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Will action be calm or furious after the storm?

It will be interesting to see how fishing resumes this weekend following the nor'easter that rolled through our region. Just before it arrived, bass catches had finally faltered with only scattered reports of a few linesiders still being plucked along sandy ocean beaches and Long Island's rocky North Fork.

Some years, a single well-organized storm like this one is all it takes to send the stripers and blues packing as we roll into the final weeks of the striper season. Yet there have been times when even an arctic blast does nothing but light a fire under the fish and it's not unheard of to catch bass during an early snow event right through the final whistle on Dec. 15.

While the stripers may be mostly gone, there is a good chance that blackfish will still be hanging around. With water temperatures in both Long Island Sound and inshore ocean waters still in the low 50s, all that's needed is a day or two of calm seas for local wrecks to restock as the bite was rock solid until the winds started to howl. In fact, late last week I got out with Captain Joey Leggio and Ralph D'Angelo and we nearly limited out with 'tog to 7.5 pounds while working Jonah crabs in 40-foot depths outside of Jones Inlet. Blackfish season continues through Dec. 14.

Gifts for outdoorsmen

With holiday season here, thoughts shift toward finding affordable gifts for outdoors friends and family. If price and practicality are measuring sticks, you can't go wrong with a good book.

"Gone Fishin' with the Viking Fleet" is a new title local anglers should find intriguing. Written by captain Paul G. Forsberg, owner of the Viking Fleet out of Montauk and Tarpon Springs, Fla., with a forward by captain Fred Golofaro, the 320-page full color paperback details some of the incredible accomplishments of one of Long Island's foremost fishing families.

"Angelo Peluso's Fly Fishing The Surf" covers all aspects of tackle, techniques and fly selection for the northeast, mid-Atlantic and southeastern coasts. For those who fly fish in marine waters -- or aspire to -- this book can be invaluable. Catch it in major book stores or online at a list price of $19.95.

Captain Jerry McGrath doesn't have a book out yet, but he could have a great should he ever decide to squeeze his outdoors and nature photos between two hard covers. In the meantime, you can purchase his most appealing shots individually at www.capturedmcgraphics.com.

Mark your calendar

The ever-popular Lindenhurst Fall Fishing Flea Market (www.fishingfleamarkets.com) runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 400 South Broadway, Lindenhurst. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 15 and under.

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