Pete McDonald

Pete McDonald was born in Syracuse, New York, and grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. After high school, he returned to the Northeast and earned an undergraduate degree in history from Colgate University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

In 1998, Pete took a job with Boating magazine, where colleagues exposed him to the saltwater fisheries around New York City, and where he acquired his first nine-weight. In 2002 he moved to Long Island where he presently lives with his wife and daughters, and serves as deputy editor of Boating. Pete’s blog, FishingJones.com, has a loyal following of anglers from around the country.

Author Articles

The Blitz: "The Jersey Shore, No, Not That One"

IT'S 4:30 IN THE MORNING in Seaside Park, and I’m in the back of a van, questioning my priorities. During the summer season people come to this town to make bad decisions, like appearing on a reality show or calling themselves “The Situation.” When the temperature spikes in July, males of a certain mindset descend on the area to buy out the local...

The Blitz: “The Boston Shore, An Army of One”

“What’s it going to be today, slam or crash?” Dave Skok asks this question as he winds down a narrow residential street outside of Boston proper. We’re driving to fish one of his favorite walk-in spots. The neighborhood streets are lined with cars, and he’s talking about fish and scanning the water out his driver's side window so he doesn’t see...

George Hommell

ONE DAY IN MAY during the spring tarpon migration of 1961, George Hommell worked his boat and positioned his angler to make fly fishing history. In the shallow waters of Coupon Bight he put Mac Miller onto the tarpon of a lifetime. At 143 pounds it broke the 142-pound record set earlier that week by a client of the guide Roy Lowe. But a few days later, in...