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  1. I was using the 6'6" MH spinning last weekend and brought a 50# bluefin to the boat within 15min.  A reel with more drag would have gotten it done quicker.  Only complaint is the hook hanger loop that is massive and kept catching the line.  I grabbed high to cover it but hope this was just on the wrong side of the blank.  Otherwise I would cut it off or tape over it. 


  2. If it is not going to get wet you have unlimited options.  If it will get we go with a Pelican 2690 and take it swimming.  If you are wading deep or wetsuiting go with a neck lamp.  Put a Pelican 1960N around your neck and you can go diving.  I carry two of the 1960N lights one as is and another I drop a red filter in.  I also like the Pelican 2690 when I don't plan on having to swim at all. 

  3. That Pelican 1900N can be found online for $10-15.  No need to spend twice that for a Hansom brand name and surgical tube.  The 1900N is my go to and I usualy have two of them on me.  One as is and one that I have a red filter cut into it.  I also carry a Pelican 3330 as an emergency bright light.  The 3330 is technically not waterproof but I have one that has lasted multiple years in the wetsuite. 

    The Pelican 2690 is a headlamp that I like.  It is no frills but has lasted a long time. 


    My first Pelican was given to me by a friend and they have outlasted a number of other lights that I have tried. 

  4. I have never gotten a response from park police. It used to be that they actively patrolled the beach. A tent went up and it was down before it was staked out. Now it is rent free weekend living.


    I have no 4x4 and have called the office about many abandoned fires over the years. Had I been driving it would have been taken care of every time but I will be dammed if I am going to wait on the beach for a park employ.


    Under new management that place has become a ********. live with it or leave it. The once beautiful IBSP is now just another NJ beach.

  5. Blowfish are poisonous and you need to be a certified fishmonger to clean them. Put them all in my bucket and will take care of them for you.


    I have not gone looking this year, last year was not the best but the two or three prior were gangbusters. A buddy and I filled a cooler every weekend. We even got a bunch of big 12-14” ones.

  6. Commenting on the reviews that were done on a wide range of coolers. The flaw in the review is that the coolers were not prepped properly. If you want a thermos to hold hot liquids you fill it with hot water to heat up the walls, dump the water and refill with desired liquid. The same thing must be done with coolers. If you dump ice in any cooler the walls will need to cool down before it is actually insulating. If you have thin walls they cool down quickly. If you have a thick walled cooler it will take longer. Regardless of thickness the cooler is eating away at your ice as it cools down or charges its walls. Once the walls are charged the thicker walled coolers far exceed the thinner walled coolers.


    So for me if I am planning a day or two day trip it is not a big deal. I just bring the cooler into the house with AC to cool it a bit and use block ice that I make in my coffin freezer and it does the job. If I am going for a long trip I will fill the cooler with ice the day before I plan to actually fill the cooler. When it is time to fill the cooler I will drain the water, remove the ice, put down a base of block ice, fill the cooler with food. Use chip ice to fill in small air gaps between, use as much block ice as I can, and top off with chipped ice. Now that the cooler is filled I will close the lid and let any ice melt drain before closing the drain plug. This will eliminate as much sitting water, and air as possible creating somewhat of a vacuum seal. Now don’t go into the cooler till it needs to be accessed.


    I recently did this on a trip to Block Island. Due to work I had to pack the cooler on the 25th and keep it in the car not to be opened till the 29th. Yes in the car the car for four days five nights of June. When unlading the cooler it had very little ice melt. Maybe a small water bottle of ice had drained out but what the melting of the chipped ice did was make a solid block on top of the cooler that I actually needed to chip at when I opened up the cooler. And yes all food was till frozen in my Pelican cooler.

  7. I see a zoo and no park people other than the gate. They used to cap the park now the gates are open, people are parking along the side of the road and bumper to bumper on the beach. No tents or sleeping on the beach. Tents every ten yards with air beds all night. Fires all the way to the jetty, people in the dunes collecting wood and brush. People swimming in between lines…the list goes on and it is due to a complete lack of enforcement of rules and no supervision.


    In the past a park presence was visual. A tent went up and a ranger was on it with in 10min. You tried to catch some shut eye on the beach and someone was knocking on your window.


    They doubled admission into the park and provide less of a service.

  8. Lost of good discussion. I don’t post reports much so whatever is decided will not alter how I post. Heck I rarely ever hop on SOL for kayak related topics. There is a big difference between reports from kayaks vs surf/boat is that you are burning two spots at once.


    The surf crowd can park and walk in a good distance, I know I do it. Hell many park a distance to avoid people tracking them down so easily.


    Boats can burn the catch location but it is almost meaningless where they are out of because they can cover a ton of ground and it is expected that X# of cars will be at a ramp for the marina or ramp.


    If a kayak announces that they launched out of X and did well at Y they kill everything. If they report to have done well launching out of X they still kill it because of parking and most only cover so much water. If you report doing well at spot Y you still kill it because it is fairly easy to figure out where to launch.


