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Sailing Knots You Should Know

If you’re a nautical nut, you probably practice sailing knots at home. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone your secret. Sailing knots are extremely useful for any situation at sea. It doesn’t matter if you have a sailboat or a powerboat, you should know at least a few...

The Basics of Standup Paddleboarding

Alright, you want to start paddleboarding. So what do you need to get started? Well, obviously you need a paddleboard. But you will want a few other pieces of equipment as well. Once you get that gear, you will need to figure out exactly how to stand up paddle board....

Economical Fishing Boat Ideas

You’re tired of fishing from the shore. You see everyone out in their boats and kayaks able to hit those hard to reach honey holes. You want in on the action! It’s time for you to get your first fishing boat. Don’t worry if you don’t have thousands to shell out for a...

Kayak Fishing Tips: Gear

You’ve seen them on the water, on tv, in the back bays. They’re kayak fishermen, and, boy, don’t you envy them. They’re as close to the fish as you can get without being in the water. Their gear is simple; a kayak, propelled only by their bodies, light tackle, only...

How to Take Dogs on Boats

Some of us just wish we could take our dogs everywhere. The store, out to eat, the beach. What about on your boat? You know they’ll love it! But there are some steps you’ll want to take to get your pup ready for the open water. Not every dog is meant for the seafaring...

Boating Tips: Navigating New Waters

Moving to a new area and testing out the waters for the first time can be daunting. You can use your sight to stay in the channel, but what happens when you come upon a highly trafficked area? Or maybe you run into an area that looks quite shallow, which locals know...

Waterproof Charts: The Most Accurate Available

The last thing you need when you’re out on the water is to get lost. Getting lost is for roads! On the road, it’s easy to pull over and ask for directions, but it’s not so easy out on the water. It’s important that your boat has the most accurate navigation map so you...

Fishing the Chesapeake Bay

Summary If you are planning a trip to the Chesapeake Bay, you’ll encounter fresh and saltwater fish from largemouth bass to sharks. The best way to find and catch these popular fish, like striped bass, is to use a fishing chart. These are navigation charts that...

Why You Need Marine Charts

If you’re an avid boater or fisherman, you’ve got all the best gear money can buy; rods, reel, trim tabs, GPS, VHF radio. You pour through magazines and blogs searching out more stuff to get for your boat, put in your tackle box, or bring on your next...

Take Your Kids Fishing

If you have kids, you likely go fishing to clear your head and get away for a day (well some of us do anyways). Having kids can be a joy and a pain, but including them in your favorite activities can really get you all bonding. Kids, especially while they’re young,...

Saltwater Fish to Avoid

Wait a minute? There are fish out there I don’t want to catch? I though all fish were up for grabs? We agree, most fish are great to catch, even if you catch and release. But there are a few saltwater fish out there that you really don’t want to find on the end of...

Common Boating Mistakes

If you would rather be out on the water than stuck on land, this article will seem redundant to you. But if you’re just getting started in the boating world, you’ll want to pay close attention. It can be hard to remember all the rules that go along with boating, so...

Fishing Tips: Preventing the Bird’s Nest

If you’ve been fishing long enough, you’ve run into the dreaded bird’s nest. This is the term given to that tangle of line that occurs on the spool of your reel. These tangles are a mess! You’re lucky just to cut loose and save most of your line. There are ways to...

The Best Fishing Magazine

When you get interested in something, you want to immerse yourself in everything you can: videos, books, tv shows, websites, blogs. Another huge source of information that many of us still read in paper form is a magazine. If you are into fishing, you probably...

Trout can be a picky bunch sometimes. Luckily there are tons of trout fishing baits out there. From fly fishing flies that look like worms to minnow lures to crawfish. If you don’t catch anything using one bait, grab another and keep trying. We will give you the scoop...

Barometric Pressure and Bass Fishing

Have you noticed that bass behave differently when a storm is about to approach? This is due to the change in barometric pressure. The fish feel it, unlike us, and react to the change. Pro angler, Mike Iaconelli, said he gets the best bite when the barometer is...

Essential Fishing Tackle

You’ve got your rod and reel, as well as a few lures, what else do you need to go fishing? There are quite a few items you may have overlooked, or not known you needed. We will go over some common fishing tackle items you should keep in your tackle box, just in case....

Largemouth Bass Fishing Rods

Why are largemouth bass such a popular fish? It’s not for their taste, it’s for their fight. For a fish generally weighing under 12 pounds, largemouth bass sure bring their A game. Largemouth bass fishing is popular all over the United States. Almost anywhere there is...