Would you like to save fuel, get on plane faster, and beat your competition to the best fishing spots? Thought so. All boat owners can benefit from knowing a few propeller basics, but prop terminology has a tendency to sound an awful lot like math. That’s probably why many of us simply run the prop that's delivered with our boat.    Correct prop diameter and pitch ensures that your fishing boat will plane quickly and reach top speed—allowing you faster access to your favorite spots. The basics aren’t that hard to master, and physics is a lot more fun when…
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3 Reasons to Use a Drift Sock in a Kayak

Wednesday, September 24 2014 11:00 am - for Kayaking
When kayak fishing, using an anchor trolley kit and a drift sock means less time paddling and more time catching! Let’s face it. Boat position is a chore no matter the type or size of rig, but wetting a line from a kayak brings its own challenges. When the water’s over waist deep, two indispensable items for kayak fishing are an anchor trolley kit combined with a sea anchor (also known as a drift sock) In windy and wavy conditions these two affordable items are a godsend. Here are three reasons why. Slow Down A sea anchor slows down drift…
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Standing long hours on carpet-covered plywood can take its toll on the body, especially in choppy water. When renovating my casting deck a decade ago, I removed the seat base; so using a chair or pedestal aren't options. One solution I have found to increase comfort is placing an anti-fatigue mat on the deck. Anti-fatigue mats are available at hardware stores. Quality, size and degree of cushion is linked to price. The model I own cost $40. It has 4-by-3-foot dimensions. Used lengthwise it allows for two anglers. Mat Features to Consider When shopping for a mat opt for one…
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The Ultimate Boat-Control Tool

Wednesday, March 12 2014 12:00 pm - for Boat Rigging
Every year, it seems I spend more and more time using walleye fishing tactics that have me fishing from the bow of my boat – tactics that require pin-point boat control and positioning. Add to that the fact that I have learned that in some trolling situations, controlling the bow of the boat is every bit as important to successful boat control as running the kicker motor in the back of the boat, and it quickly becomes apparent that the bowmount trolling motor is one of the most important boat-control tools an angler can have on his boat. But, not…
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 An organized boat is more comfortable and safer than one cluttered with items on the floor and thrown into storage spaces. In this buyer's guide, I'll discuss some of the basic boat accessories that will keep your vessel organized. Cases, Boxes and Bags for Your Boat Keeping your gear stored in containers is a big part of staying organized while on the water, as well as when loading and unloading your boat. Three storage options are cases, boxes and bags.  Boat storage boxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your individual needs. Cases: A waterproof case…
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Bass Boat Buying Guide

Monday, June 10 2013 11:04 am - for Boating Information
Fishing has gotten good on your favorite lake, and you've been bitten hard by the bass boat bug. A bass boat is a major purchase -- perhaps the biggest recreational purchase you'll ever make. Naturally you want to get the right boat at the right price. But how should you go about getting the best deal on the boat that's right for you? NITRO Boats Multi-species boats. I've been involved with bass boats since the tri-hull days of the late '60's, as a boating-industry consultant and correspondent for several boating publications. And as the owner of over 30 different bass…
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A boat cover with a built-in ultra-violet (UV) inhibitor will prolong the life of your cover by preventing the sun from breaking down the materials. Owning a boat is a major investment. A boat is also your best friend when you're on the water. And, as with all cherished items, you want to protect and prolong your boats value, maintaining its condition for the pride and happiness it provides.  But many boaters fail to realize the benefit of a boat cover. Instead, these individuals are content with soggy crafts and washed-out carpets, as well as dirt, grime and dust. Boat…
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Owning a high-performance fishing boat is mostly a dream for the majority of anglers. In reality, basic aluminum boats are the most common craft you will see at the dock or puttering around the lake. Come join me for "Boat Building 101," and learn some easy ways to soup up that Plain Jane of a vessel you own. Hey, also check out the boat video below about upgrading an aluminum fishing boat. Turning your "Plain Jane" aluminum boat into a performance fishing rig can be as simple as adding a few basic accessories. Creating a Casting Platform for Fishing If…
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Deciding On a Downrigger

Tuesday, April 30 2013 7:00 am - for Boat Rigging
Downriggers allow you to present your lure at a precise depth while trolling. In order to be a successful angler, one must present his or her lure at the precise depth that a fish resides in. Sounds simple enough, but it can be a difficult task to achieve once you are out on the water, casting away to your heart's content. This is where the technology of the downrigger steps in. With this nifty invention, you now have the ability to get your lure down to the magical "strike zone" and having it stay putt, ultimately resulting in more fish…
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Boat Seat Buyer's Guide

Monday, April 29 2013 7:00 am - for Boating Information
Quality boat seats can make a big difference when it comes to boating comfort. Anglers, hunters and pleasure boaters all rely on seats to keep their watercraft comfortable for their back and backsides. Whatever your boat seat needs, rest assured there are plenty of options to fit the bill. This guide provides an overview of the various styles, constructions and uses for boat seats. Boat seats can come basic without cushion, to one with lots of padding for maximum comfort. Materials & Design Before getting to the different types of seats available, it's important to note that you get what…
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