Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network navigates the topic of boating safety, with Officer Jim Wiltse of the Fairfield Police Department Marine Unit, Karl Koch, a boating instructor for the Connecticut DEEP, and Donald Peterson of the Penfield Sail and Power Squadron.
The Fairfield Marine Unit was just involved, with the Fairfield Fire Department and other agencies, in rescuing three college students adrift on the Long Island Sound with no life jackets, no radio, no flares and no way of getting back to shore.
Koch talks about the certifications needed to operate a boat in Connecticut, including new regulations governing the towing of water skiers and those riding tubes.
Peterson introduces the Power Squadron, a national source of information on safety and social activities for mariners.
There's also news about a man and a woman in Connecticut arrested for using fake fishing licenses, and the Deerfield River Spey Day in Massachusetts Saturday, June 4, to benefit Reel Recovery, which organizes fishing outings for men living with cancer.
Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.
Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.