Dennis from Fishermen's Source dives into fall run fishing. With plenty of Mullet and various baitfish like Spearing, Snappers, Peanut Bunker, and Adult Bunker in the mix, Dennis recommends topwater lures like Super Striper Poppers for casting behind waves and along the bank. He also highlights the effectiveness of paddle tails in Mullet-like colors, Tsunami Shads for bass and bluefish, and diving lures like the Daiwa SP Minnow and Bomber in yellow. These insights will elevate your fall run fishing game.
Tyler T. from Fishermen's Source shows us his favorite summertime setups for hitting the surf, including everything from flea flicking for stripers to using it to hi-low for fluke.
Nick C. reviews the beloved Hogy and Ronz soft bait tuna lures. Nick goes into detail of when and how you can fish these baits. The ability to fish all levels of the water column is one of the unique advantages presented by Hogy and Ronz lures.
Braden N. from Fishermen's Source showcases the Blood Knot. A classic connection for saving fish and your trip! Braden walks us through how to tie, when to use and his own stories of how this knot saved tuna, swordfish and striped bass.
Braden N. from Fishermen's Source showcases his favorite Fluke Boat Jigging Rigs. Fluking technique, jigs, baits and gear will typically depend on the conditions present. Braden goes over various ocean conditions and rigs that will put you in the strike zone.
Chris from Fishermen's Source showcases the Skipper from Joe Baggs. The skipper has been a fantastic topwater lure for a wide variety of inshore and offshore fish species. From tuna to striped bass this lure can do it all. Come in-store to checkout our whole selection from Joe Baggs.
Nick C. talks about some of the most sought after east coast tuna setups and the differences between them. There are so many unique challenges when fishing for tuna with spinning gear. Let the least of your worries be choosing the right setup. With this video you will understand which setup is best for you based on quality, technique, budget, and size of fish being targeted.
Join Chris, our passionate staff member and avid fisherman, as he showcases his personal go-tos along with what has been hot in the shop. Whether you are fishing from land or boat, Chris goes over what you will need to slay fluke this season.
Join Tyler, our staff member and avid fisherman, as he showcases the impressive tackle gear on our Nomad product wall. Nomad lures set themselves apart with their well-thought out designs, and brilliant colors. From the chug Norris to the mad-mac, there's a nomad lure for every fishing situation.
Nick C. takes on a tour of the Tsunami Saltx spinning reel. With a sealed design, sleek finish and light-weight feel, the Saltx reel is loaded with features. Whether you are walking the flats of raritan bay, or throwing top water lures at sharks in the keys, this reel has you covered.
The hard plastics versions with rattles have become very popular. They have a huge profile and the way they work is by twitching the rod tip, while simultaneously reeling. They are a fish caller!In this video, you will learn when to fish them, how to fish them, and why so many fishermen have them in their arsenal. You can find Spooks and much more at fishermenssource.com.
Darters are one of the most productive big fish plugs. They work best when cast into the current. This extremely unique and life-like action is what gives the darter its name. When fished correctly on a straight and slow retrieve, the darter will game bass of all shapes and sizes.
The most anticipated offshore lure of 2023! The NEW SquidTrex from Nomad can be jigged vertically, cast, or trolled. The soft TPE construction allows strength and durability matched with the realistic movement of the tentacles, which waft and wiggle in the water to entice bites when sinking or even at rest.
Chris at Fishermen's Source demonstrates rigging different lures on wide-gap hooks. Everything from weightless to weighted, with removable blades & weights. For example, Mega shads, which are great on jig heads, could be fished weightless when the current slows down. They are very effective.
The Fishermen's Source Team spent a Spring afternoon targeting Striped Bass in the Raritan Bay. Not every day is non stop action, and in this case persistence paid off. On these types of days, having a variety of gear, and knowing when to switch up tactics is key to catching fish. The team threw spoons, soft plastics, topwater, and metal lips before finding a few fish on Back Bay Trollers.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source invites you to explore what kind of plugs are in his surf bag for early Spring Striped Bass. When fishing the early Spring, water temperatures fluctuate and conditions are constantly changing. With that said, it is important to have a wide range of plugs in your arsenal to make sure you're covered for whatever the fish may be eating. Minnow plugs are often top producers in the early spring; Red Fins, SP Minnows, and Bombers are all great options. But don't hesitate to bring some larger plugs with you as well. As the water begins to warm up, the fish will begin to hit larger profile baits.
