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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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Kayak Tiderunners…

Pictured above: In the spring, weakfish feed on larger baits, so larger lures offer the best chance at hooking a tiderunner. -photo: Eric Harrison One of the main reasons I purchased a kayak eight seasons ago was to learn the weakfish fishery around Long Island. I’ve spent extensive time targeting weakfish to learn their ...

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South Jersey’s Striped Bass Revolution…

For big striped bass in Southern New Jersey, the best is definitely saved for last. My fishing log dates back to 1998, and there are definitely noticeable patterns when it comes to the location of large striped bass congregations along the Jersey Coast. During the late 90s and early 2000s, ...

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I Will Survive…

Pictured above: Unless it’s destined for the fish box, a tuna should not be removed from the water. It’s a scene from every offshore fisherman’s dreams. You’re standing on the back deck of the boat at first light, watching your lures skip over glassy-calm seas, anxiously awaiting the sound of ...

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2019 Boat Buyer’s Guide…

Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing. The idea that there is any boat out there that is better than all the rest is simply a myth. Likewise, there is no such thing as the best fishing boat, best family boat, best ...

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Mellow Yellow…

Years ago, a group of fishermen tired of repainting their striper plugs were looking for a finish that would last longer. One of the fishermen, who worked for the town, painting the double yellow lines on the roads, suggested using the road paint. The heavy-duty paint not only stayed on ...

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Late Inning Stripers And Blues…

By the time Halloween arrives, the fall migration of striped bass is well underway. The fish are heading south, and on the way they’re stopping to feed on the mix of baitfish spilling out of harbors and estuaries. With a large portion of the striper population funneling through Long Island ...

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