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End of The Season…

The autumn striped bass run comes on like an insatiable mistress, demanding all an angler’s time and money, putting a strain on his marriage, derailing domestic obligations, alienating the fisherman from the family. Saltwater temperatures keep falling and induce the now-or-never anxiety that makes you take up the rod one ...

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Seasick Swords…

Anybody who tells you they have never been seasick simply hasn’t been in rough enough seas. As a hardened salt, I’ve never actually been seasick before. Sure, I’ve felt queasy in 6- to 8-footers with diesel fumes spewing into my face, but never had I dry heaved or vomited. That ...

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Catfish Moon…

Pictured above: With winter not long off, this flathead catfish couldn’t wait for full dark to start feeding. After briefly interrupting its late-fall feast, Joe Cermele returned the fish to the slow-moving currents of the Susquehanna, where, in a few years, it may challenge the Pennsylvania state record. I’ve fished ...

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SPEAK UP: Managers Consider Allowing Striped Bass Fishing in EEZ…

Issue: NOAA Fisheries is considering removal of the current prohibition on recreational striped bass fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone. Background: Existing regulations prohibit all fishing (recreational and commercial) for striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which begins 3 nautical miles off the coast of the Northeast ...

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Featured Lure: Panther Martin BigFin…

Pictured above This striper fell to a paddletail BigFin fished near the bottom in deep water on a three-way rig. Panther Martin is known across the world for producing a wide array of freshwater lures including its famous series of inline spinners that catch everything from panfish, trout, salmon and ...

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One Last Albie…

By Columbus Day, you can feel the window closing. The increasingly unstable weather, falling temperatures, and migrating baitfish will soon send the false albacore back to wherever it is they spend the 10 to 11 months when they aren’t zipping around the Northeast’s inshore waters. The albie fishing season is ...

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Boating Basics: Channel 16 – Mayday, Sécurité And Pan-Pan…

Above photo provided by Boat Owners Association of The United States Every summer weekend, VHF Channel 16 is punctuated by a mélange of transmissions – some serious, some informational and some meaningless chatter. This month, I’m covering what Channel 16 is for, what Mayday, Sécurité and Pan-Pan calls mean, and ...

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StriperFest 2018 Events…

Yamaha Demo Rides Begin at Falmouth Harbor @9:00 AM Canal Fishing Demonstration 9 AM-11 AM at Sandwich Bulkhead Featuring Roy Leyva of Shimano and Jimmy Fee of On The Water.  Shimano’s surf expert will be demonstrating the ‘Long Cast Surf System.’ Anglers can test to see how much more casting ...

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Test Drive: Old Town Topwater PDL Fishing Kayak Review…

The new-for-2018 Old Town Topwater PDL is a pedal-drive kayak designed for hands-free fishing using the same forward/reverse pedal-drive system as Old Town’s top-of-the-line Predator fishing kayak. The big difference is it’s shorter (10.5’) and lighter (76 pounds with the pedal drive removed). As a result, it can be transported ...

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