Blind Fishing Boat

Question about Sailing Blind

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Hello Lawrence, I have read with interest of your adventures on the Blind Fishing Boat for several years. I’ve always been fascinated with what you are doing, as I live full-time in North Vancouver aboard my 31-foot sailboat. So far, my friend and I have always sailed together, but we are planning to do offshore voyaging within the next year or two. My friend is sighted, but I am totally blind. Before I continue making inquiries into which GPS/chart plotter…

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Following Bottom Contours with Sound

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The Talking Tackle Depth Whisperer is a handy little automation that provides intuitive audible feedback on important depth changes. I’ve been assisting its inventor for the past several years to get the technology just right, including a plug-and-play version that takes advantage of the NMEA output produced by most modern fish finder sonar devices such as the Lowrance HDS 7 Gen III touch screen sounders that come as standard equipment on the Ranger Fisherman series of multi-species boats. I get…

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Seven Storm Sensing Non-Visual Tips

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I spend a lot of days on the water, which means I’ve had to learn to use non-visual senses to alert me of approaching storms. Sure, you can simply go by the tell-tale storm clouds on the horizon, or the ancient sea-farer’s caution, “red skies in morn, sailors take warn”. But, sighted or not, summer storms can creep up on you pretty fast, and experience has taught me that the track of a really big storm has little to do…

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Friends of the Newly Blind

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Hi Lawrence I just found your site and so far I’m glad I did. One of my best friends lost his eye sight within 48 hrs 2 yrs ago from MS he had no warning signs or conditions before this happened. He hasn’t let it stop him though he just accepted by a service dog school in Michigan and leaves next month for a month of training and plans to return to school in the next couple of years. He…

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Craig Oliver Interviews Lawrence Gunther on Challenges in Change

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Craig Oliver has been working in television for more years than people can count. His interview style and ability to connect with his guests is legendary. Craig asked me to come on his show for a 23-minute interview as he recognized my story was unique. Different in that I don’t represent a person who has found a way to render my being blind inconsequential, or that I dedicate my life to helping other folks who are living with vision loss….

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Questions from a blind kayak enthusiast

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Hi Lawrence, This is XX from San Francisco. I found your website while I was searching about how to set up a boat that blind people can operate. I am a blind ocean enthusiast. I frequently go fishing and kayaking in and around the SF Bay Area. For A while I have been thinking to set up a fishing kayak that I can paddle solo. I read about your porta boat set up and I am wondering what kind of…

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Blind Angler’s International Tournament 2016

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I attended my first Blind Anglers International Tournament (BAIT) organized by area Lions in 1992 shortly after moving to the Ottawa area. I made a lot of good friends that weekend that I still keep in touch with to this day. It was in 2007 that I first fished the tournament in my own Blind Fishing Boat (see the article written in Outdoor Canada Magazine ) [http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/fishing-blind]. I’m still the first and only blind angler to have ever competed in…

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Catfish Fishing from Shore

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It may be the case that Canada’s capital Ottawa has one of the least developed and inaccessible shorelines anywhere in the world, but that doesn’t deter people from fishing. In spite of the limited shoreline access, we anglers still manage to partake in their sport in sight of Canada’s federal legislators and public service mandarins. No Doubt, fishing with friends after work is a great way to end the day. Spring fishing for catfish off Victoria Island behind Ottawa’s Parliament…

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Fishing for Spring Crappy By Feel

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You often hear rumours about anglers who go fishing in spring and catch a hundred Crappy. The first thing we all ask, is where? Early ice-out conditions can be like fishing through the ice. The fish seem to be no where until finally you find them, and then they are in numbers that boggle the mind. Go back two weeks later, and it’s a totally different story. So why are Crappy so hard to find, and what explains their split…

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Feeling Fish Bite using the Dropshot Fishing Technique

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I recently received an inquiry from an angler about to purchase his first dropshot rod and was looking for advice on whether he could use a regular rod, or would need something more specific. I had to stop myself several times from pounding out a quick reply, and after reflecting more thoroughly on the question, I realized there’s no one answer. I personally have and use five different rods for dropshotting. Each is different, and each was adopted over time…

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