Nick runs through different metal lip lures, the styles and their uses. He focuses on the 3 distinctive wooden metal-lip swimmer styles: surface swimmers, subsurface swimmers and deep swimmers (otherwise known as Trollers). All of these types are similar in that they are made of buoyant wood, and a bent metal lip affixed to the nose of the plug. Back-Bay metal lips are handmade and exclusively available in store. If you are shopping online and looking for an affordable way to get into fishing metal lips, the Gibbs Danny Pro Surface Swimmers are a great place to start.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source reviews the Yo-Zuri 3D Twitchbait. Released in 2018, the Yo-Zuri 3D Twitch Bait has become a favorite among Striped Bass fishermen. This bait is available in 3.5", 4.37", 5.25", and 6", as well as in over 20 different colors to match a variety of fishing applications. The profile of this bait is a great match for when bass are feeding on bunker, and sizes can be scaled up or down depending on what size bait is in the water. In this video you will learn when to fish them, how to fish them, and why so many fishermen have them in their arsenal.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks about fishing Flutter Spoons for Striped Bass. Flutter Spoons have become increasingly popular when targeting Striped Bass. Fished from a boat, big sweeps of the rod will allow the bait to flutter up and slowly flutter back down. When adult Bunker are present and the fish are deep, the Flutter Spoon truly stands out amongst other baits. Whether it's Fall or Spring, the Flutter Spoon will help get more fish in the boat!
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source gives tips on surf/plug bag maintenance. As we all know, saltwater takes a toll on all fishing gear. Bags like the ones from Gear-Up Surfcasting are created with this in mind, constructed of materials that stand up to constant exposure to salt water. Yet, even with bags like this, it is important to rinse off your gear and limit the amount of salt that sits on them after and in between fishing trips. As for plugs, it doesn't take long for hooks and other hardware to rust. It is important to rinse lures as often as possible. If your lures are beginning to rust, be sure to switch out any rusty hardware right away. Leaving rusty lures with others will allow the rust to spread, so removing them from the others is important. We all want our lures to last as long as possible and taking care of gear between trips is key!
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source walks through his favorite lures to use when Striped Bass are feeding on Sandeels. When it comes to late season Striped Bass in the Northeast, Sand Eels are often on the menu. This time of year, using lures that have a slender profiles is the key to catching fish. The Tsunami Holographic Sandeel is a shop favorite, Nick shows a variety of his go to Sandeel baits.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source reviews the Gear-Up Surfcasting 4 Tube Surf Bag. If you're familiar with Gear-Up Surfcasting products, you know that they are built to last! All Gear-Up bags are constructed with 2 layers of Dacron Sailcloth and military grade industrial velcro for maximum durability. Featured here is the 4 Tube, with 8.5"H x 3"W tube inserts. In this video, Nick talks about his favorite aspects of the bag and shows just how many lures the bag can hold.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source demonstrates how to land more fish using a circle hook for Striped Bass. With circle hook regulations in place for Striped Bass, many anglers are still adjusting to this new style of fishing. If fished correctly, circle hooks will result in better hook sets and more fish landed. Most importantly, fishing circle hooks results in more fish safely released. In this video, Nick shows how simple adjustments to your fishing can drastically improve your success with circle hooks.
Ryan from RJM Fishtales reviews the Swing Impact FAT Swimbait by Keitech. The Keitech Swing Impact FAT Swimbait features some of the most realistic swimming action on the market. Comprised of two different types of plastic to ensure balance in the water, this swimbait perfectly mimics small bait fish. In this video, Ryan is fishing the 3.3" size paired with a Keitech Tungsten Super Round Jig Head, but this bait can also be used as a trailer on your favorite spinnerbait or swim jig.
Available in 2.8", 3.3", 3.8", 4.3", and 4.8", as well as in various colors, the Keitech Swing Impact FAT Swimbait is an excellent choice when matching small baitfish.
