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I will start off this week with a video update from Tim Moore of Tim Moore Outdoors as he transitions from open water guide season to the ice up in New Hampshire.

Keeping with reader contributors, I received a phone call from Ziggy Czubinski last week of the Fort Point Channel Fishing Club in Boston, MA. He called in to report that smelt are running pretty well right now in Boston Harbor with anglers jigging up 1 to 2 dozen per night. I have yet to try my hand at catching smelt, but I’ve heard from several contacts in the area that small Sabiki rigs as well as small Swedish Pimples are your best bet, just be sure to tip them with a piece of sandworm, clam or squid.

Next up, Mark Alimena checked-in with some really good blackfish reports in the Western Sound off Norwalk. Over the weekend he fished with Frank Pelliccione and Frank Spadanuda and amid a mix of shorts and a few keepers, Mark landed a nice 7.4-pound Dream Boat entry tog which he proceeded to release alive after being weighed-in. Then on Monday, Mark had veteran Al Thomas out for the day. They boated eight keepers on the day, only retained their limit, and released more than 40 fish by day’s end. Mark said they did all the catching on small blackfish jigs and green crabs.

Switching gears to freshwater, trout fishing has been very good lately, especially up on the Cape where Danny from the Goose Hummock Shop has been doing well on browns and rainbows in the local ponds. He sent me this picture of an impressive 5-pound brown landed on a recent outing. I’ve said it before but it warrants repeating; the Cape is well-known for its saltwater fishing but the freshwater opportunities are just as good if not better!

And last but not least, Fisherman Magazine ad sales manager, Dale Nicholson, took a little long weekend getaway this week to warmer climate as he is down in Port Charlotte, Florida, and he sent a little video report for us. Thanks Dale, and special thanks to Peter Cowell for shooting the clip.