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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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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Fall Fishing In the Canyons

As much as I love the canyons during long, lazy summer days and short nights, my canyon-fishing heart beats with excitement when Labor Day rolls by. Our fishiest water of the year is typically in early fall as the combination of tropical storms pushing warm water inward collides with fall northerlies churning up shelf water […]

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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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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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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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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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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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