SeaShoreNJ

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  1. John Wayne Toggitt
  2. Don't feel bad for asking questions! Everyone here, as professional as they all seem, started at the same place. Knowing little and relying on other anglers and resources to learn the craft. Someone mentioned John Skinner. He's a great watch on YouTube and he's got some good books out there, including the bible for bucktailing. You want to be deep with your bucktails, but not dragging the bottom. A bounce/tick on the bottom is good, just not dragging. In general, you'll be using 0.5oz to 1.5oz bucktails in the NJ surf. The biggest mistake I see is that folks use really heavy bucktails from the surf which would be more appropriate from a boat. If the ocean is flat and the waves are small, you're probably using 0.5oz. The weight I use the most around here (moco) is 0.75oz. I use a plastic grub trailer on the bucktail. I'm lazy and don't want to deal with putting pork rinds on and taking them off. I just leave the grubs on my bucktails in my pouch and replace them when they get chewed up. Using a teaser with a bucktail is very effective. I tie my own teasers so they are lean and lightweight. But whatever works, you're just looking to cover another part of the water column. And speaking of the water column, you can cover the entire water column by changing the speed of your retrieve. Hmmmm.... Conditions like yesterday, big surf, lots of whitewater, NE wind, are perfect for bucktailing. I was using 1.0 oz yesterday and fish were hitting in the last 20 feet of the retrieve, right in the lip.
  3. Make sure you run in your waders, folks. It's the best way to catch albies.
  4. Y. Don’t post reports anymore. Learned my lesson.
  5. May 24 through Sept. 21
  6. 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.
  7. I'll stop by and support them. Thanks for the heads up.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. That's a good hack, I like it. Won't rub off.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. Fishbites are deadly with kingfish
  15. 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.