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Arctic Black Ghost Fly…

The Arctic Black Ghost Fly fishes well in the Connecticut Lakes region of New Hampshire and various watersheds in Maine. Gerry Crow owns New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service (nhriversguide.com). The Arctic Black Ghost is his favorite early- and late-season pattern for trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon. He invented it 20 ...

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Slow Pitch Jigging 101…

In addition to tuna, stripers, and bluefish, slow-pitching jigging is very productive for bottom-dwelling species, like this haddock, caught aboard the Capt. John & Son out of Plymouth, MA. I credit the stubbornness of anglers in the Northeast for causing our home waters to be among the last places that ...

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Featured Lures: Xorus…

Xorus Asturie In the United Kingdom, France, and Spain swims a close relative of the striped bass, the European sea bass. To know what one looks like, imagine a smaller striper, and remove the stripes. Much like the striped bass in the Northeast, the European sea bass is the most ...

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Haddock Terminal Tackle Tweaks to Reduce Cod Bycatch…

New research aims to help anglers catch haddock while minimizing impacts to cod. It’s a good time to be a haddock fisherman in the Gulf of Maine. The species is at historically high levels of abundance: “The bottom is paved with haddock,” I’ve heard some party- and charter-boat operators say. ...

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Hot and Spicy Fish and Corn Chowder…

Use 2 pounds of striper, monkfish, or tautog fillets for this decadent recipe. Captain Ben Tribken was the first person to have a cooking column in On The Water. The following recipe is from the January 1998 edition. Ben was a pioneer of offshore fishing in the Northeast, and I ...

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7 Lures for the Cape Cod Canal…

There’s nowhere quite like the Canal, where on any given trip, 30-plus-pound stripers could be smashing mackerel around your ankles or slurping squid at the very end of your longest cast. For the latter scenario, a long-casting topwater, like the OutCast Lures Long Caster Pencil Popper, can help deliver a ...

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7 Lures for Schoolie Stripers…

When targeting schoolie or “slot-size” stripers, downsize your tackle and baits. Since you’ll be doing plenty of catching and releasing, consider switching out trebles for inline single hooks and crimping down your barbs. Schoolie stripers can’t help but attack a small, paddle-tail plastic like the Z-Man PaddlerZ. This type of ...

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Sheepshead Fishing in South Jersey…

“They come in with the drum in May,” says Captain Dan Schafer as he pulls a wooden bait keeper on to the dock at his slip in Stone Harbor Marina. “And I catch them into November.” The keeper is filled with thumbnail-sized fiddler crabs that Schafer collected by chasing them ...

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Hermit Island Striper Fly Fishing…

In the predawn darkness, I knew exactly where I was by the scent of the ocean and seaweed at low tide filling my nostrils. It wasn’t windy, but an easy swell pushed in from Casco Bay and washed against the rocks with a gentle roar. I made my way by ...

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