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Show #1
New Jersey Reef Blackfish
NJ Blackfish: Our season premier show for 2002 is a trip we took with my guest Capt. Henry Feeney, long time friend, professional captain and fishing expert. We shot the show in late November where water temp's were the same as they NOW off the Sandy Hook Reef. This reef is a short ride form Rockaway Inlet and Sheepshead Bay and just minutes outside Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Highlands. We had quite a few requests for some Jersey based shows and we are bringing them to you this season. However, that does not mean we forgot about Long Island and Connecticut anglers. The tips, Fishing Rigs, diagrams, and info on how to catch big blackfish can be used anywhere in the tri-state area! In this show we debut a brand new anchor for wreck fishing, along with new computer generated animation for anchoring techniques and of course we go over the hook choices, bait choices, fishing techniques and some great boating and fishing tips of the week for you. We also gave you a travelogue of the Sandy Hook and Shark River reefs, GPS & LORAN numbers for both, info on a booklet you can get for the entire New Jersey Reef system and as usual exciting action in this 30 minute show.

Show #2
Stripers On Live Herring
Herring Caught Striper:For years I've been preaching not to put the boat away so early. There is some great action to be had into January if you can take the cold and in reality, December is not usually that cold. This show was filmed December 16th the day after striped bass season ended in 2001. We'd had a great 2 week period where we caught as many bass as we had live herring baits and the weather was in the 50's. I got the crew together and that Saturday night, a severe cold front came through pushing winds from the northwest at 35 knots, plummeting the temperatures by sunrise on Dec. 16th to 15 degree wind chills. We went ahead and filmed the show catching lots of herring and then putting a dozen bass to 20 pounds in the boat with double headers in NW winds of 15 to knots as we fished my home port of Jones Inlet. As always we had detailed diagrams of the Fishing Rigs we used, how to catch the bait (herring), how to rig the baits, where to find them in the rips (diagrams) along with fishing techniques and of course we go over the hook choices and some great boating and fishing tips.Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #3
Chumming 17 Fathoms Blues
17 Fathom Bluefish:Our third show of the season is a trip we took with my guests Jake Hartwick, Exec. VP of the Outdoor Channel looking for large chopper bluefish on bait and chum.We shot the show in October where water temp's were just a few degrees warmer than they are in May..so this action is heating up and will stay on 17 Fathoms all Summer and right through the fall to Thanksgiving! This area of 17 Fathoms is 17 miles from Jones Inlet and about 6 miles from Sandy Hook, NJ. We had quite a few requests for some western Long Island and Jersey based shows so this episode covers you both. In this show we have some heart pounding action on BIG blues to 17 pounds along with tips, rigs, maps, charts, LORAN & GPS numbers to where we were fishing with diagrams and info on how to catch big bluefish that can be used anywhere in the tri-state area! Our guest Jake Hartwick of the Outdoor Channel only caught 4-pound bluefish in the past and as you can imagine was quite surprised and tired by trip's end. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #4
West End Flounder
Rich Johnson & Joe Gullo:Our fourth show of the season is a trip in my home port of Long Beach, Long Island located on the western end of Long Island's south shore. My guest is Joe Gullo, long time friend, hardcore fisherman and owner of West End Bait & Tackle in Long Beach, NY. on this episode we go flounder fishing. That's right winter flounder in a show we filmed just this past April. We wailed away on flounder and in just a couple of hours we had 20 founder. We had quite a few requests for a winter flounder show and who better to do it with than Joe, who loves his flattie fishing. In this show we have an important Boating Tip of the Week, flounder tips, Rigs, Maps, chumming info along with the secret Snafu-Rig guaranteed to catch flounder. Who says flounder isn't what it used to be? It may not be bags buckets and barrels anymore, but after this show...if you you follow our tips and put your time in on the water you can have a great flounder day after all! Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #5
Lake Mahopac Smallmouth
: To celebrate the opening of Black Bass season on Long Island the first Saturday of June, our fifth show of the season is a trip we took to Lake Mahopac, NY for smallmouth bass. This beautiful body of water lies approximately 55 miles north of NYC. If you do any sort of half serious bass fishing in freshwater, you probably know about Mahopac already. This is a premiere bass lake in lower NY State. My guest for the show is Pat Xiques, a pro staff angler who lives on the lake itself. We shot the show the last day of November in 200 on a  cold, cloudy 43 degree day with water temps hovering around 45 to 47 degrees. In the show we give you all the details of light line jigging smallmouth in deep, cold 16 to 25-foot of water. We used 1/8-ounce hair jigs on light and ultralight tackle. We also give you the casting techniques for using light jigs, Boating Tip of the Week, Fishing Tips and soon will have a special 45 minute version of this show with contour maps, directions and many more items that just could fit into the show! Stay tuned for clips for all these things here on the site as well. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #6
