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  1. 42 points
    hipkvw

    My Fish of a Life Time. Huge striper.

    Ok....1st thing...no official measurement or weight. It was released in ONE minute after landing. It was around 1/2 the length of my 9’ fly rod. Thats the best I have for you. So 50”+. Believe me....dont....Dosnt matter. I know how it goes with pics. I am holding the fish against my body. I am 260lbs. The fish is what it is and I am satisfied knowing it was beautiful. I was fishing for weakies w/ a pink and white fly. Decided to put a 2/0 pink and chartreuse bunny Clouser in case there were some schoolies around. I saw some bait jumping around and thought maybe something was chasing it. Dolphins were crashing bait everywhere but these were in close. Looked like Hickory Shad. 15 minutes later my line stops dead and I do a side hook set and when I feel the weight I see it roll and knew it was a big striper. I cleared the reel as I made my way to the beach off the jetty. Chucked my stripping basket and it was on. It made a huge run and it was peeling backing off my reel. All I kept thinking was I’m fighting a Monster with an 8wt and 20lb leader. Albright on the line to backing, loop on the leader to fly line, Lefty Loop Knot on the fly. I was dreading something would give or its mouth would chafe the leader in the fight. My wife recorded the fight...6:16. After a few runs it was a brief tug of war in the surf line. II quickly held it up for pics and then walked right into the ocean waist deep and it was already trying to swim off. I worked it 20 maybe 20 seconds and she wanted to go so I let her swim off. She swam off strong. I am in complete awe and disbelief that I caught this fish yesterday. I have dreamed of a big striper on the fly for many years. I have gone after big fish and have just never made it come together. The stars aligned in my favor today and I could not be more grateful. Caught this fish on a Scott A4 9’ 8wt., Nautilus CCFX-2 6/8 reel, Cabelas 8wt S4 Line, Seaguar Flourocarbon 20lb leader, 2/0 Bunny Clouser I tied on a Mustad 3407. There are videos on Youtube. “Fly Surf Huge Striper” will get you to it. Release video is up as well. Anyway...wanted to share with you guys. Im so grateful.
  2. 22 points
    EricDice

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Skunk streak ended. (Sorta) Took my three young sons fishing today out back by the sod banks in CMC. Figured the boys may help shake the skunk. Middle one (6) is autistic. He loves fishing but he runs in the water as soon as I loosen the death grip to show him how to cast & retrieve. Then, I get wet & muddy going after him. The drowning risk scares the bejesus out of me. So I devised a new system: put on my surf belt; took the LATCH belt with clips from an old car seat; wrapped that around the surf belt 6 times and clipped each side onto his “car harness.” (Zips up the back and keeps him from jumping around the school bus.) Worked perfectly! Fished with sand eel scented green squid strips. Pseudo bait & wait. Retrieve with action preferred, but I suspect a chance of catching while dead sticking. Took an hour long skunk and finally my little harness buddy & I got hard hit, I set the hook, set it again, ML rod & 2000 sized reel and the fish started pulling a little drag with the drag set pretty tight. Call the other two boys over closer. They’re all excited. I get it to the surface and I see a damn fine flounder/fluke. Hard to measure with an excited little boy clipped to me and a flopping fish but over 20” and felt like min 3lbs but heavy for this time of year. Raising law abiding citizens, so that out of season fish is still swimming. Still cant catch a striped bass, but the day ended a skunk streak and maybe my luck is turning around.
  3. 18 points
    FunkyBunker

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Finally a morning with no bow in the line and wind in the face. Got out front cmc 440 am. Wind was slight SE and more workable surf. A single 19"-20" bass early followed by about a 22" blue a few casts after on SP then bite pretty much died for the next hour. Moved around a bit and changed lures. Got a couple taps in close then got rocked a few cranks in from the 2nd bar. Started peeling line from the start and finally saw it surface and tail slap about 40 yds out, hell of a fight to get it in. 42" and hefty released.
  4. 16 points
    DragonsLax48

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Last night was a grind. The body of fish that I’ve been on decided to go elsewhere but this unicorn saved the night when it hit my ML like a freight train
  5. 13 points
    IsmailG

    tavern fishing reports

    This kid made my month! Landed biggest bass of his life with a little excited coaching by me lol
  6. 13 points
    FunkyBunker

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Dressed a little warmer for the temperature drop this morning. Got out front cmc just before 5am in a hole found yesterday. NNE was steady and fast wave periods, thought the session was going to be trash after the first 20 mins of nothing then got hits on both of the next casts. Both dropped but 1st one felt decent so mind was quick to change to a happy place. Then the bite turned on. 1st came in @ 31" and released, then 4 more 20" to 27", another keeper sized at 33" with a belly on it. Last one about 24". Had 6 other hits and misses in between until 6:15 am when i had to force myself to leave and get to work on time. Best bass action i've ever had in April. 5 out of the 6 had the belly hook in the side of the lip and rear treble behind the gill plate, the 33" got the rear treble in the roof of the mouth. Chicken Scratch SP was on it.
  7. 12 points
    vinnyb

    why Is fishing getting so violent?

