437-Pound Blue Marlin Nets $295,000 at Jimmy Johnson Tournament

New Jersey based TLC Sportfishing took home a total of $295,000 with a blue marlin weighing 437 pounds! TLC Sportfishing is owned by Vincent Tague and captained by John Thompson on a 53-foot Jarrett Bay out of Avalon, NJ. This was the only blue marlin weighed in during the tournament. Top Place Teams Included:  *2nd place: Outrage_Sport_Fishing […]

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The Benefits of Wading Belts In the Surf

Z-Belt Gen 2Designed by Luke Znosko to alleviate the back pain from carrying a packed-to-the-gills plug bag over his shoulder, he combined the features of a surfcasting belt made of nylon webbing with a neoprene weightlifting belt to create a surf belt that provides lumbar support for long outings in the surf. A roller locking […]

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Keep Your Cool on the Water

With heat waves growing longer and more intense every year, hot, humid weather is becoming the norm during boating season. Whether you’re fishing with friends, cruising with family, or overnighting in a distant port, the option to escape into an air-conditioned cabin can keep you out on the water enjoying your boating experience. If your […]

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Cascone’s Worm

Aron Cascone is an enigmatic captain: private by nature, dedicated to his clients, and a perfectionist at heart. If you’re someone who can match his remarkable intelligence, you will have a fierce friend. He’s also a pilgrim soul, sometimes wandering from place to place in search of a better bite. Orvis-endorsed for years now, Cascone […]

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The Peanut Bunker Boom

August begins a transitionary time for striped bass along the Massachusetts coast. Where the early part of the summer is focused around finding bass on larger bait (menhaden, mackerel, squid, herring) August ushers in the age of the peanut bunker. The good news is that if you find stripers on said bait, they’ll be eating. […]

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Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament: 2022 Recap

(Above) Mark and Wendy Northup of Block Island took this photo at sunrise in the Block Island Wind Farm with the winning striped bass Wendy caught.  The Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament ended on Sunday, July 24 with a winning striped bass measuring 51-inches caught by team ‘Frayed Knot’ which was led by Capt. Richard […]

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The OTW Origin Story with Publisher Chris Megan – OTW Podcast #7

Join OTW’s Kevin Blinkoff and Jimmy Fee as they sit down with Publisher Chris Megan to recount On The Water’s founding over 25 years ago, with a look at some of the office shenanigans that take place at an office full of fisherman. Listen to the On The Water Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or on […]

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The Tuna End Game

“Lift and reel down. Do it again, quicker! One more time. Now, pull his head toward me. Got ‘em!” These are usually the final words my son Tommy or I say to an angler when he is trying to finish a tuna after a long fight, those decisive moments when you have the fish in […]

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160-pound Halibut Caught off Gloucester, MA

The 161-pound halibut caught with the Gloucester Fleet back in June. Photo: Captain Jason Landon “I never planned on catching that fish in the first place, even in my wildest dreams.” said Capt. Michael Mann of Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing and Charters. On June 12, 2022, he landed an astonishingly large Atlantic Halibut on […]

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Big Time

Offshore fishing tournaments are not for the faint of heart—or tight of purse strings. While big money tournaments, like the Atlantic City Quest for the Ring, promise more than $1,000,000 in payouts, a crew entering the tournament and participating in all the calcuttas is in for nearly $30,000 before even fueling up the boat. With […]

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Long Island’s Unofficial Race for a 100-Pound Cobia

(Above) Captain Tony and the crew aboard the Berth Control showcase their catch after weigh-in. Scotty’s Marina and Fishing Station has always been one of my favorite spots on Long Island. Conveniently situated along Reynold’s Channel in the quaint beach town of Point Lookout, it’s a quick one-stop-shop at the water’s edge. I’ve started and […]

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Nights on the Fly

Standing on my rock about 150 feet from shore, I’ve put the terrestrial world behind me. It’s chilly, and the gentle, onshore breeze finds its way through the seams of my wetsuit—the same places water intruded during the deep wade to get here. Luckily, casting keeps me warm. My fly line zips by my right […]

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Kayak Fishing the Northeast with Old Town Kayaks – OTW Podcast #6

  In this episode, Kevin Blinkoff and Jimmy Fee kick things off by answering listener questions, and discuss using topwater plugs for striped bass at night, as well as selecting a rod for kayak fishing. Then, OTW’s Kevin Blinkoff and Old Town’s Ryan Lilly and Greg Bennett as they discuss all things kayak fishing the […]

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Online Course: Improve Boater Safety Around Whales

US Atlantic boaters – would you know what to do if a whale starts swimming towards your boat? Accidental on-water collisions can be dangerous for everyone involved and result in costly repair bills for boats of all sizes. By participating in a FREE, 30 minute course you can keep yourself, your boat, and whales safe […]

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Tactics For “Tiny” Tuna

When it comes to the fish I want to catch, like most anglers, I have a “the bigger, the better” mentality … with one exception. Giant tuna are marvels of evolution, capable of trans-Atlantic crossings, top speeds that would grab a moving violation in most coastal towns, and enough stamina to make fights last longer […]

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Striper Migration Map – July 1, 2022

  It’s the final spring striper migration map of 2022! Stripers are settling into summertime hotspots like Montauk, Block Island, eastern Long Island Sound, and outer Boston Harbor. Overall, there have been some good reports this spring that provide hope for a rebound in striper numbers, with a noticeable presence of 28- to 32-inch stripers. […]

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Spinning Gear Sharks

Photo above by Joey Manansala With the growing popularity of jig-and-pop-style tuna fishing, many offshore fishermen have moved beyond the oversized, cumbersome gear that was once the standard and adopted lightweight yet powerful spinning setups. Still, when most fishermen think of shark fishing, they picture 50- or 80-wide conventional reels on super-stiff, extra-heavy rods locked […]

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Striper Migration Map – June 24, 2022

The June full moon brought some great catches, especially for boat fishermen from eastern Long Island to Rhode Island. Large schools of bunker are moving bass around in Massachusetts, while summer conditions and resident fish are taking over in southern New Jersey. New Jersey Striper Fishing Report The fishing for large stripers is slowing down […]

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