Bigger in Real Life Than on TV

New England Fisherman Phil Buzby Lands a Giant Bluefin

Phil Buzby was enjoying a day out fishing.  Like all of us, you never know when that fish of a lifetime is going to swim by.  When Phil and Andrew Marshall aboard the Typhoon out of Green Harbor, MA hooked up to a 900 pound Bluefin, the fight of a lifetime was on.  Phil was nice enough to share some of the story with me. Check out his video of the catch on youtube.

big tuna on pier

Photo: Robert Hayes

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Boating Safety Tips – Stay Safe in Fog

What To Do If You Find Yourself Offshore In The Fog

If you spend much time fishing offshore, you may eventually find yourself in a situation where visibility is limited. Most likely you will find yourself trapped in the fog.  But don’t panic. There are ways to stay safe on your boat and get back to port safely.

The first thing you want to do is slow down your speed so that you can stop your vessel in half of the distance of your visibility. This will allow you to avoid any ships, buoys, or rocks and debris.  You will also want to turn on your navigation lights, so that other vessels can tell which direction you are heading.

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How’s the Weather in Your Livewell?

I just got back from a tournament at Oneida Lake, my first after having installed my new V-T2 Livewell system from New Pro Products. This unique system is designed to improve the overall quality of your livewell both when it’s holding fish and when it is not. If you’re like me, you probably had no idea what was happening in there. You add water, recirculate it from time to time, make sure the aerator is working, keep a bottle of Rejuvenate on hand, and have been told to keep ice on your fish when it is really hot. Stop right there, and listen to what I’m going to tell you because that kind of behavior is actually harming your fish.

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Totally Wacked Out

Weedless Wacky hooks from Lazer Trokar, an essential part of your terminal tackle!

lazer trokar weedless hook

Wednesday night I got home and found that my new hooks from Trokar had just arrived! Wanting to spare not a minute more, I quickly called my buddy Danny and made plans to hit the lake the very next day at 6 am, to give them a whirl.

For whatever reason, this small lake really delivers HUGE largemouth when you target them with a wacky-rigged plastic worm presentation. The minute you throw anything else, your bites drop off dramatically. But as the summer months passed and the weeds grew up, the ability to land those big fish became more and more difficult. We weren’t getting good penetration with our hooks, fish were coming off in the weeds, and we were having to watch as [click to continue…]


Cold Weather Prep Pays Off

I love to fish, but I hate being cold. I’ve spent years in Connecticut trying to find ways to keep warm. We all have problems with that, male or female. But sometimes being smaller than the guys also makes us more susceptible to the elements, and makes us more vulnerable to harsh conditions. Anyone who has spent time in the cold, wet fall of the Northeast can tell you that once you’re cold, you’re done. Game over.

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