Member Reports

Fluke Fishing on Jen-Jen by Larry Leary

Fishing at the Tires, Junior member Brendan Jelly caught this 4.46 lb Fluke. In addition, he and his Brother Tyler Leary caught 7 other keepers. We also had 2 Bonito and a Spanish Mackerel! Great day fishing with the grandkids.

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Garden State South Sea Bass by Pat Presutto

With the calm wind forecast, I decided to make a trip to the Garden State South reef. Unfortunately, my efforts produced lots of shorts – both fluke and seabass. But I did manage to land a nice 3 lb. sea

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Trip to the LE Reef by Ed Valitutto

With the bay keepers few and far between and very calm seas, Caesar and I made the trip outside to Little Egg Reef. We worked hard for about a dozen shorts and 3 keepers – 18, 19 and 21. No

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Slow catching by Marty Friedrich

I fished the past 2 days. On Sunday, I fished with a friend on Little Egg reef. We had a slow day with only 12 throwback fluke, 1 legal sea bass and a few shorts. I fished Monday with a

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Still Some Fluke in the Bay by Ed Valitutto

Went fishing on Thursday with member Alan Goracy. We headed North and with fast drifting (2 kts) in Double Creek, we had a few bites but no takers. We then drifted the shortcut parallel to the ICW that ends near

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Third Annual Fluke Tournament & BBQ by Ed Valitutto

The Third Annual VHFC Fluke Tournament & BBQ was held on July 14th at the lovely waterside home of Donna & Vic Harris. The photo shows club president Ed Valitutto with tournament winners Marty Friedrich (1st) and Bill Dabney (3rd).

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Fluke & Sea Bass on the 4th by Marty Friedrich

A couple of my friends were off for the holiday and came down to fish. The giant Ray in the photo was as close as I could get it to the surface. It was about the size of a picnic

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Good Fluking / Great Sharking by Ed Valitutto

If you read my earlier report, Nick, my grandson, still wanted to catch a shark. Since we had chum and bait from two days ago, Dave, Nick and I decided to do a repeat trip on Thursday July 5th. We returned

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Great Fluking / Lousy Sharking By Ed Valitutto

Dave Spendiff offered to take me and my grandson Nick sharking on July 3rd. Since the outgoing tide in Great Bay wasn’t until 1:00, we decided to fluke first. The same spot – Marshelder Channel – that three days earlier

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White Perch still in the lagoons by Donna Harris

Relatives were visiting from Alabama so the guys went golfing and the girls went fishing. Still catching fish off my dock but  I thought it would be nice to take the kayaks out to catch some dinner. Caught some nice

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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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