2013 provided OnTheWater.com with some great stories. We've compiled the top 5 most popular from this past year, including a world record freshwater striper, state record bluegill and wahoo, a 73-pound Striper Cup entry and, of course, the sailfish caught in the Cape Cod Canal.
Just as the beginning kayaker has a long list of questions about the basics of kayaking, the angler looking to get more serious about fishing from a kayak also needs some guidance, whether it’s about safety, rudders, anchors, rod holders, crates, and even apparel.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a fishing kayak or have been kayak fishing for years, the On The Water March Issue has you covered. In this issue you’ll find an extensive guide to fishing kayaks, a how-to on kayak carping and the pros and cons of adding some power to your paddle. Squeeze in one last winter project by upgrading your spinning reel handle, prepare for the saltwater season with a guide to fishing jetties by boat. Revisit the classic Muddler Minnow and take a trip to South America for some prehistoric rainbow trout.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a fishing kayak or have been kayak fishing for years, the On The Water March Issue has you covered. In this issue you’ll find an extensive guide to fishing kayaks, a how-to on kayak carping and the pros and cons of adding some power to your paddle. Squeeze in one last winter project by upgrading your spinning reel handle, and celebrate ice-out by targeting small-pond pickerel. Get ready for the saltwater season with a guide to fishing jetties by boat, and read the story of a bunch of Jersey striper nuts who head south for Trinidadian tarpon.
Massachusetts' 2014 commercial striped bass season regulations were announced yesterday, revealing sweeping changes from the 2013 commercial striper season. Stricter regulations are also accompanied by a brand new striped bass tagging program for primary buyers, ensuring that all commercially caught stripers are accounted for until after their sale at retail seafood businesses and restaurants. Read More
The Panther Martin Spinner has been a trout-catching classic since 1958, but they recently introduced a UV series of spinners. I’d largely dismissed UV paint as a trend designed to catch more fishermen than fish, until a landlocked salmon stopped the UV Panther Martin in its tracks. Read More
Once in a great while, I’ll have a fishing road trip planned with a friend, and for whatever reason, they’ll bail at the last minute, offering some flimsy excuse for why they can’t go. Every time, I tell my buddy or co-worker that they’re going to miss out on some great fishing, but all too … Read More
The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program is one of the oldest and arguably the most successful collaboration between anglers and fisheries scientists. It began half a century ago when most anglers held sharks in contempt, but today it is one of the most successful shark research initiatives in the world. Read More
The Van Staal VM150 offered inshore and surf fishermen a reel that lived up to Van Staal’s reputation for toughness, but at a lower price. In 2014, offshore anglers will be able to experience the same value and toughness in the Van Staal VM275. The VM275 holds 400 yards of 80-pound braid, takes in 42 … Read More
It felt strange driving down Route 27 East toward Montauk without a few surf rods in the car. Then again, it felt strange driving into Montauk on February 28, but, as Captain Bobby Schroeder of the Viking Fleet said, “There is no ‘fishing season’ in Montauk. Out here, the fishing never stops.”
The Shimano Spheros has long been one of the best values in a saltwater spinning reel, and for 2014, Shimano has made this reel even tougher. The new and improved Spheros SW, just unveiled at the World Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Suffern, NY, features enhanced durability with its cold-forged CF Gear and extreme water … Read More
The following educational seminars will be taking place at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo this weekend, held in Edison, NJ from Thursday - Sunday. Read More
It’s rare these days to see something totally different and unique come across in fishing lures, which is why I’m pretty excited about the new plug from NorthBar Tackle, the Flying Squid. The front of this pencil-popper-style topwater plug has four fins on it—like a torpedo—designed to steady the plug in the air and eliminate the tumbling that costs plugs casting distance. Read More
The New York Sportfishing Federation's 31st Annual Forum & Auction returns to the Freeport Recreation Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 14th, 15th, and 16th. Tabbed the "Can't Miss" sportfishing event of the year in the New York marine district, this year's Freeport Show promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Read More
Before the Broncos took their thrashing at the hands of the Seahawks on Sunday, I wanted to sneak in some open-water fishing. In order to do so, I had to road trip the two or so hours to Belchertown, MA.