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First and foremost, the December issue of The Fisherman Magazine hit newsstands, your mailbox and http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=digital.current&Digital_ID=1224&ParentCat=24 last week, and as always this is out annual Holiday Gift Guide with more than 60 awesome gift ideas for the fisherman in your life. And just in case the print version isn’t enough for you, we also have it available right now online at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=2503&ParentCat=2.

The first item you’ll see listed in the Gift Guide is something special, the 3R sticker. As I noted last week, we produced a run of stickers with the 3R campaign logo, and the stickers are available right now at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=17&ParentCat=32. These stickers are just $10, and all the money raised from the stickers goes right into the Northeast Striped Bass Study and will help to fund additional satellite tags. We already sold a bunch of stickers in the first week that they were made available with some contributors buying a stack of them. We have also been in discussion with several organizations for additional ways in which you can help raise funds for the study, so stay tuned as we hash out the details.

Ok, moving into the fishing scene, longtime Fisherman Magazine contributor Dave Pickering has been hitting both the fresh and saltwater of late for carp and stripers. Over on his blogs, Rhode Island Striped Bass and Rhode Island Carp Fishing, he reports a bit of a slowdown in the last week on the striper side of things along the oceanfront, no doubt a factor of the wind we’ve been seeing of late. On the carp front, he has been finding ways to deal with bait stealers like dace and fall fish by using artificial corn baits. This produced seven nice carp on his last outing in windy and rainy weather. Stay tuned for a winter carp how-to from Dave in the January issue of The Fisherman Magazine as this is a great option to get you through a long winter.

The other game in town right now is bottom fishing, and perhaps your best option this time of the year is to hop on a party boat or one of the 6-packs that is sailing for a variety of species including blackfish, cod, sea bass, scup and the likes. If you remember back to last fall around this time, we had a big shot of haddock move into the fishing grounds off Block Island with some boats landing well over 100 haddock when they found a school. While so far I have only heard of a few haddock mixed in with those other fish, this time of the year offer plenty of options and is highly recommended if you have a day off that coincides with a good weather window.