    Let people do their own HW. If you post pictures avoid identifying marks. Hell many people have the camera set with GPS and all I have to do is download the pic to know exactly where the photo was taken. But that is a bit of work. If someone post that they are launching out at spot X tomorrow that is not all that bad bc you have no clue how they did. And if they post a report in a reports section it takes a little HW to go back and look up where they put in at.

  9. Bill Couch Danny - this plug is magic. Been fishing this rockpile for a couple weeks now. Can't buy a hit on any plug but this. I've gotten close to 2 dozen fish on this plug, and literally not a single fish on any other plugs.



    Couch plugs have a tendency to do that. He gave me a needle a few years ago and that the fish could not refuse…everything else in the bag got no love.

  10. Gear Up bags are top notch. That blue water bag from shimanno is garbage. The ebb point bags are nice but the material is not as nice as Gear Up and the price is way higher. I am also having stitching issues with my ebb point after less than a year, so I will have to get back to you on how that is taken care of.


    As for Gear up bags I will take a pic of the two tube tomorrow, it is a solid bag with big tubes. The three tube is a big large for my liking but I will be getting a bucktail pouch and look forward to a sheath for my pliers.


    Basically Gear Up has taken good products and made them better, just like every other bag maker. Gear Up is a sturdier material with heavier stitching, with extremely fast draining and larger /more durable tubes.


    For me if I me fishing out of a car on the beach I am taking whatever can hold the most and that will likely be a large bag or box with down spouts for tubes, same thing along the canal. Open beach I am likely taking my four tube ebb point or large precision pack. If I know exactly what I am going to throw I would take the eel bag off the ebb point and my Gear Up two tube. possibly just one or the other. Montauk the Gear Up two tube is perfect for me and if I am going to be throwing bucktail I will add the ebb point eel bag or Gear Up bucktail pouch.

  11. At the university of Maryland I participated in a yearlong study to find out how much an individual on the street would make. I don’t remember the specifics but just with some ratty clothing, a sign, sometime during rush hours we were all averaging what would accumulate to totaling 100-250K a year. The study was done at various intersections from College Park, sprawling into DC. And our averages were likely lower than reality due to being chased out of areas.

  12. :hi5:    


    first2wins, it is my understanding that, for fishing, one can get into the park at any time, for the prevailing day rate, and parking will not be an issue for you if you haven't waited for when the park opens to other visitors. 


    You are correct you can enter the park to fish any time 24/7. But with the vehicle access limited to 500 (I do not know if this rule still stands, or if it just has not been enforced the past few years) once 500 vehicles have entered the park the park is at capacity and is no longer safe to enter. Probably has to do with a fire marshal type ruling. Any way I would say that the majority of my fishing has me entering in off hours. The times I have been turned away from the park due to max capacity were all instances that I came down late afternoon after fishing elsewhere and just wanted part of a tide. I have also entered the park and have had to make a decision to exit or park illegally due to no remaining parking spaces.

  13. I fish IBSP a lot and do not have an peach permit. The first few years I hiked in the mile to fish the inlet and usually was able to catch a ride back. Over the past two or three years the park has exploded in popularity and now get crowded early. The camper/RV crowd fishes and fishes a lot. The general beach crowd is the user group that most frequently brakes the rules.


    First the park is only supposed to allow 500 vehicles in the park. Three years ago, I had been denied access or sat in a one in one out line because of max capacity. That never happens anymore. I know there is no additional beach or parking, so administration must have forgotten how to count.


    Next…no tents or erected structures were ever allowed on the beach. Now you have tents for bathrooms, shade, housing inflatable beds and more spread up and down the beach. The inlet crowed may park in tight for an extended stay but why shouldn’t they if people are allowed to tent up beach when not camp at the inlet. Three years ago a ranger would patrol the beach regularly and a tent would be taken down within 10mins, RV/truck camping on the beach didn’t fly because you would get a knock on your door.


    Fires are supposed to end at a point I am not all that cannot remember, but they now extend all the way down toward the inlet. Every year and usually in the fall I walk past an abandoned fire. And trash is another big concern for the park. Personally I do not notice all that much trash down at the inlet, but there is plenty in other areas of the park.


    I can understand no wanting people to camp out on the beach and am in favor of enforcing that rule, but don’t ban the RV/slide in crowd. Next month I should be getting a truck w/ slide in camper. I don’t even think you could remove the camper from the truck if you wanted. The two have been married for over a decade.

  14. last time I was down at the park there were a bunch of the butterfly rays caught. Everyone was either tossing mettle for the small blues or bucktailing for fluke at the time. All light tackle stuff and the fight all depended on where you snagged the things.


    I landed two different species of ray out on the jetty and lost two others. One of the ones I lost just kept on moving like it didn’t know or care that it had a hook in it. then it took off and eventually just sat on the bottom till I gave up. Another buddy hooked a butterfly that was a good 5-6’ across.


    fun times