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New England Regional Fishing with Tim Coleman | Soundings Online Column

Long-run days add zest to the season

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.

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It doesn't get much better than this

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.

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Catch trophy-sized fish hidden in wrecks

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.

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Side-scan sonar for the Everyman

Every angler can become a little more perceptive with the newest line of high-tech side scanners

Tim ColemanMark 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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A new opportunity arises in the Keys

Regulations on grouper are a downer, but the chance to drop a hook in some new places is a good one

My dear departed mom used to say the only thing permanent in our fast world is change. Well, fishermen heading to the Florida Keys this winter will have to deal with change in the form of new conservation measures the fishery powers say are necessary to conserve a dwindling supply of groupers.

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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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