Fin-atics Fishing Report 6/30/17 Summer fishing is here

Summer is Here

The water temperatures are rising and the crowds are filling in…it must be July in Ocean City! It’s becoming full on summer here at the Jersey shore and anyone who visits can get into some great fishing. With the recent string of great weather, anglers are having great success from the bay to the offshore canyons.

Fluke are on the move in the intercostal waterways.  Anglers are reporting good numbers of short flounder with a few keeper sized fish mixed in. Hot spots have been the Kennedy Park area, Ships Channel, and Anchorage Point.  Don’t hesitate to fish some of the deeper channels as water temperatures rise. The baits that seem to be producing are Berkley Gulp! baits, mackerel or squid strips and minnows. Boats heading to the reefs aren’t finding large numbers of fluke yet, but are pulling up decent fish in the three to five-pound range. Jon Werley of Ocean City brought in this week’s biggest fluke with a flatty that weighed just over six pounds. Crabbing has been picking up and should only get better as the water warms up.

Brown sharks starting to tease anglers

On the beach side we are hearing of decent sized kingfish in great numbers. Surf anglers are using bloodworms to catch the kings with the artificial bloodworm beginning to work better with rising temperatures. Brown sharks have started ripping up bluefish rigs in the surf and anglers targeting them are hooking up. Use a wire leader and bring a pair of pliers for safety when catching brown sharks from the suds. The offshore action has been incredible over the past few weeks.  We have heard Large numbers of small yellowfin and bluefin tuna in the spencer and Baltimore canyon. Most boats are having more success with the tuna on the troll rather than chunking.

Possible World Record?

Maureen Klause of Ocean City, NJ brought a beautiful one hundred and twenty-six pound Mako shark to the scale earlier this week.  This catch is a pending I.G.F.A world line-class record, she caught it on 6lb test!  It seems this summer will be great for fishing so get out on the water.

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Fin-atics Fishing Report 6/15/2017 Lots of Kingfish

Kingfish have arrived!

With the recent heat wave calming down, it is safe to say that summer arrived.  June has been an awesome month for fishing so far with the action only heating up.  The beach has come to life over the past weekend.  Reports of decent kingfish in really good numbers continue to pour in. Surfcasters are even catching a few nice weakfish mixed in with the kings.  The hot bait has been bloodworms as the water temps hang in the low to mid 60’s.  Look for Fishbites to start producing when the ocean water temps eclipse 65 degrees.  The middle of OC, beaches from 15th to 34th street have been the most consistent for the kingfish.

We are hearing daily reports of great fluke fishing in the bay and even out on the reefs!  I know it’s a little early, but boats prospecting on the reefs for fluke have been pulling limits. Rick Martin from Ocean City was rewarded with a five and a half pound fluke while bouncing a bucktail on the Atlantic City reef last week.  Also, Bob Pelikoski, a regular at the shop, had a banner day in the bay with two fluke taking the scale at three and a half pounds and a third pushing over four pounds. It seems these larger fluke are making a push for the ocean reefs so now is the time to get them while you can in the creeks and channels!  As usual Berkley Gulp! baits, mackerel strips and minnows have produced the most bites.  This year has been far different than the disappointing 2016 season, a lot more keeper fluke.  Now is the time and get out and fish before the water warms up too much and the crowds move in!

Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners

Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners
 
For the past three years Fin-atics has sponsored a FREE Fluke Derby for our customers to participate in for the summer season.  It is a friendly competition that we encourage everyone to enter.  All we require is to sign up each season and provide us with valid contact information.  All winners are notified via email and below you will find this years results.
 
June Winners:
1st Place – Ken Ruckle (25-1/2″ – 5.34lbs)
2nd Place – Brian Schuler (24″ – 4.95lbs)
3rd Place – Mike Gardner (24-1/2″ – 4.64lbs)
July Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.02lbs)
3rd Place – Ken Ruckle (24-1/2″ – 5.56lbs)
August Winners:
1st Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
3rd Place – Phil Degliomini (25-3/4″ – 6.11lbs)
Tournament Overall Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
3rd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
 
Congratulations to our Fluke Derby winners for 2015, we look forward to next seasons tournament.

