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Labor Day Fishing by Dave Puzak

Had a good day fishing this Labor Day. My daughter caught her first keeper fluke near Double Creek and the dyke. It was a great day on the water with fluking, blowfishing, clamming and swimming. My family bagged three blowfish

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A New Personal Best for Alan Goracy by Ed Valitutto

When Alan Goracy asked me to go fishing on Monday, I reluctantly said okay since Alan had to leave by early afternoon and I couldn’t last much longer than that. Last week, I was with a group of members who

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Blue Bird Day by Marty Friedrich

I had Wil and my buddy Bob join me today to fish on a beautiful Flat ocean. We fished the Garden State North and caughta lot of short fish. But we still had five keepers – three over at 22,

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Great Weather and a Decent Catch by Ed Valitutto

With great weather forecast, I joined John Steubing on his boat out of Tuckerton on Friday August 11 for a fluke trip. John wanted to fish 1-2 miles along the Beach off the first White Tower north of the red

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Trolling for Bluefish by Jerry Nichols

I’ve had good results three times over the past week and a half trolling for bluefish along Island Beach State Park. Lots of cocktail size blues in 20’-35’ of water trolling Clark spoons. This is my brother and nephew visiting

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Plain Report by Marty Friedrich

Fished Sunday Aug 6th with 3 other anglers on my boat. We tried a couple of spots and found a wreck which held some fish. We caught 4 good sea bass with many released and then we got into the

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One Keeper Each By Ed Valitutto

With nice weather forecast, VHFC members Alan Goracy, Caesar Pesarini and Ed Valitutto went out for a day of fluke fishing. Having heard Little Egg inlet had been hot, that’s where we headed. Drifting conditions were near perfect – the

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Unusual Catch by Marty Friedrich

I went out today Sunday July 23 with my pal Wil for fluke and sea bass. We caught a lot of sea bass including quite a few nice ones such as my 20 1/2″ in the photo. We also caught

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ANother GReat Day on the Bay by Bob Dodds

On Friday, July 7, VHFC members, Bob Dodds and Phil Simon with future member (procrastinator) Boston Bob, went out with Brett Taylor. The fishing (catching) was initially pretty tough. It was a strange bite. The fluke were simply holding onto

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For several years, I have taken my granddaughters on an annual bay fluke fishing trip with Brett Taylor. This year, it was my oldest Ashley, 20 who will be a junior in college studying accounting and Maddie, 8, the youngest.

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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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