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2008/2009 Season of "The Fishing Line"
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Show #1
Fishing To Fight Cancer, Jimmy V Show Part 1
: This 2008/2009 season premiere lives up to the expectations of a season premier all the way. It has action and more importantly...a message. A message of hope and the mantra of �Don't Give Up, don't ever give up.� This was the famous line spoken by the late Jimmy Valvano on ESPN at the awards dinner. If you are sports fan, you know where you were when you first heard this. On this show I speak with Jimmy's brother Nick, who is the Exec. Director of the Jimmy V Foundation and who also happens to be my high school accounting teacher. Then we fish with Blaine Applegate of Philadelphia and his friends the Ford family who came to NY to fish with Rich Johnson after another so called pro could not fulfill his duties towards a trip Blaine won in an auction at a Jimmy V Foundation fundraiser in Philly. We took Blaine and the Ford family to Orient Point to fish with Capt. Dave Lawrence of the Celtic Horizon charter boat for hot October fall bass and big bluefish action jigging in the Gut and the Race. This is a terrific show to watch with the kids and family with vintage footage provided by ESPN of this special night. Proceeds from the sales go directly to the Jimmy V Foundation. Watch the First episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #2
Fishing To Fight Cancer, Jimmy V Show Part 2
: This 2008/2009 season premiere lives up to the expectations of a season premier all the way. It has action and more importantly...a message. A message of hope and the mantra of �Don't Give Up, don't ever give up.� This was the famous line spoken by the late Jimmy Valvano on ESPN at the awards dinner. If you are sports fan, you know where you were when you first heard this. On this show I speak with Jimmy's brother Nick, who is the Exec. Director of the Jimmy V Foundation and who also happens to be my high school accounting teacher. Then we fish with Blaine Applegate of Philadelphia and his friends the Ford family who came to NY to fish with Rich Johnson after another so called pro could not fulfill his duties towards a trip Blaine won in an auction at a Jimmy V Foundation fundraiser in Philly. We took Blaine and the Ford family to Orient Point to fish with Capt. Dave Lawrence of the Celtic Horizon charter boat for hot October fall bass and big bluefish action jigging in the Gut and the Race. This is a terrific show to watch with the kids and family with vintage footage provided by ESPN of this special night. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD goes directly to the Jimmy V Foundation.  Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #3
Striper Tactics with Artificials
: This episode gives viewers four different ways to catch big stripers and all with artificials. In this show we fish with several guests including trolling plugs with wire line with NJ Star Ledger�s Capt. Al Ristori of NJ giving the in�s and out�s of how, what, why and where to troll large plugs for trophy stripers. We also fish with large plastics & rubber with Capt. Eric Matland of MA with his charter service on the CT River for large river stripers. Close up�s of how to rig large plastics if of course an integral part of this show and yes we bring it to you in close up detailed and step by step footage. We have a few other surprises for you in this exciting and informative episode. We'll cover the art of diamond jigging with Capt. Bob Wiegand and this is certainly an important episode to add to your fishing library at home or office. Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #4
Trophy Tog with Hermit Crabs
: This episode we go looking for blackfish, not 14 inch keepers mind you, but trophy blackfish in Long Island Sound. We sailed with Capt. John Richey II on his new charter boat out of the Nissiquogue River on Long Island's north shore and hit the Smithtown Reef and points west. We had a bucket of hermit crabs and were specifically looking for trophy blackfish over 10 pounds in late November just days before Thanksgiving. We used single hook rigs and fished 45 foot of water and found some great beauties and came very close with several fish 8 to 9.5 pounds! Capt. John gave us some great info on fishing LI Sound for tog and of course the show would not be complete without a trip to his father�s store, Terminal Tackle in Kings Pak, Long Island. We cover all the in�s and out�s of togging the fall season showed the tackle and rigs we used including the hermit crabs and what you need to know for trophy LI Sound Tog. Watch full episode, click the projector icon.
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Show #5
Slop Fishing for Largemouth Bass:
In this episode we go looking for ol' bucketmouth in the slop and weeds of a lake near Monticello, NY on the Eldred preserve. My guest for this week's show is Rick Faulkner, a touring bass pro on the circuit here in the northeast. We're using light spinning tackle for this challenge with only 8 pound test or so and fishing the edges and holes in the thick mats of weed that cover this and many lakes, just like the one in your backyard. Using plastic baits rigged weightless and weedless, we're able to pull some nice fish from this weed choked lake and you'll be able to do the same thing following our lead with tips and techniques galore in this fast paced episode. Look for the Home Release Version of this show on DVD with added info, interview and more catches of striped bass to be on sale soon and added to out Library! Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #6
Sandworming LI Sound StripersSandworming LI Sound Stripers:
In this episode we go looking for November stripers with one of the best on Long Island, Capt. James Schneider of the Capt. James Joseph in Huntington, Long Island.  We go looking for these linesiders with striper candy�a.k.a sandworms and the fact bass love this bait is no secret. In this show Capt. Jim gives us a ton of information on the best tidal stages to fish and this is contradictory to anything you would imagine! Rigging, bait presentation, hooking the sandworms, seasonal tips and tactics are all detailed both with footage and as always with The Fishing Line you learn a ton just by listening to the guests and the information they give us!