New Jersey Stripers Trolling Plugs
RJ & Capt. Al Ristori: This our sixth show of the 2002 season is a trip we took mid-May with noted New Jersey charter captain and saltwater editor of The Star Ledger newspaper in New Jersey, Capt. Al Ristori of Sherri-Berri charters and Joe Farry. On this show out of the Atlantic Highlands, we fished Raritan Bay and show the value of trolling wire line, but not with bunker spoons or umbrella rigs but with with large plugs like 7-inch Bombers, Red Fins and Rebels. On this show we give you our fishing tips, the lures we used and how to select the right ones for the particular trip you may take no matter where you fish in the tri-state area. We also sit down with Capt. Al Ristori as Capt. Al gives us an overview of what to expect from the Raritan Bay system through the spring and summer months and of course we give you some great action on stripers over 20 pounds with Capt. Al and Joe Farry. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #7
Hudson River Striped Bass
:This our seventh show of the 2002 season is a trip we took mid-May up in the Hudson River for some big bass. We fished the area north of West Point between Cornwall-On-The-Hudson and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. We used live eels for bass to 28 pounds in a very scenic and beautiful show with mountains and hills and some great colors as this episode was shot in film. We fished with local resident and expert Joe Jordan of Cornwall, NY and found some interesting differences and similarities to bass fishing with eels. On this show up on the northern Hudson River, 50 miles north of NYC, we give you our Area Map, fishing tips, the Rigs we used and how to select the right one for the particular trip you may take to the Hudson River and of course our weekly Boating Tip of the Week. Joe gives us an overview of what to expect from the Hudson River bass fishery through the spring and of course we give you some great action on stripers over 28 pounds. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #8
Eldred, NY Get-A-Way
: Our eighth show of the 2002 season is our annual "Get Away" show in which we fish within the tri-state region, but a little outside of the NYC area although that is changing rapidly as the link to satellite has really expanded our reach. Last year it was Lake Ontario and this year we stay within the Empire State on our visit to the Eldred Preserve in Eldred, NY. Eldred is  in the lowerCatskill /upper Hudson Valley region of NY. Eldred and this beautiful section of NY is a quick 2-1/2 hour ride northwest of NYC southwest. It lies southwest of Monticello, NY and northwest of Port Jervis just a short 10 minutes east of the NY-PA bridge #3 spanning the Delaware River on Rte 55.We’re visiting the Eldred Preserve as I take my television crew on a working holiday. We stayed three days and shot the show in one day, so the crew could fish, shoot target clays and enjoy the preserve's 3,000 acres and her wonderful    fun and other fine amenities. This show unfolds in a couple of ways. First it gives our viewers another option for family summer get away vacations and we teach you how to go about finding fish in any strange lake you've never fished before at any vacation spot you may visit with tackle, lures and times of days to fish, where to look for fish and of course our Boating Tips, tackle segments and a good look at the underwater world of a lake through our new underwater cameras! We fished with the Eldred Preserve fishing guide Bill Albright and his friend Joe who doubled as camera boat for this two camera shoot. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #9
Forge Pond Largemouth
Forge Pond Largemouth:This week's show is a trip too the Peconic River system on Long Island and to Forge Pond. The Peconic is a beautiful section of Long Island and the river is actually spring fed and 15 miles long, exiting in Flanders Bay. My guest and guide this week is Ben Lombardo, a tournament angler from Massapequa, Long Island. Now before you say I fished with him because they are sponsor...think again. Ben is one of the better bassers on Long Island and fishes Forge Pond 40 to 50 times each year for quite some time. There are not many anglers who know this area better than Ben. On this show we are fishing the sloppy weeds that fill Forge Pond and using a very slow presentation, plastic worms and in particular Senko baits. We show you the rigging up close, tackle we use, of course our weekly Boating Tip and fishing tips you're accustomed to and some great action on some good size bigmouth bass. We also give you the detailed Map and point out the area we were fishing as we have no secrets here at "The Fishing Line." The weather and water is very hot and the presentation must be perfect as we fish the "grass." we interview Ben and he gives some really good insight into this body of water and some inside tips on how to be successful on Forge Pond. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #10
Back Bay Shallow Water Bucktail Fluke