Fishing Tackle Store Tips – Catching Striped Bass

Are you excited to catch some striped bass this season? This fishing tackle store sure is! Striped bass are on a come back in the Jersey Shore due to conservation from a few decades ago. They are perhaps the most sought after fish in the Jersey Shore area because of their size, close proximity to shore and their long strong drag wrenching strikes. They can be caught along the beaches, bays, and tidal rivers and rarely go more than a few miles from shore. Let’s talk about when they are around and how to get ’em!

Info On Striped Bass – Fishing Tackle Store

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Time of Year to Catch:
Striped bass usually arrive in mid to late April and will sometimes hang around until early winter. smaller stripers are usually more plentiful in the spring and the larger ones are usually caught in the fall.
How To Catch Them:
  • This fishing tackle store and any avid angler would recommend drifting live eels or sandworms usually accounts for the most fish.
  • Sandworms in the spring and eels in the fall is a good strategy to go by.
  • Both baits can be worked by tying a rig using a 3-way swivel. Tie the 3-way to the line coming off your pole. On the remaining 2 swivel loops tie a 12-18 inch dropper for your sinker, and a 5-6 foot leader for your hook. A 25 lb. leader is a good happy medium since Stripers don’t have teeth and you want to keep line visibility down to a minimum. Use the lightest sinker that will allow you to hold bottom. Let your sinker hit the bottom and continue to bounce as you drift. Keep your conventional reel in free spool with the clicker on. When a fish hits the clicker will sound. Let the fish run for a few seconds, engage the reel and set the hook with a sharp strong motion. When fishing with an eel it’s a good idea to let the Bass run a little longer to make sure the eels entire length is taken.
  • Chunking from an anchored boat is also an effective method to fish for striped bass. Toss out Bunker chunks to attract fish while dropping back pieces of cut bunker on your hook.
  • Trolling tubes, jigs, bunker spoons, plugs or umbrella rigs work well also. This method is highly effective for locating fish. Some sharpies will troll to locate the fish and then anchor or drift in the area with bait. In order to keep your trolling lures down at the right depth it is usually necessary to troll with heavy drail sinkers or wire line. Wire line trolling is most effective. Some sharpies also use down riggers. Make sure you use at least a 6 ft mono leader when trolling for striped bass because they tend to be line shy. Stripers like a very slow troll, so maintain a very slow speed. If you can’t slow your boat down enough either drag a sea anchor or a 5 gallon bucket.

Any supplies in the info above can be easily purchased at any fishing tackle store.

Best Places To Catch Them:
Jersey Shore party boats charter boats will fish for Striped Bass. Some fish exclusively in the evening. From north to south the most popular party and charter boat areas for Stripers are Leonardo, Atlantic Highlands, Shark River & Belmar, Brielle & Point Pleasant, Barnegat Light and Cape May. If you have your own boat and a good fishing tackle store to go to, here are some popular areas

  • Sandy Hook Area – Sandy Hook Rip and channel, Flynns Knoll, Roamer Shoal, Schrewsbury Rocks.
  • Point Pleasant – Manasquan Inlet jetty and rock jetties along the shore
  • Barnegat Light – Along rock jetties on LBI and Island Beach State Park. Barnegat Inlet jetties
  • Cape May – Cape May rips

