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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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Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing

Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing of 2023 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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11 Best Underwater Boat Lights for 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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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Reviewing The Best Beach Chairs of 2023

Choosing the right beach chair involves a little homework. It depends a lot on what you like to do at the beach. If you want to stretch out and catch a nap under the sun. If you need a place to store a ton of gear, Or if you just want a place to catch…

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How to Jack Up a Boat Trailer

As you have no doubt just realized, jacking up a boat trailer is not always as easy as you might think. When you research it you are also going to find two different meanings. Do you want to jack up the boat trailer to lift or lower it for towing? Or do you want to…

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15 Best Sunscreens for 2023

In this day and age you need to wear sunscreen. Harmful UV rays are a danger to us all, with sensitive skin or otherwise. You need a solid sun protection factor to help block harmful UVA rays and UVB rays. Otherwise you risk sunburn and skin cancer. There are many types of sunscreen available to…

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What Size Paddle Board Do I Need?

If you’ve finally come around to paddle boarding you’ll need to pick the right board. Like any sport, the right gear goes a long way to making it more fun for you. Or maybe you’re just into it for the great workout. Whatever it is, if you’ve tried a few boards you may have noticed…

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The 18 Best Places to Scuba Dive in 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic saw most of us missing out on the best places to scuba dive. If you’re looking to find a new dive site, or reconnect with an old dive site, we’ve got you covered. The best diving in the world doesn’t have to be on the other side of the planet. Some of…

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How to Install a Fish Finder

So you’ve got the best new fish finder. You got your battery picked out; you know how to use it, you’re ready to go. Now how do you install the thing on your boat? Unfortunately, installing a fish finder isn’t as easy as just setting it on the deck. There are few steps that we…

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How to Clean a Fishing Reel

No one likes to realize that their fishing reel has gotten dirty. Taking it apart to get it clean can be intimidating. This is especially true if you’re not handy when it comes to fishing gear. If you’re worried about getting your fishing reel clean, we’ve got you covered. Reel Cleaning Basics If you want to…

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17 Best Lake Vacations in the United States

What is it about a lake vacation that can make it so unforgettable? It seems more intimate than a vacation to an oceanside resort. It’s like you’re more in control and the world is a little smaller. The perfect lake vacation can be a great fishing trip for one. Or an exciting getaway for the…

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Ranking The Best Tanning Oils of 2023

Tanning oils have come a long way. Once upon a time people might run some sunflower seed oil or baby oil on their skin and head to the beach. Once we learned about the harmful effects of UV rays, the industry changed. That didn’t make tanning oils go away, though. Choosing the best tanning oil…

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The 15 Best Scuba Diving Sites in Hawaii

There are more places to dive in Hawaii than you could hope to visit in one trip. Even if you live in Hawaii, you could spend years visiting the Hawaii scuba diving spots. But if you do plan a trip, there are some real standouts you may want to check out. From wreck diving to…

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Best Compact Binoculars for 2023: Review and Buying Guide

Full sized binoculars can offer a lot of power. The problem is they’re not built for your life, right? The best compact binoculars have to go where you go. You need crystal clear images for bird watching, sailing, and more. That means limited weight and nothing bulky. Check out our picks for the best of…

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Best Two-Way Radios of 2023 Reviewed

Two-way radios or walkie talkies have come a long way. When you were a kid, they were just goofy toys. But modern walkie talkies have a lot to offer. With compact design and easy voice controls, walkie talkies are incredibly useful. So what’s going to be the best way to stay connected when you’re hiking…

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