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Montauk, Surf Fishing & Stripers Online

What he loved to do - Making fishing lures

Awesome John is one of the "'Fishing Legends of Montauk, New York". An avid angler who loved surf fishing and everything to do with Montauk, he was featured on Animal Planet's TV Series "Off The Hook-Extreme Catches: Skishing Hell Week" with pro wrestler Eric Young.

He was a master craftman of lures and jigs who made videos about how to make and use lures. He loved fishing on the surf, especially at night in Montauk, and fighting the elements to catch a huge striped bass. He had an extensive collection of fishing gear.  


Awesome John was an active forum guest on Stripers Online and cherished the community that he was closely attached to and active in.  Since Awesome John's passing, there has been a heartfelt outpour of love from hundreds of SOL members. Awesome, left a special place in people's hearts -- many had never met him but knew he shined in a special way.

A collection of condolences and expressions of love, many from people who only knew Awesome John from online forums, is a true testiment to what an amazing spirit Awesome John had and how he was able to touch hearts.

We thank all of SOL friends who left their kind condolences on the forum for their love and for enriching our brother's life through their friendship.

Stripers online

— Roadrunner, SOL

I never met the guy, and never knew the guy. But from what I read here, I wish that I had. :o Gone too soon, but if there is another realm, I hope there is fishing there. Sounds like he earned it.”

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.  - John Walter Wayland (Thank you Dave!)

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Ten Commandments for Fishing
1. Thou shalt have no other sports before

2. Thou shalt proudly boast of thy catch.

3. Thou shalt exaggerate wildly about
the one that got away.

4. Thou shalt no sleep past dawn.

5. Thou shalt clean thy own catch.

6. Thou shalt not give away the secret
of thy success.

7. Thou shalt honor the ones
too smart to be caught.

8. Thou shalt practice
the sport as often as possible.

9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s reel.

Thou shalt not reveal the source of thy catch.

10. Thou shalt give thanks to God, creator of all nature, for the catch of the day.

Touching Tribute video by a Turkish fisherman Mr. levent

Awesome and his sister Ally
Awesome and his sister Ally

Together in Montauk, fishing at night. We both loved reminiscing about that day he took me fishing.

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Paul Melnyk and Awesome
Paul Melnyk and Awesome

Paul came to visit my brother in marmaris, Turkey. Two great guys!

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Happy Memories
Happy Memories

Proud to look like my brother and loved to fish with him. He taught me the joy of fishing. The next fish i catch, I will release in his name. I love you Abi!

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Awesome and his sister Ally
Awesome and his sister Ally

Together in Montauk, fishing at night. We both loved reminiscing about that day he took me fishing.

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Video in Turkish

Instructional Videos

  Making Bucktails, Jigs, and lures