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  1. Incredible filter feeders. Clams, mussels and oysters are capable of filtering 25 gallons of water every day.
  2. Razor clams can be found in Jersey but most of us only find their very thin broken shells along the beach. A few years ago we were taping a show and trying to collect some bait. We were dragging a minnow seine in shallow water along a sandbar when something shot right between my feet like a torpedo. Ran after it until it settled on the bottom. It was a razor clam that was jetting itself through the water. Once it hit the bottom it stuck it's long foot into the sand to pull itself upright then just vanished into the sand. It went through the sand like it was liquid. We dug it out and placed it back on the bottom and it did it again. Found out that it's foot acts just like a jackhammer and moves so quickly that it turns the sandy bottom into quicksand. Amazing to see.
  3. A friend of mine who is getting up there in years loves to clam and he uses his brain more than his back. Instead of blind raking he uses spiked garden cultivating spikes and just walks around. Clams are usually just below the surface and he feels them with the spikes when they come into contact. They don't do any damage to the clams and since he can target them exactly he just uses one of these to pull the clam out.
  4. YES. It will give off an oily scent and they will gobble it down.
  5. Pretty cool that a few guys are giving away some tackle to anyone who wants to throw their name into a hat. Since it's still deep into winter and things here in the Jersey forum are a bit slow I will let this run till February 28th. Anyone interested in one of my float rig packs just has to post that "they are in". Will pick a winner on the 28th and send it right out. When I get to the shop today I will take a pic of the front and back of the pack for anyone not familiar with it.
  6. If you aren't fishing for something to eat what would you rather catch. Pickerel or crappie.
  7. I have a ten foot Crappie Rod I purchased years ago and it was actually for fishing off our dock. I'm there working all day and like to have a line out. We have our hard deck where the store is and where we sit and BS during the day. Straight down we have a long floating dock and from here the long finger docks run out. Up on the hard deck I have a rod holder attached to a post and I can put the crappie rod in there sticking straight out and because it's ten feet long it's out past the floating dock so people can walk right under my line. Works perfect. One year we taped a show in Delaware bay and I took it along for fun. Hooked and landed a 32 inch striper with it and only problem was that I was up on the end of the bow and my friend with the net was hanging off the stern to get close to the fish. Crappie rods are a blast on any size fish and mine has stood the test of time for eleven years and has caught keeper flounder, weakies and blues and it just won't break. So light that it's an extra blast of fun on small fish like crappie and perch.
  8. 36 degrees here at the shore.
  9. Caught the rudderfish down here in South Jersey around bridges. Pilot fish. Banded Rudderfish.
  10. Been having a lot of fun with yellow perch and pickerel in a lake here in South Jersey the past two weeks on a floated minnow. Then yesterday the crappie kicked in big time. Only person out there on all four days.
  11. Will never figure fish out. So far after five trips to this lake the score was about forty pickerel to eight yellow perch. Today the front passed through and it was windy and cold. Finished the show with three yellow perch and fifteen crappie. Not a freaking sign of a pickerel. For February 18th windy and cold it was just pure fun. Keeps the brain in the game.
  12. There is a private lake across the street from my girlfriends house that a long time ago was loaded with bass and bluegills. Every bass was stunted and scrawny We didn't know it was illegal then but about seventeen years ago me and my buddy dumped about a dozen pickerel and a mess of crappie and yellow perch in to see if they would take. Me and the girlfriend broke up after that and reconnected three years ago and last fall I was on her front porch and watched a guy who was fishing the only public area where the lake reached the road walk back to his truck with about seven crappie on a stringer. Got me interested. On New Years morning she was going for a long walk with her two girlfriends to start the new year and I headed across the street to her one girlfriends back yard with a short dock. Had two rods and a bunch of minnows and wanted to start my new year. Wasn't expecting much since this is the shallow end of the lake and the water is cold. Only problem with this end is there are many lily pads and their stalks are still visible just below the surface and covered in green slime. No way to fish artificial's and keep them clean. Difficult to fish bait and keep it clean. It seems our illegal stocking worked as the lake seems better balanced. the neighbor who fishes once in a while said he catches some big bass now and I had fun with the perch and pickerel. Had a good day on New Years with about a dozen of each and the past two days was even more fun. My girl had cataract surgery and I was the driver. The recent cold snap has made it difficult to find live minnows but there is one spot across the road from our dock in Wildwood. It's a ditch between the road and a parking lot that gets water only during the high tide. Put a bunker in it and tossed it in for about twenty minutes. Fished about an hour and a half each day and enjoyed every minute of it. And to think the lake was thick ice just five days ago with the brutal cold. totaled about thirty fish and twice had two rods hooked up at once. Had the float set at about a foot and a half to keep it clear of the real thick green slime. Just a little slice of heaven right across the street.