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Show #7
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 in a 15 degree wind chill.  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 previous night, a severe cold front came through pushing winds from the northwest at 35 knots, plummeting the temperatures by sunrise 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 #8
Moriches Winter Flounder in Summer: This episode will actually open your eyes to some fantastic, possibly the best winter flounder fishing in the NY Metro tri-state region and maybe even the northeast! That�s right winter flounder in short sleeved shirts, thus the show title. I fished with Gary Grunseich of Silly Lily Fishing Station in East Moriches Long Island. We fished the incoming tide to wail away on the winter flatties with over 40 fish in a three hour period with 95% all keeper flounder to 3 pounds! We were on fire as we limited out in a few hours with fish from the first anchor drop till the end of the tide and the end of our chum I have not had winter flounder fishing like this since I was a kid! We fished just 10 to 15 minutes from the dock at Silly Lily. We cover the areas we fished, baits, tackle, the Snafu Rig, hook selections, how to play and land large flounder and why use heavier tackle for these flounder than we do in other areas of the NY Metro tri-state region. Our Boating Tip of the Week is of course included. We suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! The full episode will be up soon.
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Show #9
New Jersey Reef Blackfish: We took a trip out of Sheepshead Bay, NY to hit the Sandy Hook Reef system of NJ with my guest & long time friend Capt. Henry Feeney. We shot the show in late November where water temp's were the same as they in the spring off the Sandy Hook Reef. This reef is a short ride from 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 dshow different anchors for different situations 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 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.
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Show #10
Late Fall Gummy StripersLate Fall Bass: This trip in late fall was done with one purpose in mind, to catch fish....on light tackle, not how big or how many...just to bend the rod and feel the line come tight one last time before the 2003 season ended earlier than usual due to winds and weather. We instruct on how to catch good numbers of stripers during the migration using lead heads and swim baits...a.k.a...rubber shads. The shad of choice for The Fishing Line has always been the Gummy Shad by FJ Neil Co., a Long Island based tackle manufacturer. My guest is Bob Lowe, operations manager for FJ Neil and we catch plenty of fish in very sloppy conditions. The key though is the extensive segment on shad baits, how to rig them, choosing the right one, what the difference between brands is, what other "baits" you should include in your fall arsenal and we speak about boat control and the stupidity we see on the water from careless anglers. We cover the tackle requirements for this sort of fishing action as always give a well rounded informative show with plenty of action. The full episode will be up soon
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Show #11
Fluke Fishing Tactics: This episode is a review of several techniques for catching fluke in the bay and ocean through the heat of summer into September. We start with some East End tactics with large bluefish fillets, stripped and jigged hard off the bottom for large fluke. We give you a quick how-to on filleting bluefish, cutting them into strips, the rigging we use and of course some great fishing action. Next we hit the shallow water of the back bays in the heat of July as we show folks some impressive fluke and the sharpies who work these back bay shallows and channel edges for big fluke...some over 10 pounds. My guest is Artie Hoerning and we work with 1/2 & 1/4-ounce bucktails and small spearing on very light spinning tackle. We give back trolling techniques, taking  "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. Tackle Segment, a special segment on Bucktail Basics and much more! Next we get into the late summer and early September when BIG fluke want snappers to inhale. I fished live snappers and in two short 4 hour trips in late August,  showing folks how we tied our special Daiichi DeathTrap treble hook rig, placing snappers on the hook, drift speed secrets, where to find fluke in the late summer using your LORAN to help control the speed of the drift. One of the the better shows we put together over the years and rolled into this one as well.one I hope you will all enjoy.
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Show #12
Twitching Smallies:
In this episode we're fishing with touring bass pro Rick Faulkner of NJ as we hit the lakes of Sullivan County in lower NY State. We're twitching soft plastic baits like Yum Houdini shads, which are more like assassins and not really shad bodied baits. We're weightless and weedless as we work the rocky shorelines and boulders of this region's lakes. We're using light spinning tackle for this challenge with only 8 pound test and finding some good action on smallmouths, along with a few largemouth and a pickerel or two. We show you the proper technique for "twitching" and how to choose & rig the right colored baits in our interviews with Rick. Look for the Home Release Version of this show on DVD with added info, interview and more catches of striped bass to be on sale soon and added to out Library!
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