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Outdoors: Brush up on your knowledge by exploring 'Boater’s Toolbox’

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 12:34 am | Updated: 6:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

According to a recent BoatU.S. survey of anglers, 83 percent acknowledge that boating safety is a major concern and that the safety issues of greatest importance are the effects of alcohol on boat operators, the use of life jackets, reckless and careless boat operation, and speeding.

To help anglers improve their boating safety and in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Saturday-May 25, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and BoatU.S. Angler offer a free online “Boater’s Toolbox.”

The Web-based learning tool can help anglers who own fishing boats learn important safety matters or brush up on their knowledge.

Toolbox topics include Boating Under the Influence, Life Jackets, Rules of the Road, Hypothermia, Carbon Monoxide, Safe and Clean Fueling and more. To help make learning easier, the teaching tool uses animation to illustrate hard-to-grasp concepts such as right of way and rules of the road.

To take advantage of the learning tool, visit www.boatusangler.com.

STEP OUTSIDE SWEEPSTAKES

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s well-known Step Outside mentoring program now includes a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops.

Anyone introducing someone to shooting, hunting or fishing between April 30, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2007, is eligible to enter the sweepstakes. It is an easy process and details are available at www.huntandshoot.org/stepoutside. Five $1,000 gift certificates will be awarded in January 2008. Deadline for entries is Dec. 31, 2007.

Launched in 1998, the Step Outside concept is based on the premise that men and women who are passionate about outdoor sports — shooting, hunting and fishing ­— owe it to the future of these activities to introduce them to newcomers. To date, the program has been a key element in exposing more than 500,000 people to the field sports.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

The latest updated, revamped and reprinted edition of Arizona Fishin’ Holes, which is a well-read guide on this state’s fishing, is now available.

This compact 6-by-9-inch guide to Arizona’s public fishing holes tells you all the basic information about each fishery, such as the species of fish, size and location of the body of water, what facilities are at the site, and what facilities are nearby.

Whether you are new to the state or just want the latest and greatest information on Arizona’s public fishing waters, this $6 fishing guide is great to have. It is available at all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.

You can also order it at www.azgfd.gov/publications or you can order it by phone with your credit card by calling (602) 942-3000.

Hot spot of the week

Woods Canyon Lake: The last two weeks before the Memorial Day weekend provide the end of the best springtime trout fishing. Chilly mountain nights help keep the water temperatures in the optimum range for trout activity while the warmer daytime temperatures make it pleasant for anglers.

Woods Canyon near the edge of the Mogollon Rim just off Highway 260 near Payson has been providing the best catch rates for stocked rainbow trout. It has plenty of good shoreline access, plus a store, boat rentals and camping. It’s a great place for youngsters to catch their first trout. Try nightcrawlers, mealworms, corn, salmon eggs, Berkley Power Bait, small spinners, and spoons.

CONTACT WRITER:

P.O. Box 859, Mesa, AZ 85211 or aztriboutdoors@hotmail.com

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