Chris Riley

Lifestyle Editor Expertise: Boating | Water Sports | Outdoor Lifestyle Highlights:
  • Lifestyle Editor and Content Curator
  • Specialist in Boating and Outdoor Hobby Industry
  • Advanced Open Water PADI Certification
  • Entrepreneur
Experience: Chris Riley is a Lifestyle Editor and founder of, specializing in boating, outdoor sports, and hobbies. Chris heads up a team of industry research experts, curating a comprehensive platform and industry anchor. caters to professionals and passion hobbyists alike. Chris’ experience on the water spans his life and career, with sailing, fishing, surfing, and diving as his prime passions. He’s combined digital-research with his sailing and water-sports expertise, to curate the best in gear, boats, gadgets, and nautical knowhow for his international readership. Based in Rogers, Arkansas, Chris lives in the Ozarks and is surrounded by the Buffalo and Mulberry River, not far from Beaver Lake. When he’s not putting outdoor enthusiasts at the helm of their passions, you can find him on, under, or alongside the water. Education: Chris’ entrepreneur-ship sailed at age 12. Since then, he’s captained innovative projects, navigating his prime passions: sailing, water sports, and outdoor living. He received a first-hand education in boating and water sports, sailing to over 50 islands and travelling to 70 countries. He has his Advanced Open Water PADI Certification.

Articles by Chris Riley

Suunto 7

Ranking The Best GPS Watches for 2023

Smartwatches are not created equal. While some can include basic apps that will meet the everyday user’s needs, only a dedicated GPS sports watch will provide the type of useful data required to help elite and amateur athletes achieve their training goals. Apart from seamlessly interfacing with smartphones and providing basic notifications, the best GPS…

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7 Best Soft Coolers of 2023

Whether you plan to spend the day at the beachside, pool, or park, or you want to go fishing on a sunny weekend, a cooler bag can keep your food and drinks chilled throughout your outdoor event. You don’t have to worry about dragging hard-plastic coolers for one-day trips, and you shouldn’t have to endure…

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Best Earplugs for Swimming in 2021

Best Earplugs for Swimming in 2023

Swimming is quite a popular recreational activity for many people. Approximately 91million adults and teenagers (over 16 years) swim in oceans or rivers every year in the United States. Regular swimming comes with major health benefits, a few of which include boosting your mood, minimizing anxiety, and reducing insomnia to help you sleep better. Whether…

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Berkley PowerBait: Which Should You Use?

With so many artificial baits to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones are worth trying and which ones should be overlooked. Berkley PowerBait has been around for many years, but because there are so many options of artificial tackle to choose from, there are still many fishermen who have yet to…

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Best Fishing Canoe

Best Fishing Canoes of 2023

For some, fishing is a way of life. If you’re among this group, or even if you’re just a hobbyist, then you might be interested in the unique experiences offered by a fishing canoe. A canoe is a great way to slow things down, and an accessible way for anyone to head out on the…

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Flambeau Tackle Box

Flambeau Classic 3-Tray Tackle Box Review

Tackle boxes are a great way to keep all of your fishing gear organized, especially if you are one of those anglers who enjoy trying a little bit of everything if nothing seems to be going right. Tackle boxes have changed over the years. They used to be plastic with open, unorganizable compartments, but now…

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Ascend 10T

Ascend 10T Sit-On-Top Kayak Review

Kayaking is a great and affordable way to enjoy a day on the water while also getting in a workout. Kayaking is an ideal cardio routine for those who may want to switch up their workout regimen, especially on nice days. The Ascend 10T is a sit-on-top kayak that is stable, easy to maneuver, and…

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About the Barnacle Buster

Barnacle Buster Review

Your boat and motor will need proper care and routine maintenance if you want them to last. Affordable maintenance can prevent expensive issues from occurring, and that’s exactly what the Barnacle Buster will do. Marine growth is a dangerous and costly side effect that occurs when vessels remain submerged in water without proper care and…

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Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass: Ultimate Guide

Did you know that there are about 800 freshwater fish species in North American waters? Out of all these, Largemouth Bass (also known as Micropterus salmoides) just so happen to be the most popular among anglers. A five-year survey conducted by the U.S Census Bureau, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),…

