Surf Fishing with Kids
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by OTW Staff
2w ago
Every surfcaster is eager to introduce their favorite pastime to the next generation, but if your little fishing buddy would rather collect seashells or build sandcastles, while wearing the high-end breathable kid’s waders you bought them, you just have to let it happen. From The Surf is presented by: • Yeti • Seaguar • Fin-Nor Sunglasses Gear from the Video: Simms Kids Tributary Waders Simms Kids Tributary Wading Boot On The Water Youth Tie Dye Hoodie Aftco Lager Flannel On The Water Striper Snapback Fin Nor Sportfisher Sunglasses Simms G4 Waders Yeti Panga Backpack Yeti Kid’s 18-ounce Water ..read more
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Single-Hook Solutions for Striper Plugs
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Matt Haeffner
3w ago
Eliott Sanchez’s single-hook rig weeds out schoolies and protects big fish from excessive treble hook damage. Additionally, it keeps his hands safe from extra free-swinging hook points when fish handling. (IG @chefeliott) Eliott Sanchez, the surfcasting chef, spends his free time plying the waters between Jersey City and Long Island’s west end for trophy striped bass. After years of bent treble hooks, broken hook points, bent-out split rings, and a treble or two in the hand, Sanchez began tinkering with different hook styles and orientations on his striper plugs to find a solution that would m ..read more
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LIBBA Removes Striped Bass From All Tournaments
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA)
1M ago
The Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) is a conservation, ecology, and beach access organization with deep roots here on Long Island going back to 1958. Whether it’s by the many beach cleanups, grass planting efforts to assist with dune restoration and replenishment or fencing projects to help protect threatened bird and plant species, some of our main goals are to conserve coastal and marine resources. We’ve had a positive impact on the ecology of our beaches and the Long Island community over the past 66 years and will continue our mission for many more to come. It’s no secret that ..read more
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Build Your Own Pencil Popper
On The Water » Surfcasting
by John C. McCall
1M ago
The Unpatented Spindle Popper  Some time ago, I came across a how-to article on how to build your own pencil popper. Many saltwater anglers believe the pencil popper to be the deadliest lure ever for striped bass and bluefish. I was eager to see the plans in the article, but disappointed to discover they were costly and complicated. The blueprint for the homemade popper was as detailed as an architect’s drawing and involved using expensive special equipment such as a lathe and a drill press with a sanding drum attached. I thought there must be an easier, more accessible method for making ..read more
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LIBBA’s Operation Christmas Tree
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Nick Cancelliere
1M ago
Each year, the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) has placed used Christmas trees strategically along the dune line at Smith’s Point outer beach to help preserve the dunes. The trees help catch sand blown up by wind, which strengthens the dunes, thus preventing erosion. If you’re interested in being part of this mission, you can drop off your tree at Smith’s Point Outer Beach, just past the checkpoint where the designated drop-point can be found (Just look for the odd-stack of Christmas trees on the beach). Please make sure that your tree is empty of any ornaments, tinsel, or plastic ..read more
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From The Surf: Bass and Blues at the Cape Cod Canal
On The Water » Surfcasting
by OTW Staff
2M ago
As August gives way to September, one of the most reliable places to find early fall-run action is the Cape Cod Canal. In this episode, Jimmy hits the Canal looking for stripers and blues with jigs and topwaters. From The Surf is presented by: • Yeti • Seaguar • Fin-Nor Sunglasses The post From The Surf: Bass and Blues at the Cape Cod Canal first appeared on On The Water ..read more
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VIDEO: Long Island Fisherman Catches and Releases Octopus
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Matt Haeffner
2M ago
New York surfcaster, Joe (@nothingeverchanging), caught and released this common octopus while striped bass fishing on Long Island’s south shore. If you’ve fished the surf long enough, you’ve probably reeled in a few strange or unexpected catches at some point. Surfcasters fishing for striped bass regularly encounter larger predators like sharks and seals; but sometimes, our plugs and lures entice smaller, inquisitive quarry, like squid with eyes bigger than their stomachs, or a black sea bass that made a wrong turn. Few, if any surfcasters, though, can say they have reeled in a rogue octopus ..read more
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Choosing Waders for Surf Fishing
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Jimmy Fee
2M ago
I usually get a harsh reminder that it’s time for a new set of waders right around this time of year. The small leaks that were easily ignored in the summer and early fall can no longer be overlooked when it’s 40-some-degree water seeping in through seams, abrasions, and pinholes. Fishing the surf provides a unique set of challenges for waders, most of which are designed with the stream-strolling trout fishermen in mind. We’re much harder on our waders, scuffing them up on barnacle-covered rocks, dodging toothy bluefish and big hooks, and occasionally taking a wave over the top. The following ..read more
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A Surfcaster’s Christmas
On The Water » Surfcasting
by George Baldwin
2M ago
(Photo by Matt Haeffner) Twas a week before Christmas when all through the night Not a damn thing was swimming, I had not a bite The plugs were all cast tight to structure with care, In hopes that one last monster cow would be there; Those with a stitch of sanity were home snug in bed, Only crazy die-hard surfcasters were tired, cold and wet; And I in my neoprenes and knit woolen cap, Would’ve been better off with an eight-hour nap; When out on the water was the sound of a splatter, I leaned my rod back, and I swung like a batter; Away flew my plug toward that distant splash, My bail shut ..read more
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Gear and Tackle: Jersey Shore Fall Run (From The Surf Ep. 2)
On The Water » Surfcasting
by Jimmy Fee
2M ago
While the fishing was tougher than I’d hoped, I still managed to stick a couple stripers while filming the second episode of From The Surf. Here’s the tackle from the episode: (Note: On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.) Yeti LoadOut GoBox 60 I started my season with the GoBox 30, but switched to the bigger box as soon as I got my hands on one.  I filled half the container with cut downspout tubing, to store plugs. The rest is loaded with just about anything I’d need on a surf fishing trip, and a lot of stuff I don ..read more
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