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  1. Entirely agree, the fall is prime time for the half-ass surfcaster. But it is New Jersey, and if you're fishing an area with any level of recent consistency, a crowd of lurking coffee-drinkers waiting to see your rod bend is status quo. It's an infuriating reality and no amount of complaining will change it. That said, I witnessed blitzes within range yesterday and today that went completely untouched. If a little more privacy is what you're after, greener pastures await. No spare binoculars or snags unfortunately. Just blindfolds.
  2. Yeah, only a complete novice would take a few minutes to observe a spot before committing to fishing it. I show up to my spots blindfolded like a real fisherman.
  3. By far my favorite metal jig. I prefer it over epoxy jigs as well. I have had multiple experiences where the colt (now current) sniper jig gets bites from bass and albies when other jigs would not work, including epoxies. I like colt snipers over all else because, well, they catch more fish. Sure, epoxies may have a certain realism given the material, and true, I may eventually encounter the rare bite where that realism makes the difference. But I have yet to find that bite. For me, the colt sniper shines due to a combination of casting distance, action/versatility, and weight variety. The colt sniper is an incredible caster, even among other metal jigs. This translates to more water covered and, ideally, more fish encountered. What makes the jig truly special is its action(s). It can, of course, be burned straight back in. But there are so many other ways to give it life, like a slow/moderate straight retrieve that makes it slowly wobble along, or a snap retrieve, vertical or on the cast, that make it dart forward and then flutter back horizontally due to its center weighting. Using the latter retrieve with the appropriate weight near the bottom has worked great for me in the surf and inlets many times. But for me, the deadliest trick of them all is the underwater walk-the-dog. With the rod tip low, and on a slow retrieve, give your rod tip short, sharp twitches followed by just a moment of slack line after each. Almost like a spook, but with slightly more frequent twitches. This is not a newly invented technique, but the colt sniper absolutely excels on this retrieve. Done right with the correct weight, the jig will dart from side to side with hardly any forward movement—just dancing in place. The ability to hold the jig in the area of feeding fish leads to many, many bites. You may find the 60g too heavy for a typical day in the surf. The colt sniper is offered is 21g, 28g, 35g, 42g, and 60g. 21g is killer when you can get away with it, especially if small bait is present. 28g and 35g are my go-to weights most days, 42g will punch through some wind and surf, and 60g will go where no plug has gone before.
  4. It’s pretty incredible how small and light a tuna-capable setup can be nowadays. Really makes for some fun fishing. Last year I had a blast chunking with a Talica 8 on a G Loomis IMX pro blue 7’6” heavy. The rod is a little on the long side because I use it for big bass when they’re around. The length costs you some lifting power when a tuna is spiraling, but it adds some shock absorption to the system and makes it a little more forgiving with light leaders. Handled tuna to 50# with power to spare, but I hesitate to put it out if there’s anything real big in the mix. I know one day I’ll get the right bite on the wrong rod…
  5. The numbers are for British Columbia, not Canada as a whole.
  6. I appreciate your perspective. I've only been talking about the government side, and adding the private side of the issue makes it all the more complicated. True, regulations probably help, but as is the case in the NJ striper scene, regulations are sometimes only as effective as their enforcement. And here in NJ, enforcement is facing the same issues of limited resources: lack of funding and, relatedly, personnel. How significant is the forestry industry in BC? With the amount that amount of forest acreage, I have to imagine it's a pretty big. Would you say it's the main source of BC's economy?
  7. I did not miss it. I empathize with @adbk. I was frustrated with the smoke on Wednesday because it kept me from going fishing that night. His post shows how insignificant that frustration is in the context of these fires. If you want to go around saying Canada did this to itself, go ahead. It's narrowminded and pointless. You compare Canada to California to say both had options and the ability to manage better and chose not to. My point is you can't compare them--California has far more management options available because Canada's options are limited by geography and population. Canadian natural resources are managed by the individual provinces. Compare some data from California to British Columbia, the province mentioned in adbk's post: California forest acreage: 33 million acres (only 14 million of which are regulated by the state) California population: 39.25 million California tax revenue: $242.9 billion (2022) BC forest acreage: 149 million acres BC population: 5.071 million BC tax revenue: $16.9 billion (2023) Look at how many acres each government regulates and the funds available for each to do so. If California does a bad management job, you can argue that they could have done better. But Canadian provinces have far fewer management options due to scale and resources. Are there things that can be done better? I'm sure. But saying "you did this to yourself" because forests aren't managed like those in US states ignores reality. You're entitled to that opinion, though.
  8. I read it. Self inflicted requires choosing something that results in harm. Without a choice, it’s not self inflicted. A map will show you why Canada doesn’t have the choice to manage the way California or New Jersey can.
  9. You’ve missed the point entirely. California chose a forest management policy. Canada doesn’t have the luxury.
  10. Look at a map of the forests in Canada and then look at a map of the Pine Barrens. Notice any difference? Like… tens of thousands square miles difference? The little pocket of forest you live near in the most densely populated state in the country doesn’t exactly set the standard for how forests should be managed in a place like Canada, half of which is covered in forest… Come on now, how about a little perspective, like you said?
  11. I was too young to remember how I caught my first striper, but if I had to guess it was probably either clams or worms. I do, however, remember the lure on which I caught my first striper from the surf. A 1.5 oz AOK T-Hex Stubby (metal/“tin” lure) with the hook dressed in white bucktail. In the middle of the night in late July on a sand beach in New Jersey. As I’m thinking about it now, that was probably the first and last time I ever fished metal at night, and it was because I had no idea what I was doing. But if anyone ever wondered, metal works at night. My dad had bought me the rod and reel that day. The gentleman at the tackle shop (Reel Seat, Brielle, NJ) said night time is best for summer bass (sage advice), and I counted down the minutes until the sun set. When the last light finally faded to night, I started walking and casting, walking and casting. In retrospect, the odds were stacked high against me, but I remember feeling absolutely confident I’d find one. As if blessed (or cursed) by some divine being, one fateful cast was greeted by a willing resident schoolie and this wild, ceaseless striper pursuit began. Likely just to be sure that the striper bug had firmly taken hold within me, my next cast yielded another healthy schoolie. I was elated. My next few casts went untouched and on my final retrieve I snagged a wad of mussels. I reeled it in and, once close enough, swung my lure and the mussels toward me by pointing my rod tip straight up in the air. I grabbed the clump of mussels and gave it a solid yank straight down—and exploded my brand new surf rod into tiny pieces. That day primed me well for my future in surf fishing for striped bass. The highest highs, the lowest lows… I learned a lot with that first fish: night time is in fact the right time, cast with confidence even if you’re clueless, and never ever yank your line straight down!!!
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