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Ballyhoo Fish

Ballyhoo Fish 101: Ultimate Guide

There’s a good chance you have seen ballyhoo fish and likely not realized it. Ballyhoo fish are small halfbeak fish that skip across the water when being chased by predatory fish. Even though this helps the ballyhoo fish to escape, it also brings attention to other predatory fish nearby. This is bad news for the…

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Drown and suffocate are often used interchangeably when they really have two different meanings. To drown means to die from a lack of oxygen through inhaling water, typically due to being submerged in water. To suffocate means to die from lack of air or being unable to breathe. While they are similar emergencies that both relate to not having enough air, they are two completely different causes of death. This is why a fish technically can’t drown in water, but they can suffocate. Do Fish Actually Need Oxygen? When we hear the word “oxygen,” we typically think of it in its gas form in the air, but oxygen isn’t limited to just being found in the air. Oxygen is found in water (it’s the O in the chemical compound for water H2O), which is often overlooked because oxygen is not commonly associated with liquids as much as gases. Regardless, because fish are living organisms, they need oxygen. They just don’t need to get it in the same way we do. Fish get oxygen through water, and they can become sick if the water surrounding them is not oxygenated enough. Do Fish Have Lungs? Fish don’t have lungs the same way we do. Instead, they have gills. Gills are located on each side of a fish’s head shortly before coming to the first pectoral fin. The set of gills have blood capillaries which act as an oxygen receptor. When the capillaries receive the oxygen in the gills from the water, they absorb the oxygen into the bloodstream and trade it out with the excess carbon dioxide found within the fish. So, while fish don’t have lungs, they have a respiratory system similar to ours. What Are Labyrinth Organs? Labyrinth fish are finned freshwater fish that are in the Perch classification. They are called labyrinth fish because they have a labyrinth lung-type organ that allows them to breathe air. How Do Fish Breathe and Get Oxygen? Fish breathe by absorbing oxygen from the water through their gills. If there is not enough water to pass through the gills, the body of the fish (mainly the bloodstream) won’t get the oxygen it needs to survive. This can cause the fish to suffocate even while it is in water. If you are fishing in cold or deep water, it can be common to catch a fish that has a full swim bladder when it is pulled onto your boat. A swim bladder is an air bladder that contains oxygen and allows the fish to maintain its depth in the water. The swim bladder ultimately creates buoyancy and allows the fish to remain in the same place with little effort. When catching and releasing a fish that has a full swim bladder, the fish may not be able to return to the depths of water it was in before it was caught. This can ultimately lead to the fish being unable to get enough oxygen through its gills, causing the fish to suffocate even after being put back into the water. Some fishermen recommend squeezing the air from the air bladder to ensure the fish can return to the depths it was in before, as well as absorb the amount of oxygen it needs to survive. Can Fish Actually Drown? No, a fish cannot technically drown, but it can die in water due to suffocation. There are many reasons that this can happen. Reason #1: Damaged Gills Gills to a fish are like lungs to a human. We need them if we want to breathe, and damage can make breathing more difficult. A fish can suffocate if it has damaged gills because the gills won’t allow enough oxygen to enter the body and replace the carbon dioxide. Reason #2: Live Plants Taking Up Oxygen This is related mostly to aquarium fish. If you have many live plants in your aquarium, you may be inadvertently suffocating your fish. Live plants can take up oxygen and reduce the amount of oxygen found in the aquarium, so you’ll need to find ways to add oxygen back into the aquarium to protect the fish. Reason #3: Overcrowding This is another condition related to aquariums. If you have too many fish in your fish tank, your fish won’t be able to get the adequate amount of oxygen they each need. This can cause your fish to suffocate. Fish Suffocation and Drowning: Understanding the Difference and How it Happens Fish need oxygen to survive, and they get their oxygen through the oxygen in the water. When a fish dies in water due to a lack of oxygen, it is not considered drowning. Drowning occurs when your lungs fill with water and cause you to stop breathing oxygen. A fish needs to absorb water to be able to breathe, and they need that water to have oxygen. When the water doesn’t have oxygen, they suffocate, just like humans suffocate when we don’t breathe enough oxygen. So, while a fish can’t die from drowning in water, it can die from suffocating in water due to a lack of oxygen. How Do Fish Gills and Their Other Organs Work? Fish gills work by following this simple step-by-step process. 1. Fish absorb water through their mouths, gills, and other openings in the body. 2. The gills take the water and separate the oxygen from the carbon dioxide. 3. The oxygen from the water goes into the bloodstream of the fish and replaces the carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. 4. The absorbed water then exits the body of the fish through the other side of the gills and goes back into the water. The water's oxygen level must be higher than the oxygen level in the fish’s bloodstream for it to absorb oxygen. Signs of Low Oxygen in Water Having an aquarium is a great way to add enjoyment to your home. Low oxygen in the water is often a common issue among many residential aquariums. If you’re afraid your aquarium may have low oxygen, examine your fish for any of the following signs: ● Rapid gill movement/labored breathing ● Lethargic ● Eating less or not at all ● Staying at the top (surface) of the water more than usual or for most of the day These are tell-tale signs that there is low oxygen in the water. Failing to fix this will eventually cause your fish to suffocate. How to Improve Oxygen Levels in an Aquarium If you suspect your aquarium has too little or too much oxygen, you can fix it in the following ways: 1. Only stock the aquarium with the maximum number of fish allowed (or less). Too many fish will decrease the oxygen levels in the aquarium. This is why it is important to have no more than the maximum number of fish within the aquarium (the less, the better!). 2. Use long aquariums rather than tall aquariums. Oxygen is generated on the water's surface area, so the more surface area there is, the more oxygen will be created. 3. Use a bubbler, stream, or any other water movement tool within the aquarium. Bubbles are filled with oxygen, which is an easy way to get oxygen back into the tank and circulated throughout the water. 4. Make sure the temperature in the aquarium is correct. Aquariums that are too warm will typically have less oxygen than aquariums that are too cold. This can seem tricky, especially if you have an aquarium full of tropical fish. We recommend using a fan or an air chiller for those times when the temperature in the water creeps up higher than it should be. Conclusion The next time you hear someone say that fish can drown when they don’t get enough oxygen, you can tell them that it’s not that the fish drowned from lack of oxygen; it’s that the fish suffocated from lack of oxygen.

