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My grandfather first took me fishing when I was too young to actually hold up a rod on my own. As an avid camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast I'm always looking for a new adventure.

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Tires of 2021 Reviewed

When you have a boat you want to enjoy it. You want to get your pontoon boat or fishing boat out on the water. What you don’t want to be doing is worrying over the tires for the trailer that tows the boat. We’ve assembled some of the best boat trailer tires on the market…

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Lights of 2021

Boat trailer lights are an integral safety feature for your boat trailer. When you’re hauling your jon boat down the road, no one can see your signal lights anymore. The trailer lights need to be bright and visible to anyone behind you. No one’s going to know if you’re stopping or turning otherwise, right? But…

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The 9 Best Paints For Boat Trailers: Complete Guide

Your boat trailer is meant to be a reliable but low profile machine. It shouldn’t really stand out and especially not for all the wrong reasons. A rusty, ugly boat trailer may still work but it won’t look great. And, if it does get rusty, it runs the risk of failing and damaging your boat….

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The Best Solar Watches

Best Solar Watches of 2021

A fashionable watch has been a well-loved accessory for decades upon decades. Advances in technology have seen some interesting evolutions in watches, allowing for both new looks and new technologies to power them. Though most watches are traditionally powered by a battery that needs replacing, evolutions in solar technology have seen a rise in watch…

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How Set Up a Beach Umbrella in the Sand

Getting a beach umbrella in the sand is easy, right? That’s what everyone thinks before they have to do it. But don’t kid yourself, setting up a beach umbrella is not a simple one and done. And don’t feel embarrassed if you have trouble with it, either. This is a major problem for a lot…

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The Best Hooks for Bass Fishing

Catching bass is never so easy that you can’t up your game. For some of us, it’s an all day affair that ends empty handed. For others, it seems like they’re fish whisperers just pulling them into their bass boats by the dozens. But however it works out, there’s plenty of tips, tricks and gear…

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DIY Kayak Cart: Budget Build

If you’re serious about kayaking, you’ve probably had to portage your kayak at some point. If you kayak frequently, then you have worked your muscles more than once. Getting the kayak to and from the water can be a workout. And sure, they’re easier to carry than a pontoon boat or an aluminum fishing boat….

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The 7 Best Marine Battery Boxes for 2021

It goes without saying you need power on your boat. Whether you want to run underwater lights or a trolling motor. Battery power is essential to keep things working. Important safety equipment like your VHF radio absolutely relies on it. So how do you keep your marine battery safe and secure? You get a marine…

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How to Repair an Inflatable Boat

Inflatable boats have come a long way from kid’s dinghies and the like. Many inflatable boats are not only high quality, but powerful and affordable. It makes sense that you’d want to do your best to take care of them. Maybe you like to head downriver in an inflatable kayak. Maybe you like to fish…

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Ranking The 11 Best Boat Anchor Ropes for 2021

Choosing a good anchor line shouldn’t be a hassle. It’s anchor line, you just want it to hold an anchor! You don’t want to invest a lot of time or effort into getting the right one. But if you get the wrong one, you’ll know. Bad anchor lines can break too easily. They also knot…

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How to Fish Lipless Crankbaits: Ultimate Guide

When it comes to bass fishing, many anglers prefer fishing crankbaits. But not all crankbaits are the same. And catching bass whether with regular crankbaits or lipless crankbaits takes some skill. You need to know the best method for fishing lipless crankbait if you want to be successful. That includes knowing things like: What’s the…

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Best Marine VHF Antennas for 2021

New boaters are often surprised by all the elements they need to get out on the water. It’s easy to overlook everything from a good fish finder to carpeting. VHF antennas are another one of those things we may overlook. But a good VHF antenna is an absolute must on the water. Unlike a handheld…

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Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing

Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing of 2021 Ranked

Fishing for bass is tactical. Although they occasionally move to the open waters, they often like to find cover under rocks, grass, lily, wood, docks, etc. Also, their diet and habitation patterns change with the changing seasons. They are heavy and can put up a fight when being retrieved. Therefore, they require a strong, sturdy…

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MinnKota Maxxum trolling motor

How to Charge a Trolling Motor Battery

If you’re new to trolling motors you may not be sure how to maintain them. When it comes time to charge trolling motor batteries you want to make sure you’re doing it right. The last thing you want is to run out of battery power on the water. Let’s walk through how to charge your…

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Ranking the 11 Best Underwater Boat Lights for 2021

Underwater boat lights have been gaining in popularity in recent years. And for good reason. LED technology has made them affordable and brighter than ever. They’re also easier to install than you might think on something like a pontoon boat. And they do have practical benefits when it comes to fishing, not to mention safety….

