Early Winter Fishing for Big Niagara Lake Trout

This lake trout was sporting a fresh wound from a lamprey above its pectoral fin. In the 1900’s, lampreys contributed to the eradication of lakers in Lake Ontario. Since the 1970s, stocking efforts and lamprey population-control methods have allowed the lakers to thrive in Ontario once again. In early winter, the Niagara Bar and River […]

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Kayaking in the Pristine Waters of Nantucket

Pristine Waters of Nantucket Nantucket, MA, is a small island but has a big reputation for being a leading vacation destination on the East Coast. It has over 82 miles of coastline and beautiful beaches, wildlife refuges, protected natural lands, perfectly preserved pre-civil war historic buildings, and some of the best restaurants and boutiques in […]

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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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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Boat

Boat ownership provides opportunities for great experiences and memories for yourself, your family, and your friends. It’s a pathway to wild and open spaces, an opportunity to see and visit places you cannot get to by car. Maybe its your first boat, maybe it’s the next in a lifetime series of boats, maybe it’s your […]

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Book Excerpt: Seasons of the Striper

Bill Sisson’s evocative new book winds us through a marine journalist’s sometimes precarious, lifelong hunt for a beautiful fish and the perfect boat. Each fall, scores of anglers chase striped bass along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic aboard a diverse armada of boats, from 50-foot convertibles working the steep rips off Nantucket, Montauk and Block Island […]

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Summer and Southern Flounder Fishing Tips

Big flatties up north love bucktails and Gulp! Alive grubs, but the baits are often lost to pinfish down south. Nick Honachefsky When you grow up in Jersey, you don’t think of flatfish as a southern target. But I spent a stint in Florida as managing editor of this magazine. Feeling a wreck-fishing ­whimsy, I […]

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Secret Weapons of the Deep Drop

Pictured: With their blue eyes, gold-flecked scales, and fleshy adipose crest, golden tilefish are one of the most exotic-looking species in the Northeast. Half the fun of sending a baited rig 500 feet to the bottom is never knowing what’s going to find it. Off the continental shelf of the Northeast, more than a dozen […]

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