Can Fish Drown in Water?

Drown and suffocate are often used interchangeably when they really have two different meanings. To drown means to die from a lack of oxygen through inhaling water, typically due to being submerged in water. To suffocate means to die from lack of air or being unable to breathe. While they are similar emergencies that both relate to…

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Plano 3600

Plano 3600 Review

There’s a good chance that when you envision a tackle box compartment, you likely see the Plano 3600 tackle box. It is the go to storage box for anglers and boaters alike, which is why it continues to be successful today. Plano makes multiple sizes in their Stowaway utility boxes ranging from their 3400 series…

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Apex Elite

Ardent Apex Elite Baitcast Reel Review

Baitcaster reels are often intimidating because of the method required to stop the spool from spinning when casting the line. It’s not uncommon to experience backlash (often called bird nesting) when learning to cast a baitcaster. Backlash occurs when the line continues to cast while the spool has stopped spinning. This causes a tangle known…

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About the Abu Garcia Pro Max

Abu Garcia Pro Max Low Profile Baitcasting Reel Review

Any fisherman who uses a baitcaster reel knows that Abu Garcia makes arguably the best baitcaster on the market today. Abu Garcia makes a variety of baitcaster models, including the Ambassadeur, Revo, and Black Max models, just to name a few. Today, we’re going to focus on the Pro Max model and dissect the ins…

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Best Time to Buy a Boat

When is Best Time to Buy a Boat? Tips For Finding a Deal

Buying a boat is an exciting experience, because you get access to an awesome new hobby that opens up an entire new part of the world for you to explore. But, like with any purchase decision, there are ways to do it right! In this article, we’re looking at the best time to buy a…

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Best Underwater Scooter

Best Underwater Scooters of 2023

In this article, we’re checking out one of the coolest aqua gadgets in the world – the underwater scooter. Have you ever dreamed of jetting around underwater like a dolphin? Well, that’s a very specific dream, but it’s possible! An underwater scooter is a handheld tool that helps you propel you through the water with…

