Indiana Edition

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Boating

Florida Sharks After Dark: Ramp Up The Excitement!

I went on a shark fishing charter once several years ago during a trip to Florida and caught some and it was fun. Yet it just didn’t satisfy the itch I get when I think about catching sharks. For one thing, it was mid-summer and it was hot. REALLY hot. The trip started in the morning and continued into the afternoon, and we absolutely baked in the midday sun. It felt like I was...

Rivers and Streams – Public or Private?

As summer heats up and temperatures climb many Hoosiers gravitate to rivers and streams for a variety of recreational opportunities - and with good reason. Think I’m kidding, just drive by almost any bridge or public access site. Indiana’s moving waters are also an important part of the geography and...

The Domino Effect: Great Lakes Water Diversion

The term in this title was invented decades ago when the threat of world domination by Communist governments seemed real. Everyone has seen rows of dominoes lined one after another, sitting on end, each capable of tipping over, striking the next and starting a chain reaction on down the...

Trailer Safety Chains- Safe Enough?

Almost all boat trailers come with safety chains. Almost all tow vehicles come with special loops in their trailer hitch assembly to hook the chains once the trailer’s coupler is attached to the ball hitch. Almost no trailers ever pop loose from the vehicle on which they are being...

Birds on Board

I’ve heard when a bird lands on a boat it’s really a visit from a dead relative, reincarnated as a wren, robin or some other kind of bird. This came to mind on a recent fishing trip when, for the first time this year, I had a bird pay...

Opinion

Tony Goff on Boat Ramp Etiquette

From our Facebook Live interview at the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show: we talk to Tony Goff from Red Dirt Bait Company about how not to be "That Guy (or gal)" at the boat ramp.  Entertaining stuff (as always) from Tony!

Common Sense Fall Boating

I’m not an advocate of the government passing laws to make a legal mandate out of what should be common sense. There’s no law against hitting your thumb with a hammer, though common sense dictates it’s not a good idea. At least in our area, there’s no law that...

Wear that darn PFD!!!

When it comes to government regulations, I’m solidly on the Libertarian side of the political spectrum most of the time. Sure there are some very good regulations and there are regulations only a bureaucrat could think up or enact. Currently, the regulators are in control. More than 20,000 federal...

Plan “B” For Winterizing Boat Fuel

Every year at this time almost every outdoor magazine runs a story about how to winterize your boat and boat engine. That’s for good reason because there’s nothing more frustrating when spring arrives after a hard, Indiana-style winter than heading down to the lake for the first outing of...

Trailer Boating – Are You Ready for Lake Michigan?

I had a TV crew on my boat in early April a few years...

Beware of E15- Coming To A Pump Near You

Ethanol/gasoline blends have been available since the 1970s. Back then, it was an oil company...

The Heartbreak of Boat Envy

I have a problem, a secret that has been hidden for many years. Actually, as...

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