Member Reports

Fine Afternoon on the Gulf Trade Bow Wreck by Phil Simon

Club member Dan Ludwig and his wife Cindy joined me on my boat last Tuesday afternoon for a 3 hour trip to the Gulf Trade Bow wreck just south of the Barnegat Light Reef. We cleared BI about 1 pm

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Great Day on the Garden State North Reef by Ed Valitutto

With only five days remaining after today (9/14) for the 2021 fluke season, Dave Spendiff and Bill Dabney joined me for a day on the GSN reef in my boat Set the Hook. The weather was perfect and seas were

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LE Reef Fishing by Marty Friedrich

Great day on the reef on Thursday August 26. Wil had the spotlight again with a 5 and 6+lb fluke! The 6lb was with a double.  My biggest was 4lb and we had our 2 man limit by 1:00. I

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Fantastic Day on The Jen-Jen by Larry Leary

What a day to say the least! We left my dock at 5:15 Thursday morning (8/26) and headed south to Garden State South. This was the most fishermen ever on my boat (7). Included were VHFC members Brian, Tyler, Carter, Brendan,

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Another Good Fluke Day by Marty Friedrich

Another hot fluke day yesterday 10 August. We caught a 2 man limit with the biggest just over 5 1/2 lbs and 24 3/4 inches. We had 5 fish by 9:30 but then it took 3 hours to get the

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Tuna Trip on The Jen-Jen by Larry Leary

My son Brian & I left the dock at 4:30 AM heading out past Little Italy and enjoyed a pleasant ride out. Even though the weather was supposed to be a bit sporty in the morning and nicer as day

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Got a Nice Flounder by Marty Friedrich

We had a good day on Saturday August 7th outside North of the red tower. We got 5 keepers all over 20 inches and I caught one just over 6 lbs. That’s a good day in my book!

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Reel Reaction Charter Fun by Ed Valitutto

Al Goracy and I booked a charter with our grandsons Nick and Chayton, on Brett Taylor’s Reel Reaction Fishing for a 4 hour bay trip that ran from 11:00 to 3:00 on Friday August 6. We had a blast enjoying

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A fish and a rod by Dave Spendiff

My solo trip to the Barnegat Reef began as I left my dock at 5:20 AM on Tuesday, August 3rd. It was an overcast chilly morning, particularly when you are wearing shorts! The inlet was as calm as I have

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The Blowfish are Here by Ed Valitutto

Today August 2, my grandsons and daughter decided it would be a good day for blowfishing. Two days prior when fluking near the artificial island just south of Oyster Creek, I noticed several boats anchored and fishing for the puffers.

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Fishing Facts

Of the fifty United States, thirty-eight have a striped-bass record. New Jersey has the largest striped-bass record—a 78-pound 8·ounce whopper that was caught in 1982. The state with the smallest striped-bass record is Iowa. That landlocked striper weighed only 9 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in 1983.
There’s something fishy about beer these days. Fish Tail Ale is popular as ever, and New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewery is one of the state’s largest specialty breweries. There’s also Washington’s Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale, Florida’s Land Shark beer, Delaware’s Dogfish Head beer, and two versions of Stingray beer—a lighter version from the Cayman Islands and a dark beer from Canada.
The triangle fly is probably the most unusual of saltwater flies. It’s one of the few, if not only, flies tied to a treble hook. It’s also barely a fly at all, because hardly any material is used. It is complete after tying the two straw pearl twinkle flashes and the tiny tuft of natural squirrel, leaving an entire hook fully exposed. Incredibly this barebacked treble fly is a knockout when it comes to sea trout.

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