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  1. I just got a VSX150 on the forum. As luck would have it, I broke my 10' Airwave the first time I used it. Thankfully I bought insurance on it at Dicks when I purchased it. Now I have a nice little gift card to put towards a new rod. I MOSTLY fish NJ beaches but will make it to LI 1-3 times per year and up to MA 1-2 times per year. The vast majority of my time will be spent throwing bucktails, artificials and plugging (and in the summer put it on a 7'6" MHF St Croix Mojo Inshore for fluke and smaller species). Now I don't need an all arounder that can try to do Montauk and the Canal, but something I can use on NJ beaches + jetties, but can also be used if I visit family "Out East" would be ideal. As I just learned through experience, a good warranty matters, but I can also get 2-3 rods before I pay for 1 St. Croix legend. I'm looking at a 9' Grumpy's Sandstorm (3/4-3oz)... I held it at the show last year and was impressed. I also like the 2021 9' St. Croix Triumph (1/2-2.5oz) and the 2020 St. Croix Avid Surf 9' (1-4oz). QUESTION: Grumpys describes the Sandstorm as designed for NJ. What does the perfect NJ Surf Rod that mean to you and how do you fish in NJ? What rod/reel combination do you use in NJ (when not deep in the 24 hour soak #GarbageMan). What rod pairs best with this reel and allows me to do the most. For years I've almost exclusively fished IBSP (fishing with the family) but this year and in the future, I want to see more of what NJ has to offer when fishing saltwater from shore, jetty or maybe even pier. Let's see where this goes (let's pretend there's no budget, then work our way back to reality when we get some consensus). Thank you, tight lines, and happy Sunday!
  2. Hi Everybody, I'm planning on heading out to Sandy Hook this coming weekend to try to catch, well, fish. Whatever fish I can. I just moved to NJ from the Rockies and I haven't done much salt-water fly fishing and none in the mid-Atlantic region, so I'm a total beginner at this. Any advice on what to do once I get out there would be much appreciated, especially what to look for and what to throw at the fish this time of year, and also any recommendations on shops in the area carrying flies and fly gear. I have a few clousers and some shoddy home-tied bunker patterns but if I want to use anything else I'll have to pick them up between now and the weekend. Have a 9 wt with intermediate line.
  3. Hi - new member, 1st post, so apologies if this isn't in the correct forum. I'm looking at getting a new set up and have decided on the Shimano Stradic FL. Unfortunately, the 3000 I want is completely sold out in US it seems. I can find a 2500 or 4000 here or there. I fish almost exclusively at a pier/inlet in jersey (no surf fishing yet). Normally targeting summer flounder, sometimes will take blues if they're running. Hope to stumble across a striper or two. I normally use bait, but have just recently begun to teach myself bucktail jigging (any suggestions on this welcome as well!). Anyway, with that as background, I'm pretty sure the 2500 is sufficient for what I'm targeting but wanted some second opinions . The only reason I even hesitate is there is a chance once or twice a year I may end up on a party boat and would maybe rather the 4000 for that. I currently have a Daiwa BG 3000, so diversifying my lineup would be added benefit. As an aside, any rod suggestions to pair the reel with would be welcome, specifically with the bucktails in mind. Anyone ever used a 13 fishing Omen green or Shimano Teramar SE inshore? Because of the tidal currents where I fish, I've been using 1 1/2 oz to 2 oz Spro bucktails, but again I'm just trying to learn that so maybe I'm off base and using way too heavy?
  4. I read about a week ago that Atlantic City beaches are still open along with North Wildwood, but that Ventnor fenced off its beach from Atlantic City. Other than Atlantic City and North Wildwood, are there any other New Jersey beaches open for fishing?
  5. Hi all, New to the forum but I just recently purchased a couple of Hobie's for me and my son. Any suggestions on good locations to fish, where to launch, etc. Thanks!!
  6. Hi, I'm looking for a new surf setup. I have been looking at the shimano saragosa 8000 and need opinions on a great rod to match with it. Will be used to fish the Jersey shore if that helps so I'd be targeting blues, stripers, etc. Any advice and or opinions are appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi All, Anyone here ever participate in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Cooperative Shark Tagging Program (CSTP)? I got some tags last week from NOAA and was wondering if anyone had any tips or recommendations. Had some luck with 3-4' sandbars last year .... Planning to use the tags in CMC, Jersey. Thanks
  8. Was itching to check old spots since mine have been so hammered around the area. The pond is so weeded you would think it was a field from far away. Waste of time
  9. Where are those Stripers??!!!
  10. Today I experienced my first surf blitz. I've been gearing up for it all year and I've been fishing in the wrong places all Fall. Today I got a tip from a friendly fisherman and relocated. I happened on over 50 fisherman shoulder to shoulder at the tail end of a nice blitz. The beach was littered with big cow keepers. By the time I got there, only schoolies were to be had but I got 4 in the first hour. It was dead low tide and when the tide went slack the bite died off. I threw a Danny plug but ended up catching all of my fish on a swim shad with a teaser. I'm hooked. I will be out every chance I get from here on out.
  11. New Jersey provides an advisory with regard to eating stripers caught in and near the State: "2016 Fish Smart, Eat Smart: A guide to Health Advisories for Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters" With regard to the Delaware River, the advisory breaks down the river into sections between Trenton to the "mouth of the Bay." The last segment of the Delaware River advisory is "Delaware Estuary & Delaware Bay: Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal out to the mouth of Delaware Bay" and it advises that only up to 1 striped bass meal should be eaten per year that is caught in that segment. The “mouth of Delaware Bay” seems inexact, arbitrary and ambiguous since the mouth of the bay probably means where the Delaware Bay generally meets the Atlantic Ocean. Also, the fish up the Delaware River undoubtedly often travel to Atlantic Ocean 24 hours later (and the advisory for NJ coastal waters is 1 striper meal per month – that’s 12 times as many meals in a year!) What is your understanding of where the “mouth of the Delaware Bay” is?.....more precisely, how far North up the bay is it?..... Higbee Beach?...Villas?...Sea Breeze? [i’m interested in surf fishing in all these areas if the stripers are generally safe to eat (i.e., 1 striper meal per month)] . [i didn’t post this in the New Jersey regional forum because the NJ State Advisory is probably also good advice for the other side of the Delaware River/Bay in Pennsylvania, Delaware & Maryland.]
  12. I have been thinking of purchasing a new surf rod. I only fish beaches in Ocean County. I cast 7/8 ounce Bombers up to 2 3/8 ounce Super Strike Lures and everything in between. I’m looking for some recommendations from other members who fish in NJ. Please make a recommendation for a factory rod that you believe will perform best for this situation. Thanks for your input.
  13. hi all, new to the board and to the world of fishing. right now i really want to pick up an affordable (<$100?) rod and reel combination. i am leaning towards an Ugly Stik. i'll mostly be using it off piers, jetty's, bridges, and occasionally the beach in NJ and NY. any advice? can someone get me started in the right direction? thank you all!