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Go Light To Catch More Coldwater Bass…

Downsize your tackle to catch coldwater bass from the bank. I sat at home, itching to get out and target some early-season fish on the cold, spring day. Given the frigid, ice-out water, I would have normally targeted trout, but on that particular day, I wanted to catch largemouth bass. ...

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Transition Time: Fishing for Fall Crappie…

Follow Fall Crappie to Deep Water Fall is one of the best times to fish for crappie in the Northeast, second only to spring. As the water begins to cool, crappie are on the move. The October crappie bite can be excellent, especially for big crappie. The fish feed hard ...

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Fall Groundfishing On Jeffreys Ledge…

From Cape Ann to Cape Elizabeth, captains are heading to Jeffreys for a late-season mixed bag of bottom fish. As I stood on the dock in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, eagerly waiting to board The Ultimate Catch for a day on the water, I quickly realized this trip was going to ...

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Maryland DNR Striped Bass Survey Shows Healthy Population Growth…

Annual Young-of-Year Survey Tracks Spawning of State Fish Results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey’s index is 13.2, above the 64-year average of 11.7. Striped bass, popularly known as rockfish, is Maryland’s ...

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Big Week…

Large bass, small babies, and so-called friends. It was just after 10 o’clock, on the tenth day of the tenth month when I stepped out of my truck and into the pull-off on the Cape Cod Canal. Although the night was clear, the moon was new, and the air was ...

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Anchovy Angst…

Pictured above: A school of stripers whip the water to a froth as they feed on bay anchovies. Photo by Shawn Hayes-Costello Some of the most visually impressive fall striped bass blitzes are fueled by the smallest baitfish that swim through New England waters. The slow-swimming bay anchovy is a ...

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Chunking Clam Bellies For Back-Bay Stripers…

Chumming with clam bellies is a can’t-miss autumn tactic in New Jersey’s backwaters. It was late June and the heat outside was oppressive. The back-bay fluke fishing had slowed, and I had no idea what to fish for. The tackle shop had a few bags of clam bellies left over ...

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Fourty-Pounders On The Fly…

For cow bass on the fly it’s tough to beat the bait and switch. Hey, Captain, we’re ready to get some forty-pounders on the fly today,” was how the trip started. Pressure for a fishing guide? Heck, yeah! I had booked these guys six months earlier at the Fly Fishing ...

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