  13. Was at a fishing flea market a few weeks ago in South Jersey and picked up a bunch of these. Been using them for years off the dock under the lights for herring. I believe it was from The Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association. Check out their web. A ton of different colors.
  14. They F*** with each other. I love watching nature and every once in a while you pick up a little tidbit that lets you see into their world. I have a flower pot that I use for a bird feeder during the winter. With no woods or trees around we end up with a lot of sparrows. Still fine because I feel bad for the little guys trying to survive the winter months. For four years in a row we had this one sparrow we named Dennis Rodman arrive every October and stay for the winter but when spring arrived he was gone. The sparrows and doves got along fine at the feeder but the pigeons would move in and literally kick them out of the feeder. If they didn't leave the pigeons would grab them with their beaks and toss them aside. On Monday we had a lot of rain and about a dozen mallards took up position on one of the fifty foot finger docks and were sucking up the fresh water that was laying on top of the boards. Up on a railing looking down over the finger was a large black backed gull who just sat there looking at the ducks. He jumped off the railing and landed on the finger then with wings outstretched he ran right down the finger pushing all the ducks into the water. We also have a lot of small diver ducks that spend all day flocked up on the water and diving down for weeds off the bottom. We also have a resident loon and he likes to be alone. When the diver ducks get a little close he takes on an attitude. The next picture is the loon just hanging around acting normal. This next shot is the loon when the divers get too close. He gets low like that and slowly swims towards them. As soon as the divers see this they quickly turn and swim away. never looking back at the loon. As soon as they move off about a hundred feet the loon goes back to it's normal posture. I guess birds are a lot like people and just like to F*** with each other. Wasn't sure where I should post this so I took a chance.
  15. Going to give it a shot tomorrow. Did the catching your bait segment this morning and ran into a problem. The ditch was almost totally covered in skim ice. Temps were down into the twenty's last night. Set the minnow trap and sat in the truck for about twenty minutes. A friend who has his business right there came over and said that I had competition for the minnows. Seems a blue heron has set up shop there for the past two days and they can do a lot of damage to a small ditch like that. Pulled the trap and had five minnows with three being to small to even think about putting a hook in. The camera guy said that he had to get to church early because he sings and the practice before the service. I moved the trap closer to the edge of the weeds and let it soak for an hour and a half. When he returned I pulled the trap and thankfully we had about fifty minnows of assorted sizes for tomorrow. Picked the ones I want and ready to head out in the morning. Had some light snow this evening then it changed to rain but it's supposed to be above freezing so maybe we have a chance. Will let you know tomorrow evening. Stopped by a big box store this morning to pick up another pack of hooks and other things and they had live worms. Bicked up a carton of red worms just in case the minnows don't produce. Figure the yellow perch will take to them. .
  16. Now I didn't see this but a reliable friend who fishes hard told me this little goody. Article in a local newspaper reported that because of the "earlier shutdown" they may not be able to announce the new rules and regs until possibly the day before it opens. Screws us up because we wanted to run an opening day tournament but can't do that with no notice. Real close for the time to revolt. It's become a real joke and it just gets worse.
  17. So summer came to an end here in South Jersey and some stores closed their doors. Tourists left town and the boardwalk and more stores and restaurants closed. Then Columbus Day that is the unofficial end of the season and the rest of the seasonal stores closed their doors. The Holidays are past and the town of Wildwood has settled in for a long winters sleep but there is a spot of light at the end of the winter tunnel. In 43 days Sam's Pizza on the Wildwood Boardwalk reopens on weekends. May not sound like much but down here it's a big thing. It's the first sign of spring. The worm has turned. Winter is loosing. So popular that they have seating for 122 customers and if you aren't there by noon on Saturday then you are in a line outside the door waiting. 43 Days till Sam's Pizza Reopening.