    There’s a very simple rule that, if followed, would insure no conflicts. If you arrive at a spot and another person (or persons) are already there, your presence should not cause the other(s) to have to alter the way they are fishing. If it does, you’re too close & you should move. If this causes you to have to settle for a lesser spot, that’s too bad - get there earlier next time.
  8. 12 points
    Bass Ackwards

    Free Parking

    A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, "I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.” I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT,... I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed. That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills. When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self-worth. Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value. Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.
  9. 12 points
    nam1969

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Day started off with a veterans' picnic on property in Millstone Twp., owned by a gracious gentleman. Has a five acre private pond. We had over 100 vets show up, mainly from the Vietnam war, but it did include soldiers from most of our conflicts, including one WWll vet. Nice to see several of the Iraqui and Afghani vets participate. Some decent large mouth bass, very big crappies, and a few cats. We were also treated to a barbeque and there were prizes for everyone, including some good fishing gear. Can't thank the gentleman enough for doing this annually. It's all on his dime. Gave it a shot, out front, MoCo, early evening. Water was slightly off color, but very fishable. Nada, not even a bump. Finished it off with the mother of all birds nests! Took quite some time to untangle and did have to finally cut some line.
  10. 12 points
    gadwall8

    The tavern Meme thread

  11. 12 points
    nam1969

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Out front, MoCo, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Beautiful white water and NE wind. First 45 minutes, nada, then it happened! Solid strike and reel screaming! I knew this was an epic battle. Old Man and the Sea all over again (sans the boat). Spencer Tracey would have nothing on me! I was concerned that I had my small rod and only 20 lb. braid. My hope was to turn her before she hit the rocks. Back and forth we fought! Classic man against beast! No quarter asked and none given. After what seemed like hours, I landed the leviathan. No boga, but she was a good 12 inches and had to go at least that number in ounces! My only regret was that MC55 and Fishless weren't there to record this once in a lifetime battle. I thought about keeping this beauty and having it mounted, but realized it would be a breeder in another 10-15 years. Released to give another angler a shot at immortality! At last my 2019 out front skunk is over!
  12. 12 points
    adoboboy

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Went out last night, conditions were not bad at all and not too many folks out. Had a decent bite, but not the type that can get someone off his recliner . Caught fish on a ghost mag darter, bone mag darter, sp, bomber and to my surprise a northbar darter. Unfortunately, left my hellraiser sluggo in the car. Tried some metal lips, but just couldnt get a sniff, with those things. Still learning and will persevere. A couple of sharpies showed up where I was, with lighter gear and got into a decent bite before I left. They seemed to be catching fish every few minutes. Im sure their evening was better than mine. But not complaining at all.
  13. 11 points
    FunkyBunker

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Beautiful morning out front cmc. Cleaner water and waves and good white sections. Started quiet but picked up after 30 minutes. Dropped a few blues, pulled in 3, had a few bass in the mix 18", 26", and a chunky 32". Sardine SP, blue mag darter, bone SP.
  14. 11 points
    Drew C.

    SP Minnow Being Upgraded

    How about a dollar less and the can leave off the crappy ring and hook?
  15. 11 points
    JoeyZac

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Ocean County in the back, midway through the outgoing tide, some dogs, some skates, some spiders, some horseshoes, and 2 Drum, both released to breed away.................
  16. 11 points
    Shaky86

    The tavern Meme thread

  17. 11 points
    scoobydoo

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Where was the rain? Nary a drop...tiny bit on the ride home on 287....wind at my back all night. 1st cast blow up...3rd cast fish. 5 fish all between 30 and 36" 3oz super strike sinking little neck in the blueback herring color.
  18. 10 points
  19. 10 points
    Rickman

    Free Parking

  20. 10 points
    acesover

    The tavern Meme thread

  21. 10 points
    J

    Free Parking

  22. 10 points
    gadwall8

    The tavern Meme thread

  23. 10 points
    ovenrat

    The tavern Meme thread

  24. 10 points
    J

    Free Parking

  25. 10 points
    bayyaker54

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Last day at Port Hope Canada, Hooked into a few rainbows, These fish are like a bluefish with a bottle rocket stuck in its ass in 2 ft of water.
  26. 10 points
    gadwall8

