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March 2019

STRIPED BASS ASSESSMENT UPDATE By Bob Danielson
The latest stock assessment states that the stock is in a state of decline and it will continue to decline unless something is done to reverse that trend.

HOW-TO: POWDER PAINT YOUR OWN JIGS By Anthony Kritis / Photos by Steven Levy
Here’s an economical way to build a good inventory of custom finished jig heads.

LIP SERVICE: MAKING PLUGS WORK FOR YOU By Jerry Audet
Here’s how you can modify plastic-lipped swimming plugs to bring your success in the surf to another level.

SPOONS OR MOJOS? THE “BIG GAME” STRIPER COMBO By Capt. Jim Freda
When it comes to their action, mojos are more forgiving than spoons and will catch bass at a wider range of speeds than the spoons.

TRAVEL LOG: FLORIDA MORE THAN JUST THE KEYS By Al Ristori
Florida is a major destination for Northeast anglers looking to bend a rod on a host of inshore and offshore species from March through May.

TURNING PRO: GO FOR YOUR DREAMS By Bucky D’Agostino
So you want to be like Mike and make it on the professional bass circuit?

SETTING UP AN EFFICIENT SURF BELT By Bob Danielson
This vital piece of equipment provides an added measure of safety and efficiency to the surf game.

POUR YOUR OWN: MAKING SOFT PLASTICS By Tom Fucini
From crafting molds to blending unique custom colors, pouring soft plastics is a rewarding way to pass the winter months.

HOW-TO: PLUG STORAGE RACK By Tom Melton
A neat and efficient way to organize those special offseason purchases.

SHORELINE STRIPERS: FIRST SHOT SPRING SPOTS & TACTICS By Nick Honachefsky
NJ’s 2019 striper season officially reopens, with a half-dozen hotspots to get you started.

IMPROVED SNAG & DROP: ADAPT FOR SUCCESS & CONSERVATION By Joseph K. Mitchell
Spring has about sprung, it’s about time for those bunker-loving bass to arrive!

TIDAL PANFISH: LATE WINTER WHITE PERCH By Capt. Allen Gonzalez
Light tackle gamefish, close to port or bulkhead, and delicious on the plate.

MAKE FISHING FUN AGAIN: LESSONS FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD By William Evans
A 10-year-old “captain in training” offers advice on turning kids into hardcore anglers.

RITES OF SPRING: WADING FOR DELAWARE SHAD By John A. Punola
Take advantage of reemerging Delaware River shad without the need for a trailer or cartopper.

PRE-GAME PREP: TARGETING MARINA CHANNEL FLUKE By Don Kamienski
A little strategic fluke focus for considering those opening day jaunts later this spring.

VALHALLA BOATWORKS: VIKING’S NEW CENTER CONSOLE By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
A new line of luxury center-consoles is officially in the works at Viking Yachts.