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Local Luremaker: Derek Ashcroft – Lights Out Lures…

While all plug builders value feedback from other anglers and luremakers, ultimately, it’s the fish whose feedback matters most. Derek Ashcroft of Taunton, Massachusetts got that all-important feedback while fishing his first batch of hand-turned plugs, catching stripers to 47 inches on them. Since then, Ashcroft has refined his plugs ...

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Lake Champlain Muskie Catches Point To Restoration Progress…

Pictured above: Ryan Carpentier with the 14-pound, 38-inch muskie he caught and released in Missisquoi Bay on February 12. (Photo provided by Ryan Carpentier) A series of recent muskellunge catches by anglers ice fishing on northern Lake Champlain have provided fisheries biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife with added confirmation ...

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New Jersey Fighting Cuts To Summer Flounder Recreational Fishing…

Reductions Would Amount To De Facto Moratorium On Flounder Fishing And Ripple Throughout The Shore Tourism Economy. The Christie Administration has formally requested the new U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to put a hold on severe restrictions on recreational summer flounder fishing adopted recently by a regional fisheries commission, ...

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Local Luremaker: Bill Couch – Couch’s Cedar Works…

In the fall of 2007 Bill Couch of Alloway, New Jersey attended the Rhode Island Plug Bash, an annual event hosted by the community of plug builders from StripersOnline.com. He had been tying flies and teasers commercially online as well as being a contracted tier for Spirit River, but after ...

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Housatonic Holdovers…

Schoolie stripers provide fast fun all winter long in Connecticut’s tidal rivers. Rods? Check. Tackle bags? Check. Lunch? Check. Six layers of clothing? Check. Three massive Thermoses of scalding coffee? Check. We had everything we needed to venture out onto the river. However, as we slid the 16-foot Sea Nymph ...

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2017 Fishing Planner: Upper Cape Cod…

Shifting Striper Fishery Along The Elizabeths This past season presented challenges in terms of consistently finding larger bass, continuing a trend that has developed over the last six to eight years. Unlike the early 2000s, when there were good concentrations of big fish almost everywhere on the Cape, it now ...

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Striped Bass Poacher Busted…

by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation | February 16, 2017 | Uncategorized. For Release: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Striped Bass Poaching – Rockland County On Jan. 30, ECO Maxwell Nicols received a tip reporting illegal Striped Bass fishing taking place at the Haverstraw Marina in West Haverstraw. ECO ...

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First Look: Contender 39 Fisharound…

Optimized for speed and comfort without sacrificing “fish-ability” the Contender 39 Fisharound has creature comforts and the attention to detail that only a captain would craft. SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 39′ FUEL: 500 gal. BEAM: 10′ 8″ DEADRISE: 24.5 Deg DRAFT: 24″ MAX HP: 1,400 HP WEIGHT15: 14,000 lbs. WEIGHT (LOADED): 15,000 ...

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2017 Fishing Planner: Western Connecticut…

Striper Bite Sizzles in Spring On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the 2016 season a 6 for larger striped bass and bluefish because, after early June, we had very few large fish holding on our reefs and shoals. The action picked up again in October and November, ...

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