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I was curious to see what date in the last 10 years was the latest successful night trip from beach or rocks in NJ that you’ve had . Mine was January 6th 2011 and it was the epic sandeel bite year. Great memories. 

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I forget the actual date and the journal is upstairs but I had a great night the third week in November last year. Shot down to moco after work and had a great night on a classic black darter and a wine red and gold teaser. Right after daylight savings. Fun times

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2 hours ago, TheLuckyStrike said:

I was curious to see what date in the last 10 years was the latest successful night trip from beach or rocks in NJ that you’ve had . Mine was January 6th 2011 and it was the epic sandeel bite year. Great memories. 

Man, I had some fantastic nights that year.

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I always do better at night, into January As long as there are no peanuts around If there are peanuts around, at least for me, the night bite shuts down

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Pearl Harbor Day, Cape May, NJ, 2005ish.  Went fishing instead of hunting, epic night, a friend that later passed was there. Great memory!

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Not really the exact response you’re looking for but since there’s not much participation…. 
 

In my fall night trips in November and December over the years in OC & Monmouth, I have not had much luck. When I have, it was when the sand eel bite was on and for what it’s worth I think that coincided with calm conditions - which is more likely about me than the fish. 
 

I’ll be on mostly nighttime runs this year even though I prefer daylight for the Fall. I probably won’t report anything real time so nobody can blame fishing for my daytime drowsiness 

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44 mins ago, EricDice said:

Not really the exact response you’re looking for but since there’s not much participation…. 
 

In my fall night trips in November and December over the years in OC & Monmouth, I have not had much luck. When I have, it was when the sand eel bite was on and for what it’s worth I think that coincided with calm conditions - which is more likely about me than the fish. 
 

I’ll be on mostly nighttime runs this year even though I prefer daylight for the Fall. I probably won’t report anything real time so nobody can blame fishing for my daytime drowsiness 

Any answer is fine. I know most guys can’t get in on the day bites unless they are retired or unemployed. I guess I was trying to lead people to realize how night trips can be productive much later into the season than most think. Like Sudsy says a lot “every year is truly different “. I’ve been fishing long enough to see this.

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I hardly surfcast anymore but have had epic fall nights when there were sandeels around.  One big exception was on one of my last night forays as a surfcaster at Sandy Hook about 8 or 9 years ago in November when I stumbled onto a rare (rare because it was late at night) peanut bunker blitz with fish up to 44" on literally every cast throwing an olive Big Don ML swimmer.  I still have that swimmer :)

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1 hour ago, GeoffT said:

I hardly surfcast anymore but have had epic fall nights when there were sandeels around.  One big exception was on one of my last night forays as a surfcaster at Sandy Hook about 8 or 9 years ago in November when I stumbled onto a rare (rare because it was late at night) peanut bunker blitz with fish up to 44" on literally every cast throwing an olive Big Don ML swimmer.  I still have that swimmer :)

Sounds like an epic memory. I know you’ve been on here a long time, curiosity has me asking why u no longer surf fish? 

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37 mins ago, TheLuckyStrike said:

Sounds like an epic memory. I know you’ve been on here a long time, curiosity has me asking why u no longer surf fish? 

Because of a decline in the number of bass, and losing productive spots due to beach replenishment and losing all those jetties.  

 

Why drive an hour or so to bust my ass taking a long walk on the sand for maybe a fish or two a night where I can catch dozens by kayak in places not reachable by boat or beach?   

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34 mins ago, GeoffT said:

Because of a decline in the number of bass, and losing productive spots due to beach replenishment and losing all those jetties.  

 

Why drive an hour or so to bust my ass taking a long walk on the sand for maybe a fish or two a night where I can catch dozens by kayak in places not reachable by boat or beach?   

I suspected that was ur move lol wasn’t sure how old you are. I do agree with you unfortunately. 

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