On The Hook
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Posted: March 29, 2013
By Jim Favors
We departed Green Turtle Marina, at Grand Rivers, Kentucky, to sparkling waters and clear blue skies. It had been five years since we last plied the Tennessee River from the Lake Barkley, Land Between the Lakes, and Kentucky Lake south to Alabama. Because we have such fond memories of our previous times in this area we were eager to be back in this beautiful part of the country. Our goal, over the next few weeks, was to return to a few of our favorite towns and marinas, expose ourselves to some of that famous southern charm and above all enjoy Mother Nature as much as we could wh...... Read More

Mar. 14 - Mar. 17 - BASS Elite Series #1
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Posted: March 28, 2013
After being on the road for a few weeks during the first stretch of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series… I am Wwwaaayyy Excited to be BACK! This is a breakdown of how my first event went on the Sabine River in Orange, TX.

Mar. 14 – Mar. 17 Sabine River – B.A.S.S. Elite Series #1
Orange Texas is a pretty cool place… although it is small it has lots of flavor! I really liked the Cajun cuisine and there’s a lot of history in that town. I hope that someday I get back to fish the Sabine on the Elites Series. The crowds for the event were amazing! As far as the fis...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 28, 2013
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Posted: March 28, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Wrightsville Beach Bridge (AICW mile 283.1) Continued Nighttime Closure, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will be closed to navigation each night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., on April 16, 2013 through March 1, 2014; except, vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the ...... Read More

Dock Talk Puzzler
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Posted: March 20, 2013
Wanna hear a tall tale? Just show up at any tournament weigh-in or pre-tournament meeting.
Pre-tournament lies:
"I've caught over 20 pounds every day this week!"
"It's gonna take over 30 pounds to win this tournament easy!"
Post-Tournament lies:
"I shoulda had this tournament won, but I lost three giants!"
"If I only coulda caught what I had yesterday, or the ones my co-angler caught, or the ones I saw on the graph, or the ones that didn't bite...."
You get the point.
David Gnewikow... Read More

Tinker Time
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Posted: March 18, 2013
By Jim Favors
I imagine I’m like most boaters, when I’m home, and not on the water, I have other interests – household chores, social and family events that require my undivided attention. I’m not complaining, quite the opposite, because I thrive on being busy and engaged, I look forward to my time at home. On the flip side, when I’m in the cruising mode, I only have cruising with Lisa, and the boat, to occupy my thoughts and attention. I love being on our boat and in the cruising mode. Truthfully I love it any time I’m able to spend time on the boat, but ev...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 14, 2013
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Posted: March 14, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
GPS Chesapeake Bay Testing, May be Unreliable:
1. The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DCS, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 38-15.684N, 076-28.202W (vicinity of Patuxent Naval Air Station), with a possible impact radius of 14.35 NM from center point.
2. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted as follows:
A. 21 - 22 March 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
B. 25 - 29 March 2013 from1300Z - 2000Z.
C. 01 - 05 April ...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Fixing Metal
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Posted: March 04, 2013
1. It helps to have the right tools.
2. A set of hardened punches is invaluable. They may be used to make an indentation to avoid a drill bit "walking" to knocking out stuck pieces.
3. A hardened pick, such as a larch straightened fishhook will come in handy.
4. A Dremel tool is invaluable. The attachments with industrial diamond will cut even case hardened steel. Be patient and don't let the fitting get to hot. Withdraw if from the work frequently (probably every second or so) to avoid overheating and damage to the cutting attachment. Dremel tools work with speed, not pressu...... Read More

Metal Rot
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 04, 2013
You'd think that manufacturers of boat equipment would "get it” a little more than they do with some issues. Like the issue of metal rot, for example. When you put dissimilar metals together, or perhaps even close to each other, in a salty environment, look out for trouble. There's nothing new about this. You're creating a sort of battery, in essence, and one metal erodes to the other. One place where I've noticed this a lot is on engines. If they're going to do something stupid, why don't they do it on a cheap pocket knife or fishing lure. But no, that would be too easy o...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 1, 2013
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Posted: March 01, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Snows Cut Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at Snows Cut from 19 February until 30 April, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline will run along the AICW channel to the Carolina Beach Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013). NOTE: This is an ex...... Read More

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