Fluke, sea bass, blackfish, or cod, bottom fishermen catch the tastiest fish swimming in the Northeast.
Bottom fishermen can scale down to lighter jigs and rigs by using a thinner-diameter line for less water resistance, and PowerPro Maxcuatro is 25% thinner than other PowerPro lines of the same strength.
Some bottom-fishing tactics are better suited (and more fun) with spinning gear. The made-for-bottom-bouncing Tsunami Evict 3000 is perfect for dropping crab-tipped jigs to tog or dancing bucktails for fluke.
Cutting different species calls for different blades, and the new Havalon Talon featuring the Quik-Change II Interchangeable Cutlery System allows users to seamlessly change blades without losing any cutting area. The Talon’s adaptable design allows it to fit any style Talon blade big or small with the press of a button. The Talon also features a removable back panel for easy clean up after filleting or processing, and it comes with a rugged nylon roll-pack to store a variety of blade styles and sizes.
Berkley Fusion19 Bucktail Jig
Designed to pair perfectly with Berkley Gulp, the Berkley Fusion19 Bucktail Jig has a super-sharp narrow gap hook that sticks and holds big flatfish, and a sloping head that glides and scoots along the bottom.
A moderate action absorbs the frantic thumping of fluke, sea bass, and blackfish without overpowering the fish. For sea bass and blackfish in shallow water, use the 6’4” Tsunami Slimwave 641-MH medium-heavy model; for fluke and sea bass a little deeper, turn to the 7’ medium-heavy.
Ravenous hordes of sea bass and porgies make every fluke fisherman in constant need of Berkley Gulp. These scented synthetic Berkley Gulp Grubs have become a staple for tipping bucktails.
StormR Strykr Jacket and Bib
From cod and pollock to double-digit tog, some of the best bottom fishing happens in the dead of winter. This StormR Strykr full neoprene suit keeps anglers warm and protected so they can ignore the cold and focus on the nibbling white-chin 100 feet down.
Grundéns Deck Boss Ankle Boots
For hot days on the fluke grounds, a pair of deck boots that keep feet dry and protected, yet cool and comfortable, are an asset. Grundéns Deck Boss Ankle Boots feature a thermoregulated, anti-microbial cooling liner.
Never missing with the net is the best gift you can give a bottom fisherman, but the next best gift is a top-of-the-line Bubba Fishing Net with a hoop made from aerospace aluminum and knotless mesh.
Sometimes, catching a limit takes the entire day. The Yeti Tundra Haul keeps the catch chilled until it’s time to carve it up at the dock.