Posts by Jimmy Fee
March 04, 2014
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.”
February 13, 2014
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
February 05, 2014
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.
January 31, 2014
Every winter, if the ponds lock up around the On The Water office, there’s talk of cashing in on the nighttime crappie bite through the ice.
January 21, 2014
Andy Nabreski and I took advantage of last week’s thaw by grabbing a dozen shiners and cutting out of work early last Friday. Though this mid-winter “heat wave” only brought the temperature into the 40s, combined with some rain early in the week, it was enough to take the ice off the small ponds around … Read More
January 17, 2014
The past few years have seen quite a few surprise visitors to the waters of the Northeast. While opinions differ on whether these catches were anomalies or signs of a changing climate and ocean, I wouldn’t mind if some of these lost southern species became more frequent visitors to our local waters.
January 13, 2014
My wife must have been tired of hearing me say “I’ve only been fishing once this year,” because she just about shooed me out the door Saturday morning. There was a crew from On The Water hitting the remaining ice early in the day, but I set out for open water. I headed for Peters … Read More
December 30, 2013
Last week, I pulled the plug on a Salmon River road trip, hoping the conditions would look better for the weekend after Christmas. I must have not been the only one who asked Santa for good steelhead conditions, because by Friday, the water level was perfect, the air temperature was in the high 30s/low 40s, … Read More
December 23, 2013
My initial plan for the weekend before Christmas was the Salmon River. I had the car packed, the flies tied and rods rigged. Just before I hopped in the car for the 6-hour trek across Massachusetts and New York, I checked the water level one last time. Because of snow melt from the mild temperatures … Read More
December 10, 2013
By 10:00, a crowd of fishermen had assembled on the dock behind Fishermen’s Supply Co. in Point Pleasant, NJ. They brought coolers, bibs, sleeping bags and stout conventional outfit. At 10:30 when it was time to board, I stepped onto the Voyager for my first winter sea bass trip in a decade.
December 04, 2013
Early last week, reports of huge catches of stripers came in from boats fishing from Sandy Hook all the way down to Island Beach State Park. The bass were sitting pretty in a huge swarm of sand eels. Then the storm hit.
November 27, 2013
With a “mild” late November night forecasted last Thursday, Chris Parisi and I grabbed two dozen shiners at lunch and headed to a small pond after work. We picked a pond that has a good mix of bass, trout, panfish and pickerel. Our primary target was brown trout, but anything with fins would do. As … Read More
November 20, 2013
When making a fishing game plan, surfcasters rely on tide charts, offshore fishermen live by sea-surface-temperature maps, bass pros check the barometer and steelheaders look to the US Geological Survey water flow data.
November 07, 2013
Unlike the spring and fall, the odds of eventually finding fish are not in your favor in November and December. But you never know, a big southbound school might could still make a pit stop at one of the beaches, boulderfields or bays you fished all season. Read More
November 04, 2013
In the fall, big fish that spent the winter, spring and summer feeding in deeper water, move close to shore, driven by the urge to feed, migrate or spawn. This is true of striped bass and bluefish along the ocean beaches and trout and salmon in large freshwater lakes. One species I put on my … Read More