Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Loading Up

Every year I buy stuff for the upcoming season based on what happened last year. My fishing showed that some of the hottest surface plugs last year were those pointy nosed skimmers. Many would call these "spook" type plugs based on the famous Heddon Zara Spook. These plugs would consistently outfish traditional poppers.
I've expanded my line-up of skimmers this year, stocking up on four different varieties.  These include the Rebel Jumpin' Minnow, the Heddon Super Spook, the Yo-Zuri Hydro Pencil and the Bomber Walk the Dog (see photo of these from top to bottom). You might have noticed that I used the Jumpin Minnow and the Super Spook a lot last year and had very good success on both stripers and bluefish.
All of these plugs are of the lightweight variety ranging in size from a half ounce to an ounce.  They are great to fish in Bays and protected waters with light tackle, not so great where a long cast and a big plug are needed. I also favor light colors on all these plugs as you can probably see from the photo.
The knock on just about all of these plugs is that the hooks and possibly the split rings should be beefed up.  Here are the modifications I make on each:
Jumpin' Minnow- Hooks must be changed to VMC 4X, size 1. Possibly change split rings to more heavy duty.
Super Spook- Remove middle hook and split ring.  Change front and rear hook to VMC 4X, size 1/0. Possibly change split rings.
Yo-Zuri- No change needed
Bomber- Change hooks to VMC 4X, size 1/0. Possibly change split rings.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

2 MILLION

We have quietly gone over two million pageviews on the blog. Amazing!
I know there is huge and dedicated following because I constantly meet fishermen from all over New England.  I meet them at the fishing shows, along the water, in malls and even in some strange places.  I was skiing the other day at Wachusett Mountain and a guy came up to me and asked if I was the fisherman who wrote the RI striper blog. I can't believe he recognized me because I was all geared up in winter clothes, helmet, goggles, etc.
The guys and gals who are regular followers are in the thousands, and many have said how much they appreciate the info on the blog. One guy told me he checks it in the morning with his coffee, at lunch and again in the evening.....EVERY DAY! I can also tell you from my stats page that there are increasing numbers of readers from all over the world and there is a good following coming from the UK. Hmm, maybe tourist/fishermen who visit the East Coast. I also notice that the pageviews for my posts have really gone up this winter.  I suspect cabin fevered fishermen are going back and reading past posts.
So, thanks to everyone who frequents the blog. Watch the blog in the next month because soon we will REALLY have something to write about. It's coming!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Next Stop on Show Tour....River's End Tackle Striper Surf Day, March 25

My next show stop will be at River's End Tackle in Old Saybrook, CT. This popular and free event titled Striper Surf Day will be held on Sat., March 25.  It will feature sales on tackle, tackle reps., demonstrations, and seminars. This will be my first year doing this event.  Other seminar speakers include Toby Lapinski from the Fisherman magazine, Steve Mc Kenna, well known big striper hunter from RI and Dennis Zambrotta, another famous RI surf caster.  Looks like a great event.
Here is the link for more info: River's End Tackle Surf Day
My seminar will be a Power Point Presentation on fishing for keeper stripers, large blues and albies from shore. Hope to see many of you there for this fun event.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Next Stop on the Seminar Tour.....Springfield Sportsmens Show

My next stop on my winter seminar tour is the Springfield Sportsmens Show at the Big E in Springfield, MA.  I will be there on Sat., Feb.25.  I will be doing my saltwater seminar titled Keeper Bass and Big Blues from Shore and Boat along with my latest carp fishing show. The exact seminar time schedule should be posted soon.  I did the saltwater seminar at the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Boxboro, MA several weeks ago and it was packed with fishermen. I expect the a similar turnout in Springfield.
The Springfield Sportsmens Show is a huge event billed as the biggest outdoor show in New England.  It features everything outdoors with an emphasis on hunting and fishing. All the show information is HERE. 
I hope to see many of my followers at the show.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Beefing Up the Jumpin Minnow

First step, remove
the original hooks and
split rings.
Add the replacement
hooks and split rings.
One of the hottest plugs for me last year was a Rebel Jumpin Minnow. This inexpensive plug, under 6 bucks in a lot of places, caught big numbers of stripers and bluefish of all sizes in Narragansett Bay as well as the RI oceanfront.  It was super effective when the fish were feeding on peanut bunker.
The big problem with this plug out of the box is its flimsy hardware.  It comes with cheap and weak split rings and flimsy hooks. So, the first thing I do before using this plug is to beef up the hardware.
First step is to remove the rings and hooks with split ring pliers.  I then add new split rings which are 4H, 80 lb. test.  Next, I add VMC 4X trebles in a size #2. It all takes about 5 minutes to accomplish.  I buy my split rings and hooks online from a place called NJ Tackle.  The website is HERE.
That's about it for beefing up this plug.  The plug is now ready to take on just about anything in saltwater.

On this plug I will be adding 4H, 80 lb. test split rings. The original hooks will be
replaced with VMC 4X trebles, size #2.


Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 NEOWA Youth Writing Contest

Do you know a student in grades 6-12 who is passionate about the outdoors and possesses good writing skills? The New England Outdoor Writers’ Association (NEOWA) of which I am a member is sponsoring a youth outdoor writing contest for students.  The written entries must be on any outdoor oriented topic.  For example, one can write about a fishing adventure, a hunting adventure, a nature walk, a kayaking trip, wildlife watching or other similar adventures that communicate and add to the knowledge and enjoyment of nature and natural resources. The written work should not exceed 500 words.  In the past I have gotten some great stories that told about fishing and outdoor adventures here in RI.
The contest runs in each New England state and there are junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions. State winners will receive a $125 cash award.  New England “grand” winners will receive an additional  $150.
This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their writing about outdoor related topics.

For additional information and complete rules, click here: NEOWA Youth WritingContest

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Showtime...First Stop, New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Boxborough, MA

I'll be on the road again this winter doing saltwater and freshwater fishing seminars.  My first stop is the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Boxborough Holiday Inn located in Boxborough, MA right off Rt. 495. The show runs Jan. 27, 28 and 29.  Check out their website for directions.
This big outdoor show was the show that used to be in the DCU Center in Worcester. Since moving to Boxborough several years ago it has gotten bigger and better every year and features one of the best and most extensive seminar schedules you'll find at any outdoor show.
My two seminars are new for 2017. Here is my schedule and the seminars I will be doing:
Keeper Stripers and Large Blues from Shore and Boat.....Sat., Jan 28 at 12:00 and Sun., Jan. 29 at 11:00 AM
Targeting Large Carp.....Sat., Jan., 28 at 5:00 PM
Hope to see many of you there.