LowEnd

Days gone bye?

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Just reminiscing about a spot that was unique and very special for stripers.
Unfortunately it has been destroyed and the bass are no longer are there. Poaching, and lack of  new fish has killed this place for me. More than likely never to return.

Many of you have been at this game a lot longer than I. Not looking for specific spots but wondering how many of you have experienced something similar from days gone bye. In my case it was a place that produced fish all year, now gone.
Sad to say, but would like to hear some stories of your experience from  past and maybe hopes for the future.

 

Please don’t consider this doom and gloom. I still catch a bunch of bass, just have to do it else where. Every time I think about this place I consider myself lucky to have been there when things were good and it puts a smile on my face. It went on for years. Longing for days gone bye right now.

 

 

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Many of my south jersey sod bank that use to hold alot of stripers .Most are just a shadow of what they use to be. Still catch but it seem to be a shorter window to catch anymore.

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54 mins ago, LowEnd said:

Just reminiscing about a spot that was unique and very special for stripers.
Unfortunately it has been destroyed and the bass are no longer are there. Poaching, and lack of  new fish has killed this place for me. More than likely never to return.

Many of you have been at this game a lot longer than I. Not looking for specific spots but wondering how many of you have experienced something similar from days gone bye. In my case it was a place that produced fish all year, now gone.
Sad to say, but would like to hear some stories of your experience from  past and maybe hopes for the future.

 

Please don’t consider this doom and gloom. I still catch a bunch of bass, just have to do it else where. Every time I think about this place I consider myself lucky to have been there when things were good and it puts a smile on my face. It went on for years. Longing for days gone bye right now.

 

 

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But have you tried jigging at you old spot? :witty:  pm me the coordinates :howdy: and I'll try.

 

From what I've seen last season was very poor at certain times and heard some people say worst season in 30 and 40 years. 

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Every Jersey jetty lol, one in Deal in particular where I got my first striper from land, and then that fall, first keeper from land as well

A sod bank in Raritan bay that was empty for years, now littered with trash from the bucket crews that I won't bother going to anymore as well, lots of good fish there early spring every year

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I don't fish MTK in the fall anymore, but my understanding from speaking with friends is that its a shadow of its former self.... the daytime blitzes few and far between... 

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The access more so than a spot. I remember fishing Caumsett  Riverhead Southold. Moriches to Montauk on the south shore. NO permits, and boat ramps available to all. My most treasured lost site would be the old Ponquogue bridge.

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a bunch of jetties in monmouth county nj including the adjacent beaches. those big rockpiles not only attracted bait and predators but they also played with the currents in ways that made really great and predictable soft structure. 

there are a few others but they were spots i would only go to in the middle of the night anyway, dead ends, empty lots etc.. little niche spots that were reliable you find new ones if you put your time in. sometimes by accident, sometimes by doing your homework and paying attention. 

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Cape May to Towne Bank in the 60s and 70s for striper and weakies. 

As the decades passed the catching window grew small to the point where it was a fleeting few days at best. 

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What I miss is sleeping in my truck during the spring and fall run in out of the way places all along south Jersey. Marinas, parking lots, tackle shop lots, end of the road at the beach, Barnegat Light Park parking lot, parkway rest stops, we just parked and slept what part of the night we didn’t fish. I spent my weekends and a lot of vacation and sick time sleeping on public land. We would even get showers in the state marina in AC, pre casinos of course. Gas, bait and an occasional thermos of coffee were the only expense. The fishing was better and the fish more than made up for the expense involved.

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I miss plugging the canal at night. Definitely not what it used to be. That’s where I learned how to fish for stripers, hitting specific rips and searching for cruising bass under the lights in between. Rarely much company either. That was late 90s early 2000s.

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On 2/8/2022 at 9:23 PM, Surf Caster said:

I don't fish MTK in the fall anymore, but my understanding from speaking with friends is that its a shadow of its former self.... the daytime blitzes few and far between... 

man those used to happen daily for weeks

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Relentless human development in coastal areas as well as climate changes in the last 30 years or so have caused a good deal of damage...

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Daily fall bluefish blitzes that went on for what seemed like forever at Barrington Beach, RI. As well as the heavy fall runs on the SOCO beaches up until around December - where you'd catch monster blues on one cast and very nice stripers on the next. 

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