jmei

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  1. For smaller fish, I’ve used one of those reusable thermal freezer bags (the silver bags they have at the supermarket to keep frozen food cold) with a blue ice pack or a frozen water bottle in it. It’s not ideal, but it fits in a backpack and will at least help keep the fish cool.
  2. I second the Ocean Eagle.
  3. I’ve used as light as three/four ounces at slack water (off the moon) for an hour or two on a party boat. Others on the boat were using as light as two ounces. It’s rare that you get that kind of opportunity, but doesn’t hurt to bring along a light bucktail or two just in case the conditions are right.
  4. Someone told me that they’re not letting anyone squid fish off the railroad dock anymore.
  5. Nah, this was a spot off Raritan Bay. Used to be a popular spot for bluefish back when that was still a thing. Search for "Acid Grounds" on this link: https://njscuba.net/biology/misc_bottom.php
  6. I’ll take metal lot #1. Please send me a PM with your PayPal info. Thanks!
  7. Tins for bluefish and mackerel.
  8. My pet theory-- one of the biggest drivers of fish bleeding is the spread of Japanese fishing techniques generally, and for whatever reason, those have taken longer to catch on in Florida than in a lot of other places (perhaps because Florida tends to have a smaller Japanese population than the West Coast and the northeast).
  9. I've left some in a cabinet for a year+ and they turn brown/grey and dry/brittle, even if the package has not been opened. Have not fished them but read elsewhere that if they are dry/brittle or if the scent is gone, you should toss them. Also read that they last longer in the fridge or frozen.
  10. That's fair-- it probably goes both ways. Used to be that a lot of the party/charter boats could stay inside and pick up a few fluke per customer on a half-day trip. With the fluke biomass declining (and the resultant increased minimum size limits), it's tough to consistently catch keeper fluke in the bay these days, which means you see a lot more boats fishing outside during the summer, and those wrecks/reefs can't take the constant pounding of two trips a day by four or five party boats. Another tangent, but in general, where regulations need to be constrained, I'd rather see a shorter season rather than higher minimum size limits. I think higher minimum size limits result in significantly higher levels of regulatory discards (which is just about the worst possible result) and do more to encourage either intentional or accidental poaching. I know that the for-hire folks have a different view (they want as long of a season as possible so they can sail as many trips as possible), but it seems short-sighted to sail a bunch of trips under minimum size limits that are so stringent that most people won't be able to catch a legal fish. The one exception might be fisheries that are so comingled that you can't target one species without accidentally catching another-- think haddock/cod in the GOM, porgies/sea bass on the inshore pieces in the summer or sea bass/cod on the offshore pieces in the winter. But not sure there's a good solution to that problem. Ultimate problem is that there are too few fish in the ocean and too many people who want to catch them.
  11. Getting tangential now, but one of the dynamics in fisheries management that I think is underappreciated is the effect that the availability (whether natural due to biomass size or artificial due to regulatory constraints) of one species has on the availability of another. Tough (maybe impossible) to model, but one species being unavailable almost always exacerbates the fishing pressure on other species. One natural example-- the loss of the cod/whiting fisheries in the fall in the NY/NJ area has put a ton of pressure on the blackfish fishery, which I sadly think has the potential to lead into a winter flounder-esque collapse. One regulatory example-- the continued 15" minimum size on black sea bass in NY, despite a biomass that seems to be doing just fine, results in a high level of regulatory discards and puts more pressure on fluke.
  12. Beach fishing is usually prohibited during lifeguard hours so you'll have to fish early or late, but that is certainly an option. This time of year, you can expect jacks, spanish mackerel, blue runners, etc. on topwater (think tins) and pompano, etc. if you fish the bottom with sand fleas or shrimp. You can fish canals (depending on how far west you go, can be a mix of freshwater (LMB and peacock bass) and/or saltwater (snook, tarpon) species) and the intercoastal canal (saltwater only), but access can be a paid in the butt. There's also a number of charter/party boat operations at Haulover Inlet to consider. If you go north, there's a fishing pier at Dania Beach that is another option.
  13. Off the piers (or on a boat) while sight fishing for cobia, wade fishing for speckled trout, redfish, snook, etc. in the backcountry, in the surf or around bridges for pompano, bottom fishing with strip baits for grouper, etc. Now, you'll use a different type/weight of bucktail for each of those applications, but they're really one of the most versatile lures out there.
  14. I did a trip around June 1 last year and we did very well. It won't be "peak" but you'll catch very well.
  15. I'll offer $75 for the reel.