Remembering Bill Couch and his Pond Darter

Bill Couch was a generational icon in the Northeast striped bass fishing community.  He was the owner of Couch’s Cedar Works, through which he designed, built, and sold top quality plugs at an affordable price.  He was universally loved and admired by a group of fishermen who could squabble, bicker, and get nasty over any […]

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Late Season Fishing In New England

Haddock are primarily bottom feeders, and are best targeted with clams or clam bellies on a high-low rig. The last two months of the saltwater season have a drastically different feel, depending on whether you are fishing north or south of Cape Cod. However, one thing remains the same—there’s plenty of great fishing left for […]

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Late Fall Fishing Bonanza In Raritan Bay

The clear, crisp air in November brings beautiful sunrises. With the New York skyline outlined by a deep-red sky and a little mist rising off the water, the scene was set for a magical day on the water—if the fish were willing to cooperate. The truck reported 35 degrees when I got in, but with […]

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Late Fall On the Western Sound

Photo by Capt. Joe Diorio I am a self-proclaimed albie addict. I fall victim to the “flu” in the late summer and it usually hangs on like a bad cough right through October. Just when I have recovered from my shoulder season chasing funny fish, western Long Island Sound comes alive for the start of […]

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2022 Gift Guide: 7 Gifts to Get Kids Into Fishing

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5 Gift Ideas for the Ice Fisherman

“I have enough fishing gear,” said no angler, ever. The ongoing accumulation of the latest and greatest fishing tackle, apparel, and knickknacks is part and parcel with being a fisherman. When saltwater season winds down, and holiday season ramps up, it’s prime time to restock, upgrade, and expand your fishing arsenal. In this year’s Angler’s […]

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24 Gifts for Striper Fishermen

From surf to boat, and Maine to Maryland, the striped bass reigns supreme as the world’s  greatest gamefish. Here are some of the items at the top of our wishlist for next striper season. #gift-guide{max-width: 1080px;}#gift-guide .rcorners {margin:12px 0 15px 0; height: auto; overflow:hidden;}#gift-guide .rcorners h3 {margin:0;}#gift-guide .rcorners p {margin:0;}#gift-guide .rcorners .rc-title {border-radius: 15px; border: […]

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10 Best Gifts for the Bottom Fisherman

  10 Best Gifts for Bottom Fishing Note: On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Bubba Saltwater Multi-Flex Interchangeable Knife Set Included in a hard-sided carry case the Bubba Saltwater Multi-Flex Interchangeable Knife Set contains a Bubba non-slip grip handle and two full-tang […]

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2022 Gift Guide: 10 Great Gifts for the Albie Fisherman

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2022 Gift Guide: 9 Great Gifts for Surfcasters

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How to Catch Tog on Jigs

On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. “Jigging” for blackfish is a fun and effective way to target these crab-loving. For a long time, fishermen relied on rigs weighed down by heavy sinkers to present baits to tautog, but fishermen learned that tog […]

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How to Fish Pencil Poppers for Striped Bass

On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The first time I saw fishermen working a pencil popper, I nearly laughed out loud. I was lying back on one of the sandy spots in Turtle Cove after the morning bite under the Montauk lighthouse […]

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Angling Artist: Amy Eldridge

Growing up, many of us might remember being enrolled in clubs, athletic teams, or classes that didn’t captivate our interest. However, when Cape Cod local, Amy Eldridge, was enrolled in a pottery class around the age of five by her mother, she had a sense that it might be something she’d really enjoy. During her […]

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Catch Big Fall Tautog

In the right hands, and with the proper tackle, jigs are a deadly way to present crabs to big tautog. The author caught this 11-pound-plus female tog on a day when over ten double-digit fish were taken on jigs. As the fall weather settles in, anglers across the Northeast are eager to get on the […]

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Looking Ahead: November Fishing In Long Island

Rockfish Charters gets up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Close to Metro New York and along the South Shore, November is often a banner month, especially for blackfish, bluefish, and striped bass. Peanut bunker have been prevalent and anglers look forward to finding stripers in the Rockaways, and […]

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The Focused Aggression of False Albacore

Sergeant Feller summited the sand dune that faced southwest, overlooking a crescent beach. The goat path was as steep as any mountain trail. With his hands on his knees, head down and eyes on his feet, he caught his breath. He chuckled to himself, imagining what his brothers in arms would say if they saw […]

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