- Published on Friday, 31 May 2013 15:48
- Written by Editor 1
Flight Tips for the Holiday Season
Many divers plan their trips in the winter months, specifically December, so they can leave the cold and dreary weather behind and do some warm water diving in a tropical paradise. This is also the busiest time of year for the airlines and that means passengers are faced with possible delays, missed vacation days, lost baggage/equipment and extensive . . .
In addition to writing these travel tips, diver Kelly LaClaire recently shared a great exotic dive site feature on diving in Grenada, which can be found here.
hmm, how do I put this lightly: security probes and body searches. Unfortunately, my photographer, Kate, and I had to endure all of the above on the trip to do this story. Here are a few tips to avoid the same holiday hassles when flying to Grenada:
- Use a travel agent. Sure you will have to pay a little extra for booking fees but your agent will go to bat for you if any trouble occurs and, if needed, can do your re-booking faster and easier than you can when stuck at an airport due to weather delays, cancellations, missed connections or mechanical problems. Keep your agent’s cell and office phone numbers with you in your carry on so you can call them if you run into trouble. You paid for this service so don’t be afraid to use it.
- Get travel insurance. Again, this will add a few dollars but if you lose a day of travel, like we did, your insurance covers all expenses, meals, clothes and can even refund part or all of your flight costs. If you’re working with a travel company they can set this up for you.
- Be sure to pack your carry-on with two days of extra clothes, your toiletry bag, a swimsuit and any dive gear you deem essential like your computer, reg, mask, shorty - things you don’t want to borrow/rent from the dive center if you can help it - in case your checked luggage is lost. Nothing is worse than a couple days stranded in airports, waiting on planes and stuck in hotel rooms wearing the same underwear and socks.
- Whether you book the flight with an agent, on-line or over the phone yourself (especially with American and Continental) be sure to ask for a seat assignment for each flight you will be on. If they will not give you one or tell you they can’t, something is wrong! Usually this means they have oversold the flight (nearly all flights in December and February are oversold so this is important). Even though you have paid for a ticket, if they do not give you a specific seat assignment, you most almost certainly will be put on standby and may not be able to get a seat once at the airport – the airlines are often neglectful in explaining this so, again, demand a seat assignment or fly with another carrier.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 16:45
- Written by Rick Stratton
I always get confused with when fish are in season (except maybe crab). So I figured I'd share my list, keep in mind this is a changing list, so always check with your state dept. of wildlife when you get your licensing:
- Bass, Codfish, Eels, Flounder, Haddock, Halibut, Salmon, - All the year.
- Blackfish - April 1 to Nov. 1.
- Bluefish - May 1 to Nov. 1.
- Butterfish - Oct. 1 to May 1.
- Carp - July 15 to Nov. 1.
- Herring - Oct. 1 to May 1.
- Kingfish - May 1 to Nov. 1.
- Mackerel - April 1 to Oct. 1.
- Mullet - June 1 to Nov. 1.
- Perch - Sept. 1 to June 1.
- Pickerel - June 1 to Jan. 1.
- Pike - June 1 to Jan. 1.
- Pompano - May 1 to Aug. 1 and Nov. 15 to Jan. 1.
- Red Snapper - Oct. 1 to April 1.
- Salmon Trout - Oct. 1 to April 1.
- Shad - Jan. 1 to June 1.
- Sheepshead - June 15 to Nov.15.
- Skate - Sept. 1 to July 1.
- Smelts - Aug. 15 to April 15.
- Sole - Nov.1 to May 1.
- Sturgeon - June 1 to Oct. 15. Trout - April 1 to Sept. 1.
- Turbot - Jan. 1 to July 15.
- Weakfish - May 15 to October 15.
- Whitebait - May 1 to April 1.
- Whitefish - Nov.1 to March 1.