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Selecting the right gift for your angler

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Mike Sweeney sports fishing

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By Mike Sweeney
Columnist

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Well it is that time of year when anglers are dreaming of big fish and new tackle.

Personally I would like a new boat with twin outboards around 250hp each on a nice center console with all the bells and whistles needed to fish but if someone would like to gift me just the motors I am sure I can work up the rest.

Anyway, everyone knows someone who loves to fish and Christmas is the time to stock up on new gear.

The problem occurs when the non-angler tries to shop for the angler so here are some suggestions to help you poor non-anglers fill some stockings.

First you want to snoop around a little and look at what our lucky angler has lying around.

What kind of line do they use, what lures are in their tackle box and what is their favorite place to fish.

Is it in the rivers, the beach or offshore? Now that we have an idea of what we are looking for we go to the experts in the field.

The local tackle stores where you can take the information and go fishing for gifts.

Lets say your angler goes to the beach and fishes a lot so you go to the beach and shop Bob’s Bait and Tackle in Duck or go to T.W.’s bait and tackle and find a helpful person.

Let them know that you have an idea but their input would help and see what they can do to add to the tackle box at home. If you have an avid bass angler you can go to your local town tackle store or run up to Bass Pro or even the new Field and Stream.

It can be a little overwhelming when you first look at rows of tackle and lures hanging on the walls but with a little information and some guidance it can be easier than you think.

You can get new fishing line because you can never have enough of that.

Weights can be a good one also and they tend not to be that expensive.

Lures can be a little more tricky but just buy the ones that they already have because trust me they will lose them sometime during their fishing this next year and they will need another one to tie on.

If you need anyone else to help you out give me a shout at fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and I will be happy to help. Good luck and happy holidays.

What’s biting, where...

The fishing report for this week is about as slack as any this year.

With the driving rain and cold temps I was lucky to find anyone at all fishing. The offshore guys never left the docks this week as far as I can tell so I have no report from them.

On the beaches there was some fishing going on down around the point.

I have reports of scattered mullet and blow toads.

Some drum and speckled trout here and there but the dogfish are moving in so your best bet is to head to the point and throw some fresh cut mullet in hopes of a puppy drum or two.

Locally we had some catfish guys get out this week that did pretty good and I heard that the crappie are beginning to bite but I have no pictures to back that up.

I do know for a fact that the stripers are beginning to fatten themselves up and are hitting stretch baits on most of the bridges.

The closer you get to the sound the better the stripers seem to be right now but with the water cooling down they should be heading up the rivers following the baitfish.

Look for birds working open water for a sure sign they are moving with the bait. If anyone gets out this week shoot me an email or hit me up on Facebook and let me know how you did.

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