Extra Fishing Tackle Store Tips for Striped Bass

  • When chunking be sure not to be too generous or skimpy with the chunks. It’s a good idea to release 4 or 5 chunks every 2-3 minutes to keep a consistent slick to attract and hold fish. Too many chunks and the fish will hang back for the easy meal and not bother to move up into the slick near your hook. Too little chum and your not going to hold or attract fish. Use fresh rather then frozen bunker if you can get it. One bunker is cut into about 4 to 5 chunks. Don’t waste the head it’s good bait since its bony and will stay on the hook longer.
  • When trolling, speed is critical for Bass. Between 2.0 and 2.5 knots is a good speed. When trolling bunker spoons slow it down until you see your pole pulsing in an erratic side to side and bobbing motion.
  • When party boat fishing you usually drift so try and stay in the bow or stern so you can stay on the side where the lines are drifting.
  • When fishing from shore with bait it’s best to use a float rig. It keeps the bait off the bottom and away from crabs. You can purchase one from almost any fishing tackle store. Cut bunker and clams are best after a storm and live eels are optimal at night.
  • If you’re surf casting with lures you need only cast beyond the breaking waves. Striped bass love the suds because of the structure and water motion. If you plan to fish on jetties use jetty spikes since jetties are usually very slippery and can lead to injury or death if you lose your balance.
  • Always look for rips and tears in the water because striped bass are attracted to structure and water motion.

For more helpful Jersey Shore fishing tips as well as awesome fishing bait, tackle, and other fishing equipment, check out Fin-atics. Serving the Cape May County area, this fishing tackle store offers quality supplies both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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Bluefish Fishing Tips

Bluefish are a very popular and abundant fish that can be caught all over the Jersey Shore. Wire leaders are a essential to successfully catching these fish, their razor sharp teeth are capable of cutting even 80lb Fluorocarbon leaders. Anglers use a variety of plugs, sand eel type jigs, squid or mackerel like lures when casting or trolling. Bunker, mackerel or eels are the preferred live baits. When these are not available, many types of cut bait also work.

Tips on Catching Bluefish

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When and where:

In New Jersey, the bluefish show up in the spring around early May, and they stay all summer long and into October. Another good thing about bluefish is that you can often catch them during the day; even in the summer. However, early morning and at dusk are the best times to catch bluefish. They can be caught right off the coast and out in the water. Fishing for them can be easily be done from a boat or on shore. The bluefish bite is at its best at dawn or dusk and any other time when there are low light conditions. The bluefish are much more aggressive than most fish and can often be found blitzing bait even under the midday sun. When they are not blitzing bait, they school up in staging areas and can be easily convinced to bite. Bluefish can be found in any depth and in almost any location where there is bait in the vicinity. They will frequently shadow a school of bait for a period of time and then suddenly make their attack. The resulting commotion will get the attention of every seagull within sight or earshot. A good moving tide can certainly improve the bite, but it is not unusual to see the fish feed right through the slack or flood.

Watch the birds:

The birds are very helpful when bluefish fishing. The birds can either be high flying, bee lining, screaming, wet roosting, or dry roosting. The angler needs to understand the implications of each of these behaviors. High flying birds typically circle repeatedly above a rather large patch of water. This is a sign that baitfish are concentrated beneath the surface of the water and out of their reach. They can easily cover a large area from well above the surface and they are waiting for predators to drive the bait to the top. It is very import for the angler to not have tunnel vision when working an area. Many times the fisherman’s concentration is on a small patch of water that the fish recently occupied, when just over their shoulder a full scale blitz is going on. Watch for birds flying relatively low over the water in a straight line. Several birds all heading in the same direction are probably making a bee line towards some obvious surface activity. When there are lots of birds over relatively wide area, the best thing to do is to listen for their screams. When bait appears on the top, they cannot contain their excitement and immediately give away the location. Large numbers of birds sitting on the water in an area is a sign that some significant feeding activity recently took place. The bait has probably gone deep and may be directly beneath them. The bass and blues may be nearby and simply taking a breather. A big flock on the water bears watching for a least a few minutes. A large number of birds roosting on rocks or docks suggest that there is probably a very large bait source in the area, but nothing has happened for quite some time. This may be worth revisiting later in the tide.

Use light Fishing Equipment:

Light spinning or bait casting tackle will provide the most sport and enjoyment. A good 6’6’’ to 7’ medium weight, fast action is enough to handle nearly anything. Braided and gel spun lines are perfect for this type of fishing. The thin diameter and slippery surfaces allow for long casts even with some of the smallest lures. The lack of stretch transmits every twitch of the rod directly to the lure and the angler can create some very enticing retrieves. Most pros prefer 20lb test as it has enough strength to handle some of the biggest fish and larger plugs, yet a thin enough diameter so that there is adequate line capacity in most suitable reels. A top quality reel with a good drag is a must.

