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The Hump

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Views: 1177
Islamorada FL
2/0/2009

If you get a chance to fish the Keys and to get offshore, a prime destination are the numerous humps. Islamorada Hump is famouse, but as I said, there are several where the depths rise from 400-600' up to 200-300. We went out on a windy as hell day, passing up on the so-so/hit or miss sailfishing to catch some reef donkeys (aka amberjack) on the humps. In february, females are preparing to spawn and it is not unusual to catch them 50-70lbs. Think of hauling a 50lb striper from 300' down (which would be more striper than I've landed). Better yet, when you catch a little one, you send them back down for a big bull or tiger shark. Anyway, we caught some amberjacks until we got tired of being bounced, and then moved closer to shore to chase some king mackerels, cuda's or whatever else we could find.

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Flippin Frogs at Hanover
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Views: 892
Meriden CT
8/18/2011

Fished frogs only. Half dozen bass in about an hour.
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No Bones About It!

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Views: 1196
Stonington CT
8/18/2011

Niantic to Black Point 8/18/2011

Had a great day out on the water today. Fishing w/ Jack Balint and my friend Dave. Left Stonington at 7:00. A bit late but the tide was changing earlier and I wasn't doing a night trip. Ran straight out to Watch Hill reef and picked up a half dozen stripers on Zoom Flukes. Only one keeper size around "30. As that died off by about 8:00, we ran up to Race Point and the tide was changing, but the bluefish bite was slow. Headed to Little Gull, fishing the Race side and then the sluice between LG and Big Gull. Bite was picking up, but as the tide got going, the water got really murky. Last real move was down the race where the bigger blues were just lit up. As you can see from Dave, we were fishing light w/ soft plastics, making the catching fun. Caught a lot! Dave's been out three times with me, and all three were good days. Once on a cod trip 'Lung set up, a ridiculous striper fest before a major storm, and yesterday. HE'S HOOKED!

ON THE BONITO QUESTION
Have not heard one credible source saying they were in as of yesterday. One nameless charter captain was claiming he was catching a few days ago, but my source says his boat was in that whole day in question. Sounds like he was looking to drum up business. ANY TIME NOW. Albies should follow.

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Q River Gorge
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Views: 1801
Meriden, CT
7/31/2011

Typical summer early evening fishing break along the Q River Gorge in Meriden. Less than 1/2 mile from my front door, this is my sneak out to relax destination. Nice for some panfish and trout. There are few places that hold the trout through the hottest days, and I try to bring them in, revive them and send them on their way as quickly as possible. At the end of this section is Hanover Pond, a decent spot for largemouth.

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Stripers, Stripers and more (small) Stripers!
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Views: 2167
Black Point, Bartlett's and Goshen/Harkness.
7/26/2011

Out of Niantic early (by 4:30) heading towards Harkness. Lots of bait but no luck casting a variety of soft plastics near the entrance to Goshen Cove. Switched to tube and worm and quickly caught a 30" and several short stripers. The trend was looking like schoolies, so I headed back to Bartlett's and Two Tree, which had been producing bigger fish last week. Nada. Not even a blue to bite off my soft plastics! Over to the outflow where I hooked a decent striper that sent me ducking and diving to avoid the hook it spit. 15 minutes of blanks casting and I decided to move again. This time, across the bay to Black Point. By this time it was approaching mid-morning, the day was beautiful, and I anticipated scup and blues would soon be shredding my Fin-S baits. Hadn't seen any fish on top all morning, so I threw out a tube and worm as I approached Black Point and wham, fish on! Schoolie. Re-baited and set my line. Another fish. Followed by another and so on. Cool. Lot's of schoolies. I can switch to casting. No luck. Tube and worm was the ticket, but there comes a point when even a light setup becomes pretty boring with schoolie after schoolie. After a dozen of these, I decided to head back in. While catching a lot of schoolies is not unusual, the total lack of scup an blues was a rarity. Overall, a nice trip. I'm taking a friend out on his new boat Saturday. Only hope I can find him some fish!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knCHwkjtzKQ

