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January 2, 2014  ¦  Volume 49  ¦  Issue 1

Features

January 2, 2014

GIANTS OF WINTER By Capt. Dave Schunke
December saw anglers in center consoles running to the canyons to cash in on a red hot bluefin bite.

FIRST FIFTY IN THE SURF By Toby Lapinski
A quartet of surfcasters share the experience of catching their first fifty-pounder.

GOING BANANAS FOR GORILLAGATORS By Chris Lido
An unprecedented run of 20-plus pound bluefish saw the top 15 entries in the Dream Boat Challenge top this magic mark.

2014 FISHING BOAT BUYERS GUIDE By Capt. John N. Raguso
A glimpse at the latest fishing machines to make their way into dealer showrooms.

THE SCIENCE OF FISHING By Angelo Peluso
More so now than ever before, the paths of science and fi shing are uniquely intertwined.

CATCH MORE COD THIS WINTER By Tom Schlichter
A trio of cod sharpies share their wisdom to help put more cod in your cooler.

WINTER TROUT FISHING: AS GOOD AS IT GETS By Bill Hilts, Jr.
Steelies, browns and lake trout make this a winter fishery worth traveling for.

UNDERSTANDING THE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PROCESS By William A. Muller
Our resident biologist helps make sense of a system burdened by questionable data.

TIPS FOR STRONG KNOTS By Pete Barrett
Here’s how to ensure that this most critical connection is not the weakest link between you and your trophy catch.

2014 OUTBOARD BUYERS GUIDE By Capt. John N. Raguso
Here’s a look at the latest in outboard power plants for the new year.

THE BASIC POPPER By Dave Anderson
One of the Northeast’s more respected plug builders kicks off the first of three plug building installments with an easy-to-build favorite.

TROLL FOR HARDWATER TROPHIES By Tom Schlichter
This unique approach to the ice fishing game should help heat up the action on your favorite lake or pond.

STRIPED BASS AND ACCESS: OLD ISSUE FOR THE NEW YEAR By Fred Golofaro
Striped bass management remains a hot topic as we enter 2014, and the future of outer beach access at Smith Point may be threatened by the folks at U.S. Fish and Wildlife.