Using Big lures:

Matching the size of the small baits being pursued is very difficult and unnecessary. These fish are attacking out of impulse and are drawn by the noise and commotion. A noisy 5-7 inch surface plug is most effective. Smaller plugs limit casting distance and make much less commotion. The fish are not intimidated by the larger plug size. Even the smallest blues do not hesitate to attack a plug which is only half their size. All plugs should be tied to a 2-3ft length of 30-50lb Fluorocarbon leader attached to the main line a small Mustad Rolling Swivel. The leader will aid the angler when handling the fish at boat side. Never handle the braided line, the thin diameter and unyielding edge can easily cut you. Popping plugs such as surface cruisers and pencils are usually the most productive. However, these lures take a certain degree of skill and practice to achieve a good presentation. Sometimes it is better to work a flat and angling face popper with a perfect presentation, rather than a surface cruiser in a mediocre presentation. The advantage of the cruiser and pencils is that they have a lot of action with very little forward momentum. This means that the plug stays in front of fish for a longer period of time and really gives the fish a chance to hone in on it.

Patience:

Like any fishing, this is one of the most important tips. When bluefish fishing the angler must resist the temptation to strike back at the fish until it is certain that it has the plug. Many times a fish will strike at a plug repeatedly and not get hooked. Simply maintain the same retrieve that got the fish’s interest in the first place, or stop the retrieve just for a moment to make the lure appear like a stunned or wounded baitfish. Start the retrieve again with just a slight twitch and the fish will usually strike again. If there are no takers during the course of a long retrieve, vary the speed to see if the fish are interested in a slightly different presentation. Slow retrieves are usually more effective as the fish have a much better chance to find the plug. Once the fish does have the plug, a short hook set is usually enough to ensure that it will make it to the side of your boat.

For more helpful Jersey Shore fishing tips as well as top of the line fishing bait and tackle, check out Fin-atics. Serving the Cape May County area, they offer quality equipment both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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Preparing for the Spring Fishing Season

It may be in the middle of winter in the Ocean City NJ area, it’s never too early to prepare for the spring fishing season. You wouldn’t want to be unprepared in the event of an early spring, would you? Here are some things to do to prepare for the Ocean City, NJ spring fishing season:

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  • Sharpen or Replace Your Hooks
    Sharp hooks mean more consistent hook sets when a fish bites your lure or bait. This is something that many fishermen don’t do or never even think to do in the first place. A dull hook can begin to affect your fishing success, so it is important. Hook sharpeners can be bought in most local Ocean City NJ bait and tackle shops. Spending a couple hours this winter will be worth your while once spring comes along. If hooks are too out of shape, just replace them.
  • Replace Your Line
    Replacing line sometimes becomes one of those things that fishermen keep putting off during the winter. Having fresh line spooled on your reels is very important because older line becomes brittle and can sometimes easily break when fighting a fish.
  • Organize Your Gear
    An organized tackle box and gear bag can save a lot of time and trouble once the Ocean City NJ spring fishing season hits. Take the time to neatly put everything where it belongs to avoid wasting time looking for something you need or pricking your finger with a hook!
  • Look for New Fishing Spots
    New fishing spots are always great to find. I know every fisherman has their own handful of favorite spots, but discovering something new is always fun and exciting. You never know what you’re going to find in a new spot.

Being prepared is always helpful with anything you do. Make sure you are ready for this spring to have a fun and successful fishing season. Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and anything else you may need both in store and online. Come check out this awesome Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

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Rod & Reel Combo or Separate?

Ocean City NJ Fishing Rod and ReelShould I buy Fishing Rod and Reel Combo or should I buy them Separately?” That is a very common question among many who enjoy fishing. Many professional fishermen will give you a variety answers. To figure out what is best for you, you must narrow down the type of fishing you are going to do.

