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First NJ Report for 2019 – White Perch by Dave Spendiff

This what four white perch look like after they have been caught, carefully cleaned and bagged for freezing or, as in this case, temporarily stored before deep frying in peanut oil. Caught them at the Mill Creek outflow area on

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Florida Grouper by Jeff Barnhart

Grouper fishing is hot down in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s west coast. I caught this nice 28 incher in some of the bluest water I have ever seen in the Gulf.

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Tarpon Time by Jeff Barnhart

I went fishing for Tarpon on the Peace River in Punta Gorda, Florida and caught this nice 48 incher!

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I found the trout by Basil Dubrosky

I caught 13 spotted trout today in Sarasota, FL ranging up to 17 inches. All were caught on white Gulp shrimp with a chartreuse tail pattern fished with a fast retrieve. I was fishing in 3-4 foot of water with

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Fished the beach with shrimp, a 1/2 oz barrel on a 12” leader and a 1.0 circle hook. We caught numerous mullet (AKA Kingfish to us Northerners), ladyfish, catfish & this 16” Sheepshead that came home for dinner with the

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Marco Island Back Bay Trip by Joe Filice

Took a back bay trip on a shared charter with my buddy Tom while down in Marco Island, FL. Fishing was slow along the mangroves with no keepers and only two small snappers. Ended fishing along a sea wall and

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Florida Surprise by Ed Valitutto

Today we decided to stop at a small inlet feeding the bay area around Pine Island FL. I bought a dozen shrimp for bait and threaded a half shrimp on a small hook with a few split shots for weight.

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Florida Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish by Basil Dubrosky

Fishing for trout is slow due to the red tide event but bluefish and Spanish mackerel are hitting Gulp on jigs in Sarasota bay. White shrimp with a chartreuse tail Gulp on a 1/16 jig fished fast does the trick.

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Florida Speckled Sea Trout by Ed Valitutto

For the second year, my wife Pat and I are down in warm Cape Coral in sunny southwest Florida. We arrived January 3rd and will depart on 28 February. As nice as everything is here, the fishing is still recovering

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Small Stripers on the beach by Donna Harris

Fished the beach this last weekend of the LBI Surf Fishing Classic despite the finger freezing weather. There were small bass in the trough hitting on metal lures with teasers. Caught one short on a metal (it was too cold

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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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