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Blackfish Bait…

It is the time of year when a t-shirt is no longer a suitable choice to wear on the water and the light-tackle spinning rods have been left on the rack at home. Summer flounder are long gone and the remainder of our gamefish will be departing shortly. However, a ...

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Fishing The Saugatuck Reservoir…

Anglers fishing the Saugatuck Reservoir just north of the dam. Night is losing ground to day as I step over a stone wall and onto a path I’ve taken many times before. The dim light of my headlamp guides the way while I’m mindful of my rod tips and the ...

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Closer Than You Think…

On The Water publisher Chris Megan and I often laugh about how, when I’m standing on shore, trying to cast as far out as I can, he’s in his boat trying to get his plug or eel as close to the shoreline as possible. From there, we go on to ...

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How To Catch Tautog…

What is a tautog fish? Learning how to catch tautog has become extremely popular in recent years, as saltwater anglers target “tog,” or blackfish, not only for their phenomenal filets, but also for fun. A bottom-feeding fish, tog can be found from Cape Cod west into Long Island Sound, and ...

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The Fall Run Night Bite…

Despite it being late at night, the October full moon has made it almost as bright as day. In the light, you see the rip line begin to form as the ebb current builds. Motoring up current of the structure, you slip your live eel into the water and let ...

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Striped Bass Spawning Success Below Average in 2020…

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced results of the most recent juvenile striped bass survey, which tracks the reproductive success of the state fish in Chesapeake Bay. The 2020 young-of-year striped bass index is 2.5, below the long-term average of 11.5. Although the size of the striped bass population ...

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Bluefin Chunking…

Fall presents a wonderful opportunity to head offshore in pursuit of hungry bluefin tuna. These fish are bulking up for a long run south, and in many years this is the most productive season to target them in the Gulf of Maine. It is common to see bluefin tuna of ...

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Kings of the River…

I don’t recall the first time I heard about the Salmon River, but it has fascinated me for most of my life. The idea that king and coho salmon swam only a half-day drive from where I lived seemed impossible. It was a myth, something to be dreamed of, but ...

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The Great Oyster Revival…

Last year, I probably harvested somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 to 700 oysters. My wife and I ate them just about every day for three months straight. It was a mollusk-eating marathon of epic proportions, and I am very much looking forward to doing it again this year. But, ...

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Long Distance Casting…

According to the chart I’d studied that afternoon at the office—at the expense of doing actual work—about 200 feet away from where I was standing, the bottom dropped sharply into a channel. “I can reach that,” I thought, while eyeing the chart’s legend and estimating the distance. But by the ...

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