As the days slowly get longer but the north winds and cold weather sticks around, the fishing does not stop here on the island. That's right cold water fish only get hotter as the winter months go on.
On the freshwater side of the house. Fishing from the shore line, kayak, or small boat, you can find yourself chasing down some of the islands sought after trout. Most lakes on the island were stocked late last fall or early winter months.
Brown and Rainbow trout put into these lakes and rivers, move around to seek shelter and find food. As the water gets colder they get more active to find their food and this is where the angler is going to want to dip a line.
Artificial baits such as Berkley's power baits, trout nuggets and doe balls in pink yellow or any bright colors, help attract these fish. Small gold or sliver kastmasters or phoebe trout spoons work too. If live bait is more your way of wishing, get your hands on some nightcrawlers or wax worms and and small size 6 or smaller hook and these fish will go crazy for that too. Tackle tip: Light Tackle such as a 5 or 6 foot light action fast tip rod, paired up with a 2000 up to a 3500 size reel is a good match for winter freshwater fishing.
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If you like to try your hand at tidal creeks or rivers white perch is a good way to go. Much like trout fishing you will need a smaller size rod and reel. Nightcrawlers on a small hook. If you fancy more for artificial baits
If freshwater is not your thing, but love the cold. You should find your self on a local charter boat. Sailing almost every day these boats are targeting Big winter cod right now. Many of these boats seem to be hanging around local wrecks and producing Cod, Pollock, Haddock and jumbo Porgies. Medium heavy conventional tackle, is what you will be looking to use. Simple high low rigs tipped with fresh clam bellies always do the trick. If you are looking to increase your chances for a catch try putting a florescent jelly worm on your hook as well.
Dressing warm is always a must this time a year. With Temperatures normally in The high 30s and low 40 during the day you will want to layer up and make sure you have a good pair of gloves and socks.
Rons Recipes: Baked Cod And Potatoes
• 2 lbs. Cod Fillet
• 3-4 Peeled White Potatoes
• ½ White Onion
• 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlic
• Salt and Pepper (to taste)
• Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)*
Pre-Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with olive oil and the crushed garlic. Cut the peeled Potatoes into slices and spread them out in the baking pan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the onion and spread out over the Potatoes. Drizzle more olive oil over the Potatoes and onion. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cut the Cod Fillet into serving size portions 6-8 ounces making sure that all bones and skin have been removed. Pat the fillets dry with a paper towel. Take the potatoes out of the oven and lay the Fillets in the pan spooning the Potatoes and onion over the top. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the Fillets if needed. Sprinkle some Red Pepper flakes to taste and put back in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the Fillets. The Cod will be White and Flaky when done.
* You can also use Lemon and Pepper seasoning if you don’t like it spicy.
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