A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation’s waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love. (https://www.takemefishing.org/)
Every year during the first full week in June, anglers and boaters celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week. This national, week-long campaign promotes and celebrates the importance of recreational boating and fishing and encourages safety on the water. There are days set aside when you can enjoy fishing free of a license and locally-held events like how-to clinics, competitions, parades and festivals.
Participating in recreational boating and fishing contributes greatly to conservation. The recreational boating and fishing industry and participants contribute billions of dollars a year towards conservation through taxes on purchases of gear and gas, while the industry employs hundreds of thousands of Americans. These funds have also helped the government purchase over 300,000 acres devoted to public boating and fishing, as well as fish production and research. Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation CEO and President Frank Peterson says, “Fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity among adults and by providing events and resources during National Fishing and Boating Week, we hope everyone from curious beginners to experienced anglers and boaters will feel inspired to get out on the water.”
From June 2-10, 2018, grab friends and family and get out on the water! These fun toys and accessories for your boat will keep kids, as well as adults entertained all day.
When the fish aren’t biting, even the most seasoned fishermen can get extremely frustrated. If you aren’t catching anything, sometimes sitting in the hot sun without even a wiggle on your line can get very boring—especially for first timers and children. Make their first time…or second or third…exciting and rewarding with a fish finder. The Garmin Striker 4 is one of the best GPS fish finders on the market for its price point. Using high-frequency sonar, the Striker 4 displays incredibly clear, color images of what is underneath the water. The highly-visible display provides detail and accuracy in depth, identifying types of fish and even helps you pick the right tackle with the speed check feature. An automatic flasher alerts you of the depth of the fish. You can find fish, mark and return to hot spots, boat docks and ramps and share waypoints and routes. It works equally well in small crafts like kayaks, as well as pontoon boats in both fresh and salt water. With a $119.99 MSRP, this easy-to-use fish finder is the perfect accessory for the recreational angler with any sized boat. Price: $99.98
Many sportsmen’s coolers are extremely expensive and require considerable thought when choosing one. Classic cooler manufacturer, Igloo makes a line of marine-specific rugged coolers that hold their own for less than half the price of a roto-molded cooler. The Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler is made with an ultratherm insulated lid and is stain and odor-resistant. Offering more choices than competitors, the Marine Ultra cooler is available in a roller or non-roller option from 28 quarts to a whopping 94 quarts, with the most expensive retailing for less than $200. When shopping for a boating and fishing cooler, you want one that will keep ice frozen for long periods, even on the hottest of days, has rust-resistant hardware, is all-weather durable, easy to haul and transport, easy to clean and has non-skid/non-marring feet. The Igloo has all these features, plus more. The Igloo Marine coolers are UV-resistant, include a fish ruler, have marine-grade hinges and are even made in the U.S.A. The 54-quart size holds 83 cans and ice up to four days. It is everything you would expect from Igloo, plus more and you don’t have to spend an arm and leg to get it. 54-quart pictured, Price: $42.61
There’s something about songs in the summer—they remind of us school breaks, parties, good times, first loves, freedom and vacation. Tunes turn up our turnt up times. For those without Serious XM or other satellite radio subscription on their boat or need a portable speaker, you want one with a great sound and is waterproof. The UBOOM Bluetooth speakers are innovative, bright and produce a clear, crisp 360-degree uninterpreted sound. The Ultimate Ears BOOM Bluetooth speaker is easy-to-use, keeps a charge for up to 15 hours and is IPX7 waterproof rated up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. You can use the control buttons on the speaker itself, remotely control play, pause, volume, off and on and skip songs from your smartphone and even use voice commands through Siri, Alexa and Google Now. With a reach of 100 feet, you can step away for a phone call without interrupting the music. Using the free app, you can sync and connect more than one BOOM for more surround sound and control the speakers from one device. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with MICRO USB port. A full charge takes 2.5 hours. The only thing we’d change about the BOOM speaker is adding an alkaline battery back-up. Price: $99.99
For the ultimate on-the-go party, invest in the battery-operated frozen drink blender from Margaritaville. It is five o’clock somewhere and when you have a portable, cordless frozen beverage mixer you will never be without your favorite libation. There are so many more uses for this machine than just the boat—beach, RVing, camping, the cabin, festivals, parties, pool-side, picnics, potlucks, tailgating and any other types of travel. Create the perfect margarita, daiquiri, Pina colada or smoothie anytime, anywhere. The cordless Margaritaville blender comes with an 18-volt rechargeable battery. On one charge it will make 60 drinks or 20 pitchers. Pre-programmed drink settings save your favorite blends for a perfect frozen cocktail every single time. The 36-ounce pitcher holds either one drink or enough for everyone. It will mix fresh fruit to the perfect consistency and even shave ice for snow cones. It’s easy to use and includes the famous Margaritaville margarita recipe. You will be the life of the party when you show up with your cordless margarita blender, we promise! Spare parts and accessories, including extra batteries, are available. Price: $499.00
From beginner to thrill seeker, World of Watersports (WOW) provides a single-rider towable that converts easily from a cockpit-style to deck tube that all ages and abilities will enjoy. Designed for maximum comfort, security and fun, the Tri Pod has an innovative design which allows users to adapt to whatever type of ride they want. First, sit inside the tube and attach the wings. For those younger kids or those nervous adults, the wings add a great amount of stability, making it harder to tip over. This flex wing system gives riders better control, stability and steerability when skimming over the boat’s wake. Remove the wings for even better steering capabilities, and a faster, more thrilling ride. Zip the two wings together for a deck, or platform-style float, which riders can lay on or kneel. This ride is super-fast and allows you to get plenty of air! The Tri Pod is constructed of heavy-duty PVC with a nylon cover and includes double-webbed foam handles with knuckle guards and full-size EV foam pads. It quickly inflates and deflates for storage and transporting. For the price, you won’t find a more versatile towable. Price: $152.13
Make this the best summer yet and start by celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week. Invite youngsters and beginners and teach them how to fish or just simply enjoy a fun-filled, relaxing day on the water. Either way, know you are doing your part to contribute to conserving one of our most precious natural resources.
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