Ryan R. from RJM Fishtales reviews the Thunder Cricket by Strike King. Chatterbaits have become an increasingly popular bait when targeting large mouth bass. The blades on these baits make a unique vibrating, thumping sound that bass can't resist. Fished fast, slow, in the top of the water column or down deep, the Strike King Thunder Cricket is a versatile lure that produces fish. With a built in trailer keeper for your favorite soft plastic, the Thunder Cricket is a great chatterbait to add to the arsenal when out on the water! In this video, Ryan is fishing the Thunder Cricket paired with a ZMan TRD DeiZel Minnow.
Ryan from RJM Fishtales reviews the KVD Splash Popper from Strike King. The KVD Splash Popper was designed by Kevin VanDam to catch big bass on topwater. With a feather enhanced rear treble hook, a realistic appearance, and premium hardware, the KVD Splash Popper is an great topwater option. Ryan walks us through his top tips for using this bait out on the water.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source shares his favorite braid to mono connection when popping for tuna. There are various knots used to connect braid to mono. Yet when throwing poppers for Tuna, a strong knot that can handle this type of fishing is essential for landing fish. Nick's go to knot is the Cat's Paw, a simple knot that when done correctly provides a seamless connection. In this video, Nick is preparing for a Yellowfin Tuna trip and is using an 80lb Mamoi wind-on leader. If you're looking for an easy, reliable knot for your next Tuna trip, the Cat's Paw is a great option!
Ryan R. from RJM Fishtales reviews the Atlas squarebill crankbait and the Swimtrex lipless crankbait from Nomad Design. With the fall the transition in full swing, crankbaits are great options when targeting Largemouth Bass. In this video, Ryan is fishing the Swimtrex 72 and the Atlas 50. These baits are available in various sizes and color variations to match whatever the bass may be feeding on.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks about his favorite lures to target Albies. Albies, also known as False Albacore, are an extremely finicky fish that move quickly chasing bait. In the Northeast, late summer through early fall is the best to time of year to target them. Notoriously hard to catch, fishing for Albies can be difficult even when they are right in front of you. When picking baits, the smaller the better. Using 1/2-7/8 oz jigs is ideal, and if there is not wind to combat, aim to use the smallest jig possible. When it comes to rods and reels, a 4,000 size reel spooled with 15lb braid and a 7'-7'6 medium heavy rod will get the job done. Although frustrating, targeting Albies is extremely rewarding, and when you do hook one they fight hard!
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source gives tips for fishing the Mullet run in the Northeast. Mid September through early October, resident Striped Bass begin to feed before the migrating fish move in. With lots of different bait in the surf this time of year, one in particular that is abundant is Mullet. Top water lures such as poppers and spooks are great options, as well as paddle tails and minnow plugs. With fish in the water and fairly warm weather, early fall is a great time to target striped bass in the surf!
The Shimano SLX DC is a durable, budget friendly baitcasting reel in the Shimano DC lineup. Available in three different gear ratios, 6.3, 7.2 ,and 8.2, the SLX DC is a great option if you are looking for an affordable reel featuring Shimano's Digital Control braking technology.
Ryan from RJM Fishtales walks us through fishing the Savage Gear 3D Wake Snake. The Savage Gear 3D Wake Snake is an extremely realistic bait that was developed from a 3D scan of a real snake. With two tie on points, this bait offers an unmatched s-curve swimming action that entices big fish. From Largemouth Bass to Pike, the 3D Wake Snake is a great top water option.
Ryan from RJM Fish Tales walks us through fishing the Whopper Plopper by River2Sea. If your a freshwater fisherman, chances are you've come across this lure. The Whopper Plopper is an excellent top water bait that creates a unique plopping sound on the surface that bass and other predatory freshwater species can't resist! In this video, Ryan is the throwing the 2 3/8" and 3 1/2" model in the Bluegill color.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source shows us his favorite light tackle setup for fluking the surf. When fluking the surf, a light weight, sensitive rod is key. The Tsunami Carbon Shield paired with a Shimano Ultegra is budget friendly combo that perfectly suites this style of fishing. Nick fishes the 7'6 Medium Carbon Shield rated up to 3/4 oz and a Shimano Ultegra 4000. This setup allows you to throw the lightest jigs possible and optimize your presentation.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks all about fishing side trackers for tuna. Side trackers are some of the most popular baits used when trolling for Tuna. We get a lot of questions on how to use these lures, this video demonstrates how to adjust them to ensure they troll properly. Side trackers catch fish. If your out on the water trolling for tuna, be sure to have one on board!
