Current Issue – The Fisherman
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May 2019

Features

Man turning his back while showing off the striped bass he caught

Spring Pursuit: May Days Stripers

After a banner start to the April action, the best bite of the spring is still to come at the Jersey Shore.

Rig consists of a two-way black swivel

Early Fluking: Back Bay Tactics

When the opening bell finally rings, hungry fluke should already be there to greet you.

Jim Hutchinson with a double-header on black sea bass using tandem Spro bucktails as jigs

Baking Biscuits: Jigging Up Humpback Sea Bass

New Jersey, New York and Delaware anglers are finally back in black sea bass this month.

Chris Orange caught and released this spawning class fish

South Jersey Surf: Late Spring Stripers

Time spent fishing the Cape May County surf this month is time well-spent.

Man on a boat showing the big fish he caught

Fish & Win: 2019 Black Drum Battle

When dogwoods bloom, the drum will boom, and so will your wallet if you play your hand right.

Man in grass near water holds up a huge bowfin fish

Jurassic Park: The Hunt for Jersey Bowfin

A native New Jersey species, overlooked by time and anglers for close to 250 million years.

Two men holding a fishing rod and a line

Offshore Battle: Heavyweights Vs. Lightweights

The pros and cons of the classic 30W/50w stand-up gear and smaller, lighter 16 size reels—let the mid-shore tuna battle begin!

Sunset on the backbay during late spring

Summer Kickoff: Skinny Water Fluke Tactics

While the calendar says summer won’t officially arrive until June 21, fluke anglers will tell you the hottest time of the year has arrived.

Boats in the water with buildings in the background

Last Stand? Winter Flounder Stronghold

Boston Harbor and Quincy Bay remain host to a strong fishery while other locations on the coast flounder in mediocracy.

Fish attached to aline underwater

Offshore How-to: Adjustable GoPro Trolling Housing

Here’s a great way to study how offshore gamefish like tuna react to your trolling spread, and to get some exciting underwater footage.

Boat Sense: Bottom Line on Bottom Paint

Just because you can see the paint, don’t assume that it is working up to speed.

Bottom Fishing: Getting Down With Light Tackle

Fishing light tackle for bottom species like blackfish, sea bass, fluke and porgies is no longer a fad and it’s time you get with the program.

Man in jumpsuit standing in the shore holding a fishing rod

Sand Fleas and Stripers: Key to the Summer Surf 

Fishing light tackle for bottom species like blackfish, sea bass, fluke and porgies is no longer a fad and it’s time you get with the program.

Man standing in the shore holding fishing rod

Striper Goals: Committing to Cows

Now is the time to hit the surf for a shot at that new “personal best” striped bass!

man holding a line with fish at the end on top of rocks

Bait or Plug: Benefits of Artificials Over Natural Baits

Now is the time to hit the surf for a shot at that new “personal best” striped bass!

More In This Issue

Old Bare Shoal

Old Bare Shoal (38 56.843N / 75 13.703W) lies between the Green Can (38 57.004N / 75 15.008W) and Reef Site 5 (38 54.005N / 75 11.008W) on the Delaware side of the bay, rising from 48 feet in the Anchorage to 3 feet at the top before dropping back to 23 feet in the Broadkill Slough (38 54.933N / 75 13.043W). 

View of a lighthouse on the edge of an island near the rocks

A Montauk Sleigh Ride

September 29, 1969 dawned grey and overcast over Montauk Point with a light southeast breeze.

man holding seaguar gold label to camera

Seaguar Gold Label 100% Fluorocarbon Leader

Back in the “good old days,” saltwater gamefish did not seem to be as leader shy as they are today, especially with the down cycles and added pressures on our coastal fisheries.

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