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Offshore At Night…

Photo above by Joey Manansala The change is subtle at first, as the thin white haze at the bottom of the fishfinder screen thickens slightly. As the night sky grows darker, though, the screen grows whiter. Soon, everything below the thermocline is clouded up; next, the thermocline becomes obscured by ...

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The New Wave of Saltwater Swimbaits for Big Stripers…

Versatile, capable of catching quantity and quality, and simple to use, paddle tail lures have been some of the hottest baits for stripers over the past several years. The paddle tail isn’t anything new. It first caught fire among striper fishermen in the early 2000s, when “swim shad” swimbaits were first ...

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Ambushing Albies On Structure…

Photo above provided by CARLOS FONTS/FISH SNAX False albacore have a reputation for being speedy, hard-fighting, and unpredictable. Watch a school from a boat or beach and they always seem to be headed somewhere fast. This is especially so during their fall migration, when these speedsters are trying to jam as ...

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The Focused Aggression of False Albacore…

Sergeant Feller summited the sand dune that faced southwest, overlooking a crescent beach. The goat path was as steep as any mountain trail. With his hands on his knees, head down and eyes on his feet, he caught his breath. He chuckled to himself, imagining what his brothers in arms ...

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Tautog Genetics…

Pictured above: Mixing business with pleasure: The study’s lead author, Dr. Hamish Small, displays a beautiful 19-pound tautog caught while sampling a wreck with a blue crab and stout conventional gear offshore of Virginia. -Photo by Ken Neill It’s no secret that tautog are to reefs, wrecks, and bridge pilings ...

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River Bass…

Matt Litton caught this nice North Branch Raritan smallie on a Senko cast to an edge between shallows and a hole. During the 1970s, spotting a 16-inch smallmouth bass in Mercer County’s windowpane-clear Stony Brook was enough for an afternoon. At the end of a week spent searching stretches and ...

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The Bones are Back…

The repurposed fluke rods thrummed with the frantically swimming minnow plugs as Anthony DeiCicchi pushed his 26 Blackwatch above 5 knots for our fourth pass over the shoal. I had a tackle tray open on my lap, debating which color deep-diver to try next, when the tip of the rod ...

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Island Bluefish…

To me, bluefish are one of those fish that tend to be way bigger in my mind than they should be. Some of this has to do with timing. I came of age in the 80s and those were bluefish years. In 1984, I was 14, the year when giant ...

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Floating Under the Stars…

People are often amazed or even frightened by the idea of kayak fishing in the ocean at night. To many, the thought of taking a small, self-propelled boat into the darkness of the ocean is dangerous. Of the few who partake, though, the ominous feeling of low visibility and sounds ...

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