  18. They go by different names in different areas and to make sure we are all on the same page I'm talking about the baitfish we use here in Jersey for summer flounder bait. They move in and out of our narrow tidal creeks in massive schools and are a total terror to any organism that is in front of them. They are just like piranha and rip anything they want to pieces in a matter of minutes. We have a tank set up at our dock to hold these minnows for sale and normally we hold about three gallons at a time. I feed them every day with a whole bunker with both sides cut and hanging down so they can get to the flesh. In about twenty minutes the bunker is reduced to a skeleton as their teeth just rip it apart. When I first moved to the Jersey shore back in 83 I commercially caught and sold minnows to bait shops and marinas. Average day back then was around eighteen gallons of minnows. I have never been more impressed with any other fish in our system. One day as the tide was flowing out of a narrow tidal creek I was working I saw a full grown blueclaw crab moving down the creek as fast as it could ahead of a massive school of minnows also heading out with the tide. When the school passed I looked down and saw what was left of the big male. They had torn in apart and left nothing but empty pieces of shell. I have always said that if these minnows reached ten pounds we couldn't go into the water. Minnows are fun and easy to catch plus the big advantage is that catching your own allows you to hand pick the size you want and these minnows can reach lengths of six inches. Can't usually find that size in bait shops because they are usually sold by the pint or quart and it wouldn't take many that size to fill the order. I had one bait shop up in Philly who would order ten gallons of the biggest minnows I could catch for muskie bait but everyone else wanted a mix of average size to a few large to keep customers happy. Here is a typical minnow trap that opens in the middle with two tapered holes so the minnows can just funnel in to get the bait. these work great, are easy to store and easier to throw if you can't get real close to the water. Notice the two holes at the end of the cones. I always want the largest minnows for myself and the holes that come as is are just too small to let the jumbos in so I take a broom handle and poke it through and work it around to make the hole about twice the factory size. Another method that works great is an umbrella style drop net. This is great from docks and bulkheads where you can drop it straight down. I always look for this style with the side panels. When you pull the net the fish try to swim out but they hit the panels and come right back into the middle. You can see the eye bolt in the center where you tie your line. I also zip tie a bait clip to hang the bait from. This keeps the bait up so the crabs rip into it without destroying the netting. This style also folds up just like it's name, umbrella net for easy storage. There is a right and wrong time for catching minnows. they move up and down the narrow tidal creeks by the tide. As it rises the school moves up but keeps to a certain depth for protection. Minnows want just enough water below them so a predator can't sneak in under them and just enough water above so the gulls and egrets can't get them. Shallow or deeper water is just a waste of time. At our dock with the drop net I have about a half hour of catch time. Once the water gets around two feet above the net they move on no matter how much food I have in the net. They just keep moving in under our dock to keep that perfect amount of water above and below them. Caring for the minnows is very important so don't over load your live bait container. They will starve for oxygen and die. If you ever find your minnows dead with their gills wide open and also their mouths then they died from lack of oxygen. These guys can live in both fresh and salt water but you do need to take care of them. Change water as often as possible and they will reward you on the hook. Any questions just throw them out here. Love talking about the mighty minnow.
  19. Very true but not mosquitoes. I have fished this one location about eight times since January 1st and caught fish every time. The best days are after a real sunny day because the temps rise and to the fish it probably feels like us when we get a 60 degree day. All fish have to eat during the winter months and they will be more active with just a few degree temp increase. In my old neighborhood there was a spring fed small lake that was loaded with bass. so many that they were stunted with everyone about ten inches. Catch one and three or four would follow it in. The only deep spot was in the center and the rest was four feet or less. Cold spell and I couldn't get a bite but a day or two of sunshine even in February had them on the feed. Great place to have some fun until a family of five otters moved in during the fall. The next spring the small lake was empty.
  20. Last week I was up my girlfriends house painting her enclosed back porch. Earlier that day I was deep into pickerel and yellow perch in a lake right across the street. Five days earlier the wake was totally frozen over. The afternoon I was painting the sun came out. As I was painting the trim around the door there were about five mosquitoes outside looking to get inside at me. When water has been cold for a period of time the fish become accustomed to it. Then it only takes a few degree rise to put fish in action. Works in reverse when water cools off a few degrees.
  21. Ain't making that mistake. Going to apply for my patent for this invention that will probably make me millions. Anti Tsunami Shoe Attachment. Still working on a quick release so you wear it like this when the wave comes in then quickly release and turn it around for when the water goes back out. $5,000.00 early in investment if anyone interested.
  22. A guy I know is a falconiere and told me most use hawks now. He came over with his and is certified to train. I thought it looked so cool and was thinking about it. Then he told me you need to work them all the time and you actually become the dog. He has to walk the fields to spook game while the hawk flys above waiting for a target. Didn't sound so cool then.
  23. 1st sign of spring on the boardwalk. First line is for walk away and the back line is for seating and the restaurants seats 200 people.