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Getting Started: Eeling The Surf…

Pictured above: Allowing a live eel to drift with an out-going current drew the strike from this big September striper. Eels are the ultimate live bait for surfcasters. They stay alive out of water, so they can be easily transported from car to beach. They cast easily, and they attract ...

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Shallow Summer Stripers…

Although light-tackle boat fishing dominates in some parts of the country—typically, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico—it still isn’t especially common on Long Island. As a result, my angling buddies and I have enjoyed a lack of competition. Although I fish primarily in densely populated areas that include Manhasset and ...

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Hooks For Heroes…

Pictured above: Approximately 30 members of the FDNY turned out for a Hooks for Heroes event memorializing firefighter Billy Tolley. Bobby Tolley looked past me, out beyond the bow in the general direction of Jones Beach. Ahead of him, toward the pulpit of the charter vessel Capt. Pete, several anglers ...

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Party Boat FAQ…

With many novice anglers working the rails of party boats each season, the captains and crews field a lot of questions. Here’s some important information to know before you jump aboard. What’s the best spot on the boat? Go on a trip with a lot of regulars, and you’re bound ...

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All Night Blues Party…

Leaving the sunset to the stern, party boats throughout the Northeast head out into the gloaming, packed with fares hoping to fill their summer nights with fish. All Night Blues -Photo by Nick Honachefsky “All Night Blues” is a time-honored tradition among party boat patrons. Trips leave around 7 p.m. ...

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Featured Lure: Storm 360GT Searchbait…

Before the early 2000s, Storm was well known for its classic hardbaits like the Chug Bug and Thunderstick. Then, with the introduction of the Wildeye Series, Storm created a new style of lure, the Swim Shad, that changed the way many anglers fished. The Wildeye took the classic boot-tail soft ...

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Profiling Striper Plugs…

Pictured above: Even the same type of plug, made by different manufacturers, can vary greatly in profile. The strike was subtle: a slight double-bump just a few cranks into the retrieve. Instinctively, I set the hook and felt the weight of a teen-sized striper. As the fish beat a path ...

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Cape Cod Kings…

WHOA! DID YOU SEE THAT? Unfortunately, no one did. My kayak-fishing partners weren’t even close enough to hear my question. They were a quarter-mile across the bay, intensely focused, as I had been, on chasing the schools of impossibly fussy false albacore. But, that was okay. More than anyone else, ...

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Spinning Reels Then and Now…

Much can be garnered from an old photograph, like the one above featuring Joe Carrie hefting a 34-pound bass. He is holding a fiberglass surf rod with Perfection wire guides and Neocork grips. Attached is a Centaure French-made spinning reel that is taped to the rod for a warmer grip ...

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