joefishnj21

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  1. Slow retrieve, smaller body lures. Lot to choose from. Just a matter of fish in area and how agressive or lethargic they are.
  2. Tried a couple spots tonight in back. Missed a strike. Thinken small bass. Chilly night..bait everywhere. Just a matter of when the fish start to eat.
  3. Just put in a few hours in back of Moco. Got to one spot and i saw what looked to be a blitz breaking out. Water blowing up. Bunker beaching themselves. Thousands of adult. Couldnt believe it. threw everything but the kitchen sink. Nada. Couple of the ones that were beached had bite marks in their backs. Moved to another spot..Less action their but still some bunker flipping with some scattered bird play. I follow weather pretty closely and it looks like we are going to have a true spring for the first time in years. as in temps consistently between 54 and 60. I think its about to turn on any moment. 77 degrees today def turned it up a couple degrees. a warm rain storm or two willl help.
  4. Tried back of Northern Moco. Skunk. Felt good to be out. Couple other guys working some small plugs, no luck. Any day now..
  5. Echo a lot of what everybodies postings..It's almost like the last few years, the salt has become a grind..And that's part of the fun, absolutely..and the feeling of getting a gorilla blue or a nice striper is still unbeatable. But sometimes it's nice to scale it back...not run to a spot based on a tide or wind or a certain feed you hear about. With the lakes and ponds it's more of a come and go as you please. Little more secluded and relaxed. That being said, I'll still put a good 80 days into the salt this coming season, but mix it up with some days on a farm pond or lake just to break it up.
  6. Julians has bolstered their inventory the last 2 years thanks to Ron who definitely knows his stuff. Bombers, Gibbs, and now a wall of Sebile's.
  7. About 3 years ago after a life fishing the surf and saltwater I decided to learn as much as I could about the fresh water fishery and explored NJ's various lakes and ponds. Had so much success that summer catchen some beautiful largemouth. Really was amazed by the tranquilty of the fishing. Very different from the intensity of surf fishing with regards to crowds, conditions, and equipment. Was wondering, any of you guys split your time up throughout the "peak" salt water months (April-December)? Really enjoyed that particular summer and thinken of sprinkling in a few sweetwater sessions throughout the coming season. Having grown up along the NJ coast, salt will always be my 1st love, but I definitely became hooked to the new world of freshwater. Just curious if any of you take a break from the usual routine of hunting for stripes, blues, and albis to go after large, sunnys, crappie, and other NJ freshwater fish. Good luck to all.
  8. Been too long fellas. Hoping to get out there and raise a few in March. Always has been tricky, but hey, it's the top of the 1st in a 9 inning game.
  9. I just submitted a letter to my local congressman regarding this situtation. Feel free to read. I hope you respect my opinions and don't think I am too lenient or too harsh. I honestly think we are at a tipping point and if the situation isn't addressed our fishery will feel a world of hurt. Mery Christmas fellas..and ladies! To the Office of Congressman Pallone, I am a life long recreational fisherman who grew up in coastal Monmouth. I fish from the surf as well as a family owned boat. One of the biggest thrills for a local NJ fisherman is hooking into a large striped bass. "Cows" is the term affectionaly used to describe a plus 40 lb striped bass. Landing one is becoming more and more difficult. Worse, finding bass over 10lbs is becoming an arduous task. Throughout the years I've watched my own numbers decline. Even as recent as the early 2000's, I recall classic fall runs with 20 lb bass schooling throughout our waters beginning in October and crescendoing in late November. That might has well have been 50 years ago because now in 2018, we are treated to sporadic "good days" with most fish being in the 16-24 inch range. Where have all the big bass gone?? Well here are some theories; -The Army corp of engineers has decimated our beaches. Any structure that was left on the Jersey coast has been flattened. No structure equals no areas for fish to hide, for bait to be held. - Too many breeders are being kept. Often times, the big girls are being harvested. This takes millions of eggs out of the ecoystem depriving the northeast/midatlantic of future striped bass. -Storms. Noreasters, hurricanes, and days of 40+ mph winds are changing the structures of our beaches. They might also be disrupting our fall runs (see fall 2018). What's the solution? I think it begins with a cap on the keepers. Right now the current rules state that an angler without a bonus tag can keep one fish at 28 inches plus. I think it's time this get's updated. 1 fish at 28-36 inches. This will allow for the breeders to be released an ensure more eggs in our oceans and more opportunity to "land the big one." Plus, and this is subjective, I think the table fare of 28-36 inch fish is much better than 40 inch plus fish. The 2nd, more complicated solution is this...the army corp of engineers has to back off. They are destroying the beaches. Ask any surf fisherman there opinion on dredging and you'll likely be met with a few dozen swear words. Every year, rigs are out there, dirtying up our water, turning structure into flat sand parking lots. It is undoubtly distrubing the ecosystem. We need to introduce some structure back into our oceans. Create new wrecks close in to give fish areas to hunt. Artificial reefs create a new trophic structure that can re-engergize the food chain. I hope my suggestions don't fall on deaf ears. For many of us, this was the worst fall run in decades. A change needs to be made or else our thriving recreational fishing industry will be completely decimated. Thank you. (Name omitted)
  10. Good Luck Spigola. Happy healthy holiday and new year.
  11. Tried this afternoon. Northern Moco..Not many guys, other than a few working the fly rods..some bird activity a few hundred yds out. Skunk. Very cold out there.
  12. For those saying they are gross to eat...yes...asbolutely true. In june I caught a 38 lber that was gut hooked from a mojo. Bloody the moment we brought on boat. So we harvested. Meat is very thick and rather fishy. Even prepared with garlic, oil, breadcrumb, white wine, lemon, you can still taste that fishy taste. 29-32 have the sweet meat. Not saying you shouldnt release those either, but just an observation. Now I'm hungry.
  13. This morning. Out front Northern Moco. 8 to 10am. Nada. guys i spoke to said it was a 530 am to 7am bite. Lot of shorties at lip. O well. Felt like sleepin a little later. Yesterday was apparently a day bite..today a dawn bite. Maybe later it will turn on.
  14. thank u. ..lol. man this comment is so spot on. Just so happens we are redoing the kitchen. Contractor came over last week and goes.."these would be great where your rods and tackle are." so when we do the demo, def goin to save a few.
  15. Thanks boys. gotta make time and space for the gear.