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Show #1
Bunker & Bass:
We shot the show off Long Beach, Long Island looking for cow bass using live and chunked bunker. As you can see from the photo at left, we succeeded with two bass over 34 pounds, another over 20 pounds, blues over 10 pounds and a 7-pound weakfish as a bonus. you can see the weakfish catch by clicking on the photo at left if you are using Windows Media Player. On this show we gave you the tackle tips & techniques, rigs and how to rig, how to catch bunker for bait, how to fish chunks or live bunker and ideas on how to prepare the bait. We also gave you a small travelogue of the Jones Inlet area and lots of great catching action in this 30 minute show. This is one video you will want to have in your library. For the Full 30 minute TV Show Episode, Click the Magic Projector Below
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Show #2
Orient Point Blues:
 My guest was Capt. Dave Lawrence of the Celtic Horizon charter boat, good friend, professional captain and fishing expert. We shot the show off Orient Point, the Race and the Gut. We hooked giant alligator blues on every drop of the diamond jig. We shot all the bluefish we needed for an entire bluefish show just in 4 hours! As you can see from the photo at left, we succeeded with giant chopper blues to 15 pounds with awesome dentures too! On this show we gave you the tackle, tips, rigging for BIG blues, how to handle and fish tides there & techniques, for giant bluefish on diamond jigs. We also gave you a small travelogue with aerial footage of the North Fork and lots of great catching action in this 30 minute show. This is one video you will want to have in your library.

Show #3-Lake Ontario Trout
May 19 & June 2
7-pound Lake Ontario Brown Trout: My guest was Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters in Oswego, NY on the eastern basin of Lake Ontario. The show was shot on his 33-foot sportfishing boat in the mouth of Oswego Harbor. In this episode we showed some excellent footage of our plane ride and the Catskill mountains., the great brown trout action with fish to 11 pounds  and the "weird" was we trolled for them with ultralight rods, line and small saltwater reels. It was one of the weirdest ways to catch fish, but boy does it ever! Trolling with 8-pound test line! On this show we gave you the tackle, tips, rigging for BIG trout on the troll, how to use planner boards which I know now has applications in our area and how to handle fish there & techniques. We also gave you a small travelogue with aerial footage in this 30 minute show with shots of the K&G Lodge where we stayed. This is one video you will want to have in your library. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #4. Rattlin' Stripers
May 26 & July 7
Rattlin' Bass: My guest was Capt. Henry Feeney of Brooklyn and we found non stop topwater action on schoolie stripers and a few keepers in Rockaway Inlet and off the beaches at Rockaway by boat. The purpose of this show was to introduce many of you to the fine action you can have on light tackle, basically freshwater tackle and topwater lures and rattling plugs. These types of plugs have been a great freshwater bait for a very long time, but we use them in saltwater too and many of you have overlook this fish catching' bait thinking it was just for freshwater. We give you tips on rigging leaders, tackle tips and some exciting top water footage of bass crashing plugs. As always we give you the Tackle Segment, Boating & Fishing Tip of the Week, and a detailed look into the world of light tackle bass action. Click the photo above for a clip of a hungry striper slashing his way several times on a surface plug or click or to catch!  Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #5
Clam Belly Stripers:
On this episode we go striped bass fishing with clam bellies...the old fashioned way without a chum pot and away from the bridges! We squeezed each and every belly by hand. It was a tough trip, but we managed to get a dozen fish or so in very tough conditions as we were hammered by the first day of a high pressure system. In this show we gave the secrets to catching quality bass along the marshes with clam bellies, understanding tides, the tackle we used and most importantly the old-fashioned rigging we used to catch these bass. You can click the photo to see a blow up of the rig! There were tackle tips and the boating tip on how to properly anchor the boat with two (2) anchors along the marsh so you can fish perpendicular to the marsh, broadside with the current. Clam bellies are like candy to stripers and you can 30 fish per tide and fish to 34 pounds were caught this way already this season. This is one video you have to have in your library! Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #6
A Fisherman's Spirit
Rich Johnson/Peter Hawkins/Robin Calitri: This week's show is a special one indeed. The focus is not on the species, size or number of fish we caught nor the technique and tackle used for fishing. This show is special in that is celebrates the spirit and passion of all fisherpeople for the sport we love so much. It also focuses on how we may take for granted the wonderful angling opportunities we have and the daily mobility with and without boats in getting around. My guests this week were Mike Cirovolo and his brother Capt. Anthony Cirovolo of Hydro Therapy Charters, a wheelchair accessible fishing boat. Mike is in a wheelchair after a diving accident left him paralyzed with limited mobility in his arms as well. Joining us on this trip were retired high school principal Robin Calitri and Peter Hawkins who by the way is also wheelchair bound, but is an active fisherman, skier and skydiver and who has won 10 of the last 11 Long Island Marathon races. Everybody, no matter how hardcore you are can take something away from this show. For a FREE Video Clip, Click on the Projector Icon below.
