Author: Matt Haeffner

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Angling Artist: Amy Eldridge – On The Water

Angling Artist: Amy Eldridge – On The Water

Growing up, many of us might remember being enrolled in clubs, athletic teams, or classes that didn’t captivate our interest. However, when Cape Cod [...]
Giant Bluefin Tuna Caught on Slow Pitch Jigging Tackle

Giant Bluefin Tuna Caught on Slow Pitch Jigging Tackle

Under the cover of night Captain Ryan Hill, Matthew Bach, Michael Tanionos and Jeff Vantine got more than they bargained for while jigging for bait [...]
Hickory Shad: The Unsung Heroes of the Fall Run

Hickory Shad: The Unsung Heroes of the Fall Run

In pop culture, a hero is the subject of admiration, idealized for strength and ability. For most fall-run surfcasters, the striped bass fits the bi [...]
Bucktails In Boulder Fields for Big Striped Bass

Bucktails In Boulder Fields for Big Striped Bass

Rocky, wind-blown beaches provide striped bass with a smorgasbord of bait, the ideal bucktail fishing conditions during the fall migration. Photo by [...]
Angling Artist: Mark O’Grasso – On The Water

Angling Artist: Mark O’Grasso – On The Water

It’s cold and gusty in the middle of February, and Mark O’Grasso stands beneath the motorized, retractable awning of the heatless, 400-square foot g [...]
Late Season Fluking – On The Water

Late Season Fluking – On The Water

In New Jersey, the end of the summer is bittersweet. Kids head back to school in early September, and the beautiful, but sometimes unbearably humid [...]
Long Island’s Unofficial Race for a 100-Pound Cobia

Long Island’s Unofficial Race for a 100-Pound Cobia

(Above) Captain Tony and the crew aboard the Berth Control showcase their catch after weigh-in. Scotty’s Marina and Fishing Station has always been [...]
Live-Lining for Striped Bass with Lady Liberty

Live-Lining for Striped Bass with Lady Liberty

Rockfish Charters gets up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.When I worked on Governor’s Island, the small island just [...]
Angling Artists: Edgar Stewart – On The Water

Angling Artists: Edgar Stewart – On The Water

After spending some time fishing the tropical waters around Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, he even had the chance to draw the sailfish used in the logo [...]
Rhode Island Poachers Caught with 116 Scup Over the Limit

Rhode Island Poachers Caught with 116 Scup Over the Limit

(Above) Photo courtesy of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management Last week, Environmental Police Officers (EPOs) in Rhode Island were [...]
Women’s Record Tautog Caught in Maryland

Women’s Record Tautog Caught in Maryland

On April 22, New York angler Kelly Langion-Milano from North Babylon on Long Island, went tog fishing with her husband James and their friends in [...]
Angling Artists: Cody Richardson – On The Water

Angling Artists: Cody Richardson – On The Water

Cody Richardson never anticipated being knee-deep amid mounds of discarded metal in a Belize scrap yard, but there he was, searching for uniquely c [...]
Sharpen Up on Blade Baits

Sharpen Up on Blade Baits

Pictured: Kurt Hoefig shows that blades can draw reaction strikes from more than just big bass. The blade bait is a versatile, productive, and under [...]
Alewife Revival – On The Water

Alewife Revival – On The Water

Long Island has more than 500 freshwater lakes and ponds, with over 30 miles of streams connecting them. Like most Long Islanders, though, I associa [...]
Featured Lure: Fat Cow’s Fat Minnow

Featured Lure: Fat Cow’s Fat Minnow

I was mid-stride chasing a fast-moving blitz down Long Island’s North Shore, the crunching of pebbles and shells sounding like shattered glass as th [...]
Winter Pickerel – On The Water

Winter Pickerel – On The Water

Pictured: Chain pickerel enjoy murky, shallow water so they can swiftly ambush unsuspecting prey. During the winter months, when largemouth bass see [...]
State Record Burbot (Cusk) Caught in New Hampshire

State Record Burbot (Cusk) Caught in New Hampshire

It’s ice fishing season in New Hampshire, and one angler recently pulled a new state record fish through a hole in the ice. On January 13th, Ryan [...]
2022 Sportsmen’s Shows – On The Water

2022 Sportsmen’s Shows – On The Water

It’s been nearly two years since we had a full winter schedule of Sportsman’s Shows in the Northeast. Things were looking promising going into th [...]
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