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Best Beach Coolers for 2023

Hitting the beach is one of the most enjoyable summer activities. Lay in the sand, soak up the sun, and do some fun water activities. But if there’s one thing that you don’t need at the beach, it’s hot food & drinks. A beach day without a proper cooler detracts so much from the experience,…

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Best Tasting Freshwater Fish

Best Tasting Freshwater Fish to Eat

If you like to fish for food, then taste is always going to be one of your top concerns. In this article, we’re checking out the tastiest freshwater fish! Fishing is a sustainable and natural way to gather your own food, and few things are more satisfying than serving up a meal made with fresh…

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Best Waterproofing Spray

10 Best Waterproofing Sprays

A boat is a big investment, and you want to do everything in your power to keep that investment safe. In this article, we’re checking out an oft-overlooked product for keeping your boat safe and dry – waterproofing spray. Waterproofing spray is an essential tool for extending the life of your boat cover. We’ll start…

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Sabiki Rig

Ultimate Guide to Sabiki Rigs and How To Use Them

The Sabiki rig is a cutting edge fishing technique that was first used for baitfish angling in Asia. Sabiki rigs have grown to be known as flasher rigs by a great section of the fishing community. They are the absolute fishing tackle and are now employed all over the world. The rig consists of flies…

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Best Headlamps of 2023

Adventure does not end with the setting of the sun. The real adventure starts in the dark. In which case, you will need a reliable source of light. A headlamp is a must-have tool for adventure in the dark. Or even to easily access the not-so-well-lit parts of your home. Whether you are an avid…

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The Best Bug Repellents of 2023

A boat is a great investment that should bring joy, fun memories, and epic tales of conquests and escapades under normal circumstances. Whatever the motive for being on that boat, it is never to be invaded by pirates. Once they take over the boat, you are at their mercy, and your luxury cruise suddenly changes…

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How to Tie Braided Fishing Line to Monofilament or Fluorocarbon

How to Tie Braided Fishing Line to Monofilament or Fluorocarbon

Have you been wondering how to tie a braided fishing line to monofilament or fluorocarbon? There is a very good chance that you have; every avid angler asks themselves such questions. There is also a very good chance that the very next question you asked yourself after that is, “why do I need to learn…

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Best Hammocks of 2023

Nothing beats a relaxing swing on the hammock as you kick back, watch the skies, and breathe fresh air. There are different types and styles of hammocks available to suit your relaxing needs and space. Whether you are looking for a hammock for your patio or one to place between the two trees in your…

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Best Aloe Vera Gel

Best Aloe Vera Gels of 2023

Aloe vera is one of the most amazing plants in the world. It has many health benefits that not all people know about. Though we always see skincare products with aloe vera, it is an ingredient that is always taken for granted. The best aloe vera gel is not only effective but also contains more…

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How to Tie Braided Fishing Line

How to Tie Braided Fishing Line

What are the key properties that come to your mind when you think about the ideal fishing line? For the most part, you will probably use words such as strong to describe its features, which means it doesn’t break easily even when dragged across rocks and other underwater debris. It also gives little stretch, which…

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Thermocline - Everything You Need to Know

How To Find The Thermocline For Better FIshing

What is Thermocline? To understand the thermoclines, you need to understand the term fully: it’s a combination of two words, “thermal,” which means heat, and “cline,” which means a layer of degradation. Thermocline is a transitional barrier or layer of water in which the water temperature changes rapidly and is very different from the warmer…

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Best Spinning Reel

Best Spinning Reels of 2023

Fishing is a wonderful hobby that everyone can enjoy! Even if you know the perfect time to fish, you cannot catch anything if your equipment is not up to par. One of the most crucial parts of your fishing equipment is the reel. Without the best spinning reel, your chances of catching a fish are mediocre….

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Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board of 2023

Whatever your mood for the beach is, you know there’s an endless possibility for adventure. For instance, you can dive in for some fun water adventures or spend some relaxing time on or by the water. You can also drop your rod, race, and do some paddle yoga. Look no further than the best inflatable…

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Transom Saver

What is a Transom Saver And Do I Need One?

The transom saver is a device that protects your boat’s transom from stress or eventual damage from forces exerted on it by the weight of the outboard while you are trailering it. There is a great deal of impact on the transom from weight shifting as the outboard bounces constantly while navigating rough terrain, bumps,…

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