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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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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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