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source shows us how to fish Sand Fleas in the surf for Striped Bass. A highly productive fishing method during the summer months, fishing with Sand Fleas can produce some solid fish when other things won't. Fished on light tackle, Sand Fleas are a fun way to stay busy fishing the beach for bass. Nick walks us through the tackle he uses as well as what to look for when fishing this method.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks about the Shimano Ultegra 4000, his go to reel for light tackle fishing. Redesigned in 2021, the Shimano Ultegra is a great reel for a great price. Whether you're fishing for Fluke, Redfish, Stripers, or any other species using light tackle, the Ultegra is a durable, light weight option that you can rely on.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks about his go to tackle for targeting deep water ocean Fluke. Nick walks us through 3 rigs that have become standard among fluke fishermen.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks all about vertical jigging for Tuna. Nick walks us through some of his favorites tuna jigs, as well shows the terminal tackle needed to rig these lures to handle big fish! Fishermen's Source offers a wide variety of Tuna jigs from your favorite brands, with all of sizes and colors to match whatever the fish are biting.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source discusses tackle tips for Sea Bass jigging. Jigging for Sea Bass has become increasingly popular in recent years. Nick's go to rig is a jig and teaser, using 15 pound braid and a 20 pound fluoro carbon leader with a dropper loop. Great to eat and fun to catch, Sea Bass are rewarding fish to target!
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source talks about the Savage Gear 3D Wake Snake. Largemouth Bass as well as many other predatory freshwater species love to eat snakes. The Savage Gear 3D Wake Snake is based on a 3D scan of a real snake, creating a realistic bait that perfectly mimics a small snake swimming through the water. Swimming with a wide S action either on the surface or just below, two points to tie on to the lure offers options in swimming style.
Nick C. from Fishermen's Source shows us how to create a simple yet versatile rig for fishing chunked bait. Whether you're fishing the surf or by boat, fishing chunks is a productive fishing technique for a wide variety of species. From the tackle needed to knot tying tips, Nick shares all you need to know to catch fish on chunked baits!
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source discusses the all new Nomad Design Shikari Minnow Plug. New this year, the Shikari Minnow is unique in that it swims deeper than other minnow plugs on the market. Swimming at a 4-6 foot depth, the subtle wobble this lure produces is ideal for enticing finicky fish. Pre-rigged with BKK Viper hooks and available in various color options, the Shikari Minnow is an excellent addition to any tackle bag!
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source demonstrates the proper way to rig the Madd Mantis large and extra large popper. When popping for large game fish, such as tuna, quality hardware significantly increases the chances of landing a fish.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source likes to go lighter for the early season shallow water fluke bite. Using small presentations, like Berkley GULP! mullets, grubs and shrimps, imitates the small crustaceans that fluke are keyed in on.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source rigs the Madd Mantis Quake fast and efficiently. Although this lure is commonly used for tuna, this alternative method proves successful for spring striped bass.
Nick C. upgrades the hardware on the essential Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow. This popular striper plug is a must-have for your bag or tackle box and we get a lot of questions at the shop on which tackle to use when changing out/upgrading.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source showcases a new use of a known "blackfish" jigging rod In this video he shares why the Jigging World Black Demon 7'5" Medium rod is also great for throwing large heavy baits(plugs and big soft plastics) from a boat for spring striped bass. He has paired his Black Demon with the Daiwa Lexa 400 baitcaster. It's uses vary from heavy plugging to jigging and most everything in between for bigger fish.
Nick C. invites you to explore how he sets up his 3 tube ODM SURFWAVE surf bag and points out its features that affirm why it is his surf bag of choice. Inside, you'll see it can fit a lot of plugs and tackle- allowing you to be ready to throw what they want to eat.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source walks you through how to tune a metal lip swimmer to swim at your desired depth.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source walks through how to rig A Band of Anglers Hyperlastics soft plastic lures. Highlighting some favorite early spring offerings and techniques to increase the life of your baits.
Nick C. at Fishermen's Source demonstrates how to rig large plastic lures for striped bass in early spring. He focuses on two types of rigs: Jig heads & weighted hooks. His tips will help your success rate in various conditions/scenarios plus- extend the life of your baits.
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