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About SeaShoreNJ

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  1. May 24 through Sept. 21
  2. I can only speak for my own experiences, but the techniques I use to catch fluke in NJ also catch flounder in South Carolina. For me, flounder are more abundant down there in the 'back,' in the rivers, estuaries and marshes as opposed to the surf.
  3. I'll stop by and support them. Thanks for the heads up.
  4. A lead vest is far too heavy for the amount of walking at SH. You’ll be more agile in this and still have some protection from the squeeters.
  5. He had this great ability to make everyone he met seem like an old friend. May we never forget the things he stood for: education, preservation, adventure and having a little bit of fun. RIP Lefty.
  6. Some unsolicited advice. Fishing is fun, don't forget that. It's okay to smile and enjoy yourself. I've seen people take themselves far too seriously and I often wonder if they're having fun. I hope they are. We see fishing as a right, but most in our society see fishing as a regulated privilege. Bad behavior adds more restrictions. Don't do bad behavior. Discourage others from doing bad behavior (if its safe). As a fisherperson, you are a steward for the habitats you enjoy. That's a big responsibility. Learn to become a good sportsperson and teach others. We never stop learning, even the guys here who were fishing with Teddy Roosevelt. Homeowner lawn chairs are not for intestinal relief. Unless you are in Sea Bright, then its fair game.
  7. That's a good hack, I like it. Won't rub off.
  8. Tip: use a small permanent marker and write the weight of the BT on the head. Helps to quickly find and learn the difference between a 3/4oz and a 1oz for instance. Eventually all the paint will chip off and you’ll be able to tell the weight difference easily in the dark. But this helps to get started. 90% of my fishing is with BTs these days. Quality for me is about the hook. 134 hairs is spot on, wouldn’t fish with anything else.
  9. Fascinating! My kids and I enjoyed this post immensely. We collect tons of shells around these parts and we have noticed these holes in our treasures for some time. My kids ran over to our shell piles and have pulled out a bunch of examples with Oyster Drill evidence. They're excited to bring these shells to school to show them to their classmates. Thanks, DoorGunner!
  10. Fishbites are deadly with kingfish
  11. Drownings are sadly common in the river behind Sandy Hook. The currents in some spots behind there can really rip so be hyper vigilant if that's where you are fishing. Also, pick up a piece of trash or two on each of your visits. Like many of our beaches, the Hook is a dump and if you go there often, you'll be rightfully pissed about how such a great natural resource gets treated by visitors. Every little bit helps. There are usually fish swimming around in Lot E.
  12. I saw evidence (tracks through the sand) just a few days ago.
  13. Clean and green in the morning with the occasional lettuce leaf.
  14. 2016 was a good year for me as I focused on quality instead of quantity. As the kids get older they're getting into more and more activities, leaving less time for fishing. So I've learned to pick my windows and make them count. (Ps - anytime you can get outside and enjoy the environment, it counts =). For striper fishing, I've simplified my approach considerably. I used bucktails 90% of the time and was rewarded handsomely. The thing I've learned about bucktails is that the more you use them, the more "feel" you develop with them, and the more confidence you create for almost any fishing situation. The other thing I really liked about the bucktails is it minimizes your footprint on the beach. I don't feel like a roaming tackle shop. Feeling light and nimble gives you the motivation to hike a little extra when hunting for fish. I did well during the November craziness, but often found myself just watching the blitzes instead of fishing them. It felt like a National Geographic video, unreal. As soon as folks arrived and started casting close to me, I would leave. No ill will here, no internet venting needed, I just don't like those situations and quietly remove myself from them. I spent more time with the fly rods this year. I've been tying flies and ever since I started catching both fresh and saltwater fish on my own flies, I was "hooked." I'm sure I catch less fish this way, but I get more satisfaction. The feeling you get when you've fooled a fish with one of your ties... it's quite spectacular. One of the better fishing memories for me this year was DIY bonefishing in the islands. I was on an island with the family over spring break that has a fairly well known bonefish fishery. It's also well known that you're out of pocket almost a grand a day to fish with a guide. I busted my hump for months, researching ahead of time, to give myself an adequate plan of attack that fit in with all our family adventures. Daily, 20mph winds tweaked my plans when we got down there, but after a few days of adjustment and work, I found the fish, the pattern, and the right technique to catch them. I only had one "first fish" this year. Black drum in the back creeks in coastal South Carolina while fishing for reds and specks. They were small, but loads of fun on light tackle. Wish I had the fly rod with me.
  15. Happy thanksgiving all. We tend to focus discussion on the bad apples here, but I am thankful for the many respectful, considerate and knowledgeable sportsmen and women out there.