Surfcasting for striped bass is my passion, especially when it involves throwing on my wetsuit and taking a swim to some out of reach locations where big bass hunt.
I love all kinds of fishing though; offshore, saltwater fly-fishing, kayak sharkin, toggin'. You name it. I used to be big into the freshwater, but really got away from it when I became a hopeless striper junkee at the age of 13. I grew up fishing them in New Jersey, but just moved to Cape Cod last May. I do a lot of travelling chasing the bass as far South as North Carolina in the Winter.
FIshing sharks out of my kayak, The Orca Jr, is an absolute blast, and I've been refining my technique over the past few seasons.
My offshore experience comes from being the mate for various private boats for tournaments, and I love it. From figuring out the right spread to drag on a given day to the teamwork needed to get the fish in the box out there, offshore tournament fishing is just about as good as fishing gets.
Striped Bass, hands down. I can't imagine a more perfect fish. Sure, there are stronger, bigger, more beautiful fish, but you can't a fish that ranks as high as striped bass do in each category that's as adaptable and varied in its habits as a bass. Stripers seem are accessible and confounding at the same time. Just take a look at the following these fish have. You'd be hard pressed to find a more hardcore and devoted group of anglers than striped bass fisherman.
Bluefin tuna are another favorite of mine, and although I don't often admit it, I even have a soft spot for bluefish at times, even though they can be a major pest.
Most Memorable Fish
The ones I remember most vividly are the big ones that got away, but there's no need to bore you with those stories here. My biggest bass so far, a 53 incher I took from the surf during in North Jersey is certainly one of my most memorable catches. I released the fish unweighed, so I can't officially claim to have taken a 50 from the surf, but it was certainly close. All of my surf 40's have been memorable as well.
Dream Fishing Trip
Surfcasting for Roosterfish in Mexico is definitely one of them. Land based game fishing at Steep Point Australia and New Zealand. I'd love to do a long range trip out of Southern California, and I'd also love to do some kayak fishing for threshers out there. I've hooked one off Ocean City in my kayak, but was undergunned, and broke him off.
I've always wanted to get into some of the fishing in the Pacific Northwest for salmon and steelhead. I'd even like to get out for halbut, and see how the Orca Jr. would hold up against the salmon sharks.
Best excuse you ever told someone to go fishing
It's my job. That's not necessarily an excuse, fishing is really my job as I work for the Northeast's premiere fishing magazine, On The Water.