Cover Photo

I am happy to announce it is my photo on the cover of this months special edition of Surfcasters Journal.  I also have a full length article (my 5th for SCJ), and am featured among other anglers in another piece.  Truly honored and humbled.  Please subscribe to the magazine if you haven't already!


A Pond, with Fish

I found a pond with some bass in it.  I can bike to it.  No one fishes it.  I'm having some fun in the evenings.  3" sluggos and Heddon Spooks and Poppers.  5ft ultralight, 6lb test braid.  20 minutes each night between sunset and dark yields me 2-8 bass between 1/2 and 3lbs.  Is there bigger in there?  Probably.  Still waiting...


57 Fish in a Week, The Hard Way, and The Easy Way

This week was pretty serious in terms of numbers and size.  I only fished 4 nights, but I went all in and I didn't sleep much.  What a "tale of two spots".  One I fly fished for serious numbers...dozens...but nothing huge.  The other, only really solid fish, with 7 between 26 and 30 pounds!

But those big fish don't count.  Or rather, they don't count as much to me as the fly rod schoolies. Why?  Take a guess based on the picture above...and then read below...


Micro Sluggo Fun

I spent this weekend in Maine fishing for bass.  I usually fly fish, but I decided to pick up a micro rod and reel and go back to spin fishing for this trip.  I bought a Shimano Sienna FE 1000 and a Sojourn rod 1-3lb rated (5ft).  I love them both and I am SHOCKED at how good the Sienna is for $30.  I had ZERO tangles all weekend with 4lb test.  That's a first for me with a tiny rod and light lures like this.  Very impressed.

 I then was walking around Kittery Trading Post and saw that they sold 3" sluggos.  I was overwhelmed with excitement.  I got some size 1 offset worm hooks- the smallest they had- and I left feeling more excited about catching bass then I had in years.  The results?  Astounding!

More pictures and details, click below.


A tale of two spots- Challenge vs. Comfort

This will be last weeks and this weeks report, a string of 8 days, as I'm done with the surf until next week.  However, I want to discuss learning a new spot, and how fun and also frustrating it can be.  I'll use examples from two vastly different areas that I'm learning- one I've been fishing for a couple years and understand, and the other which is totally new this year and utterly baffling.

Let's start with comparison, and I'll end with the report.


Two week Wrap up- First Trip to the Vineyard- First Morning at the Canal

Phew.  It's been a slog/marathon the last couple weeks.  Yeah, I've had fish but it's been a struggle at times for sure, and I haven't nailed anything over 20 now for over 2 weeks.  But it's been fun.  Here's the report!


Two Weeks of Roller Coaster Fishing

The last two weeks have been very frustrating.  The persistent problem of non-consistency continues to haunt me- but there's been some tragedy too.  Lot's of lost fish.  Still, the worst thing I'm facing is the same I've been facing for 3 seasons now- the fish are here one day, and gone the next, and I have to really move around a lot to find them- and spend a lot of time fishing fora limited number of shots.  BUT, but, I shouldn't complain, because last week was definitely decent.  Read on for details!


Last week opens BIG...dwindles...but still looking good!

Last week started with a true trophy fish, and then rounded out with schoolies- read on for details!


Mid-week Fly Fishing

Took a walk.  Fished for about 40 minutes.  Caught some fish.  It was harder work for these fish than I had planned on- lots of roll casts from my knees in heavy brush.  But it was a nice weather day, and freshwater fishing with the fly rod is so relaxing.  Spring is here; it'll be gone in a couple weeks.  The bass are still on their beds, but they are catch-able.  Get out there.


A good week- 2018 could be different?

Last week was a good one.  Patterns are back, fish are in, and I am feeling good about it.


Still Early- How early? I'm not sure.

I had an interesting week running all over New England last week.  The night tides are all wrong for me, but I'm putting in my time. I'm still almost entirely scouting, and have fished all new spots this week.  I think I need to stop; I have too many spots as it is. It still feels really early, regardless what the calendar says.  There are a lot of tiny fish around, but I have stayed the course and stayed away from them...for the most part... (click for week report)


Early Season Scouting- Yet to really start my season- but first fish caught

I'll run through the week really quickly, because it's not very exciting...