An Angler’s Santa List

It can be hard to convince anyone that fishes it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  With the end to the blackfish and striped bass season this past weekend, there’s really just one thing that can cheer us up.  Santa Claus is coming to town.  I’m finishing up my list.  I usually tape it to the bathroom mirror or put it in my wife’s pocketbook instead of the mail.  It seems to get to Santa easier.  Here are a few ideas if your list isn’t finished.

santa kissing fisherman
Photo Credit: Zeno Hromin

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap

Stay warm and show your casting pride.  Anyone that’s caught a fish from shore most likely learned how from Surfcaster’s Journal and their top pros.

surfcastersjournal wool cap
Surfcasters Journal 100% Genuine Wool Cap

Surfcastersjournal.com  $20 includes free shipping.

Have yourself a merry little tackle box.

Nobody can ever have enough gear, at least that’s what we say.  The affordability and ease of building your ammo chest is made easy from the folks at Mystery Tackle Box.

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New freshwater lures delivered monthly

Mysterytacklebox.com  1 month to 1 year subscriptions $13.75-$15/monthly.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

While the white stuff piles up outside, put your feet up and enjoy a good read.  Caught by Jeff Nichols tells the author’s first hand account of his days of illegally selling striped bass on the black market while navigating being a greenhorn in Montauk.  Bass Buff by Tom Mikoleski is part history, part strategy, and part call to arms for conservation of the striped bass.  From his days as city cop to many years on the water, this is a page-turner for any angler.  Keep up to date on the latest trends and tactics, and be part of the biggest striper tournament on the East Coast.  On the Water Magazine delivers both print and digital content covering the latest in fishing from New England to Southern Jersey.  A must for anyone that fishes the striper coast.

on the water magazine

On the Water Magazine One year subscription for $25, discount to the Striper Cup and accompanying giveaways for subscribers.

Bass Buff is available on Amazon for $17.96.

Caught is available on Amazon for $13.50, signed copies available at Secondchoicecharters.com for Fishidy members. You must email the author via the website and mention this article.

Fishing in a Winter Wonderland

A little ice never stopped anyone, well certainly not the ice fisherman. Deep Freeze Fishing offers some of the most unique and effective equipment for the ice fisherman.  Blue Tipz is one of their newest and most exciting products on the market.  Santa’s keeping a few for his elves.

blue tipz
Wireless tip-up alert sent to your smart phone

Deepfreezefishing.com

Three darters darting, two poppers popping, and a minnow with a hologram.

95% of the great surfcasting stories I hear start with, “So I’m throwing a Super Strike ____________, and it gets crushed…”  Hands down the most consistent lures that catch big fish.  Made by one of the more fabled of the Montauk Surfcasting community, these are mandatory in every surf bag.

Super Strike lures are available at just about every saltwater tackle shop around and their website Superstrikelures.com

super striker lures

Super Strike updates their Facebook page regularly with specials and giveaways.  Everyone that casts from the beach or plans to should become a fan of their page.

https://www.facebook.com/SuperStrikeLures
And don’t forget to leave out the milk and cookies, maybe a beer or two if your list is really big.

I wish you all the best of these holiday times with friends and family.  Cheers to 2014 and the fish we’ll catch!

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Mike Dean

As founder of Manhattan to Montauk, winner of the 2015 Manhattan Cup and Co-Founder of Save Our Stripers, Mike is a passionate saltwater angler in the waters of the East End of Long Island, the Western Long Island Sound, and the waters around Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Northern New Jersey Coast. In addition to Mike’s pieces for Fishidy, his contributions to On the Water Magazine and Redbone Journal share his passion not only for his fishing, but in protecting the resource as well. mnhtn2mtk.com

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