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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.



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.



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.



Tireless charter captain loves his job


Not even the Great Recession could stop Capt. Greg Mercurio from plying his trade in coastal waters

The Yankee Captains (Capt. Greg Mercurio on the rail) is a 12-month operation. From November through May the boat fishes the Dry Tortugas grounds out of Key West for snapper and grouper. The rest of the year it fishes for cod and ground fish from Gloucester, Mass., and in the fall, tuna from New Bedford.Many of us love boats and dropping a hook in the water, but not many have taken the leap to combine that love into making a living as a full-time captain, running your own boat for profit 12 months a year. It's not an easy road - especially in the recession years - but one of those making it go is Capt. Greg Mercurio, owner and operator of the 85-foot party boat Yankee Captains.



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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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