Captain Pete Mikoleski
Miss Mac Charters
-There have been lots of books written about Striped Bass Fishing. Most of them are full of information on rods, reels, hooks, baits etc. These books might lead you down the path to glory, but none will tell you what it really takes, and how it truly feels to make that journey!
Captain Tom’s book is full of everything you need to know in order to catch striped bass consistently: the history, the tools, the techniques, the strategies, and then… there’s more. It’s also about one of “New York’s Finest,” who successfully transitioned from patrolling the tough neighborhoods of New York City, to his dream job, patrolling the East End waters of Long Island as one of Montauk’s Finest!
Sit down, read this book, and when you do, grab a pen and paper in order to take some notes because you won’t be able to absorb it all the first time around. Then, each season, just before the full moon in June, I suggest you read it again. This way all the tips revealed will be fresh in your mind, and you can’t help but be a better striper fisherman because of them. However, as Captain Tom advises, please release a good portion of the big cows you land. This way, many striper anglers will have a chance at experiencing the joyfulness that comes from tangling with the mighty, majestic striper.
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Bass Buff -
A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide
Captain Tom Mikoleski
Montauk Charter Boat Grand Slam
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Another good review from a great writer and fisherman:
A Good Read from the Rips.
by John Skinner
"Captain Tom Mikoleski of Grand Slam Charters has written a striped bass book unlike any other I’ve read. It is a no-nonsense honest look at boat fishing techniques used to catch striped bass. Fortunately for us, it’s organized in such a way that the reader can find and absorb each technique and then easily cross reference the technique to the “gear” chapters, thus understanding at a glance why each tackle set up is best for a given approach.
Tom is a patient and thorough captain, and whether the quarry is striped bass, fluke, or bottom fish he works very hard to provide fun and productive trips for his customers. He applied that same ethic to this book. Functioning as the editor of the project I was impressed by how eagerly and openly he embraced suggestions. With each editing and rewriting cycle, he applied himself with skill and determination to get the book to a high level of both content and readability.
Tom is an extremely skilled angler who appreciates that he wasn’t born with a rod and reel in his hand, and that his journey from beginner to pro was an exciting and prolonged learning curve. As he wrangles with the nitty-gritty of explaining gear and technique in this book, it is clear that he understands the needs of an angler who may have never used a given approach or type of gear. His energy and excitement about fishing for striped bass; the most storied species of inshore fish along the east coast, his respect for the fish bubbles clearly through the writing. We are treated in the early chapters of the book to the framework of this journey from novice, to his first trips with Captain Bob Rocchetta many years ago, to venturing out on his own as a captain. These chapters that explore his personal pilgrimage to becoming a charter boat captain are very compelling reading that I believe every angler can enjoy and identify with.
The book is punctuated with wonderful photographs too, that Tom and his brother Pete have accumulated over the years, and they add tremendous interest to the book.
It’s been a privilege to be part of this multi-year project, and I know anglers will not only enjoy reading it, but also learn a lot of practical information that can be directly applied to their own fishing.
If you’re a striped bass fisherman, you owe it to yourself to explore Captain Tom’s approach to the sport and the specific skills he uses to catch lots of stripers for his charters as he introduces a host of anglers to the sportsmanship of angling for striped bass."