    The tavern Meme thread

  27. 10 points
    bayyaker54

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    It’s a April report but not in jersey, Canada rainbows,
  28. 10 points
    CT Stripes

    Free Parking

  29. 10 points
    Riptide

    Question for "Commercial Striper Fishermen"

    95-98% of my charters pay one of the highest rates in the Northeast for striper charters with me and go home with only pictures and memories. I was getting $1200 a day with a 4 person max. The idea that a filet or 2 offsets that price is silly. They go for the experience and the memories. They could make stripers C&R only and my business would only get better as the fishing improved. Almost none of my sports would bat an eye at a No Keep policy.
  30. 10 points
    FunkyBunker

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Forecast changed for the better this morning. Gave it a shot out front cmc 5-615am. Had a short come off early followed by 1 around 22"-23" then after 10 mins got a soft hit that started pulling and measured 31" realeased. Fish gave me a slight issue on the sand when i turned my back it started barrel rolling and decided to give the tail hook an albright knot around the shank so had to cut and re-rig. After a few more casts got a solid hit and when i set back the fish took a full speed run parallel to the beach for about 20 ft and hook popped out. Felt bigger than the previous one. Hydro minnow and chicken scratch SP.
  31. 10 points
    Capt Buck

    The tavern Meme thread

  32. 9 points
    ridenfish

    Free Parking

  33. 9 points
    HopHead

    mosque fire new haven ct

    Some people did something. - congresswoman of the US ilan osama omar
  34. 9 points
    PaddyCrabby

    The tavern Meme thread

  35. 9 points
    Not surprising and more indicative of using depreciation to offset income. It’s doesnt show that he’s a con man or bad businessman but rather how screwed up our tax policy is.
  36. 9 points
    Compulsion

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Mc in the backnon the yak, water temp 58-60 , big blues on so minnows and popper , small bass on shads. Check for fluke and they are here had a nice one @24”
  37. 9 points
    Thumb-Burner

    Check this off my bucket list

    Finally got my 41" red drum
  38. 9 points
    Darth Baiter

    A Ray of Hope

    Somebody backed into my mailbox last weekend, broke the post in half and trashed the box. I replaced both on Sunday, not knowing who did what, and when. Knock on the door this evening and there's a curly haired youth with a new mailbox in hand and a $20 bill. Admits he hit my box and sees that I fixed it all already. I took the $20 and hoped he could return the new box he bought. He looked a little frightened, maybe cause he did the right thing. Best thing that happened today. Briefly renewed my faith in fellow man.
  39. 9 points
    swnoel

    Breaking news

    Breaking: A Virginia judge in Charlottesville has ruled that the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues in the city are Civil War Memorials and protected by law - WRVA
  40. 9 points
    JoeyZac

    Fishing Reports for May 2019

    Ocean County in the back, midway through the outgoing tide, many dogs, only *** one*** Bass, but it was a good one. 44", sent her back to hopefully breed another day...............
  41. 9 points
    gadwall8

    Free Parking

  42. 9 points
    Do you think the Boston Bomber should have voting rights? You roll out a stage full of clowns like you did last night and ask how Trump got elected...very funny.
  43. 8 points
    J

    Free Parking

  44. 8 points
    Bought a pesticide sprayer to throw in the truck. Nice to have pressurized freshwater on hand at the beach.
  45. 8 points
    gadwall8

    Free Parking

  46. 8 points
    DerrickT

    The tavern Meme thread

  47. 8 points
    Vaporizor

    Free Parking

  48. 8 points
    FunkyBunker

    April 2019 Fishing Reports

    Out front CMC 445-620am. Slight SW breeze, but not enough to stir things up. Surf was decent with clean waves 2'-4'. Got 2 finicky bumps in the 1st 15 mins and then things went silent. After 45 minutes and changing lures eventually got my first snapper of the season and a short bass, both about 16". Saw some dolphins pop out before false dawn, ospreys started coming in close and cormorants were swimming 60-70 yds out. Started pushing my time limit out of desperation for a bite and after my last, last, last, last, last cast got a hard hit, a little fight and a 32" released. April ends on a high note.
  49. 8 points
    F150Fish

    The tavern Meme thread

  50. 8 points
    looney tunes

    The "BIRDS" thread

    My resident screech. He's been with us over a month now.
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