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  1. RIP to a great captain.    I remember fishing the boat years ago for blackfish and even though I wasn’t a regular he’d always come down and check on me and my buddy to see how the bite was.  I remember him showing us how to tie a quick Belmar Rig.   My thoughts are with his family and many good friends he had.    

  2. This website has 20 years of people posting and encouraging conservation.   Too many fish being killed.  Too many spawners not being released.    “We are killing the golden goose”.  


    Many comments and concerns falling on deaf ears of Charter-come-lately’s claiming fishing is good as it gets, best they have ever seen, when they started fishing 3 years ago.  Just tryin to make a living ya know.   The regs say it’s legal.    Party boats filled with 30-40 Lbers day after day.   Get yer bonus cards here.   Tackle shop heroes.   Personal bests on the fillet tables, headed for the freezer burn.   The fish just keep coming and coming.   They were just suicidal.  Blah, blah, blah....


    Well, for the first time in 30 years  the SSB is now officially overfished.    A very, very bad assessment.   


    Turns out we were right all along.  



  3. Received this below viia email from a fish market in NJ I visit occasionally. What exactly is a pure bred striped bass?

    Are they farm raising real striped bass now?  



         We have wild tilefish, lemon sole, grey sole, haddock, codfish, whiting, beautiful beeliner snapper, black sea bass, swordfish, and tuna.  We have farmed tilapia, branzini, arctic char, Atlantic and king salmons.  Looking ahead, I think we will be trying a new farmed striped bass.  We are prevented from selling wild striped bass by ridiculous New Jersey law, and the farmed product which has been available is a hybrid of striped bass and a perch.  There is a new product coming to market which is a purebred striped bass.  I have tried it and seems closer to the authentic flavor.  It isn't cheap, but I think I will try offering it here soon.  In shellfish we have lobsters, shrimp, sea scallops, clams, mussels, cockles and Blue Point and Village Bay oysters.  The kitchen is producing grilled vegetables, sweet peppers stuffed with shrimp, scallops, rice and mozzarella, and bruscetta. 


  4. 9 mins ago, cartopper said:

    The area is in the midst of a radical transformation . . . until the next major recession, of course.  Then you will see the remnants of a bad idea.  Developers and local politicians just want to cash in and could give a flying crap about the future of our area.


    We are one recession away from empty high rises and half built abandoned buildings.   If and when all those new condos are filled Ocean Avenue, the traffic is going to be unreal.  

  5. I have an old 541. It’s a tank and easy to work on.  Beat some 100 lb class bluefin on it jigging.  They were prone to corrosion but mine has held up ok.   I didn’t know they returned to the market.   They were popular with the West Coast long range tuna boats.  

  6. 1 hour ago, levari said:

    What do you think is the reason that people are not as enthusiastic as it used to be? Is it the lack of fish? Market saturation? Less attendees?

    All of the above.  There was a time when I think every custom wood builder probably sold out.   That’s doesn’t seem like the case today.   Just my observations...

  7. 22 hours ago, Fly By Nite said:

    I doubt that tog have a clue about whats the head and the tail or the ass.  I wouldn't even go as far  to call these things jigs. They are bait delivery tools with more flexibility than what we normally throw.  No idea why you're snagging them.  Usually when there are multiple fish going after the bait you tend to snag them especially when you swing too fast.  Maybe try a smaller piece of bait.

    Agreed.  "jig" is the worst name for them.  They really should have been named something else.  There is no jigging involved. 

  8. 16 hours ago, Slayer said:

    Good solid bites (what feel like good, solid bites)...are small(er) fish. The fish are smashing the crab so they can eat it and you are hooking them on the smash, not the chew. The big ones pick it up and swim with it or lift it off the bottom when they inhale it. Or maybe I don't know anything, but I have caught a lot of fish on the jig this fall.

    Good info.  I think because the jig bite is so much more sensitive that a smaller bite/smash feels like a "good" bite on a traditional tog rig.  I have to make some adjustments it seems.

  9. Just started fishing jigs last year.  I'm snagging a lot of fish.  Yesterday snagged half of the fish I caught probably, usually right under the chin.   Bigger fish are going to be lost like this...Bites felt solid like I should swing, but I guess I am too fast on the trigger.  Any tips from experienced jiggers?     Thanks.


  10. 18 mins ago, part cork said:


    i think this is the exact reason why a surfcaster would be more prone to releasing any fish big or small


    and another congrats to JP on hitting one hell of a milestone 

    True. They recognize the importance of the resource and put their work in.  Vs. a guy that hires a charter once a year to catch his "personal best" by getting dropped into

    a bunker blitz.    Lol.