The late spring inshore sea bass fishing along the New Jersey coast is some of, if not the best, in decades. It appears that any type of structure, be it a rock pile, wreck, reef, patch of coral, sticky bottom or snaggly lump in 50 to 90 feet is holding unbelievable numbers of what many regard as the finest eating saltwater fish in Garden State coastal waters. This is literally drop-and-reel fishing and when the sea bass are turned on (read: hungry), which is almost all the time, the action can be fast and furious. Many times there are double header catches on a hi-lo rig baited with either fresh or salted clam, but for a bigger sea bass four pounds or better (known as a “humpy”) a chunk of green crab is the poo! Also deadly on the bigger sea bass is a three or four ounce diamond jig such as the Run Off Bent Sand Eel which is a dead ringer for the real eel, a fave entree of humpys. Anchoring correctly over the structure is critical to maintain position over the fish, and this requires, for all intents and purposes, double anchoring. Sea bass can also be caught by drifting over the structure, letting the bait or jig get as close to the sticky stuff as possible, because this is where the bigger bass will be stationed. We recently enjoyed a trip with Capt. Tom Ferrara aboard his T-Wrecks out of Little Egg Inlet, and in about two hours, we had 27 keeper sea bass to five pounds! That was more than enough for some great meals, and as the swells grew to almost four feet, we decided to call it a very quick morning. Give sea bassing a try on a charter, your own boat or many of the party boats sailing from Brielle, Point Pleasant and Barnegat Light. The daily limit on sea bass is 25 at a 12-1/2 inch minimum length. Fast fishing, great eating, and it’s t-shirt warm ‘n sunny. How can you beat that? You can’t! Lucky me, by Denise Marie Theiler.
The wordlwide fishing club is looking for new members. They are a great club and have alot to offer check them out. They are giving away life time memberships to everyone who helps by joining up and filling in a profile they can upgrade them. To see the club you can visit http://www.theworldwidefishingclub.com cheers for now Rob in New Zealand
We were fortunate enough to visit with the Delaware Valley Raptor Center which is across the river in Milford, Pa with its director Bill Streeter. The center is a facility where injured raptors such as eagles , hawks and owls are kept and treated and then released back into the wild. Many of the birds we seen were magnificent such as golden eagle and snow owl. Its amazing to see them up close and the center is providing a needed service for these wildlife which are in need of their help. If your interested you can help with a donation you can contact them at email@example.com. The video will be online shortly included in part two of our birding series.
We hunted in bordentown which is below Trenton last saturday on a farmers field with Karl Horvath and Denise Thieler. Back in sept there was a season that allowed 15 bag limit Well, it’s a different game now. The limit is 3 geese, no electronic calls allowed, and guns must be plugged to hold only 3 shells. These birds are a lot tougher to hunt than the September geese its alot more challenging. Karl knows his business and he called a few flocks in but they were wary when they got very close it doesn’t take much to spook them. We were able to shoot 3 which is the bag limit for one hunter and were quite happy with that. We’ll have the complete hunt up on video after shortly so check it out.
Its that time of year when the striped bass are biting and host Denise Theiler had no problems hooking into quite a few. She was fishing out of Alantic city in Absecon, the backwaters using live baits. There are quite a few guides and charters to put you on fish. Just find some time and get out there and have a great time. Were hoping to do the same.
Monday june13 th we set out for a day of stripper fishing from the Brielle yacht club on board the Big K id a 45′ serious boat for fishing run by Capt Ken Gallop and his crew. We left out of the Manasquan inlet trolling for some strippers. The morning was overcast with light drizzle and rough swells that kept us holding on to the rails as we fished off shore a few miles. Today we were joined by two of our hosts John Garrone and Denise Marie Theiler both experienced anglers. They hooked into a few small blues and lost a stripper and then we got a solid hit and we knew it was something big . It didn’t take long to know this wasn’t a bass. Denise grabbed the pole and the fight was on, it that lasted almost two hours before the 236 lb Thresher shark was boated. These sharks can grow up to 60′ and the tails up to 20′. We were amazed she landed it on light tackle and certainly got our blood pumping and it was a spectacle to everyone in the Marina. Goes to show you never know whats on the other side of the line out there. Check out the video will be online shortly to catch the action on board. other photo is a 37 lb striper Denise caught the week before on the Big Kid.
Seems everybody loves the birds and there is such a variety in the state especially this time of year with the migration happening. We decided that we would following one of the local bird clubs on a day birding trip throughout one of the state forests in northern Jersey and find out how exciting this sport really is. All it takes is a field guide and a pair of glasses and some patience. We traveled a few miles stopping along the way to get out and search the tree tops and listen for the distinctive calls to identify may species. I was amazed by how many birds were spotted by the group. I came back with alot of footage for an upcoming show which we hope to have online very soon. This weekend the 28th Annual World Series of Birding is held on May 14th in Cape may for more info contact N.J.http://www.birdcapemay.org/wsob.shtml#historical. You don’t need to join an organization or spend lots of money to enjoy this sport and its very rewarding and a great way to meet some really nice poeple.
Well the conditions couldn’t be better for opening day last saturday with mild temps and blue skies. They stocked plenty of of 12 “trout I personally witnessed netfulls of gorgeous browns in the 5-6 lb range go into the lake. Fishing started off a bit slow for the first few days but then picked up. Water levels looked great in both the streams and lakes. They’re biting on all types of lures and all live baits. You need to consult the stocking signs as to when its closed for re-stocking times. So no excuses to get out there and enjoy yourselfs.