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May, 2019  ¦  Volume 54  ¦  Issue 8

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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!

WINTER FLOUNDER: STILL WORTH THE EFFORT By Tom Melton
Round out that spring mixed-bag outing with a few good-eating winter flounder.

SOUTH SHORE SURF: MAY DAY BLUES By William A. Muller
Water temperature, wind direction and tides are key factors in getting the most out of the spring bluefish run.

MAY TROUT: TIME FOR THE FLY ROD By Steve Shevlin
When it seems the trout are flat out refusing your favorite lures, give the long wand a shot.

PECONIC BAY: A POT OF GOLD AND SILVER By Tony Salerno
Many anglers swarm to the Peconics to cash in on the great spring run of big sea porgies and a shot at tiderunner weakfish.

SHINNECOCK CANAL: BANK ON AN EARLY START By John Anthony
This narrow waterway is the key to some wide open fishing action as spring takes hold.

EARLY SEASON FLUKE: SPRING ON THE NORTH FORK Capt. Tom Mikoleski
One of the most productive and scenic areas to fish for fluke, especially large fluke, are the waters bordering the Island’s North Fork.