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  1. Free Fishing Days in 2021!

    Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, thank you for your purchase and for doing your part to support the efforts of your state fish and wildlife agency to make great fishing for current and future generations. Please also consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.

    During National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), all states (and Washington, DC) offer free fishing days. These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license on public bodies of water. Free Fishing Days activities vary by state. For free fishing day Texas, the state releases hundreds of catfish to help beginners catch a bite. Free fishing day California is known for the many varieties of fish made available. Check out the Free Fishing Days 2021 activities in your state to see how your state celebrates this fun-for-all-ages event.

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    Free Fishing Days 2021

  2. Boat Trailer Laws, Rules & Regulations

    The laws regulating the private use of trailers, including trailered boats, are determined by each state, and there are some key differences in those regulations state-to-state. Your first step should be to research the laws for your state and any other states in which you may be towing your boat. This information is available from your state department of transportation.

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    Boat Trailer Laws, Rules & Regulations

  3. Disc brake "Lot Lock". Do you know what that is?

    When pulling a trailer for the first time, or after it has been stored for a extended period of time, please
    check the wheels for “Lot Lock”. This condition can cause the tires to skid on an empty trailer due to
    lack of a boat or other weight. This is common at auto dealerships where cars sit unmoved for long
    periods of time and the brake pads “freeze” to the rotors.

    “Lot Lock” is caused by corrosion buildup between the brake pad and rotor. It is more prevalent with
    metallic brake pads but can happen with organic and ceramic pads as well. This is due to the rotor
    surface of exposed steel not having a corrosion resistant coating where the pads come in contact with
    the rotor.

    Pulling a trailer for the first time that has been stored for a while can easily have “Lot Locked”
    wheels. If the trailer is empty and does not have a boat or weight on the trailer, it will be easy to “skid”
    the tires.

    If possible, test the trailer first by pushing the trailer backward then forward to verify the
    wheels roll freely. If locked, try rocking the trailer back and forth to free the brakes. If this
    does not work, try using a wide blade putty knife to create space between the rotor and brake pads.
    If the trailer has been sitting a long time, it may require the brakes be removed and the pads and
    rotors cleaned.

    To keep your brakes from “freezing” to the rotor:

    • Store the trailer in a protected area
    • If you cover the trailer (and boat) with a tarp, make sure there is air circulation around the
      brake area. A closed tarp can create a “green house” effect and accelerate corrosion.
    • If your actuator uses a “stop flow” solenoid, make sure you have not locked in pressure to the brakes when you disconnect the trailer. This generally happens when backing into a parking space that is up hill.
    • If storing for a long time, consider using a very light coat of spray paint on the exposed rotor surface. Be careful not to spray other parts of the brakes or the trailer. After the paint is dry, rotate the wheels so that the brake pads are on the painted surface. The paint will wear off during the first use.
    • Do not use any type of oil, WD40 or any lubricating coating as this could permeate the pads and reduce braking power.
    • After disconnecting trailer, set actuator to a neutral or “no pressure” position by pulling the coupler out or forward.
    • Check actuator fluid level and add DOT 3 brake fluid if needed.
  4. 12 Most Common Boating Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    We all make mistakes, and there’s a fair chance that sooner or later something will slip your mind and you’ll be uttering “oops.” That’s okay, even the oldest salts on the water slip up now and again. That said, we all certainly want to minimize the mistakes we make, and some snafus are so common we should be on the lookout for them at all times.

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    Common Boating Mistakes

  5. Boating Safety Tips for 2021: Advice from Real Captains

    Feeling confident before you leave the dock is the best way to enjoy boating to its fullest, especially since it allows you to have a stress-free experience. But there are a few somewhat subtle safety measures, tips, and tactics that aren’t always as well-known as the old standbys like “check all your safety gear,” and “wear a life jacket.”

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    Boating Safety Guide