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New England Regional Fishing with Tim Coleman | Soundings Online Column

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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Summer fishing: stripers, cod, fluke and T-shirts

The author and his friends have had great summer cod fishing in 160 to 200 feet east of the north end of Stellwagen Bank.Our fishing world is evolving, changing before our eyes, and smart anglers will adjust their tactics to the realities of the day. Those who do will reap the rewards; those who don’t probably will come home with less, or maybe an empty cooler.

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Light tackle is easy on the arms, heavy on fun

It’s been said many times that the only thing permanent in our world is change. From our whiz-bang electronic gadgets to the front pages of our newspapers, the world is changing before our eyes. Sportfishing is no exception. Perhaps the biggest change is the advent of super braid fishing line.

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With spring in full swing, are you ready to wet a line?

Yes, it's finally over. The winter of 2011 - with its snow, snow and more snow, spiced with some freezing rain - is in the history books, leaving much milder weather and, of course, a new boating and fishing season. In Massachusetts, anglers ready their rigs for the spring cod, pollock and haddock fishing on and outside Stellwagen Bank. They might try their luck right up on the bank in shoal water on their early trips, looking to the deeper water on the east side as spring warms into summer.

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Plastic baits prove hard to resist

This nice bass grabbed a plastic worm along the rocky shore of Fishers Island, N.Y.The first time I saw a plastic bait used in salt water was on a cold, windy night in Florida. Snug in my humble trailer, space heater going, north wind blasting, I was watching a fellow on a television show say how he used long freshwater worms to catch the mighty tarpon in one of the Sunshine State's many fishing holes.

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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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