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  1. The Old Man passed away Monday. He would have been 85 in August. The older guys down at Giglios knew Ted Wheeler as “Ten Pound Ted”. Whenever Dad had some free time, he went fishing. He grew up in Hoquiam, Washington, which is on Grays Harbor, which opens up to the Pacific. Fishing in the northwest corner of Washington state was mostly done on inland rivers and streams for Cutthroat, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout and Salmon and away from the surf. Back in the '40s and '50s, hardly anyone fished the Washington State Pacific surf. The surf was too big and the first break was a mile or more out to sea and probably nobody knew there were any fish in the swirling whitewash. Ted’s Old-Man Roy (my grandfather) must have gotten anxious waiting for the Steelhead or Cutthroat Trout season to start, or he got bored of throwing spinners at Dolly Varden Trout, (Steelhead and Dolly Varden were the Striper and Bluefish equivalents, in that order, of Pacific Northwest streams and rivers), so he took my dad to the beach to find something to fish for. Dad always claimed his father discovered that you can catch Surf Perch on those huge Pacific Beaches with a piece of clam, which is what they did when they needed to fish, and the trout and salmon seasons were closed. When Dad was in the US Army he did not have much time to fish. After the Army he went to Clemson and found out you can catch trout in the streams of some of the Appalachian foot hills. On one of his trips, his fishing buddy, a 270 pound offensive guard for the Tigers was bitten by a cottonmouth. Dad said he couldn’t get the guy to leave and go to the hospital because the Football player was not going to let a snake bite ruin his fishing trip. In 1970 “Ten Pound Ted” moved to Little Silver and stayed there until Hurricane Sandy forced him and mom to move to Shady Oaks. After a long stretch of little or no fishing while in the Army or college, or starting a career and family, moving to the “Jersey Shore” in 1970 allowed him to fish whenever he wanted to, and he did. He would tell you the trout and salmon fishing was better on the West Coast but the surf fishing was better on the East Coast. Dad probably went 10 years before he caught his first Striped bass. It was not for lack of trying. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Stripers were extremely rare. When he wanted to catch “a fish”, any fish, he would usually take me. When we wanted to catch bluefish and probably a weakfish or two, we would drive to the Monmouth Beach Club Jetty and wait for the Bluefish to trap the spearing, tinker mackerel and other baitfish in the northside corner of the jetty. If not the Monmouth Beach Jetty then Tradewinds, or the Asphalt Jetty, or Surfrider or any of the other jetties up to the Hook, that are now mostly covered with sand. When the fish were stacked up on the Ocean Avenue sea wall, and the birds were diving just on the other side, we would scale the wall with our fiberglass polls, Penn reels and Hopkins or treble hooks. If my mother knew at the time, as an 11 year old, dad let me climb down the ocean-side of the sea wall, with waves crashing, to gaff a twelve pound weakfish stuck in the rocks, she would have killed my father for letting me do that. There was a run of “Tide Runner” weakfish back in the early eighties. The Monmouth Beach Car Toppers would bring in fish close to 20 lbs. and occasionally those fish would come in close enough to catch from the wall. I remember the old man hooked into one that nearly pulled him off the wall, which easily would have killed him. That fish ended up lost in the rocks buts we had fun. If the blues and weakfish weren’t running, and at a time when Striper Fishing was mostly futile, we would find other species to catch. Dad liked a good tasting fish so we went out for blackfish a lot on the local jetties. That’s when he started making his own sinkers for easy breakoffs. The jetties in Northern Monmouth County were usually productive though those blackfish were usually on the small size. We also fished Sandy Hook for blackfish a lot. Our favorite place was where that large chunk of white concrete stuck out of the sand at low tide. Besides some decent sized