Dan From NJ

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About Dan From NJ

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  1. No NOT a dunkable reel. I don't know what was going on but about 20% of the time he was on the beach that was the situation. I've just never seen that before. Few pics from the last 2 days I have cool video of the fish blowing up and rainfish airborn, but there is too much of a spot burn:
  2. Why walk 8 feet to dry land to untangle the line from the end of your rod when you can rinse off your reel at the same time. Report: 4 bass at dusk, fish blowing up on rainfish, small white storm lure and chartreuse home made teaser fished low and slow under the chaos Monmouth county
  3. Thanks mc55
  4. Can you remind me how you are rigging bugs? There seems to be an absolute bumper crop of them this year. Plugging has just dried up on me with this recent jump in water temp. And I can't find any real bait to imitate.
  5. When a bee stings someone, honey, yellow jacket, whatever, they let off a scent that tells all the other bees in attack mode where they landed the sting, so the others follow the scent and pile on in droves. That's where the smoke comes in, they cant communicate a mechanized attack through the smoke.
  6. I had a house with mulberry trees, cherry trees, raspberries, black berries, a large garden and a hive to pollinate all of them. There is nothing like honey straight out of the hive. Cut a cube of comb and eat it (spit the wax out) unless you know a bee keeper you cant buy honey like this. For me it was easy for a bunch of years then I got these hive beetles that reeked havok. Still worth the effort. The more you read and learn about bees you will be surprised how intelligent the community is. Everyone has a job and they do it diligently. They have been bread for hundreds of years to be be more docile and produce more honey. They are not aggressive at all. unlike yellow jackets or wasps, only a small portion of the population are tasked with defending the hive. When you open it up only a small portion of bees will defend the hive the rest will go about their assigned job. They are amazing to watch, when they land they will fly in a pattern that tells the bees that are taking off, where they came from and found nectar. They will sit and wait to see someone come back then take off. Here is a cool story: Some years back they tried to introduce european honey bees into japan because they produce more honey, The bee keepers found that their european hives were getting decimated by a local menace... this hornet population that preys on honey bees. imune to stings one scout would fine the hive go back to his hive, get all his buddies and they would decimate the hive. But this was not happening to the Japanese strain of honey bees. They could not figure our why, until they really spent time studying it. You know bees do not hibernate right? they heat the inside of the hive by rubbing their wings together, you will see the snow melt in front of the hive entrance because its always above freezing in the hive, that's why they need the honey to winter over. Anyway here is what they found:
  7. For me its the look of the lake as much as the species. I don't know where you live, but in Jersey there are a lot of lakes with the LMB, Pickerel, crappy sunny mix. I throw different stuff depending on the lake's structure, water color, time of year etc.. Bass in say Deal lake with near zero vegetation on the main lake and brown water might as well be a different species than Bass in these weed choked crystal clear lakes scattered throughout Monmouth county. There are places you can throw a popper plug and it will get crushed! and lakes with the same species you could probably throw a popper every day for the next 100 years without a lick. One constant is you can't go wrong fishing edges of the day this time of year. That is a good mix of fish in the lake you mentioned. What does it look like? Also how old is your son? That is a big factor too. My son is 6 so its all about constant action rather than species and quality of the fish. When I bring him fishing I downsize, fish bait and put a whoopin on the sunnies. We'll get some other species in the action but they are typically small as well and the action is frequent so he doesn't get bored.
  8. Definately a green sunfish. NJ fish and game lists it as an invasive species
  9. This was eastern central Monmouth county. It seems like they are abundant south of me. But north and west would indicate they can tolerate cold temps. Map says they are not on jersey. Someone must have stocked them and there is a breeding population in this particular pond Looking at pictures of a warmmouth bass on line they seem to vary a bit with their color patterns like sunfish.
  10. The top spike was too far back for a sunny too
  11. What is this. I've done a lot of fishing and never came across one of these. Mouth was too big for its size to be a species of sunfish. blue markings on the head and a faded lengthwise stripe.
  12. This is in monmouth county. Who has done it what is the process? architect first or do contractors typically offer sugggestions. If you build up I assume you typically don't run into variance issues. Any suggestions on a good contractor? Or architect
  13. I'll post a video when i get a chance. After the dinner roll frenzy instituted by the waiter, I had to get video of it. So I baught a loaf of bread and filmed it. I'm seriously temped to head back with a rod. I think I would chum with bread and see if I could catch them on plugs. If they wont hit regular plugs bring a piece of sytrofoam with a hook wired through it.
  14. I would not have believed it if I did not see it with my own eyes. Was along a back bay location (popular tourist location) with restaurants and attractions. One of the waiters at a restaurant on a dock, was throwing old rolls into the water. and imediatly the pieces of bread were getting slammed by small fish. At first I though maybe herring which I assumed were carnivores also. As he threw more I saw stipes on the fish! Then bigger ones showed up. I don't think I saw anthing over the low 20 inch range. So I ran and baught a loaf of bread. They were frenzied enough that they were starting to react as the bread was sill in the air. It was insane!! I did not have a rod on me. and its a long ride from home but now I need to go back with the gopro and film myself catching a striped bass on a piece of bread. From a biological stanpoint this seems contrary to everything I know about striped bass.
  15. One other thing. They seem to be showing a little early this year. I go by when I see black birds start to flock up. That always seem to coenside with when I see a lot of mullet. The people I work with think I'm a little nutty, when I see the first blackbird flocks out the big side windows I always mullet run it starting. Here comes fall fishing. Then I go down the beach sure enough mullet, but no Bass. Mullet run used to be predictable nights where bass are doing back flips out of the water at dusk. Not all day not all night blitzes but a fantastic show at dusk and a pick of fish in the dark.