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New England Regional Fishing with Tim Coleman | Soundings Online Column

Versatile rods and reels that won’t break the budget

The heavier DLX 33 rod with a Penn 950SS can be used for a variety of fishing. Here, an angler battles a big amberjack on an artificial reef in Florida.Good tackle shops typically have 300 to 500 rods on display, so it can be a daunting task when the casual angler goes looking for a rod-and-reel combo for the boat that will last yet not break the budget. Here are two suggestions that will work not only in the Northeast, but also if you are taking your boat to Florida for the winter.

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Ready when the weather is? Fall fishing will reward you

Many of your neighbors have called it quits, but for you and others who still have a boat at the ready, November offers chances for a great day on the water. For those with the patience to watch and wait for that calm day between fall storms, there are rewards.

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Want to catch some fish? Try a Yankee Capts charter

Steve Cannizzo, who organized the trip through his www.fishingunited.com, jigged up a nice cod on Fippennies Ledge, one of three spots fished.It was the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, but we weren’t at the marina, the beach or a cookout. We were 80 miles off Gloucester, Mass., dropping lines as the sun came up on Parker Ridge, a rocky high spot that, along with Cashes Ledge and nearby Fippennies Ledge, offers anglers their best chance to catch a load of New England groundfish — a mix of cod, pollock, haddock and cusk.
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Hot spots are ripe as the weather cools

It's easy to fish for sea bass off Montauk, N.Y., in the morning, then spend the afternoon diamond-jigging for bass and blues in the rips closer to the point.That cool north wind isn’t your imagination. Mother Nature has turned a page in her book, the summer heat is giving way to more bearable temperatures, and fish throughout the Northeast will respond to the changing seasons. Don’t touch that dial or take the boat out too early; we have plenty of fishing opportunities between now and Thanksgiving.

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Little things can loom large; take the time to prepare

Before taking this 23-footer 40 miles out, the writer - at the owner's behest - bought a jumper that could get him home if the batteries failed.It was the biggest fish of the trip, and my friend lost it. Then he lost another that was even bigger, judging from the bend in the rod. A close inspection of the lure upon retrieval showed the culprit. An old treble hook on the cod jig looked as if it had been “sharpened” with a hammer — dull to the point of being about worthless.

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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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