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Airs May 7 & Sept. 24:
Diamond Jigging NY Bight Stripers & Blues: This 2005 season premiere lives up to the expectations of a season premier all the way. We took this trip on the Flamingo III out of Brooklyn last December for some unforgettable diamond jigging action. So much in fact, we have a 44 minute show we will be releasing to the public with ALL the catches and captain interviews on the subject of jigging that we could not fit into the 30 minute on air version. We were on fire as the boat limited out on a few drifts in a chilly and cloudy December day when most folks were at work or felt the day was not nice enough to fish on. In this show we drill stripers to 25 pounds and blues in to the mid teen's on jigs and cover the topic of jigging which is much more than slinging metal 007's into the water these days. We cover all the definitions of jigging and show in great detail all the options you have when "jigging" and speak with Capt. Bob several times on the art of jigging the NY Bight area of NY & NJ, the difference in spring vs. fall jigging, finding schools of fish to jig without bird life, the evolution of the jigging reel used over decades along with our Boating Tip of the Week. There is so much in this show your head will spin! I would suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! Watch the First episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs May 14 & July 2:
Wild Brown Trout of Delaware Water Gap: My guest was Steve Sloan (deceased), a long time friend, flyfisher and world record holder. We were editing this show when Steve passed away and I ran with it as a tribute to my special friend. Steve was a trustee for the IGFA and a very accomplished flycaster. We traveled to the Delaware Water Gap, not too far from the Pocono region and up towards Henryville, PA. We fished nymphs for wild brown trout and a few rainbows in a beautiful setting for some fantastic action. In this episode we gave detailed instructions on how to cast a fly rod including roll casting, what to bring on a road trip, proper casting techniques, fly choices and lots of action along with our Boating Tip of the Week . This will be one for the ages as his legacy in the fly fishing game and his fisheries management contributions are measured for decades to come. I will surely miss him and our time together on and off the water. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs May 21 / July 23:
Long Island Sound Spring Blackfish on Clams: My guest was Capt. James Schneider of the James Joseph party and charter boats of Huntington, Long Island. On this show we delve into the differences between spring and fall blackfishing on Long Island Sound...which are astounding! We cover the differences in bait between seasons, the hook setting techniques, how to fish different bottoms, how to anchor and why, how tog react on wrecks located on mud or silt vs. hard bottom reefs, tackle choices, the stand off leader rig along with our Boating Tip of the Week and much more from one of the best blackfisherman around...Capt. Jimmy Schneider. Love him or hate him...he can fish and he holds back no secrets in this episode. Jim gives us some good history on the Sound and how some of the many wrecks got there and and from as far back as Colonial times! We go over our tackle choices and touch base on why light tackle when togging is NOT sportsman like. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs May 28 / July 30:
Rigging & Tying: This week we shot the show because were blown out off the water, but also because I get a tremendous amount of E mail and letters for shows like this where we teach valuable tools to the fishing game. In this episode we start with the Clinch Knot, move to the Palomar knot, show you how to Snell a hook, and then go to Dropper Loops, teaser rigs, ocean fluke with teaser rigs then finish the show with Carolina Rigs for saltwater with plastic baits and then show how to rig and work some of the new plastic baits on the market. This is an evergreen show that will last for years and will always have a place on your video library shelf at home along with our Boating Tip of the Week. It always pays to go back and practice your knot tying and that is exactly what we did. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs June 4 & Oct. 8:
Surf Fishing; A Day In The Life: This week we hit the beach at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island and while you may think our shows are hammer fish all the time...in surf fishing it is not like that a majority of the time that's for sure...no matter who and what hot shot you may be. In this episode we show you how to keep organized in your car, hit the beach with friends last fall and actually take you to numerous beaches along the South Shore of Long Island looking to catch some fish along with our Boating Tip of the Week...and burn a tank of gas doing so...just like you folks. The fish were blitzing for two to three days in NW winds and if you were there as I was last November and in it...you know what I'm talking about. Twenty to 30 pound bass and giant bluefish on every cast for days. We show up with the cameras and we're back to a typical day in the life of a surfcaster with light NW winds at 5 knots and a slow pick. But so is life in the day of the surfcaster an that is exactly what we show you. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs June 11 & Oct. 1:
LI Sound Fall Tog: This week we hit Long Island Sound to do some fall blackfishing on the Celtic Quest out of Port Jefferson. We put together a trip from our message boards at www.thefishingline.org where we opened it up to only 15 anglers to join us with Capt. Desi O'Sullivan of the Celtic Quest on this trip. We cover the area we're fishing as always, give you the map and a way to get a booklet with all the reefs of Long Island from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). We also do an in-depth interview, two of them as a matter of fact, with Capt. Desi on the idiosyncrasies of togging and the differences in bite between south shore and north shore blackfish, east vs. west and how to set the hook on big tog and how to use and hook a variety of crab baits along with our Boating Tip of the Week. A very interesting retrospective indeed. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs June 18 / August 6:
The Fishing Line Bloopers Part 1:
This episode lives up to the hype, Bloopers baby and plenty of them. Television may look simple and many say, �Gee Rich you get to fish all day and then go home and be on TV!� They couldn�t be more wrong and further from the truth. In this first part of our Blooper series, we work with some of the pros of television, Bill Evans of Channel 7/WABC in NY who has been a guest on our show before and a pro on television doing the weather for decades now! Joey Kola the famous comedian also shares some of his insights and bloopers and his comic relief sends Rich Johnson over the edge into laughter many times. Pat Xiques, a seasoned touring pro on the BASS circuit gets a case of the giggles that will leave you hysterical! Of course we give you our Boating Tip. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs June 25 / August 13:
