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Joe Gugino & Matt Zimmermann


Hometown: Matt - Glastonbury, CT. Joe - Salem, MA

Home water: North Shore, MA

Website: www.whyknotfishing.com

Bio: Joe Gugino and Matt Zimmerman of Why Knot Fishing are fishing addicts. Introduced to the sport at an early age, their passion quickly developed into an all out pursuit. After becoming friends in college, Joe and Matt spent their time in-between classes chasing Atlantic striped bass, and spent many of their summers working on light tackle charter boats in New England. Now both Massachusetts residents, Joe and Matt regularly target striped bass, bluefish and tuna from boats, shore, kayaks and SUPs. Avid fly and spin anglers, Joe and Matt are leaders in bringing enthusiasm and passion to the New England saltwater fishing community. Their goals are to some day catch a 50-pound Striped Bass and a 40-inch Striped Bass on the fly!

Favorite Cheeky Reel: Mojo 425

Favorite fish to catch: Striped Bass

Drink of choice: PBR

If you could have any meal after a long day on the water, what would it be? Bacon cheeseburger or steak and potatoes with a frosty beer

Favorite sports other than fishing: Hockey and lacrosse

Favorite fishing film: The Perfect Storm and The Spanish Fly 

Best advice you've received: Do what makes you happy and family first

What's something about you we don't know? Joe - I studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Matt - I can't sit still

Go-to fly: White and olive clouser tied by The Fly Pack

Pole or row? Pole

Any tips for somebody just getting into the sport? Picking up a rod will change your life. Practice is key; listen, learn, don’t give up and fish with confidence. Oh yeah, and strip to the tip!