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Clear Head, Smooth Sailing

I have always said that one of the best places to hang out if you want a good laugh is a boat ramp on a busy summer day.  I have seen some pretty embarrassing things happen there, boats launched on the concrete instead of in the water, boats that would not come off of the trailer because the tie-downs were still attached, bad backing, water rushing in over the stern, etc., etc.  Practice makes perfect and there are a lot of folks that just plain need more practice.

I observed a regional TBF bass tournament just across the border on the Missouri River in SoDakota one summer.  On a double-lane boat ramp, you would be amazed how fast 50 or so bass boats can be launched and recovered.  Pointy-headed fish biologists that spend a lot of time on the water usually get pretty good around boat ramps too.  However, I have not seen anyone quite as good as the guy featured in these videos and certainly no one as cool as this guy:

I believe those are boating safety commercials that run “across the pond”.  I think they are hilarious.  But notice the messaging–wear your life jacket, use the kill switch, and do not drink and boat!  The videos might be funny, but they teach a lot too!

Hope you have a chance to get on the water, maybe catch some fish, this weekend.  Have fun, but be safe!  GO FISH!

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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