blackfish, those rocks produced kingfish and the occasional sea bass. If it wasn’t bluefish, weakfish or blackfish, fluke were a good diversion in the middle of the summer. I remember hiking up to the tip of the hook at 6:00 AM with him and then sprinting when we noticed the thousands of mosquitos we attracted while crossing through the swampy parts of the dunes. The huge ships that passed within casting distance in the Sandy Hook channel were always impressive. By the time the Stripers had recovered and catching one wasn’t so rare, I was involved in too many high school sports to fish for them, or was in college, or lived in the city. When Dad retired in the 1990s he was in his full fishing glory. He could still hop the rocks, walk miles of sand, or just stand at the end of Peninsula Avenue in Sea Bright to fish and “shoot the breeze” with guys with funny nicknames. His nick name was “Ten Pound Ted” because he couldn’t catch a striper that weighed more than 10 pounds. Dad’s retirement and the peak years of the Striper cycle lined up perfectly. He had the most time to fish when there were the most fish to be caught. His “retirement” from fishing was long and enjoyable and in stages. First he stopped going on the rocks, and hung up his cleats. A few years later he stopped wading in the surf and hung up his waders. As he got older, Dad stuck to the inside and liked to fish Peninsula Ave and then Branchport Park, where he probably did more talking than fishing. Finally, visiting Giglios, having a coffee and cigarette, and listening to fishing stories was his version of a fishing trip. When I moved to the Jersey Shore in 2009, my 20 year hiatus from fishing was over. The old man of course had collected tons of equipment over the years and he was pretty happy to hand it all over to me instead of letting it collect dust in the garage. I still use his Penn 700 series reels, which he always swore by, and the rod Jim Cousins gave him as well as any number of plugs and lures. These last few years, the closest Dad could get to the fish was to ask me how the fishing was. I would show him a phone picture of a fish I caught, or tell him the “black ducks of death” had landed out front and it was over for the season. Even in his last few days Dad wanted to know if I was catching anything. He liked to fish calicos and sand bugs in July and August. I told him I’ve been floating bugs just off the drop and had a few hits earlier in the week. He liked the sound of that. -------- A Memorial Gathering will take place at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701, on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 4-8PM. A Memorial Mass will take place at 9:30AM on Friday July 19, 2019 at St. James RC Church in Red Bank.
  2. Hi there! im planning on coming over to USA for my first Striper trip! I spent Many years fishing for European bass and looking forwards to getting over this October! I would really appreciate any recommendations for what areas to hit for rock fishing using lures and casting lures from the beach etc. thinking about cape cod, Montauk and maybe Martha's Vineyard, although Incouldnt find any affordable accommodation in the later! thanks Guys!
  3. 2009 carolina skiff 1780 DLX. 90 ETEC. 170hrs last 120hrs have been fresh water only. Self winterizing, new injectors new battery,Bimini top, new upholstery ,live well, new bilge, compass, Lowerance 7 GPS fish finder and chip CB radio. LED lighting. 5 hours on last Springs service. New plugs fuel filter pump and impeller. Bottom was media blasted, 4 coats epoxy paint 2 coats of ablative done 3 weeks ago. 2010 trailer. $12500obo boat is in Lake Hopatcong nj 6DF58878-CB97-4BF2-A7CC-9CAA402A7425.MOV
  4. Original Musso Super Strike wooden metal lip swimmer. This is the 6" size Torpedo Jr. Gold over white - Pine. In unused original condition - $155 shipped.
  5. Original Don Musso Super Strike wooden metal lip swimmer. This is a 7 1/2" Torpedo Sr. Maple - 4 oz. Off White/Cream finish. Metal parts have oxidation but lure is in unused condition - $155 shipped.
  6. The stripers are here! Time to get the reports going. Please, be considerate in your reports, i.e., don't be so specific that you could spot burn but share enough to contribute to the spirit of "sharing is caring".
