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March 2017  ¦  Volume 45  ¦  Issue 3

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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.

HAIL THE TIDES OF MARCH! By Nick Honachefsky
March comes roaring in like a lineside with the opening of New Jersey’s back
bay season. A look at how and where to target the first stripers of 2017.

THE FLUKE FIGHT TURNS UGLY By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
While New Jersey’s Marine Fisheries Council meets on March 2 to discuss fluke limits, the governor is vowing to fight on.

WINTER FLOUNDER, A SHORE THING By Ed Mesuna
A walk down memory lane to the piers and bulkheads, where we’re reminded that the winter flounder is very much about tradition.

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.

LATE WINTER WALLEYE By J.B. Kasper
Easily the best tasting freshwater fish you’ll find, walleye action heats up this month along the Delaware River.

ASBURY PARK’S “PLUG SHOW” By DJ Muller
A sit down with Joe Pallotto in advance of the Asbury Park Fishing Club’s 25th annual fishing flea market on March 12.