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Dave's first time!
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 1
Views: 3124
Fisher's Island, NY
6/17/2011

Took a quick trip out w/ Capt. Jack Balint and my friend Dave who has never fished stripers. Hadn't planned to go as I was leaving for the OBX, but Jack called and said the fishing was hot. He wasn't kidding. Neither was the weather man who was forcasting the severe storms with 60-70mph gusts. We fished as long as possible while monitoring the front befor hauling a** in. Anyway, fun video.

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Fishing with the Albatross Fleet, Hatteras NC

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 1468
Hatteras, NC
This past week, my brother and I had the opportunity to fish aboard the Albatross III with Capt. Ernie Foster out of Hatteras, NC. Ernie is the son of Ernal Foster, the first charter captain on the OBX, and the Albatross was the first charter boat to work these waters. Ernie and his dad used to take out my Godmother Betsy Walker and her husband Ross in the 50s and 60s, when my Aunt Betts became the first woman to land an Atlantic Blue Marlin. The original Albatross dates back to the 30's, and our boat, the AIII, is the baby, built in the 50s. She still runs with her original bamboo outriggers and a fighting chair that has served legends such as Al Pfleuger. While hoping to emulate my Godmother with an epic billfish, we spent the day catching lots of nice dolphin, bonito, mackerel and even a small bluefin. The catching began early on, as my brother and I hooked into four big gaffers simultaneously (2 in pic). As fun as the fishing was, the chance to talk to Capt. Ernie and listen to him describe trips with pioneers of the sport was the true highlight of the trip. Ernie even brought out a rod to fish given to his father by Ross four decades ago. Knowing that this rod was a memento that hadn't seen the salt in 40 years really made me appreciate the bond the Foster family had with my Aunt Betts and her husband Ross, who passed away before I was old enough to remember him. We caught fish, had a beautiful day on the ocean, and really came back with a greater knowledge and appreciation of where the sport came from. I hope o fish with Capt. Ernie and the Albatross again.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BtLWTYKSLLM&rel=0

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CT Outfitters Diawa demo day on the Blackhawk.
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Views: 1055
The Race
6/22/2011

Went out on the Blackhawk Wednesday night for a Diawa demo day put on by Gary and the guys at CT Outfitter. Unfortunately, Mother Nature and the fish gods weren't too cooperative, but we had a good time and the idea was great. We left at 4:00 as the tide was changing over and headed out to the Race. Diawa's rep (name?sorry) had provided about 20 different outfits covering there whole 2011 line (including some electric reels that sounded as if my fish finder kept going of). Not much happened during the slack tide, during which we fished some of the new butterfly jigs in the pouring rain w/ no success. As the tide began to pick up, so did the rain. I switched over to a 3-way jig setup, and quickly had the boats' second fish, a BIG blue. Pretty soon a few more stripers came over the rail. Looked like the fishing was going to heat up, but it never really panned out. A real nice fellow fishing beside me did land 2 pretty stripers, but all told probably no more than a dozen fish came over the rail before heading back at 11:00. However, the company was good, Capt. DuBrule and crew were great, and CT Outfitters put together a top notch trip. To finish the night, the pool winner collected $500 and a new Diawa Saltist outfit, a second outfit was raffled away and hats and T-shirts went to everyone. Thanks to those who put this together, and I look forward to the next trip!
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Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing

Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 1
Views: 1909
Altmar NY
4/0/2011

