Posts by Jimmy Fee
April 16, 2014
The 2014 New Jersey spring trout stocking program has been significantly modified due to the impacts of furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. The Division has implemented a plan to control the disease at the hatchery, but it is necessary to modify the trout stocking program this spring in order to protect wild trout resources … Read More
April 15, 2014
In April 2012, I wrote a From The Surf column on getting your early-spring surf-fishing fix by doing some freshwater fishing from shore. On Tuesday morning, I took my own advice
April 10, 2014
The past couple of Aprils, I’ve forgone the usual early-spring schoolie hunt and taken my shorebound exploits elsewhere – namely the freshwaters of the Northeast. And truth be told, some of this fishing feels just similar enough to saltwater surfcasting to keep my appetite sated until May brings up the stripers that can actually pull drag. Read More
April 08, 2014
It’s kind of implied that the size and number of fish in a pond is proportional to length, narrowness and bumpiness of the dirt road that leads there.
April 07, 2014
Delaware River brown trout, wild for generations, have adapted to the river, long ago replacing the washed-out look and lackluster fighting ability of hatchery-born trout with their fiery coloration and an attitude to match. Read More
March 28, 2014
With spring weather finally starting to thaw us out here in the Northeast, we’re entering the best time of year to target big largemouth bass. With a long, lean winter behind them and the spawn in front of them, the big female largemouths will be gorging right now, and over the next few weeks, fishermen … Read More
March 24, 2014
It doesn’t matter that temperatures have been below average, or that another winter storm might be headed our way. It’s late March, and regardless of weather, it’s one of the best times of year to catch a big largemouth bass. Right now, big bass are hungry from the long winter, and are looking to eat … Read More
March 10, 2014
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
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
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