: This week's show is a trip we took to the back bays and marshes of the western Long Island South Shore area. The purpose of the show is to teach folks there are some mighty impressive fluke in the back bays during the hot summer months. While most are running to the main channels and ocean for fluke, there are some sharpies who continue to work the back bay shallow flats and channel edges for big fluke...some over 10 pounds. My guest is Artie Hoerning of the South Shore Fish Market and Restaurant in Island Park, Long Island. Artie has fished the back bays for five decades and boasts several fish over 9 pounds every summer working the shallow water with 1/2 or 1/4-ounce bucktails and small spearing on light spinning tackle and 10-pound test line. In this show we teach you how to "back troll" on the channel edges and flats, how to take "ranges" of where you are so you don't need LORAN or fish finders and by using Mother Nature's signals...keep yourself on the fish for success with keeper fluke. We had eight keeper fluke on this half day trip with a high keeper ratio! you'll get the usual Boating Tip of the Week, Tackle Segment, a special segment on Bucktail Basics and much more! Click on this South Shore Market link  to meet Artie and see his market/restaurant. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #11
Conversing With The Experts-Part 1
Montauk porgy: This week's show is a trip we took to Montauk for porgies. When I started The Fishing Line TV show in 1995, we interviewed captains live on the air and shared fishing action on tape with you. I went to Montauk to film a special episode of the show for our porgy fishermen out there in this same format, but with two special captains...Capt. Paul Forsberg, owner of the Viking Fleet in Montauk and Capt. Al Lindroth of the Capt. Al in Point Lookout. The porgy fishing on our trip was non stop from our first drop right through and 90% of the porgies were of keeper size with most on the trip running jumbo…and the fall run is still months away! What makes this a special show is Paul and Capt. Al have been friends for 55 years as Capt. Al was working deck for Paul’s dad Carl Forsberg when Paul was only eight years old. There are no two people I know of that know more about porgy fishing than captains Paul Forsberg and Al Lindroth.

You’ll see and share in reminiscing stories and laughs of yesteryear, old black and white photos of their years on the water for both the Viking and Capt. Al boats. Captains Paul Forsberg & Al LindrothYou get to watch them both on the show as these two guru’s of bottom fishing truly amaze us with their porgy and bottom fishing knowledge as we do a sit down interview with them from Gosman’s Dock in Montauk and carry the interviews over to the water as we fished on the Viking Starship together. We’ll have some great porgy fishing and underwater footage of the action too with full-page diagrams of the special rigs they like to use. By the way there is no shortage of porgies on the Capt. Al in Point Lookout. Very good fishing is what I have heard as they catch limits of porgies as well. You'll get the usual Boating Tip of the Week, the captains Special Porgy Rigs and so much more it is unbelievable. Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #12
Conversing With The Experts-Part 2
Montauk porgy: This week's show is a continuation of our conversation with the experts, as we finish up the porgy special edition-Part 2. On this trip to Montauk for porgies, we interviewed two special captains...Capt. Paul Forsberg, owner of the Viking Fleet in Montauk and Capt. Al Lindroth of the Capt. Al in Point Lookout. The porgy fishing on our trip was non stop from our first drop right through and 90% of the porgies were of keeper size with most on the trip running jumbo…and the fall run is still months away! There are no two people I know of that know more about porgy fishing than captains Paul Forsberg and Al Lindroth. See and share stories and laughs of yesteryear, black and white photos of their years on the water for the Viking and Capt. Al boats. Captains Paul Forsberg & Al LindrothYou get to watch them both on the show as these two guru’s of bottom fishing truly amaze us with their porgy and bottom fishing knowledge as we do a sit down interview with them from Gosman’s Dock in Montauk and carry the interviews over to the water as we fished on the Viking Starship together. We’ll have some great porgy fishing and underwater footage of the action too with full-page diagrams of the special rigs they like to use. By the way there is no shortage of porgies on the Capt. Al in Point Lookout. Very good fishing is what I have heard as they catch limits of porgies as well. You'll get the usual Boating Tip of the Week, the captains Special Porgy Rigs and so much more it is unbelievable.
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Show #13
Surf Fishing Jetties: We've put together a special Surf Fishing show for all you surf rats...and just in time for our Annual Surf Fishing Seminar each September on the second Thursday of the month. This is the same regularly scheduled date used every year for the last 6-1/2 years. In this special Surf Special, we go over how to read the beach, hook replacement, changing drag washers, changing your spinning reel into a bail-less, manual retrieve spinning reel, some exciting catches, bait migration explanations and we even "match the hatch," showing you the peanut bunker we encountered and how it matches with the rubber shad used by many of you surfcasters. We go over the preferred tackle for the south shore of the Island and sandy beaches of New Jersey, as we packed as much as we could into a short half hour show on the huge topic of Surf Fishing. This is the first in a series of Surf Fishing specials planned for the coming seasons! Watch a trailer for this episode by clicking the projector icon.
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