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How to Choose Binoculars

We have covered binoculars on the site before. We’ve explained about about how they work and also recommended some of the best binoculars you can buy. But you may be wondering what goes into picking those binoculars. Maybe you don’t need a super expensive pair. Maybe you need a compact pair. Or ones that offer…

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Reviewing The 8 Best Beach Umbrellas

A beach trip can take a lot of preparation. If you’re already hauling a beach cooler and some beach chairs, you want an easy to use umbrella. You don’t want a big, hard to move and heavy thing causing trouble. Or, even worse, flying away in the breeze. Let’s take a look at the best…

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How to Paddle Board: SUP Beginners Guide

So you want to try stand up paddle boarding. It’s a lot of fun and once you get into it you’re going to love it. But it can seem intimidating at first. And, if you tried it once and things didn’t go well, that can be a turn off. But no doubt you’ve seen a…

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8 Best Boat Trailer Jacks for 2021

A boat trailer jack is often overlooked when it comes to boating. Heck, even boat trailers are often secondary considerations. But lifting that trailer up has to be done somehow. Not all boat trailer jacks are created equal. If you want an effective but also safe and easy to use boat trailer jack, it takes…

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The 7 Best Boat Propellers for 2021

Buying a boat propeller seems like it should be an easy task. But there are actually so many factors you need to take into consideration. It can leave you scratching your head. Let’s cut through the confusion and take a look at the best boat propellers on the market today.

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The 7 Best Fish Finder Batteries for 2021

A fish finder is one of the best tools you can use as an angler. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of your job. But if you want your fish finder to live up to its potential, you need power. That means choosing the right battery. Let’s take a look at which batteries…

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8 Best Swim Trunks for Men

Finding a good pair of swim trunks can be harder than it seems. At first, you just want something to wear in the water. Say you want to hop in for a dip off the bass boat. But you want them to not be too heavy, right? No one likes their shorts dragged down in…

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The 10 Best Snorkeling Locations in the World

There are probably several hundred thousand spots to snorkel in the world. In America alone we could list a few hundred great ones. Choosing the best of the best is no easy task. You want a diverse range of options and that includes marine life. Ease of access, and overall fun need to be considered….

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The 7 Best Electric Boat Anchor Winches for 2021

Not every boater thinks of getting an electric anchor winch at first. If you are serious about boating, it really is a must have item. Whether you like to fish on your bass boat or just relax at sea, a winch can be a lifesaver. Manual hauling of your anchor is something any boater gets…

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How to Use a Dive Computer

If you’re just getting into dive computers, there’s a lot to know. They can really take your scuba diving to the next level. But understanding them at first can be a little daunting. And there are a number of different kinds on the market. That makes understanding them difficult. Basically, they all provide the same…

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Guides for 2021

A good set of boat trailer guides can be invaluable. You already know how troublesome loading and unloading your fishing boat can be at the best of times. Doing it with broken or wonky trailer guides is so much worse. Sometimes a DIY guide made from an old 2×4 will get the job done. But…

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Why the Captain Goes Down with the Ship

  Everyone has heard that the captain goes down with the ship. Most of us have probably not stopped to wonder where this saying comes from. Is it just a saying? Is it a rule? And if so, how long has it been around? And most importantly, why was it a tradition at all. There’s…

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Reviewing The 8 Best Sandals For Men

When it comes to comfort and versatility in the warm weather, it’s hard to beat sandals. You can have the option of simple slides or flip flops but they’re not really the same. The support and comfort of a sandal is what makes them a standout. The best men’s sandals are going to look good…

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How to Paint a Boat Trailer: A Step-by-step Guide

  Boat trailers are highly underappreciated pieces of equipment. They’re often relegated to background status. But their role is essential. And they can often cost thousands of dollars. That’s a big investment, so they deserve maintenance and care. Let’s take a look at some tips for painting that boat trailer. Even an old, rusty boat…

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Ranking The Best Boat Trailers for 2021

A boat trailer is not the sort of thing you’ll just look up on Amazon. It takes some digging to find the best boat trailers on the market. And you really need to customize it to your boat. After all, there are literally dozens of kinds of boats. No one trailer can meet everyone’s needs….

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