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Show #7
City Island Mixed Bag
John DeCufa & Rich Johnson: This episode had my guest John DeCufa of Jack's Bait & Tackle show us the mixed bag fishing in the area of western Long Island Sound near Sans & Prospect Points on the Island side of the Sound and along the Execution Light area as we scored BIG sea bass and a couple of 5-pound fluke and even a striper or two and yes you guessed it, RJ's streak of catching sea robins in every show is alive and well here. In this show we gave the secrets to catching quality fish along deep water drop-off's and we started something new this show, computer generated drawings and diagrams of bottom structure with fish. There were tackle tips and the boating tip This is one video you have to have in your library! Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #8
Moriches Bay Fluke
Sky view of Moriches BayRich Johnson & Gary Grunseich: This episode had my guest Gary Grunseich of Silly Lily Fishing Station in Center Moriches show us the great fluking in his area this summer. We went back to basics as I fished with Gary in one of his rental skiffs from the fishing station in the gin clear waters of Moriches Bay, where you can see the bottom in the gin clear water of 10 foot. We went shallow water bucktailing on the many sandbars of the area in 2-foot to 9-foot of water and I could see the fluke take my bait. In this show we gave you fantastic Ariel shots of the Moriches Bay area so you can see the tide lines, sand bars, cuts between bars and all the hot spots to fish with this bird's eye view. You have to se this show! We had quite a few keepers and some to 20 inches with tips on bucktails, rigs, fluke patterns and how to fish shallow water for fluke using these tips and techniques anywhere in the tri-state area yes you guessed it, RJ's streak of catching sea robins in every show is alive and well here too! Too see the Bird's eye view...click High Speed Modem. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #9
Montauk Sharking:
This episode of "The Fishing Line" brings the show to a new level as we continue using two cameras on the show and have captured something very few anglers in their lives have seen...a leaping thresher shark. Rich Johnson fished with guests Capt. Al Mott and mate Pat Augustine of the Lil' Ocean Annie charter boat in Montauk. We were in search of sharks south of Block Island and we found a couple them including a thresher over 220 pounds of which we caught on tape jumping out of the water! We show chumming techniques, hooking and rigging with instructions on how to do battle with a big fish and from my point of view a tougher fighter than any tuna! We give you tips on rigging leaders, tackle tips and some exciting top water footage of this thresher from two cameras on "The Fishing Line." One camera from deck and the other from the top of the flying bridge for awesome footage of the big thresher no one has ever captured on film! Here are some clips of the exciting battle and the thresher leaping from the water. For the leaping Thresher click the first projector Icon and for the Video Clip of the catch, click  the 2nd Projector Icon below.
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Show #10
LI Sound Porgy
: This episode had my guest Capt. Mike McInerny of Right Now Charters from Cold Spring Harbor, NY overlooking the middle Island area of Long Island Sound. We took a 25 minute ride to the Eaton's Neck Coast Guard Station area and fished an area known as the Brush Pile which is known for producing BIG porgies. Anchoring up in 20-foot of water, we proceeded to chum with clam chum and the fish came immediately with porgies to 2-1/2 pounds! In this show we gave you anchoring and chumming tips with animated diagrams and a chart with other fish holding spots in this Eaton's Neck area. This show also gave  secrets to catching quality fish along drop-off's with tackle and baiting tips and we continued our computer generated drawings and diagrams of bottom structure with fish. There were tackle tips and the boating tip. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #11
Cool Summer Bay Blues
: This episode had my guest Michael Coleman Lowndes who is the Media Manager for LIPA. We filmed this show in the middle of the season's worst heat wave in heat index temperatures of 102. The key to this show, was in the title, "Cool Summer Bay Blues." We beat the heat with nature's own air conditioning as we hit the water at 5:30 a.m. and fished the back bay in the coolest temps of the day, before and at sunrise. We drilled several blues to 8 pounds on surface poppers for some exciting back bay action you may not know even exists. The key to success in the back bay in the heat of summer is to establish "snapper" patterns since the bay is loaded with them. In this show we gave you my favorite lure selections for creating the all important snapper pattern and it paid off. We also heard some great tips from Mike Lowndes on how to conserve energy and save money during summer. This show also gave secrets to catching quality fish along the marsh banks and tide rips around points in the back bay, with tackle and tips. There was also the weekly tackle tips and the boating tip. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #12
Striped Bass Tactics:
This episode is dedicated to catching striped bass in a variety of ways using worms, trolling, 3-Waying Bucktails and using live or chunked bunker. We have a variety of guests showing us how to do it in a variety of different areas around the Trio-state region. Capt. Joe Shastay details worming bass in the Rivers, Capt. Dave Lawrence of the Orient Point based Celtic Horizon covers 3-Waying Bucktails along with other captains covering live and chunked bunker for bass and we even get into Trolling for bass too! Don't worry though as just because we did one particular technique in one area doesn't mean it won't work in others. That is the aspect we try to put forth each week is that every fish we go after and no matter how we do it, that week's technique will work for you no matter where you live in the Long Island, NY, New jersey or CT area! An entire show dedicated to Striper Tactics, Tips & Techniques. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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Show #13
Live Snapper-Big Fluke
: This episode is one, that if you never thought about buying a fishing video, THIS one will change your mind. I fished in the Jones Inlet on two short 4 hour trips on August 23 & again on August 28, the two week period where BIG fluke are caught on live snappers around the NY metro area. In this show we gathered our snappers on artificial lures, then showed you how we tied our special Daiichi DeathTrap treble hook rig and using live snappers we caught five fluke between 4 & what was estimated at 7 pounds, but was weighed in at 8 pounds! We also showed boat control in back trolling, stemming the tide, using your LORAN to help control the speed of the drift and we covered the biology of BIG fluke, their habitats, what they eat and much, much more. One of the the better shows we put together over the years and one I hope you will all enjoy. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon..
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