Tips for Fishing from a Boat


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As an attorney for Chavin Mitchell Shmuely P.A., in North Miami, FL, Rami Shmuely utilizes his extensive pre-suit negotiations and courtroom litigation experience to prosecute personal injury actions for plaintiffs. In his free time, Rami Shmuely enjoys boating and fishing.

Compared to bank fishing, boat fishing offers you a much wider area to practice your craft and land your catch. These three tips will help you land a fish if you are new to boat fishing on lakes.

1. Kayak – If you cannot afford your own boat and do not have a fishing buddy who owns one, consider kayak fishing. Kayaks are relatively inexpensive and much easier to transport than larger boats. Their small size can even prove advantageous over larger power boats, as they can access harder-to-reach places where the fish are not fished as often and may be more willing to bite.

2. Heat – While bank fishing greatly limits where you can cast, boats eliminate that problem. As the day heats up, fish typically move to deeper waters where the temperature is cooler. Tools to help you judge depth include fish finders and topographical maps of the lake.

3. Safety – Regardless of the type of vessel you are fishing from, safety should always come first. Aside from wearing a life jacket, educate yourself on local laws, rules, and wildlife. For example, if you are fishing in Florida, you would want to look out for alligators.

The Origins of Softball

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Attorney Rami Shmuely brings over 13 years of experience to his role as managing partner with Chavin Mitchell Shmuely, P.A., in Miami, FL. Outside of work, Rami Shmuely enjoys biking, boating and fishing, and playing sports such as basketball and softball.

While softball shares many similarities with baseball, its origins actually date back to a Harvard–Yale football game held on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. After hearing that Harvard had beaten Yale, a Yale alumnus is said to have thrown a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter. In response, the Harvard fan swung at the glove with a broom handle. This action led to an impromptu game of “softball” played on a chalked-off baseball diamond at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago.

A reporter named George Hancock participated in the game and later developed early rules and equipment for the new sport. As the game gained popularity, it was known by names such as “mush ball,” “diamond ball,” and “kitten ball,” but the term “softball” eventually caught on around the late 1920s.

The Amateur Softball Association helped standardize rules for the sport, which became popular worldwide between the 1930s and the 1960s. Softball made its Olympic debut in the 1996 Summer Games, but it was later dropped from the Olympic roster. Luckily for fans, however, the sport will return to the Games in 2020.