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March 2017  ¦  Volume 52  ¦  Issue 3

Features

March 2017

OFFSHORE JIGGING: HEAVY METAL TUNA By Tony Gatto
Jigging for tuna has become the go-to approach for many anglers intent on doing battle with these hard fighting pelagics.

TROLL MORE STRIPERS: BUILD A BIGGER SPREAD By Gary Caputi
“New school” trolling techniques have broadened the options for striped bass anglers.

PLUG BUILDING: THE SOCO CHIEF By Dave Anderson
The SoCo Chief is considered by many vintage plug collectors to be the Holy Grail.

COLD WEATHER FISHING: OUTFITTING FOR LIFE & LIMB By Paul Cummings
Cold weather fishing can be detrimental to your health. Here’s a threepronged approach to avoiding hypothermia.

SPRING SALMON & TROUT EXPLOSION By Bill Hilts, Jr.
The Lake Ontario region offers some excellent angling opportunities for coastal anglers waiting out the arrival of their favorite saltwater species.

BOAT SENSE: A GUIDE TO BUYING YOUR FIRST BOAT By Capt. John N. Raguso
The boating lifestyle can be richly rewarding, but it can also be a major headache if you make the wrong choices.

TALKIN’ TACKLE: HOOKING SOFT PLASTICS By Pete Barrett
If you fish a lot of soft baits, including Gulp!, here’s the solution to an age old problem.

EAST END: COD IS STILL WINTER KING By George Jehn
When it comes to catching cod in the dead of winter, the waters off of Montauk and Block Island are tough to beat.

SUMMER FLOUNDER: TAGGING FOR BETTER DATA By Chris Paparo
The use of acoustic transmitters has dramatically expanded the data available on summer flounder.

SURF: GO LIGHT FOR SPRING STRIPERS By William A. Muller
When schoolie stripers dominate early season action, it’s time to break out the light tackle and have some fun.

RIGGIN’ AND FISHIN’ ALABAMA RIGS By Keith Kaufman
The crossover from salty umbrellas, to tournament bassing, and back again to the inshore grounds.

THE CONNETQUOT: ALIVE AND WELL By Fred Golofaro
Drained of its trout population in 2009, this historic river is once again producing quality trout fishing.

AN AMERICAN TALE: THE MIRACLE OF SHAD By John A. Punola
March is a good time to break out the light tackle outfit or fly gear for the return of a revolutionary classic.