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Ice Fishing Electronics…

There are some major advantages to having a sonar unit on the ice. You can easily determine bottom depth and locate drop-offs, holes, and humps that can concentrate fish in winter. A sonar display can also help you locate hard and soft bottom areas and the important transition zones between ...

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Bob Popovics’ Tips For Fly-Casting The Surf…

Many coastal fly-rodders consider surf fishing to be the ultimate challenge. Pumping on a Guatemala sailfish, throwing a fly to a humongous tarpon, or wading a pretty grass flat for a bonefish are all high on the totem pole, but they require a fat wallet and many hours of travel. ...

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Ice Fishing for White Perch: Everything You Need to Know…

White perch can be found in fresh waters throughout New England. Sebago Lake in Maine and Lake Champlain in Vermont both hold huge numbers of whites. New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee is well known for regularly producing white perch heavier than 3 pounds. The current Massachusetts state record, a 3-pound, 8-ounce ...

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The Bunker Handbook…

In recent years, adult Atlantic menhaden flooded into Northeast waters in massive numbers. From Maine to southern New Jersey, this big baitfish was at the top of the menu for big stripers. Once again, it’s looking like a boom year for bunker in the Northeast, so make sure you’re primed ...

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Becoming a Marine Conservation Officer…

Pictured above: To guard against disease for both the consumer and oyster beds, farmers must comply with both ambient temperature and harvest limits for their operation in Little Egg Harbor. Officer Nicklow conducts random testing to insure compliance. Growing up in the city, I learned how to fish and hunt ...

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Discover Lake Hopatcong’s Knee Deep Club…

Pictured above: Knee Deep Club members show off the grand prize from their annual raffle (circa 1960) My relationship with Lake Hopatcong began more than 20 years ago. While driving to one of my favorite ponds in Sussex County, I took a detour. Instead of following Route 15 North, I made ...

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Classic Plastic…

Pictured above: Photo by Mike Azevedo In an age where fluid dynamic simulations, 3D printers and space-age polymers are all used in designing new lures, we tend to forget about where some of our favorite “new” lures got their start. Some surfcaster favorites like the Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow, Shimano ...

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OTW’s Most Popular Instagram Posts of 2018…

Below are the 10 most popular photos posted to the On The Water Instagram account in 2018. Thanks to all of our followers who tagged us (#onthewatermagazine) and messaged us with great fishing photography throughout the year. A new fishing season starts in just a couple weeks, and we can’t ...

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Sand Eels And Sauries…

Pictured above: Captain Bobby Rice with a summer bluefin jigged up around big schools of sand eels. As the sun rose over Stellwagen Bank, dozens (if not hundreds) of bluefin rose with it. Everywhere I looked, tuna vaulted out of the water, seeming almost gleeful as they sucked in mouthfuls ...

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A Grain of Truth…

“Fly-fishing has gone bonkers,” a friend recently said as a fly-shop owner showed him a half dozen or so fly lines. Deciding on the “right” line was tough, and the dealer’s advice was simply, “Over-line the rod. Go one or two sizes heavier, and you’ll cast a mile.” The concept ...

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