Back from another trip up to Pulaski, NY for the spring steelhead run. The outlook was grim Wednesday with snow and freezing rain predicted for Friday and Saturday. Nothing says lockjaw like a cold front moving through. However, given my scheduling, it was this past weekend or wait until fall. "Steelie" Dan, Jeff and I drove up in the rain and slushy snow Friday after work, arriving at Tinker Tavern Lodge around midnight. I'd booked with Scott Glazier (TTL) and Don Kingsley (Tight Lines Guide Service) again this spring. Look for Scott on an upcoming episode of On The Water this month. Saturday morning proved to be a far cry from freezing and rainy, with the temps eventually reaching 50, and mostly sunny. Before we could fish, basics like forking over $$$ to the State of New York had to be taken care of, and Jeff and I purchased new noodle rods. I paired a 10'6" Courtland rod with my Cabo 20 spinning reel for a comfortable outfit. Need to support the local economy! The plan was to do a little walk in scouting after lunch, but this was hampered by the fact I have a really bad ankle right now. By the afternoon, following what had been a cold morning, the fish had all seen their share of presentations and we only saw one fish landed in the heavily fished areas I was able to hobble to. Fingers were crossed to the weather gods for Sunday's drift trip. Sunday continued to follow the improving weather of Saturday, with more sun and temps again rising into the low 50s by mid afternoon. With a second day of good weather, our fishing improved as well. Scott and Don got us to a productive hole ahead of the masses, and we managed to land our first steelie, a smaller male, right off the bat. The hits kept coming at a slow but steady pace, and before long Dan ended his drought from the last trip with a fat fish (see pic). Jeff learned that "we weren't in Kansas anymore," fighting a few nice fish, only to have them eventually pop. I proceeded to lose the big hen in our hole, and then we made the tough decision to move from a place that was producing (and promising more as the temp rose) to see and fish more of the river. The highlight of the trip was Dan's (now forever known as Steelie Dan) big steelie that put on an aerial show and then went on a 70 yard down river, reel spooling run. We had a bit more action before days end, and had a blast for the weekend. TTL provides comfortable, inexpensive accommodation near the fishing, and Scott and Don are great guides. I recommend both highly. Anyway, check out the pics and video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJDuqUImP6I

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Montauk Maddness
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Views: 1394
Montauk, NY
10/0/2010

Late fall (Oct/Nov) means a few last shots at migratory stripers before they start heading back down to my old fishing grounds in the Chesapeake and Outer Banks, and Montauk is the place where you can find them fueling up on bait before the run south. I've fished with Jack Balint from the Fish Connection for the past couple of seasons, as his focus on light tackle angling fits my interests, he consistently puts me on fish, and he's a good guy to spend a day with on the boat. Building a good relationship with a captain is important, as it makes the fishing more enjoyable and can lead to opportunities saved for regular customers. I'd had a few attempts last fall to get out one more time blown out, so I asked Jack to give me a heads up whenever we got a window to run across to Montauk. Sure enough, Jack called a week later asking if I wanted to fish the next day. He had another regular, Mark, who was also up for a trip. So the next morning we were departing for Montauk. What a day! Acres of stripers in the early morning, followed by the same with blues later on. See for yourself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVTWpwOmOUg
If you are looking for a light tackle charter out of the Stonington area, I can certainly recommend Jack, and I look forward to fishing with him this spring.
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Tuna Fishing on the Skip-A-Dory

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 2212
10/0/2009

Awesome November day of bluefin fishing aboard the Skip-A-Dory with Captain Chuck DiStefano. This was first time with Chuck, as I joined one of his regulars Derek on a trip. Derek swears he has never had a bad trip with Chuck, and this day was no different. If you haven't heard of Capt. DiStefano, you'd have trouble finding a salt water publication that has written about NE fishing that hasn't featured him. We took of early out of Boston (2:30am) and after some prospecting on Stellwagen, made the run down to P-Town. When we got there, boats were trolling and a few tunas were hooked. We put out a kite and additional live lines with pogies, as well as speed jigging. Pretty soon. Slam! Derek was hooked into a nice bluefin, that after a good fight, was boated just in the 47" slot. A bit later, a small volkswagon crushed the kite bait, but we missed the hook. A short time passed, and I was hooked into my first bluefin. Caught lots of smaller yellowfin in the Outer Banks, but this big guy just burned my reel. In the end, we pulled a nice 69" 2 bill fish over the rail! I was pumped up. Boats were definitely noticing that we were always hooked up, but most of them were trolling with no fresh live bait. Too bad. Our last fish of the day was the biggest yet. Derek started of, then handed over to me. In the end, we measured the fish out at just under 72". Awesome fish, but...we had maxed our quota and it was about an inch short of keeping it as a trophy/commercial fish. Painful as it was, we made sure the fish was in good shape, popped the hook, and watched it glide off. That nice bit of sushi would have paid for this trip and the next. Time to head to the barn. What a trip. I hope to get back out on the Skip-A-Dory in the not too distant future. Derek was right, Chuck is the go-to guy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrQ_n_ttdo0

