You can smell it in the air – it’s officially autumn. As the leaves start to change color millions of Americans hit the road to experience fall’s beauty through a car window. Why not skip the traffic and try a new vantage point? Try taking your leaf peeping trip aboard a boat – It’s easier than you think. Check out our top 8 U.S. waterways for fall foliage, all offering cruising, rental and charter options.
For more information on these destinations and ways to get on the water check out our article: Top Spots to View Autumn Colors from the Water. Continue reading
If you want in on some of the best fishing of the year, don’t put your boat away before the leaves start changing color. Although it can be a little more challenging at times, autumn provides anglers with a chance to land some big fish. The fall feed (when fish eat more than usual in anticipation of winter) is the major reason that fishing can be so good this time of year. We’ve put together a list of some of the freshwater fish that anglers target when the weather cools down a bit:
If you are looking to catch some largemouth bass this fall, keep in mind that most of them are going to be in shallow water because the lake is cooling off and the water is warmer there. This also means that some of the larger bass that would have been in deeper waters throughout the summer will come closer to shore. If the water you are fishing in isn’t clear (muddy or stained), you should target water that is no deeper than about four feet with a lure that is metallic to draw fish in from a distance.
Tackle to use: Spinnerbait, crankbait, top water lures, and swimbaits.
Where to find: Find largemouth bass in many small freshwater lakes, the St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins; Atlantic drainages from North Carolina to Florida and to northern Mexico.
Boatgating at McCovey cove in San Francisco at AT&T Park.
Call it what you want – boatgating, sailgating, sterngating – we call it the best way to get to a game. This unique twist on the tradition of tailgating combines the excitement of game day with all the good vibes boating offers. For fans lucky enough to have teams with well-placed on-water venues, win or lose, there’s still fun to be had ditching the traffic on the road and taking a boat to/from the game.
Here is a list of stadiums whose on-water real estate can’t be beat (for more details on each boatgating-friendly stadium and how-to’s for getting there by boat, check out our article on America’s new pastime: boatgating): Continue reading
Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, September 5 – 7
Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot of fun to be had on the water! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events to enjoy during the fine month of September. Did we miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment and let us know. Continue reading
This is a guest post by Christin Camacho. This post originally appeared on the Redfin Blog and has been re-posted with thanks to Redfin and Weather.com.
With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, millions of boat owners will be fueling up their tanks in preparation for the last big hurrah of the boating season. According to Discover Boating, an estimated 89 million Americans go boating each year. If you’re one of those boaters, you’ve probably dreamed of owning property on a river, lake or ocean and living the ultimate American Dream. To help guide you in the right direction, Redfin worked with our friends at Discover Boating andThe Weather Channel to determine which major metropolitan areas have the most waterfront property for sale, the longest boating seasons, the most boat vendors and the largest boating communities.
But before diving in to waterfront homeownership in one of these areas, be sure to talk to a Redfin real estate agent. “There are a few things to keep in mind before buying a waterfront home,” said Cyndy Stewart, a Redfin real estate agent in Austin. “Most properties will require flood insurance, which increases your overall monthly costs. You should also research how much the water ebbs and flows; if the water levels have been declining due to drought and overuse, your home might not be on the waterfront in 10 years. If your dream is to build a private dock, you’ll need a permit, so you should also do your research on that first.” Continue reading