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May 2019

BAIT OR PLUG: BENEFITS OF ARTIFICIALS OVER NATURAL BAITS By Jim Freda
Sometimes faking it is the better all-around option.

STRIPER GOALS: COMMITTING TO COWS By Jerry Audet
Now is the time to hit the surf for a shot at that new “personal best” striped bass!

SAND FLEAS AND STRIPERS: KEY TO THE SUMMER SURF By Al Ristori
Sand fleas, aka mole crabs, can work magic on stripers as spring fades to summer along the Striper Coast.

BOTTOM FISHING: GETTING DOWN WITH LIGHT TACKLE By William A. Muller
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.

BOAT SENSE: BOTTOM LINE ON BOTTOM PAINT By Capt. John N. Raguso
Just because you can see the paint, don’t assume that it is working up to speed.

OFFSHORE HOW-TO: GO-PRO TROLLING HOUSING By Tony Gatto
Here’s a great way to study how offshore gamefish like tuna react to your trolling spread, and to get some exciting underwater footage.

LAST STAND: WINTER FLOUNDER STRONGHOLD By Capt. Jason Colby
Boston Harbor and Quincy Bay remain host to a strong fishery while other locations on the coast flounder in mediocracy.

SUMMER KICKOFF: SKINNY WATER FLUKE TACTICS By Brett Taylor
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.

OFFSHORE: HEAVYWEIGHTS vs. LIGHTWEIGHTS By Joseph Mitchell
The pros and cons of the classic 30W/50w standup gear and smaller, lighter 16 size reels—let the mid-shore tuna battle begin!

JURASSIC PARK: THE HUNT FOR JERSEY BOWFIN By Sandi Kennedy
A native New Jersey species, overlooked by timeand anglers for close to 250 million years.

FISH & WIN: 2019 BLACK DRUM BATTLE By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
When dogwoods bloom, the drum will boom, and so will your wallet if you play your hand right.

SOUTH JERSEY SURF: LATE SPRING STRIPERS By Manny Butera
Time spent fishing the Cape May County surf this month is time well-spent.

BAKING BISCUITS:JIGGING UP HUMPBACK SEA BASS By Alex Kondas
New Jersey, New York and Delaware anglers are finally back in black sea bass this month.

EARLY FLUKING: BACK BAY TACTICS By Bill “Bucktail Willie” Shillingford
When the opening bell finally rings, hungry fluke
should already be there to greet you.

SPRING PURSUIT: MAY DAYS STRIPERS By Willie Davis
After a banner start to the April action, the best bite of the spring is still to come at the Jersey Shore.

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