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  1. 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".
  2. Hey Guys, I'm looking to get into striper fishing and was hoping for some advice on gear. I'm most likely going to be fishing off jetties or piers in the MA/RI area, as well as the canal. I was checking out the St. Croix mojo inshore in a 7 foot 6 medium-heavy or heavy, with a Penn battle 2 or Daiwa bg for a reel, either 4000 or 5000 sizes. I also have an older 1o foot Penn pro guide surf rod (pgs1530s10) and a Penn 750ssm reel from my dad. Should I save my money and use what I have, or do you think I should invest in the new setup? I was also thinking of running either 30 or 40 lb braid with a 50 lb fluorocarbon leader. Would that be a good choice for line? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.
  3. Hello, I was just wondering if a Penn pursuit 5000 model would work well for a Star Paraflex 10'6 surf rod. I was also considering a Daiwa bg but it costs 100$ instead of 60$. I am trying to minimize costs because I am only 15. I would use this for striper fishing. Thanks
  4. Hello, I have been to the Beverly pier many times. I have fished at the pier and at the marina place where the parking is. I have not caught anything at the marina, just a squid. However, on the pier, I have caught mackerel. Has anyone had the luck of catching other species like flounders or stripers? I think the crabs get to the bait before the fish can. Has anybody caught tog there maybe when dropping down to a piling? Info is appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hello, I am interested in buying the Star Paraflex 10'6 surf rod. I know it is good for the canal but will it work effectively at other places to like plum island? Thanks!
  6. Hello, When the stripers arrive in the mouth of the Merrimack soon what is the ideal bait for the start of the season. Thanks
  7. In case folks are having trouble finding open tackle/bait shops in Monmouth County, I know that Giglios Bait & Tackle in Seabright is operating as normal (and is my #1 pick), as well as Julian's Tackle & Bait on Route 35 (note: the shop isn't open itself, but it has a live bait vending machine on the exterior of the shop, which is perfect for the current social distancing environment). Happy Fishing!
  8. Hey everybody, hope you all are being safe out there. I’m hoping to get some advice on a rod weight selection. Here’s the situation, My main type of fishing is in lakes for lm bass from a boat. I’d like to venture out for striper and other species of game fish and prefer having multiple rods set up for different conditions. I currently have an 8wt with a orvis bass float line and an 8wt with a rio ob sink 7. I’m looking at setting up an intermediate rig. i like the echo ion xl due to the price point either in 8wt or a 9wt paired with an airflo sniper in full int but i can’t decide which. Most fishing guides are using 9wt rods but I’m thinking in terms of cost effectiveness to go with another 8wt and sacrifice the power or follow the latter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Can’t go fishing so I’ll just buy gear. Cheers!
  9. Hi all, I am looking to get into fly tying. As of right now I only fly fish freshwater mainly for trout. I am planning on getting a 9 wt setup so I can target stripers and blues in the back bays and surf too though. I am looking for advice on what to get for tools, a vise in particular. Ideally I would be able to try tying both trout flies and some saltwater flies on this one vise but I am just graduating college and budget is a major limiting factor so I know this may not be a possibility. I mainly want something that is going to give me a good idea of if I like tying or not but that is not going to set me back a crazy amount. If I do end up liking tying I will be willing to upgrade after a few months but don't want to go all in right away and not like it. Any recommendations? The vise that I have been looking at a little is the EZ rotary vise. It is only $69 and seems to be decent. Does anyone have any experience with this vise? Thanks in advance!
  10. Looking to get into fly tying. Basically looking to build a starter kit of sorts. Definitely looking for a vise if nothing else. if possible some of the basic tools needed like scissors and bobbin too and even some materials if willing. I am just graduating college so budget is definitely a factor. Would like to be able to tie both freshwater and saltwater flies(including teasers and bucktail hooks for stripers with spin gear). I would like to keep things under $150 if possible.
  11. Hello, I am 14 and am researching the canal vigorously. I know that the breaking tides happen and when, but is it better to time the breaking tide on the day of a new/full moon? Thanks
  12. Hello, I am 14, can somebody please explain the breaking tides and when that occurs. Also drop some good locations on the canal and what time of the year to go. Thanks
  13. Hello, I am 14 years old and currently have two surf rods that I share. I have a 9 foot Daiwa, (FTS902MFS) medium heavy. I also have a Hurricane MAKO, (1002SRF) medium heavy. The line recommendation on the hurricane rod is 17-40. Currently, I have 50 lb zebco line spooled on but I believe the line diameter is too thick thus not creating long casts. The weight rating is 2-6 oz also. I was wondering if this is good enough for the canal to start out with. I am new to the canal and live about an hour and a half away. I was wondering if I should minimize my line strength to 30 creating more line capacity on my spool and thinner diameter. What lures should I use on my two rods? Could somebody explain to me when the best time is for fishing? I heard something about a new moon tide and breaking tide but I don't know how to recognize it and don't fully understand it. Any help is appreciated.
  14. Looking to trade this #3 yellow and green Tony Maja bunker/herring spoon. Willing to trade for plugs, small reel for trout, or make a good offer.
  15. hello guys, i will travel 8 to 12 hours from canada ( 25 to 30 oct ) to go surfishing again in the usa. where should i go this trip, cape cod, RI or Montauk??? where do you still have bait/fish activity ? thank you for your advice, and im not looking for spot just general area. tight lines everybody
  16. I dislike making a first post a question but that is often what pushes me to join a board to begin with. I love old Penn reels and have read probably every post on this forum mentioning Penn reels and a lot of other topics besides. I have been striper fishing about 5 years. I am currently on a king Mack trip and have access to an unlimited number of 5-7 inch mullet. Has anyone ever fished mullet (cut or whole) in a landlocked freshwater striper River or lake? Results? I know they make excellent bait in the surf but I am wondering about a fish that's never seen a mullet. I would think it would be fine but am looking for a little expertise before I fill my party cooler with frozen mullet. Thanks.
  17. New to fishing the area , What is the most successful way to fish for striper out front brigantine cove ? Anchor or Drift . Tide rips through here I'm just worried about anchor not holding bottom or should I try two . I have a 18' Trophy . Thanks
  18. Would it be ok if I used 8 weight fly line on my 9 weight rod for striper? Would that work?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. Would anyone like to share some topwater fly photos. Was looking to tie some up for the spring run.
  25. 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