The Northeast is a mecca for surf casting, with shoreline allowing access to water seasonally teeming with stripers and blues. It’s even better along coastal Connecticut, with the Long Island Sound offering a place to wade into the water to pursue migrating fish without (usually) facing violent waves.
Still, safety remains important, and this week Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network starts a primer for those interested in surf casting. Matt LeJeune, who we met through the Connecticut Surfcasters Association, spent a good part of a day in the field with us, walking us through the gear and knowledge needed to safely enter the water and target saltwater species. This week Matt covers what to wear and safety equipment. In coming episodes he’ll cover tackle and tactics, all in time for some summer fishing and the fall blitz.
We will also talk about Trout Unlimited welcoming conservationists who may not be all that interested in fishing, but share a passion for clean, cold streams.
It’s also tournament time, with information on the Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout, Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament, and this weekend’s event for high school bass anglers.
Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.
Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.