Uncharted Waters: Mountain or Marinized Molehill?

If you tend to make mountains out of marinized molehills, Capt. Bill Pike has a suggestion: why not engage in a little hopeful, optimistic investigation first? Ever have a little project that “just growed,” as we say in the sunny South? The kind that starts out as a weekend thing and, before you know it, […]

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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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Logbook: Boatyard School

Hard work pays off—this is the lesson Editor-in-Chief Dan Harding sought to teach his 9-year-old neighbor when he needed an extra set of hands on his boat. Hard work pays off—this is the lesson Editor-in-Chief Dan Harding sought to teach his 9-year-old neighbor when he needed an extra set of hands on his boat. One […]

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How To Catch Big Seatrout on Fly Fishing Tackle

Catching big seatrout on fly tackle are worth the effort. Anglers must have the proper tackle, find their haunts, and make a perfect cast. Capt. John Tarr Ask someone to daydream about saltwater fly fishing and most people will picture scenes of tarpon jumping in the air, bonefish tailing on the flats, redfish cruising a […]

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Southern California Bluefin Tuna Fishing at Night

Pacific bluefin tuna tend to retreat to greater depths at night in order to intercept squid and other forage rising amid the deep scattering layer. Guido Montaldo / shutterstock.com It was midnight aboard the 92-foot party boat Royal Star when the captain’s voice crackled good news over the PA. He had detected a school of […]

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Inside Angle: Blue, Blue and You

The world’s preeminent minds seem to agree: as a species, just being out on the water provides unseen healing properties. I take a lot of pictures, especially on the boat. It’s March on Lake Michigan as I write this and the marina opens for the season in two weeks. It’s like a countdown to Christmas […]

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Stem to Stern: Fine Tuning

A musing on the melodious differences each department prefers when building boats. A musing on the melodious differences each department prefers when building boats. A lot of first-time visitors to our yard are surprised to see that I don’t spend much time in the office. I walk the yard all day, making sure that I […]

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Targeting Wahoo Under a Summertime Full Moon

Plenty of wahoo are lost boatside, so don’t stop to admire a gaffed one until you bring it on board. Paul Doughty Anglers in South Florida are blessed to count wahoo among their potential targets year-round. But veteran offshore captains who pursue the striped torpedoes specifically know there are peak periods when the action goes […]

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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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Ghosts of Chatham Fog

It’s 3:52am, I’ve got my sweatpants on backwards, and I’m watching my buddy brush his teeth in the kitchen sink with what looks to be SPF 30. Things are going well. Medical professionals call it “sleep inertia,” a phase of inferior motor function after waking, but most tuna fisherman can attest to early-season “lizard brain.” […]

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How will you handle a slow down in demand?

By Matt Sellhorst As a dealership owner or marketing expert, are you monitoring Google Trends for “Boats for Sale” or “Your Style of Boats for Sale.” This can be an outstanding tool for seeing demand trends in the industry and it’s obviously slowing. We knew this would happen, the question is, how will you and […]

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Bass Fishing The Free Rig

American bass anglers owe a lot to their Japanese counterparts as some of the most significant innovations cross the Pacific Ocean and then slowly enter the tackle boxes of North American anglers. The drop-shot rig is one prime example of something that started in the Far East, gained steam in the western United States and […]

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Logbook: When Things Go Wrong

  Witnessing a dockside snafu at Bimini’s Big Game Club provides us with a sobering reminder: How you react to a stressful situation is something people will remember forever. Witnessing a dockside snafu at Bimini’s Big Game Club provides us with a sobering reminder: How you react to a stressful situation is something people will […]

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