Jersey Shore Rod & Reel Combos

For fly fishing, buying a combo is usually the best way to go about it because they are specialized. If you fish casually as a hobby, you can usually find packaged deals at tackle shops that will be able to meet all of your fishing needs. If you are an avid fisherman and have a variety of fishing spots and techniques, you may want to buy the rod and reel separately so that you can move your reel to different rods that are more suited for what’s on your fishing agenda. 

While many fishing tackle shops will be honest and try to help you get exactly what you need, some may just be after your money. They may try to pitch something to you that you really don’t need. Do your research, and walk into a shop with an idea of what you want. For non-weighted opinions, go around to your local fishing spots and ask experienced fishermen what they would recommend.

Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and any other fishing accessory you may need both in store and online. Come check out the best Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop!

Choosing the Right Fishing Line Strength

Ocean City NJ Fishing GearDifferent fishing line strengths serve different purposes. Ideal strength depends on you rod, reel, and the fish you are trying to catch. Wrong strength can cause difficulty with casting and landing a hooked fish, so choosing the right one is important. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Find out the line capacity of your reel. if you can’t find it on your reel, just google the model. it’ll be marked with the amount of yards your reel can hold and the lbs test line. 

 

  • 2-4lb test is good for fishing off the shore or a dock.  The fish you catch from these areas are generally smaller, and you will need a light line to be able to see their nibbles. A 2- to 4-lb. line will almost always be strong enough to land these smaller fish.

 

  • 12lb test line works for most freshwater species in larger rivers or lakes. Line of this strength is small enough to notice an 8lb fish nibbling at his bait, but is also strong enough to reel in a 15- or 16-lb. fish that puts up a decent fight.

 

  • 15lb test line is usually good for species like largemouth bass, which you may have to drag out of thick aquatic plants. A weaker fishing line could probably land one in open water, but you need extra strength in case the line gets caught in plants.

 

  • Very strong 30lb test or stronger fishing line is good for ice or deep-sea fishing. The majority of fish caught in those areas are much larger than those caught in freshwater. 

Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and any other fishing accessory you may need both in store and online. Come check out the best Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

Choosing Your Fishing Reel

Ocean City NJ Fishing ReelsWith all of the different kinds of fishing reels out there, it may seem like choosing the one for you is impossible. Below is some helpful information on types and uses of fishing reels:

Types of fishing reels:

There are two main types of fishing reals. The spin real, also known as a threadline, eggbeater or coffee-grinder reel. An ‘overhead reel’ refers to a collective including several types of reels that might otherwise be known as a conventional, game, trolling, barrel, baitcaster and low-profile reels.

Strength, maximum drag capacity and line capacity were once the determining factors that made overhead reels the choice of ‘serious’ anglers, simply because early spin reel designs couldn’t match the overhead designs. Modern spin reels can now equal—and in some cases exceed—the capabilities of overhead reels. This makes the choice of which reel is better for you less clear, so we’ll take a look at the options relative to the intended purpose:

Bait Fishing:

Either a spin or overhead reel is fine for everyday bait fishing, where you’re casting your baits from shore or a boat, so let your personal preference decide. It is recommended for beginners start with a spin reel because they are simple to use and will do everything you need. As you develop more specific fishing styles that might benefit from an overhead reel, then you can add to your tackle then.

Trolling:

Overhead reels are the best choice for trolling, whether you’re targeting marlin offshore with game reels or seeking barra or cod in rivers using baitcaster reels. This is simply because the shapes and designs better suit being left in rod holders.

Casting:

There are good casting reel options in both spin and overhead reels. Spin reels are easier to cast with. However, casting with an overhead reel can be mastered, it just takes a bit more practice at the start. Spin reels are better at casting lighter weights. An overhead reel generally requires more momentum so heavier weights make in easier to cast. The spin reel’s ‘freer line’ advantage diminishes as the lure or sinker weights increase because with more weight comes more momentum, regardless of which reel type is used.