  7. Hey guys, I have a 7 foot shakespeare alpha rod with 20lb test line and I want to catch a fat cow striper in the cape cod canal in a few weeks. I've heard that you need a 10 foot rod to fish the cape cod canal, is this true? I dont have the extra money to get a new set up but i was thinking of throwing a live eel on the hook and throwing it out as far as i can and let the eel swim around and hopefully the stripers will eat it. Has anyone ever fished with a rod under 10ft in the canal? I have a primal urge to catch a fat cow fish and cook it up and eat it with some panko fried in the oven and i really need to make this happen. Can someone help me out with my shakespeare 7 footer whats my best bet to catch a fatty? *whats the best set up for me?*
  8. Hey all. A friend recommended this forum. Just moved to Pacifica CA, and I've heard stripers, salmon, and crab are pretty plentiful here. I live about an 8 minute walk to Linda Mar Beach, so looking up to load my wagon on the weekends and do some shore fishing. What's good to catch in March? Anything bite consistently throughout the year at this beach? Any general tips for good fishing here? Thanks!
  9. In the surf, what do Stripers feed on during the beginning, middle and end of their season? Secondly, what approaches work best for you and your approaches change throughout the season? Thank you in advance ——— Tight lines! SB
  10. Would anyone like to share some topwater fly photos. Was looking to tie some up for the spring run.
  11. Finished out my 2018 season with some nice fish out front on Sunday fishing with Gary and Chris. We spent the morning dodging the fleet to snag some bunker to live line. Had two nice fish landed up to 27lbs. Now it’s time to put away kayak till next season and waiting for the new baby boy to come.
  12. scup

    How successful have y'all been in livening scup? i had some 40's on liveling from shore. saw a 70 doing it and didn't even believe they got that big!!
  13. This is a straight poll on whether or not you would support culling the seal population on Cape Cod. The method of culling is not specified, it would be via whatever agreed upon method to reduce the seal population on the Cape
  14. Super stoked, landed my first Striper! Looking forward to more! 6.5 Sardine Pencil Popper, xxxxxx dropping tide, second break, hour before sunset. Removed spot name per spot burning rule - Surf Hunter
  15. I am looking for a West Warwick Screw Products Striper reel. Condition not super important, I am going to fish it. But not looking to drop a fortune either. Hopefully someone here has something!
  16. Bought this spring to fly fish have not had time never been used or cast every thing is new ok have pictures of the rod later. tfo lefty kreh professional 9wt reddington behemoth 9/10 wt Rio intouch striper 400 grain sink tip with 20lb backing two 20lb tippet 5 flies looking for 325 shipped or 310 local pick up in Portsmouth nh
  17. Last night me, my brother and friend were fishing off a rocky point of a private beach in the Dennis area bay side. It was around 10:00 PM a little before dead low and we had been catching a fair amount of stripers between 20 and 32 inches. My friend hooked up on a smaller fish and was bringing it in easily when all the sudden the drag started screaming and going straight out, there was no head shakes, no side to side movement or diving. Whatever had eaten the striper was pulling straight out at a very steady but fast speed. There were no boats in the area. After about 1 minute of pulling drag steady without any signs of stopping the knot connecting the braid to backing gave out and the fish was gone. We were fishing shallow water, at the most it was 10 feet deep but most likely around 6-8 feet. We were fishing off a rocky point but it was surrounded by sand but there were many large boulders around. I have 3 theories for what I could be. My first thought was it was a seal but I’ve never seen any in that area and in videos I’ve seen of seals attacking hooked fish that thrash violently on the surface, there was none of that just a steady unstoppable run. My second theory is that it could have been a dolphin because lately there has been an unusual amount of dolphins around the Sesuit harbor area however the closest I’ve seen them come to shore is about 150 yards and I don’t think they would be hunting in a rocky area where they could get injured. Also I don’t know if a dolphin would try to take a 20 plus inch striper off the hook. My last theory is that it could have been a small Great White because there have been multiple around the 10 foot range spotted in the area in the past week. And I know there already been a few incidents this summer of sharks taking stripers off the hook in the bay. Still I don’t think a shark would be in that shallow and around that many rocks. I would be greatly appreciated if anyone had any input of what it could have been or what could have happened. Thanks.