The Fishing Line Bloopers Part 2:
This episode includes a few of the local guides, captains and characters that have appeared on The Fishing Line, but it is really about RJ and his penchant, particularly at the end of the day, to get tongue tied and just plain silly sometimes! In this show Rich guides you through the reality of the TV world in trying to do simple 45 second tips of the week and how hard they can be at times...including Boating Tip of the Week for this show itself along with past help in tips with Joey Kola the famous comedian and others. Also in here are bloopers with RJ with LIPA spokesman Michael Coleman Lowndes, John DeCuffa of Jack�s Bait and Tackle and other captains from around the area. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
Airs July 9 & Sept. 17:
Western Long Island Sound Cow Bass: This episode lives up to the hype, the name and more! So much so the home release version available through ordering is over 50 minutes long packed with additional catches, tips, tricks, tide information and much more. We sailed with John DeCuffa of Jack�s Bait and Tackle in City Island aboard the Skipjack IV charter boat in search of cow bass. We actually had this trip planned months in advance based on tides and moon phases and coincidently and ironically aligned itself the day after the 62 pounder was caught at Execution Light in western Long Island Sound the day before! We were on fire as we limited the boat on fish 25 to 37 pounds in the middle of a bright and very warm mid June day! We cover the areas we fished, baits, tackle, why use mono instead of braid, hook selections, how to play and land large fish on lighter than expected tackle and understanding how to fish these reef �islands� that dot the western Sound along with our Boating Tip of the Week. We cover our tackle choices in detail with some surprising changes. There is so much in this show we had to take out to fit the 30 minute on air version you won�t believe your eyes with extended catches, a dozen other catches that could not fit into the show, tips on fishing dead bunker and more. We suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon
Airs July 16 & Sept. 10:
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! All done in the heat of summer in June! That�s right winter flounder in the heat of summer, 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! Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon
Airs August 20 & Oct. 15:
Worming the Sandy Hook Rips: I've been getting quite a few E mails asking for more coverage in NJ so we took this trip with Capt. Al Ristori, saltwater columnist for the Star Ledger Newspaper in New Jersey and his long time friend Gene Braman. This episode may actually surprise you...to the fact there are quality bass to be caught in the heat of summer...and I mean heat. We filmed this early August trip in the throws of a huge heat wave. The day we filmed had a heat index over 100 with over 20 days of 90 degrees or better this summer. Sailing from the Highlands Marina in NJ, we headed to the Sandy Hook rips of the Gateway Fishing Area. (see chart/map) and were in the rips in time for the slack high water and change to outgoing. We caught several keeper fluke during daylight, but once it got dark the bass bit on every drift! A hammer job on the bass with many NY size keepers, several NJ keepers and quite a few "slot" fish for NJ as well. We were on fire and would have limited out easily no matter what state we were in. We cover the areas fished with a marked chart/map of where we were, as well as tides, presentation of baits in the rip, baits, tackle, rigs, hook selections, how to play and land bass at night in the rips and why we selected the tackle we used. Make sure you look at the links in the left border to get a close up inspection of the tackle and equipment used along with pics of our captains and guests for this 2005 season. Our Boating Tip of the Week is of course included. We suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show (an hour of fish catching excitement) ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon
Airs August 27 & Oct. 22:
Greenport Party Boat Porgies: This episode was filmed August 1 and whole it was hot, yet cloudy and barely a breeze, I was very comfortable because we caught so many giant porgies (see picture) I didn't know what was going on around me. The porgy action on the north fork of Long Island was super and we caught fish all day on the Peconic Star II with Capt. Dave Brennan and his captain/mate Kelly Bennett. We fished the Gut off Orient Point in heavy currents and hard tides and somewhat deep water at times. The fish were huge and there were folks all over the boat from kids to grandparents limited out on giant scup. We sailed from the Railroad Dock in Greenport, Long Island and were in the Gut for the last of the incoming and the high slack knowing the tide, once she turned and stated to ebb would force us out of the Gut into other areas...but Capt. Dave knew the fish were here! We caught fish we never even thought about measuring they were so huge and consistently as well. We cover the areas we fished, baits and how to present the clams, tackle, rigs, hook selections and why the hooks we used and how the porgy bite develops over the season and how and what to expect as the season progresses! Make sure you look at the links in the left border to get a close up inspection of the tackle and equipment used along with pics of our captains and guests for this 2005 season. Our Boating Tip of the Week is of course included nd is an overlooked tidbit about porgy fishing and how porgies look and take a bait. We suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show (almost an hour of giant porgy catching excitement) ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon
Airs September 3 & Oct. 29:
Inshore Tuna Fishing: This episode was filmed July 29, actually a few days after the great tuna bite was about over, but we managed to get a few fish and show the folks at home what you need to get in the bite when it comes around again in October, November. I fished aboard the beautiful 61 foot Weasel, a privately owned vessel by South Shore Marlin and Tuna Club member Bob Antolini along with his best friend and SSMTC Board of Director Colie Coleman and Capt. Jim O'Brien. We cover areas fished, trolling baits and how to present them, tackle, rigs, small bait presentations, spinning tackle lures for casting to breaking tuna and mahi and what to expect as the season progresses! Make sure you look at the links in the border to get a close up inspection of the tackle and equipment used along with pics of our captains and guests for this 2005 season. Our Boating Tip of the Week series is of course included on how to properly dress a tuna. We suggest pre-ordering your extended home release of this show ahead of time...it is going to be a fast seller for sure! Click the projector to watch the full 30 minute show. Watch the full episode by clicking the projector icon below