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Ice-Fishing for Trout and Salmon and Block Island Stripers

Location: Western MA and Block Island, RI
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Targeting: Trout, Salmon, Stripers & Blues

Jay Baver spends the day ice-fishing with friends for trout and salmon, and the action is nonstop. The fish keep getting bigger as the day goes on, with the last fish requiring that the hole be enlarged before it will fit through!

Next, Neal Larsson is fishing aboard Howlin’ Wolf Charters for late-season bass and blues with Captain Bruce Macomber. Using umbrella rigs, the two put together a fine catch for November in New England. Read more →

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Fluke on the Flats in Rhode Island, Charles River White Catfish, and Summer Pike in CT

Location: Rhode Island, Charles River, and Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, CT
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Targeting: Fluke, Catfish and Pike

Part one of this three-part show features Jay drifting dead freshwater shiners over Rhode Island flats for fluke. Then he’s off to the Charles River to target white catfish in an urban setting. Lastly, contributing writer Bob Sampson tries his hand at summertime pike from Mansfield Hollow Reservoir with Mambo Minnows. Read more →

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Chunking Herring for Boston Harbor Stripers and Sea Bass and Fluke in Buzzards Bay

Location: Boston Harbor and Buzzards Bay
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Targeting: Stripers, Sea Bass and Fluke

The folks from Save The Harbor explain to Neal Larsson how the cleanup of Boston Harbor has aided in the resurgence of striper fishing on the North Shore. The proof is in the pudding, as the guys use cut herring for chunky striped bass. Then Captain Bob Belekewicz puts us on some fast and furious bottom fishing in Buzzards Bay, with sea bass and fluke coming over the rails of the Lemke-Ann, one after the other. Read more →

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Offshore Yellowfin and Mahi and Boston Harbor Fluke and Flounder

Location: Hydrographers Canyon and Boston Harbor, MA
Time of Year: Summer
Targeting: Tuna and Stripers

Jay Baver and Captain Duane Gelzer make the run to Hydrographers Canyon and start off by pulling a seven-rod spread. Mahi and football yellowfin tuna keep drags buzzing all day long, and after dark, some larger tuna fall to the chunk before it’s time to weigh anchor and head for the barn.

Next, Gene Bourque heads to Boston Harbor for a flatfish extravaganza. Fishing with contributing writer Ron Powers, the crew starts the day chumming for winter flounder near Deer Island, successfully bringing a few healthy blackbacks over the rail. Then they motor to Lynn Marsh to pull up some keeper fluke for the box. Read more →

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Cape Cod Funnyfish and Lake Champlain Lakers

Location: Vineyard Sound and Lake Champlain
Time of Year: Summer
Targeting: Bonito, Mackerel and Lake Trout

Late summer has brought some exotic visitors to Cape Cod, and no, we don’t mean the tourists! Inshore speedsters such as false albacore, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are the target species, as Neal Larsson and Andy Nabreski troll small swimming plugs in the warm summer waters of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. Getting through the small bluefish can be a chore, but it’s well worth the effort when one of the summer exotics takes the bait.

Then it’s off to the “Sixth Great Lake,” where Jay Baver fishes with Captain Rich Greenough in search of his first-ever lake trout. By employing downriggers for controlled depth fishing, Jay gets his first laker and then some! Read more →

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Monomoy Stripers and Connecticut River Carp

Location: Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA and Connecticut River
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Targeting: Stripers and Carp

Neal Larsson joins up with Captain Bruce Peters to drift sand eels for bass on light tackle. Captain Bruce keeps Neal into fish and shares helpful tips on handling any fish you plan on releasing.

Later, Jay Baver meets up with the Wasilewski brothers on the Connecticut River to fish for the world’s most popular freshwater fish, carp. The brothers detail the specialized gear used to target this species, much of which comes from Europe. The chum pod and flavored corn baits bring some heavy carp to the hook, and Jay leaves looking forward to his next carp outing. Read more →

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Largemouth Bass: Patterning a New Lake and Stripers on the Fly/World-Record Attempt

Location: Cape Cod and a "Mystery Lake"
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Targeting: Largemouth Bass and Stripers on the Fly

Neal Larsson spends a day on the lake with bass pro Mark Burgess and learns how the pros go about patterning an unfamiliar body of water. Mark explains what prompts him to fish certain areas, and between lessons, puts some tournament-grade largemouths in the boat.

Then we join Roger Swiderski to stalk fat stripers in the thin water of tidal estuaries with a fly rod. The bass are gorging themselves on juvenile baitfish, but many of them are unable to resist the Clousers expertly placed by “Jolly” Roger. Finally, Roger splices on a 2-pound-test tippet and seeks to beat the existing world record for that category. Read more →

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Eeling the Elizabeths and Multispecies Sharkin’

Location: Elizabeth Islands and South of MV
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Targeting: Stripers and Sharks

With a day’s supply of eels on hand, Chris Megan and Neal Larsson head out to the Elizabeth Islands to cast for bass along the rocky shores. Action comes early and often, putting Chris and Neal’s tackle to the test. Read more →

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Cuttyhunk Special

Location: Cuttyhunk Island, MA
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Targeting: Striped bass

On The Water’s Gene Bourque, Jay Baver and Andy Nabreski meet up with islander Duane Lynch at the historic Cuttyhunk Fish Club to learn the history along with the in’s and out’s of fishing this special place from shore & boat. Read more →