Bottom fishing and jigging:

Overhead reels are a better option for boat fishing scenarios such as when you’re dropping baits or heavy lures to the bottom and fishing vertically. The immediate line contact and spool control are advantageous when your lure or bait hooks a fish on the drop. Line capacities are usually ample for fishing deep water. More robust parts and fewer small parts are better for longevity in a harsh saltwater environment and bigger gears designed for more torque tend to last longer as well. The line running over the top of the rod is also useful during fights with big fish because it reduces the chance of the line accidentally coming in to contact with the gunwales when a fish has you bending over the side in a rough sea, which could cost you a fish in a moment of distraction.

All that said, strong modern spin reels now hold their own offshore. Some offshore anglers prefer this style because of the extra lure speed they can make when needed, and because a big spin reel offers more versatility should the angler encounter a scenario where a long cast could secure a bonus fish spotted feeding on the surface.

Extra Tips:

If you intend fishing saltwater, check that the reel is suitable for this purpose. Some reels imported into Australia are specialist reels developed for freshwater-centric markets in other countries.If you intend fishing with a heavy drag setting, check the body, reel seat, handle and bail arm assembly for flex by gently squeezing and moving the parts with your hands. Too much flex might cost you a fish and might be an indication the reel is not up to the torture you have planned for it.It’s worth checking that the reel you’re planning to purchase will actually fit into the reel seat fitting on the rod you plan to match it with. It’s only rare that they won’t fit together, but check, just in case. Whichever reel you choose, remember it has a lot of interconnecting moving parts that operate in harsh conditions and at times under extreme pressure. The more you look after it, the better its chance of having a long and reliable life.

Fin-atics carries a wide assortment of fishing reels and any other fishing accessory both in store and online.

Choosing Waders

Ocean City NJ WadersAre you searching for a new pair of waders? Maybe yours don’t fit, are leaking at the seams, or aren’t keeping you warm enough. Or maybe you don’t even have a pair yet. Regardless, here are some things you should consider when buying waders:

 

  • What are you going to use the waders for?

Are you buying the waders just for fishing or do you plan to wear them when you hunt ducks and geese?  If you fish more than you hunt, then the type, thickness and color of the wader should be considered when compared with the type of fishing you normally do. The same is true if you hunt more days than you fish.

 

  • What water temperatures will you be fishing in?

Colder temperatures mean thicker and insulated waders to keep you warm, which generally cost more.

 

  • What kind of material should You choose?

There are several different types of materials that you can select from when choosing your waders. This is the time that you really want to consider what you will be using the waders for and how often.

  1. Neoprene is probably the most popular wader material and for many good reasons. It is very durable and you get to chooses the thickness. In colder temperatures, thicker waders are recommended.
  2.  There are also breathable waders that are constructed from a permeable membrane such as Gore-Tex®, which allows moisture to escape through the wader even while in the water. They are versatile and can be used in both summer and winter months.
  3. Canvas waders are another choice. Although you lose more flexibility and they are heavier, the less expensive price can make them good for beginners.
  4. Nylon waders are also great choice for beginner fly fishermen. They’re a slight step up from the rubber waders that most beginners start out with, are lightweight, and will keep you dry and warm. One disadvantage of nylon waders is that they can be hot, and because they are not breathable, it can cause a problem in the colder months when sweat builds up causing the fisherman’s clothes to become damp or wet. Not only will this cause discomfort, it could lead to hypothermia if the angler should become too cold.

A wading belt is always recommended.

Wader Fitting

If your waders do not fit right not only will you be uncomfortable, but also you will find that you will tire much easier, which could lead to a potential wading mishap. Improper fitting waders can also restrict your range of motion while climbing over rocks or getting in and out of a boat, all of which could also contribute to a wading mishap or fall that could cause personal or equipment damage. If you’re ordering online, email the owner of the site and give them your height, weight and shoe size and they should be able to fit you that way. If you purchase from a fly shop or sporting goods store, take the time to try them on. Do a couple of knee bends and walk around a little bit. See if you can put a foot up on a stool. This way you will know for sure that they are the right fit.

Fin-atics offers waders and accessories both online and in store as well as anything else for your fishing needs.

 

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