  18. Hey guys. Getting out in the kayak for the first time in the ocean. Want to take it mostly inshore, harbors or around different rock piles close by (think Salem, Marblehea, Beverly area. I have a 13’ SOT). I am planning on fishing for stripers: 1. lures 1-4oz probably (thought I might be higher om that . Could always gi lighter if that’s what’s suggested). 2.Spinning gear 3. Plugs, plastics, swimmers, jigs, ect... 4. Occasional bait if I can manage it on the same rod. I have a few surf rods I can use for that if desperate. 5. Looking for rod/reel combo <$250 I’m open to any an all suggestions. I was thinking 7’ with maybe a 4000-5000 reel size, but I really have no clue what’s necessary, what’s small, and what’s overkill. Have kayak fished for LMB’s for years. Looking for a set up that can be reliable, handle the cows, won’t kill my arm from casting all day, and won’t break the bank.....aka needle in a haystack! Thanks for any and all help. Looking to up my sleigh ride game!
  19. How's it going out there everyone? It's been a while since I've been into the surf, or beach in general due to medical issues and hospital trips over the course of 2 years. I was just looking for general info on where I can wet a line for striped bass, blues, porgy, seabass, dig for clams, squid jig or crab net. I fished Plum Island yesterday and it was slow for me last night, not much bait anywhere except for a clams every 15ft {are these surf clams edible? white big shells} looking to try something new . I currently am using a mojo surf 10'6 3/4-4oz medium and a pen spinfisher v 6500, I also have a Tsunami trophy surf rod 3-6oz medium heavy for chunking or throwing big bucktails/jigs in the Merrimack river. I am willing to drive 1-2 hours for spots. Just looking for general areas to explore and gain more experience with the plugs in my bag which I'm trying to limit to 8 or less to become proficient with specific techniques. I have fished , Deer Island , Plum Island, some beach fronts in Ispwich and Salem. I have only really fished from shore and do not have access to my own boat.
  20. Goo morning all! I a new to the site, I have been fishing the Merrimack river for 35 years and have done well, I know where to go for mackerel as well as stripers, I now have my boat on Saco river and am trying to find my way around yesterday was my first day out and I did ok with rotten chunk mackerel and clams I bought from a local bait shop I would like to know from the locals or anyone who fishes the where to go for mackerel around here. Thank you
  21. Brand new, never used Cheeky Limitless 475 and spare spool. This is in the limited edition all black that is currently sold out on their site. Awesome 10-12wt reel. Has a fully sealed drag and tons of stopping power. Awesome for fly fishing for tarpon, bull reds, stripers, albies or offshore. Comes complete with boxes, pouch, etc. retail is $670 for the reel and spool, now asking $450. PM or call/text 508-735- zero two nine eight
  22. Looking to head down to catch the spring run in Jersey. Was wondering what month would be the best to fish Island Beach State Park. Never fished the spring run, only made the fall. Please feel free to inform about spots, gear suggestions, baits to use, and anything else.
  23. Hey everyone. I'm new to this site but not to fishing. I'm 18, and I live about 2 hours from the cape(1.5 from the canal). I've been fishing on the cape every year since I was a little kid, now that I can drive on my own I'm looking to start going down with a friend or two. Naturally, I want to start fishing the canal as well and I need advice on a rig. Right now I'm thinking the Penn SSV 6500 paired with the Okuma longitude 10'(not sure how good it is, but it's super cheap). I'm also looking at the Diawa BG 4500 and the Penn Prevail 10' or 11'. I'm looking to make at least 1 trip down a week. I'll be throwing topwaters, sluggos, kastmasters and whatever else you guys recommend. What does everyone else think? Should I pick a better rig, or is mine fine(I'm a little on edge about the rod)? Other advice is also appreciated. Thanks, John
  24. Does anyone know any good Striper spots in Southern Maine?
  25. Give me your top five (or more) saltwater lures, plugs, soft plastics, or anything else that you have used to fish for stripers and blues over your fishing career.