Member Reports

Grouper Fishing in Florida by Jeff Barnhart

This year, I brought my boat down to our place in Punta Gorda on Florida’s West coast to do some gulf fishing. Unfortunately, keeper grouper require traveling out into the gulf to get legal sized fish and we went 40

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Speckled Trout Limit in Cape Coral, FL by Ed Valitutto

I went out for a day of back bay fishing down in FL on Dragon Fly Charters. I had a blast! We started off cast netting for Pilchards and my guide made throwing a 20′ diameter net look like child’s

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My First Redfish by Ed Valitutto

As most of you know, my wife Pat and I are spending January through March in Cape Coral, Florida. Fishing has been a little slow due to the “cold Florida weather”. However, things are warming up and so is the

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Helluva End to 2021 by Ed Valitutto

With my boat scheduled to come out today, Tuesday December 14 was my last fishing opportunity. With a great weather forecast along with manageable winds and waves, members Alan Goracy, Dave Spendiff and Bill Dabney joined me for our last

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Last Trip of the Season Pays Off by Phil Simon

Fellow VHFC member Dan Ludwig and I ventured out Dec 9 from Waretown for the tail end of the striper run in Dan’s boat the day before its scheduled haul out for the season. With a late start at 10:30

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Fourteen on the Troll and Four Casting Paddletails by Ed Valitutto

With perfect weather and low wave heights forecast for Sunday December 5th, Dave Spendiff and I decided to go striper fishing once again. Since we fished off the Red Tower on Saturday, we headed north out of Barnegat inlet and

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Action Off the Red Tower by Ed Valitutto

With the remaining fishing days dwindling, the nice weather and calm seas forecast for December 4th could not be passed up. Dave Spendiff joined me for a trip out Little Egg inlet to fish the waters off southern LBI. Also

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Stripers Finally Arrive Off Island Beach State Park by Ed Valitutto

With good striper action recently reported off IBSP and a decent weather / wave forecast for Monday November 29th, members Alan Goracy and Bill Dabney joined me for some striper action. We cleared the inlet at 6:45 and birds were

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Surf Report 15 November by Pat Presutto

I went out this morning at 4 am and immediately started catching dogfish. Two hours later had 8, first four were smooth then spiny. Caught the 39-1/2” striper shown below and released it. Stayed and got 7 more dogfish. Wind

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Thirteen Shorts and Two Keeper Tog by Ed Valitutto

With the fantastic weather forecast for Wednesday Nov 10th, Caesar Pesarini joined me for a day of tog fishing down at the southern sod banks. We started below the Rutgers building but the incoming tide was too fast and carried

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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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