JerseyJeb

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  1. Which ugly stik do you have now ? I just ask because their blanks can vary from a lot to no fiberglass. Conventional advice is keeping ultra lights short but I enjoy fishing a 6&1/2 - 7 ft, no downside in the actual casting and fighting I have seen, can just be awkward walking through the woods sometimes.
  2. Yeah separate gripe but for some companies it's asking too much for them to put: hook size, overall length, and weight.
  3. That's interesting, so I have read that Stripped Bass don't spawn every year but what you are saying that is a given fish has a certain year into their lifecycle where they will have the best spawn and if you miss that year it can't be made up later?
  4. I know the parent company is Bimini Bay Outfitters (they also sell tackle under the name Buccaneer Tackle) but it is very weird (to me) that they don't: 1. Have a publicly available website displaying their wares and/or promoting their brand. 2. Have a publicly available catalog showing what they actually have for sale. 3. For brands that don't do 1 or 2 themselves will at least hand off for a main distributor to take care of but that isn't the case either. It makes me wonder why they even bother having a brand? If you are going to exclusively sell and advertise via retailers why not just slap a sticker with the shops name on it? I am not hating on them, it's just really weird that I will be going through the clearance rack at Dick's or something and find a piece of tackle by them I didn't even know they made. Also when I am shopping for a rod I like to see all the variations in lure weight, length, etc just makes it inconvenient relying on whatever the shop currently has in stock.
  5. No other cases in other species, which is why I don't think it has anything to do with eating mussels. I think its more likely its actually a rare genetic condition fibromelanosis.
  6. I spent way too much time looking this up and could find: 1) No case of this happening in other fish 2) No sources for blue mussels having noteworthy pigment contents 3) Read some papers on the dogwhelk (who feed on barnacles and blue mussels) and it was an old thought that they got their pigment from eating blue mussels but after research this has been disproven.
  7. The more the circle hook is offset the less safety it has, the shank of the hook being in line with the point is what protects the point from stabbing things. Circle hooks with aggressive offsets allow you to hookset by reel pressure instead of using your rod but provide none of the safety of an inline circle hook.
  8. Circle hooks increase the safe hookset time window but cannot guarantee a safe hookset. They also reduce snagging fish from the outside of their body. That's not emotion but physically a result of the hook shape. That being said, a skilled angler with a properly sized J hook doesn't really pose any additional gut hooking risk to the fish, there is always a small risk of something weird happening out of your control that even using a circle hook can't prevent. But you also have to remember that regulations are not for skilled anglers but rather the ignorant masses. There is way more people out there baiting and waiting then actively fishing.
  9. I would concur, stripped bass have been doing their thing longer than man has been putting artificial hard structure out. Putting in man made structure aggregates the fish together in one place but doesn't actually increase the overall population. In contrast restoring oyster reefs and eelgrass and other naturally occurring things will increase biomass as well as provide forms of structure to fish.
  10. NOAA and ASMFC have a reciprocal advisory relationship with each other (and by acts of congress ASMFC has federal power behind it in some cases) but the main voting power for regulations for what goes on within 3 miles lies with the representatives from the states.
  11. Maybe relevant: https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Portals/37/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/Operation and Maintenance/2021/SHC21 PN May 2021.pdf "This maintenance activity is being evaluated to determine that the proposed maintenance dredging and placement of dredged material will not unreasonably degrade or endanger human health, welfare, economic potential, recreation and aesthetics, water quality, marine resources, ecological systems, and/or flood protection. The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; federal, state and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Comments are used to assess impacts on navigation, water quality, endangered species, historic resources, wetlands, scenic and recreational values, and other public interest factors. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and to determine the need for a public hearing. Any person who has an interest, which may be affected by the placement of this dredged material, may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the comment period of this notice and must clearly set forth the interest that may be affected and the manner in which the interest may be affected by the activity. It should be noted that information submitted by mail or email is considered just as carefully in the process and bears the same weight as that furnished at a public hearing."
  12. If you are looking for something to use on the water, "Rite In The Rain" brand is the standard for waterproof paper.
  13. Yeah that link posted is under a library program. Yes you can view for free (with free account) but its a controlled library loan and the publishers get a kickback just like if the library bought a physical copy.
  14. So the short of it is that most saltwater species are more particular about water depth than freshwater fish, so places that are productive at high tide might not be fishable at low. Wind direction can move blow surface water and anything floating therefore influencing water temp, water turbidity, and possibly moving gamefish and bait. In the NJ area I don't imagine there is a ton of habitat off of piers that will sustain fish in the same exact spot for long periods of time. Instead fish are mostly going to be on the move and you will get on them when the tide, wind, and other conditions are favorable. Note that I am also just talking about fish actually being present. Given a certain rig, the wind or current could be too powerful making your chances of actually getting a bite / hooking up extremely unlikely.