If I get any Halloween kids ... they'll never come back:
Notice: Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops
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Upcoming workshops are listed below. Workshops are scheduled quarterly, in many locations in the Atlantic and Gulf states. A list of past workshop dates and locations is available for reference.
||October 25, 2017
||151 Route 72 West
||Manahawkin, NJ 08050
||9:00am to 5:00pm
Not every day you see a Bald eagle on the island. This one has been frequenting this spot for at least the past 2 years.
Worth a watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJgiy3aSXxc&feature=youtu.be
I decided to obey this signage.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017: I refuse to even bring this up … and yet: There is some serious bluefish and/or false albie action up on Island Beach State Park; fish busting and peanut bunker being driven onto the beach.
Walt P report:
Got out around 7:30 this AM and tried the last of the incoming over the north jetty. Nothing to be had.
Lots of boats, birds and surface splashing from albacores in the north pocket and up IBSP beach for at least a mile.
I did not have any small metal but was able to hook one on a small 3” plastic. It looked like they were crashing rain fish.
A couple of times they boiled up within 20’ of the boat. They sure are speedsters. Water was 63 wherever I was. WP
Closer to our reality corner of the world, I did a major low-tide beach drive and passed a few casters who were all but catching some ZZZZZZs.
I cast maybe 50 throws, total, during a dozen stops. Silence. Enough said.
The ocean remains perfect, clearness- and cleanness-wise. There is still a steady 2- 3-foot swell offering enough sass to make plugging effective. White water suds and plugs work well together, especially divers. Oh, I should note they work best when there are fish around. Water temp: 66.9. Still a sauna for stripers.
I was hoping I might find some reemerging jetties but the sand rebound after weeks of big surf has widened beaches. This is great for driving but ungreat for finding fishable low-tide water. I did see some nice troughs that I jotted down for upcoming days of chunking.
I did a Holgate run in hopes of seeing some lingering mullet. All I saw was school after school of hardheads. There wasn’t even any spearing showing in the back. The water was 63. It will likely warm again as the rest of the week will see sun and air temps in the 70s – even near 80 in the woods where I had for cranberry picking.
The berries are now so deep red they look almost black. The subfreezing nights of late haven’t hurt them at all. No more freezes for many nights to come so I’ll surely get some more shots at them.
Today, I handpicked a solid 15 pounds worth – to go with twice that weight picked during two other trips, a week or so back.
I haven’t put a dent in my bog, which is hosting the largest crop I’ve seen in 25 years.
I’m accumulating so many cranberries – and they store like no other berry known -- I might actually string some. That used to be a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition until the price rose to as much as $2.50 a pint, which is what they were selling for – on sale -- at Shop-rite today.
Saw a coyote in the bog. I think is was eating the cranberries, though the pines are so dry it might have been moving in on some standing water on the far east end of the bog. Even when I stood perfectly still, it either got wind of me or made out my shape. Gone in a flash. That area has a slew of coyote.
JOIN AND ENJOY: I want to begin hyping www.themaximilianfoundation.org and its 3rd Annual “Striped Bass Bash” -- All Boat Tournament and Fish Fry, Nov. 4, 2017.
3rd Annual All-Boat Tournament & Fish Fry!
The Maximilian Foundation is hosting its Striped Bass Boat Tournament & Fish Fry to raise funds for our organization. Tournament events are hosted by Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 520 Hilliard Blvd.
Boat Tournament – Saturday, November 4
1st Place $2,000 • 2nd Place $1,000 • 3rd Place $500*
- Open tournament for boats only. Entry is limited to 25 boats.
• Captain’s Meeting begins 7PM Friday, Nov. 3.
• Fishing begins 12 AM Saturday, Nov. 4.
• Fishing ends 2 PM Saturday, Nov. 4.
- Weigh-in 2-5 AM Saturday, Nov. 4
- Awards Ceremony 5:30 PM, Nov. 4
- Early Entry deadline is Oct 21.
Click HERE for boat tournament details and application
Click HERE to see last year’s tournament highlights!
Family Fish Fry – Saturday, November 4
Open to the public! Rain or Shine!
- Fun begins at 2PM
- Food served from 2 – 6 PM
- Adults $25 in advance/$30 at the door
- Children 12 & under $8
- Ticket includes meal
- Cash Bar
Family Fun activities for all ages! Volleyball • Horseshoes & MORE!
Plus, Live Entertainment by FaceDown • Silent Auction • 50/50
Click HERE to buy tickets for the Family Fish Fry
It is 38 years since he won the blue fish part of the surf tournament at the age of 13. Twenty five years later he won the bass part. Ironically the 25th and 50th years of the tournament.
Ric left this earth way to early in his life.
On October 19th Jingles Bait and Tackle and his mom honor him by giving away $250 to the largest bass caught on his birthday.
Happy Birthday Ric. Good Luck to all anglers.
Sheepshead today off Barnegat Light, Nj. $20.00 Bill is for scale. I didn't catch that.
First striper of the fall, about 16”, a little short, great to fish from 6:00-7:00 in a nice night. @sir_scrubcity
Ironman™ Bracelet - The Travel Friendly Wearable Multitool
ODM Gliders are here! Wow is all I can say. They come in sizes 7.25" and 6.25".. Three different colors to choose from. We have a ton of them. In store only!
Just cool to look at ...