The bite continues in the Upper Bay despite the wind and rain this week. It took a variety of techniques to stay on the fish. Topwaters, live lining, trolling, flies and vertical rigging all produced at various times. The significant rain probably has the squid...

Rigging Soft Plastics for Striped Bass The number of surf casters and light tackle enthusiasts casting soft plastics for striped bass is increasing each season. Whether the application is a weedless bait on light tackle in the early season or rigged on a jig head for a...

Jeck's Bucktails Passionate About Quality [caption id="attachment_3538" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Jeck's Green Mackerel Bucktail[/caption] Plug builders and tin makers are held to incredibly high standards for quality of hooks and hardware and most notably finish. Why are jig makers any different? I get it that bucktails probably take the biggest...

Plunging Into The World of Darters by Aubrey Theall   I don't see surfcasters throwing darters very often, but I think I should. Of course if you're a Montauk regular you think I'm nuts. They're enormously popular and hugely productive lures at Montauk. They may outfish all other...

Great Time to Be On the Water [caption id="attachment_3528" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sophia getting her season off to a great start![/caption] The season has blown open over the past week or so. Bigger bass are in the Upper Bay eating pogies and squid. The morning topwater bite has...

In this article we're going to cover the Pro's and Cons of 3 Different Lines: Nylon Monofilament Fluorocarbon Braided Lines There was a time when anglers didn't pay much attention to the saltwater fishing line on their reel. Mono was mono, then came fluorocarbon offering better abrasion resistance and...

  Top Five Lures for Spring Schoolies From the first holdover bass of March until the bigger bass arrive on the heals of the bigger baits like bunker and squid the striper fisherman is focused on schoolie bass. Here are our Top Five Lures for Schoolie Stripers. First Choice...

The Quantum Cabo and Boca reels are starting to arrive in the shop and they are stunning. The earlier versions of the Quantum Cabo and Boca sold well as a result of a well earned reputation, but reviews were mixed on the overall durability.  Enough so...

Gear Review: Top Rated Gear You Wear  Stormr is the place to go for warmth in cold, wet conditions. The company has developed a set of gear that exceeds expectations and this includes the accessories like  Socks, Gloves and Beanies. What customers have to say after...

[caption id="attachment_542" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Welcome back![/caption] The schoolie bite has begun. At this point it is for winter over fish and confined to backwaters and salt ponds.  Slow deep retrieves are needed and some days the bite can be maddeningly short in duration; but it's impossible...

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