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Using Inshore Baits for Offshore Fish…

Many offshore fishermen make a run to their local tackle shops to grab some ballyhoo before heading deep, but they never consider filling their livewells with some of the baitfish available right in their marina. When I take overnight trips to the canyons, I spend the ...

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Felmlee Lures: An American Classic…

Back in October, I had the good luck to share a fishing charter with Michael Flanagan, the new president of Felmlee Lures, makers of the iconic Felmlee Eel (a classic striper-catcher) and a range of classic fresh and saltwater lures. We talked a lot about why he purchased Felmlee (not ...

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10 Tips for Fly Fishing the Surf…

1: Watch Natures’s Signals I once hit the beach at dawn to find a solitary gull there to join me. Although I started to walk in one direction along the water, the bird flew in the opposite direction, so I decided to change my path and follow it. Within minutes, ...

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Using Big Worms To Find Big Bass…

I’ve never been a big-bait/big-fish kind of angler. I prefer using finesse tactics to catch numbers of largemouth bass as opposed to holding out for a few quality bites each day. However, that changed two summers ago during a day of fishing with a young tournament angler on the Connecticut ...

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Fishing the Salmon River for Steelhead…

Why Brave the Elements? When you consider that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation stocks more than 120,000 Chambers Creek-strain steelhead in the Salmon River system every year and the returning fish can weigh more than 10 pounds, you begin to understand the reason. If that’s not enough, the ...

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Four Steps to Bunker Spoon Success…

I love fishing for striped bass. Casting soft-plastic baits on light spinning tackle is probably my favorite method, but it is not the best way to consistently catch cows. I also fish live baits on three-way rigs, drift eels under Redi-Rig floats, and anchor up with bunker chunks or clams. ...

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Using the Deadly Ned Rig…

The Ned Rig October 12, 2006 was a fateful day for Kansas outdoor writer, Ned Kehde. He cut a 5-inch Strike King Zero stickbait in half and rigged it on a 1/16-ounce Gopher Mushroom Head Jig with a size 4 hook. He gave the other half of the bait to ...

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How to Catch Keeper Stripers with a Tube…

I launched onto Cape Cod’s Brewster Flats at sunrise, two hours before low tide. It was one of those glorious mornings when birds and fish were all around and catching was easy. Approximately a mile offshore in my Hobie pedal kayak, the water was only seven feet deep. When the ...

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How Well Do You Know Bucktails?…

Day or night, spring or fall, New Jersey or Maine—if you don’t have an assortment of bucktail jigs in your surf bag, you are not catching as many fish as you could be. The bucktail jig’s pulsing hair combined with a fluttering trailer looks as alive as any hard-bodied plug ...

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