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Best Ever May Bay Fishing by Bob Dodds

On Thursday, May 27th, I went with my friend Bob Long (will be joining our club) on a bay charter with Captain Brett Taylor. Brett knew the right shallow water spots and could get us to them with his low

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Two Shorts Are Better Than One by Ed Valitutto

Caesar Pesarini and Phil Kaplan joined me for a day of fluke fishing on the Thursday before Memorial Weekend. We started in Double Creek but the wind against the tide was too much. I went into High Bar where fishing

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Stellar Seabass Fishing on the Red Herring by Ed Valitutto

When Bill Figley called and asked if I would like to go fish for seabass, I couldn’t say yes quickly enough. I joined Bill, his son Nathan and Dave Spendiff yesterday (5/17) for an early morning departure. With the AC

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Sea Bass Opener by Marty Friedrich

I had a great day seabass fishing with Bill Dabney and my buddy Wil. After a long day trying, we finally got our limit of 30 keepers. My buddy Wil also caught a nice Ling. We all caught a load

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Beatin’ the Drums by Larry Leary

Caught this beauty yesterday (5/14) evening fishing with my son Brian. What’s interesting, 8 years ago in the same spot we caught the same size Drum. I measured it at 30″ hoping VHFC had a contest for them but unfortunately

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Nick Rossi Carp Fishing in North Jersey by Ed Valitutto

My grandson, VHFC Jr member Nick Rossi, lives in Harrington Park, NJ and loves Jersey shore fishing. But he has found a small pond near his home that has provided hours of fun catching carp. His prior personal best was

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Good Day Perch Fishing by Ed Valitutto

While speaking with Dave Spendiff on Wednesday, he mentioned he would be trying for perch later in the morning and welcomed some company. I arrived at 10:00 and we fished until just past noon. We quickly had 15 for the

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Tough Day Tog Fishing by Ed Valitutto

With the honking west winds forecasted to finally slow down, I jumped at the invite for a day of tog fishing with Phil Simon. Our first stop was the Persephone, a tanker torpedoed just north of the Barnegat reef. My

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First White Perch by Dave Spendiff

I was waiting for a call from D&S Marina that my boat was ready for pick up and being a beautiful morning, I started fishing from the dock. Second cast got a good hit, set the hook and snapped the

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Florida Fishing Summary by Ed Valitutto

This is a summary report for the 10 weeks my wife and I spent in Cape Coral in Southwest Florida. The photo shows a decent Spanish Mackerel I caught on a shrimp under a float. After I filleted it, I

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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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