night shade

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  1. It's been 2 years 1 month since I last posted. Today is a confessional day, not really. Today I went out expecting to catch and only found this snowy owl. My fall along with my spring striper fishing was abysmal. I did have a number of days when I caught none, 3, 5, 10 and a couple silly fishing days when I'd catch on almost every cast. Those silly catching days were fun using an 8' ultralight combo and the average fish was maybe 14". The sad part was this fall a 24" stripe bass became the "new " good fish. Oddly in my history of pursuing this beautiful creature, over 40 years, night time has been my friend. This fall I caught very few bass when the lights were out. The classic money moment was predawn/false light. I'll also share I normally will drive my region from IBSP to the hook and Raritan, this fall I rarely ventured far from my home beaches having a decent knowledge that other than the rare unicorn moments, it wasn't happening elsewhere. There's so many hypotheses on why they're not traveling along our coast. I'd certainly like to believe the stocks are healthy and just decided to travel beyond that 3 mile mark. However, in my heart of hearts i believe the decline is steady, the sky is falling and i expect the suck to become the norm. Of course the stars will occasionally align and large bass on bunker blitzing will occur. Guys will think it's epic and declare the fishery awesome. I've always liked how the redfish rebounded by introducing a slot fish for those that want tablefare. Ok, my semi rant is over, maybe I'll go fishing. Nah, maybe 2 Hail Mary's.
  2. Nice solid fish. I'm glad Gerry gave you the eel. I've heard some good stories of that man's fishing abilities.
  3. Caught a short fluke and sea robin today, I'm blessed.
  4. these are nice if you can find them
  5. castnet...on a semi-serious note... fish long enough you'll have that experience and you won't catch so just enjoy the slurping... some times a worm (blood worm or any worm on a tiny strong hook) will work without any weight or sometimes a splitshot.. sometimes a tiny bobber..there's other enticers however I'm not giving them up
  6. I always picture when a blue breaks you off and swims away with your plug there are a dozen more attacking the plug attached on the face of the one that got away... then there are two that have an awful dance into the abyss...unless you fish just one tail barbless hook without a belly treble then this won't happen. Blues lives matter. Play safe. On a lighter note... it was an almost every cast morning...
  7. stuff happens out there... it's part of the beast we love... my input.. bring two combos... couple of the biggest swimmers you have that dive for trolling ... a lipper.. yes to swim shads... everything gets leashed unless you'd like to buy it again
  8. thank you for extracting what I believe to be correct.. it certainly fits the criteria for that "Official Olympic" Spaulding Athletic hammer...interesting that what I read of the fellow that has the patent.. would have the same namesake as me... That item will remain in our family..... today given the same scenario it likely would be a skull unearthed..Newark was once a great city.
  9. ok..thanks ..I moved it.. admin welcome to delete
  10. This was found by my brother approximately 1958 in Newark,NJ. He found it while digging under our front porch.He was 7 years old at the time.We never brought it anywhere for analysis. Once we tried sticking metal prongs into those two holes thinking it may unscrew, it didn't. That machined circle was there from the day it was found. There are two letters inscribed on it that we believe is the letter - N and A -. Other inscribed words are... PAT'D AUG 20 1912... I'm guessing the weight approx 13 -16 pounds. A magnet doesn't stick. Brass is my guess. What's your thought? .
  11. This was found by my brother approximately 1958 in Newark,NJ. He found it while digging under our front porch.He was 7 years old at the time.We never brought it anywhere for analysis. Once we tried sticking metal prongs into those two holes thinking it may unscrew, it didn't. That machined circle was there from the day it was found. There are two letters inscribed on it that we believe is the letter - N and A -. Other inscribed words are... PAT'D AUG 20 1912... I'm guessing the weight approx 13 -16 pounds. A magnet doesn't stick. Brass is my guess. What's your thought?
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  13. it's always new to somebody..where can I get a clambrella? I missed all the fishing shows, tnx
  14. the voice hurts my ears... all else is nectar