 2012, the Dismal Swamp Canal (Welcome Center: 36.504459°-76.356036°) is back in full normal operation.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Amelia River SR A1A Bridge (AICW Mile 721) Update:
The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one ha...... Read More

Full Swing!
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Posted: March 26, 2012
I wrapped up my busy February with a few seminars at Bass Pro Shops and a Bass Roundtable meeting with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, picked up my boat and now March has come in like a lion and is going out like a largemouth bass! LOTS of them! This is the best spring ever on the Potomac! I have been busier than ever. The best thing about my trips is everyone thus far has been a regular client. Great to catch up and to move forward to challenge their fishing skills!
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March = Permit
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Posted: March 21, 2012
March in the Florida Keys means permit for the flats anglers/guides.
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 15, 2012
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Posted: March 15, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
Florida Bridge Updates (7th District LNM 11/2012)*:
SR A1A--Fernandina Beach (AICW mile 721.0):Gemstone Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30°37'33.74"N, 81°29'3.19"W) Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida on March 15, 2012. From June 4 through July 15, 2012, this work will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by four feet to 61 feet. This work is expected to be completed by March 15, 2013. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when t...... Read More

Becoming Second Nature
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 15, 2012
By James Favors
Shortly after the beginning of the New Year, Lisa and I packed up our truck, said goodbye to our loved ones, and started on a road trip heading south on I-75. Our initial destination was RV Park Palace, in Chattanooga Tennessee, where we had stored our Ranger Tug, Kismet, for three months of inside, secure, storage. This may or may not seem unusual to you but as long-time cruisers we feel like our boat is an important extension of our chosen lifestyle. Therefore, after only having possession of it for a few months, we felt a little tinge of melancholy for leaving it for three m...... Read More

Money.... Money.... Money
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 15, 2012
By Liz Tosoni
Here in the small bay of Benao, Feel Free bobs at anchor, taking a short rest, en route to Costa Rica.

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Nervous for Behemoth Bluegills
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Posted: March 09, 2012
There’s a good chance that several of you have seen the show I filmed with my sons catching magnum bluegill at The Kingfisher Society’s lake near Laurel Hill, NC. What you may not have been able to see through the TV is how horribly nervous I was.

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Spring Swimbaits
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Posted: March 01, 2012
Swimbaits are my go to 'Big Fish' baits in the springtime. Why swimbaits are so good in the spring?
1. It's formidable. It causes fear in bass and we all know the largemouth bass wants to be the ruler of its domain, so they attack it. When you toss out these good sized lures the bass feels challenged and wants to be sure that swimbait knows it's not welcome.
2. Protecting its bedding area. We have all seen bluegills and large fish be chased away from a bedding bass nest. Swimbaits that are worked slowly around bedding areas will generate bites from the largest females in the area. They want t...... Read More

Feel Free Transits the Panama Canal
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 01, 2012
By Tom Morkin
"Looks like we have a date. We pick up our advisor at anchorage 'F', a.k.a. the 'Flats'. It will be an evening lock up through the Gatun locks and we'll spend the night tied to a mooring buoy in Gatun Lake." Those were the words I conveyed to my shipmates Liz, Terry, Gerry and Tom.

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Last Dance
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Posted: March 01, 2012
By Jim Favors
Lake Powell is rated right up in the top five places we’ve boated. Like most of our boating adventures our time on Lake Powell seemed to vanish before we realized it, ending much sooner than we wanted it to. As we slowly motored westward and out of the narrower canyons of the lake and back toward Wahweap Marina, I couldn’t help but compare the dwindling time we had left to how Lisa must feel when a night of dancing is coming to an end and the “Last Dance” song is played. We were glad for the experience but also sad to have the time soon coming to an end.
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