If you're like a lot of boaters, you have limited funds to enjoy your days on the water. In addition to normal boat expenses, fishermen must also decide just what lures they need - sometimes a daunting challenge to those new to the sport, given the walls of fish foolers on peg boards available for sale in most tackle shops.
Going 60 miles offshore can help snag a big catch and lift the spirits, but it's not for newcomers
The speed of today's fishing machines opens up the possibility of reaching spots previously thought too far away for one day. It's now possible to run 60 or more miles, get in some often great fishing, then run home - all before the clock ticks over into a new morning.
The long, lonely winter is over and across the Northeast the best fishing holes are beckoning again
Finally - after another long, snowy, rainy, chilly winter - it's now time to get back to boating and fishing. Anglers from all over New England ready their boats for that first trip for whatever finny pursuits are in their home waters.
A few important steps can ensure that you don't lose any of your gear fishing an old sunken vessel
Shipwrecks, large or small, attract all types of marine life. The wreck of the old pleasure boat that didn't make it back, now lying in 35 feet of water about two miles outside the river mouth, can offer striped bass that call the structure a temporary home just like they do on the Shrewsbury Rocks off New Jersey or the Green Hill Reef off Rhode Island.
Every angler can become a little more perceptive with the newest line of high-tech side scanners
Mark Bertini of Big Coppitt Key, Fla., has one in his 27-foot Contender to find wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico near Key West. Capt. Joe Huckemeyer of Hyannis, Mass., has one in his 100-foot party boat, Helen H, to find rocks, wrecks and fishy lumps in Nantucket Sound.
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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.