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How To Work And Live In A National Park

How To Work And Live In A National Park

Have you ever been to a national park and wished you could live there? Maybe even work there? Well when I was younger I worked on Yellowstone National Park and that is what sparked my interest in working in the outdoors. So I sat down with the head of Marketing for Xanterra, Rick Hoeninghausen, and he explains exactly the steps to apply to live and work on a National Park.

If you have ever wanted to work on any of the following National Parks, you need to check out this podcast on how to apply there: Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Glacier National Park, The Oasis At Death Valley, Cedar Creek Lodge, The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rocky Mountain National Park

How to Help The Bahamas

How to Help The Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian is still over the Bahamas and from the videos that I have seen it is unbelievable how bad it is. I thought a good podcast for today would be How To Help the Bahamas. The ways in which you can help are through supplies, finances, time or physical efforts and the organizations you can give to are coming together now.

How To Get Into Kayak Fishing Feat. Josh Thomas

How To Get Into Kayak Fishing Feat. Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas of Vibe Kayaks lives by the motto; “getting more of out there and less of in here,” and he joins me today to talk about one way of “getting more of out there” which is kayak fishing. I asked Josh what his quick little introduction to kayak fishing would be and he gave me some great pointers on how to get into kayak fishing and what factors to consider. When looking into kayak fishing you need to decide what you are going to use the kayak for, there are many different kinds of boats, and similarly, many different kinds of kayaks. What kind of water are you going to be fishing in? What kind of fish are you fishing for? How do you want to rig your kayak? Do you want to be standing and stable or paddling and quick?

How To Fish From A Paddle Board

How To Fish From A Paddle Board

When you go down to the Florida Keys it is common to want to go into the Everglades. Sometimes when there is a cold front and the weather isn’t ideal it can be a fantastic option to go back up into the Everglades and explore the No-Motor-Zone. Over the years Rich and I have tried many different crafts for the area but none have compared to the paddle board. With the shallow waters and the dynamics of the area you are trying to fish, a paddle board is the perfect craft for the job.

Boat Ramp Etiquette

Boat Ramp Etiquette

Today I wanted to talk about boat ramp etiquette - things like how to back your boat in, how to get ready and how to avoid altercations or frustrating other people. The boat ramp is a place where everybody is pretty excited, you have professional fishing guides there who have their system down and can get their boat in and out pretty quickly.

That is exactly the way you want to do it whether you’re a professional fishing guide or a rank amateur. Here is a way for you to start your day at the boat ramp in the best way. So here are some bullet points from this How 2 Tuesday.

5 Things To Be Successful

5 Things To Be Successful

It’s not the biggest or the most - success as a fishing guide is not that you catch the biggest or the most fish. The most important thing you can do is showing your customers a good time. Give them a great experience, this means that they will return to you. That is then how you have a successful business. Have happy customers.

How To Extend Your Guiding Career

TOM ROWLAND PODCAST

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“Many guides have overuse injuries in their shoulders or back. If you can exercise those muscles and joints when you are not on the water it will help prevent those injuries".”

Podcast Synopsis

It may sound silly but the recipe for extending your guiding career 10 more years is simply taking care of yourself. Taking care of yourself means that when you are out on the water you are staying properly hydrated. I used to take a gallon of water on the boat with me and I would not get off the boat until I finished the gallon. Hydration is key because it is something that will take its toll after several days of guiding.

Getting proper exercise outside of guiding - many guides have overuse injuries in their shoulders or back. If you can exercise those muscles and joints when you are not on the water it will help prevent those injuries. For example, if all you’re doing is constantly pulling (pulling a boat), and if that is the only exercise you are giving your shoulder then you will get an injury, but if you exercise by pulling up or push-ups to exercise your shoulder in other forms.

But the most important thing you can do for a career spent outside is protect your skin. Especially if you work in the Florida Keys or any tropical environment. The danger is that guides who work in tropical areas become more used to the sun and can deal with it better and causes them to be less cautious and that is where the damage really comes in.

Luckily there have been some huge advancements in the clothing that is available for anglers - they are lighter, dry faster and many include sun protection up to spf 80 or even more. Cotton in my experience is about spf 8 - so the sun will certainly go through that.

I prefer to cover up instead of using chemical sunscreens. I don’t like the way it gets in my eyes or my mouth, and I don’t like having to remember to re-apply. What happens a lot with guides is you will get out there in the dark and the fishing is really good and the next thing you know it’s 11 and you’ve forgotten to apply sunscreen. That’s a lot of sun you’ve just been exposed to. So I like to cover up, specifically using the Buff Gear face protection technology. This has solved a problem that we used to use bandanas for that would leave a lot of exposed parts on your neck. The Buff covers all of it. There are few things that I will turn back around for if I forgot it on the dock, the Buff is one of those things.

So there you have it, take care of yourself, get exercise, protect yourself from the sun and get exercise.

-Tom Rowland

How To Create A Fishing Buddy

How To Create A Fishing Buddy

The first thing you need to keep in mind when you’re out fishing with your kids is that it’s their day, and not yours. Their fishing trip should consist of the things they want to do, even if that isn’t fishing. Think of this as a learning opportunity to expand their knowledge on marine life and what the ocean has to offer. This can include going to the sandbar, looking for critters under rocks, etc. 

How To Learn to Navigate A New Area

How To Learn to Navigate A New Area

Start by navigating in your marina, or dock, in small, consistent circles. When you are first starting this step, make sure to bring your boat back to the dock before 2 pm., as there will be a glare forming when the sun starts to set. After about a week of continuing this technique. see if you are completely comfortable with doing small circles in the glare, and in the dark. Once you are familiarized with this step, expand your circle, and repeat the same process as before.

How To Choose The Right Boat For You

TOM ROWLAND PODCAST

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“ Every boat is a compromise; every boat is going to have it’s benefits and drawbacks.”

Podcast Synopsis

One of the most asked questions I have received is “what boat should I buy?”. The best boat for anyone is dependent on a variety of factors, as well as compromises.

The first thing that anyone who wants to own a boat needs to realize is that every boat is a compromise. To see which one may be the best for you, ask some questions. The first question you should consider is the type of fish you want to spend the most time fishing for. If you are interested in shallow water fish, like bonefish or permit, then a skiff or small bay boat may be good options to keep in mind. If you are planning on fishing solo, buy a boat that has a trolling motor. Then, think of other things that you may want to do in the boat, how many people you might like to take, are those people kids, dogs or what?

To determine the size of the boat you may want, consider how many people you want to take out on the boat. Think about the type of activities you would like to do other than fishing, if applicable. Other factors like live well storage, speed, rough water handling, fuel capacity and more become considerations.

Bay boats are a versatile style of boat which can sometimes be taken in deeper waters, but make sure the weather is nice before doing so. If fishing in deeper waters is your primary goal, a true offshore boat will be a better choice.

It is confusing…All of these considerations should be thought through before ever even worrying about which manufacturer you like. I hope to help you narrow down the style of boat may be a good choice for you before diving deeper into quality, ride, dryness and fit and finish.

See you on the water,

-Tom Rowland