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Technology, it’s hard to avoid, even when it comes to fishing. Some embrace it, some find it black magic, love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. So, this month I wanted to pass along a little tidbit to help with your fishing success.

            I recently became the proud owner of a new smart phone, an Android smart phone. This wondrous little gizmo has all the bells and whistles, probably the equivalent of a room size main frame computer circa 1970.

Anyway, what I want to put you onto is an application you can install on your phone, a fishing application. This little gem is called “My Fishing Companion” and is basically a full fledged database application that will track your catches. It integrates with the phone so not only can you describe what the catch is, and how you caught it, but it uses your phone’s GPS capability and weather application capabilities to add that info to the record automagically! This stuff is way cool.

After a season of fishing and adding all your catches to the application, you can review it and probably extrapolate some pretty good trends and predictions about where and how to fish next season. I used to use a little notebook and try to take the time to write all this down, but it just never worked out very well. Using this phone application sure makes it easy. While you’re pulling in the catch, the captain can have all the data entered into the record before you even see the fish! Then just input its species and size and you’re done.

Technology, you gotta love it. Best thing is, the application has 2 versions, the free one, and the one for $2.99(AT&T), can’t beat the price. The free version only allows you to store 5 fish, so you might want to download that one first to check it out, especially before you go and break the bank on the unlimited $2.99 version.

Check it out at - Android Market


Quick Tips

These are a collection of tips gathered from various sources.

Trolling tips for trophy Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay .... Try and stay away from the pack. If you're off by yourself, there's less to spook the fish, and you're the only one there with baits in the water. Troll in an East/West direction, zig zagging your way to the North or South. Your speed should be in the 2.8 to 3.8 knots range, but if you're missing fish, speed up a bit.

Planer Boards are your friends!

When fishing planer boards use the commercial carabineer release or shower curtain hooks with a #33 Staples brand rubber band. Remember, your longest line out is the one you set closest to the board and farthest forward in the rod holders. Generally, don't set any lines beyond 100' back of the boards. A good starting point in finding fish is to run a 6 oz. bait, 60' back of the planer board. And please, watch your boards and boat control. We all have the same right of way while trolling boards, it's a give and take jungle out there!

Advice From Experts

Odds and Ends

Use Johnson's "No More Tangles" on your parachutes, they'll look better in the water! Soak your reels in fresh water for 3 or 4 hours to get all the salt washed out of them. Freeze milk jugs full of water for keeping your fish cooler cold. You can add scent to your plastics by soaking them in scent liquids inside a plastic bag and zapping them for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave.

Circle Hooks!

     Some interesting facts are that this design was primarily used in long-line fishing, and before that, by our ancestors. They were used for a good reason. Simply stated, the fish hook themselves and 95% of the time, in the lip. This meant that they were usually still alive when the lines were checked.

     Circle hook effectiveness is based on Math and Physics, specifically, Newton's second law of motion and centripetal (center-seeking force).

    It is important to note, that using these hooks is not a complete "no brainer." It's been my experience using these on Assateague for the last few years, that there are some tips one should follow:

All Circle Hooks are NOT created equal. Size and sharpness vary from brand to brand.
Do NOT use stainless steel hooks; if broken off it will never deteriorate.
Use a knife to pierce your bait.
Loosen your drag to "pull tension." (Warning #2)
Most fish are hooked solidly by the time you see or hear the run don't panic!
Do NOT jerk back and set the hook when a fish picks up you may yank it right out of it's gullet without catching the jaw. (Last Warning)
Easy does it let them run a little. Pick-up & tighten your drag keep the rod tip up, walk backwards and reel (did I say don't panic?) & have fun!
Do NOT use really light tackle on the beach for Striped Bass and Drum. Too long of a fight builds up acid in the fish and will probably kill it, even if it's released.
If you plan to release a fish RELEASE IT! Excessive handling will often degrade the protective mucous and will often result in death by parasites.  Read More



Summary - Boat fishing for striped bass


There are many ways to fish for striped bass from a boat. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Dunking bunker chunks while anchored. We caught a 39 pound striped bass from a 21 foot boat while anchored in Delaware Bay. The bait was a bunker head. Chumming was used.
2. You can also fish with clams while anchored. Boat fisherman who fish their local waters often, especially charter captains, get to know where all the clam beds are in their area. In the days after a storm, these fishermen anchor over these clam beds, and fish using clams for bait. They know that the storms stir up the clam beds, and that stripers will be there feeding on broken clams.
3. Live lining bunker. This often involves snagging bunker, then fishing them live. Most boat fishermen snag the bunker using a treble hook, place them in a live well, then fish them on another rod rigged with a circle hook.
4. Drifting over structure or lumps on the bottom. Live eels are often the bait of choice. 
Greg Myerson caught his world record striped bass drifting a live eel near a submerged boulder.
5. Jigging with diamond jigs or other lures. This is a good choice when sand eels are the prevalent bait.
6. Trolling deep diving plugs, like Mann's Stretch 25s.
7. Trolling bunker spoons, surgical tubes with worms, umbrella rigs, or parachute rigs. This often requires the use of wire or lead core line to get the lures deep. Planer boards are often used to keep lines from crossing and away from the boat.
8. Casting plugs or other lures close to bars, shore points, or jettys.
9. Drifting live bait like 
spot. Some fishermen drift the live eels under bobbers.
10. Live lining 
herring in rivers in the spring.
11. Casting plugs or other lures to the edge of sod banks within the many estuaries along the east coast. This works best in the early hours before sunrise.
12. Fishing near bridge pilings, for example at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
13. Chasing birds, and fishing blitzes during both the spring and fall migrations. Snag a bunker or throw a pencil popper