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New England Regional Fishing with Tim Coleman | Soundings Online Column

Live bait: unfair advantage or labor-intensive art form?

As Charley Soares noses the bow of his 18-foot skiff toward the edge of the boulder field, I glance quickly at the near-2-pound scup dangling from a treble at the working end of my line and brace my knees under the coaming in preparation for what I know will be an ugly lob, at best.

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Scout out some new spots before the season starts

A problem with scouting is that it often requires you to tune out the gut-level instinct for instant action.

Zach HarveyTournament winners separate themselves from the chumps who run up the first-place payouts by demystifying the quest to put fish in the boat.

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Nautical know-how: a game of learning by doing

Zach Harvey"Fish on, starboard bow,” Capt. Rusty Benn announces over the loud hailer. I set down my fillet knife, hustle across the stern and dash up the rail, determined to be standing on-scene, gaff in hand, before the fearless leader can issue a second broadcast.

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The perfect boat and the art of compromise - Part Two

Editor’s note: What makes the perfect fishing boat? It depends, among other things, on the type of fishing you have in mind. This is the second of two columns examining a veteran charter captain’s progression through the four boats he has owned.


Zach HarveyAfter 20 years of running smaller charter fishing boats, Capt. Al Anderson of Narragansett, R.I., in 1981 moved up to a 35-foot Down East-style boat, built in close collaboration with Connecticut-based designer/builder Peter Legnos.

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The perfect fishing boat? There’s no such thing - Part One

Editor’s note: Choosing the “perfect” fishing boat is impossible because what works for one angler is often ill-suited for another whose needs differ. In this first of two columns by Zach Harvey he interviews a 50-year charter skipper who talks about the first two of the four boats he has owned — the merits and shortcomings of each and why he moved on.


Zach HarveyWhat makes a perfect fishing vessel? There’s no singular answer to that question. There are a thousand issues of scale, of fishing methods, species and grounds, of inlet clearance or pure economics.

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Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman died May 3, in Weekapaug, R.I., doing what he loved to do best at that time of year: scouting the salt ponds and outer beaches for spring striped bass. He was an exceptional saltwater angler and a prolific writer. Thousands of readers lost an advocate and authentic storyteller for fishing in the Northeast, and anyone fortunate to have known Tim lost a good friend.


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