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CT River Stripers
Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 4686
Haddam, CT
4/29/2010

The last few weeks in April to early May means stripers up and down the CT River. "When the forsythia bloom the stripers run." That's what the long time fisherman have always told me, and it holds pretty true. Had some great days last spring, and looking forward to a good run this season. The video is from a 2 hr. period in the Haddam area where I landed over 2 dozen 30+" fish. I fianlly decided to call it quits when I landed 2 keepers on a single plug fished on a ridiculously overpowered freshwater rod.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of4PBzEJ72g

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Islamorada Reef Fishing

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Views: 1300
Islamorada FL
2/0/2010

Fun morning of reef fishing with Ted Wilson out of Bud-n-Mary's. Turns out Ted and my brother Doug (huge guy who can pick up a car but struggles with a little fish) had mutual good friends. Lot's of fish and talking college football.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rf9NR20a9k

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The Frozen Few
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Views: 1138
Pulaski, NY
12/0/2010

Steelhead fishing in Pulaski on the Salmon River. Fished with Scott Glazier/Tinker Tavern Lodge. Scott will be featured in an upcoming episode of OTW. Had a great time. I lost some nice steelhead! It was COLD wading for 8+ hrs in December. You can see the trip at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbAzOB7NeFg
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The Glades

Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 2483
Everglades National Park.
2/0/2010

Fishing in the Everglades west of Flamingo. Unfortunately, repeated cold snaps had driven out the snook and even the reds. Had to work for some trout, sheepshead and a few ladyfish. Still, awesome way to spend a day. Passed right by (almost too close) to an American Crocodile. Fished with Capt. Jeff Beeler out of Bud-n-Mary's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxPEZqyUu9c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZV3UpbKx9U

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Marlin Hunt with Ya'Mamma

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Hatteras, NC
7/15/2007

Fished out of Pirates Cove, Manteo off Cape Hatteras, NC for marlin. Went out on Ya'Mamma with my brother Doug, hoping to make up for a previous trip the summer before that was blown out. While I've grown up fishing salt water, this was my first real trip targetting specifically marlin. Thirty minutes after our run out to the edge of the Gulf Stream, Doug was hooked into a nice white marlin that he brought along side in about 20 minutes. No sooner than we had reset our spread, a second fish was spotted. It crashed the bait and I had my first marlin on the line. This fish decided to go deep, and for 45 minutes I lost line and gained nothing. Finally turning the tide, in 10 minutes I regained much of what was taken out. Thinking the fight pretty close to finished, I was a bit demoralized when the fish again went down undoing all my gains. This second run also took it out of the fish, and after 15 more minutes I had a 350lb. blue marlin along side. Needless to say, I was stoked, and I hope my first marlin lived to fight another day.

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Quinnipiac/Red Bridge
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 1
Views: 3399
Meriden
10/18/2008

Live right above the Quinnipiac Gorge Linear Trail so it takes less than 5 min. to go down and throw in a line. Went out tonight at sunset, air temp 50 degrees, water was clear and still. Saw 6-7 fish break the surface and caught three brown trout on a surface/buzz lure.

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