Flatfish

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  1. Good to see this site back up. I've been an a fishing hiatus for a few years, but I'm back and ready for the fall run!
  2. What are you doing READING messages on an internet forum?????? The fish are HERE! My boy and I fished DSSP yesterday for about three hours. We had three keepers up to 39" with my boy catching the big one. Fresh bait was nonexistent so I had to improvise....... Who knew fresh yardbird was so versatile?
  3. I got back down today at 7:00 a.m. The beach was empty. I set up in my favorite spot and it wasn't long........until I started catching skates........low tide.......I met up with three friends around 11:00. More skates and a few doggies, then a skinny 29-1/2 inch striper. I think I'll try again tomorrow but wait until the afternoon moonrise:icon_wink:
  4. I've only gotten out three times this spring, but I've found some fish. Today I got this nice 42" 26lb striper on a chunk at CHSP. I also caught 15 - 20 skates, but almost no dogfish at all. I have about 20 bunker left over so I'll be hitting the beach at sunrise tomorrow. Stop by and say hi if you see my Subaru. I'd rather drive it on the beach than my 4wd F250. I do get some looks though:fucyc: Last Friday I got a 33" striper at the same spot. Thursday will probably be my last surf trip till fall, then I'll be starting after the flat ones from my boat...... Now if I could just get a shot w/o my foot in the frame.......
  5. Don't forget your Jersey Registration Card if you are fishing the Delaware Bay. There is a lot of good fishing on the Jesey side, including most of flounder alley, and almost all of the lighthouses. They are giving $50 fines this year w/t no warnings. You are supposed to have the card on you when fishing and it must be renewed each year. The good news is that it's free. I know several guys who were checked and given warnings last year. NJDEP-NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program
  6. Well it looks like the fish are finally in the surf, IF you can find some clean water and some fresh bunker, now is the time to go get them. I started out at Herring Point. The water was dirty and full of dogfish and skates. I headed south until I found some clean water at one of the DSSP beaches. I set up three rods with heads or chunks. In about 15 minutes my big rod goes down. After a weak fight, I get a nice 32" up on the sand. I got some more doggies and some skates, then had a few bite offs. I upped my leader from 50 to 80 # and started catching blues. The biggest was 36" and gave me an incredible fight. All of my fish were caught between 3 hours out and low tide. It was chilly out there today, but well worth it.
  7. I got my bunker at Smith's in Liepsic. I think they may now be done for the year though. Old Inlet had some today for $3 a lb.
  8. I bled the striper and released the blues. I made "poor man's lobster" last night with about 3/4 of the striper fillets. It was incredible. My kids and I tore into the striper chunks dipped in butter. It really has the texture of lobster cooked this way. The wife even ate some w/o putting tartar sauce on it, and that's saying something for a woman who wouldn't even eat fish at all when we first got married.
  9. :angry4: I've been calling around for the last two days from Jersey to Maryland and all in between looking for some FRESH bunker. I left my name at several places and asked them to call me if they got any FRESH. I talked to one guy early this a.m. he said he had a netter out of Milford who was going to deliver some FRESH this afternoon. I get the call at 1:30, take off work and drive 50 miles down to the beach. I get to the Tackle shop on NEW RD. in LEWES <acronym title="Delaware"><acronym title="Delaware"><acronym title="Delaware">De</acronym></acronym></acronym>. and go in to pick up my FRESH. I go in the back, and lo and behold, the clown is thawing out flats of frozen Bunker from Kool Ice in Cambridge in coolers full of water:angry4::angry4: I was furious. Not only was it still frozen, it looked like it was half rotten when it was frozen. It was only fit for crab pot bait. It was all I could do not to go Rambo at the THREE guys behind the counter, and I'm pretty sure they got the message about how P.O'd I was about the situation too:icon_rambo: I sure miss Harbor Tackle, It was a 180 mile round trip but never once did Bev LIE about the quality of her bait. I don't understand how a businessman can flat out lie to their customers and expect to still stay in business. Lying about the product you are selling is FRAUD, plain and simple. Rant Over:BangHead: I have about ten bags of frozen bunker that was vac packed within 2 hours of coming off the boat. I guess I'll be using that and clams tomorrow. Hopefully someone gets some by the weekend.
  10. My buddy Tony and I got to the ramp at dawn. There were three guys in a Privateer having trouble launching. The cable on their power winch was bound up. They asked for tools and help. We did not have the tools but offered to help. After a while, We launched and got down the creek a ways before I realized I did not have my blue card so we headed back to the ramp. The boat owner still at the ramp seemed real surprised to see me and stammered something as I walked up to my truck. I got my card, and headed back to the ramp. We ran out about 5 miles into the Delaware bay to a productive fall spot and anchored up. The tide was full in and not moving. We immediately started to catch oyster crackers. After about ten or so the tide began to run and the fish began to bite. It was non stop action for about three hours into the outgoing. I stopped counting after 20 stripers, and my buddy caught 21. The action was non-stop and we only left because we had used every piece of bait we brought. We had a couple that were 26", but that was the largest, but still a great day on the water. Now back to the scumbags:angryfire:............I go to pull my boat out and look at my winch.......and thanks to the scumbags, the winch handle is gone.:angryfire: I had a great time getting my boat up on the trailer with no winch. I don't know what is wrong with people these days. What a scummy thing to do.
  11. Believe me, I have a crystal clear picture of the boat owner's face and his ridiculous haircut. I also have the boat make and model & the engine size and HP. I'm not really a praying man, but I sure was hoping I'd see those guys broken down on the road on the way out. Maybe it was for the better that I didn't. I checked three places around Dover, but nobody had any handles that would fit my winch. I ordered two new handles on the net, but who knows when they'll get here. I want to go fishing tomorrow, but I'm not looking foreward to cranking up my boat the last four feet with a crescent wrench again.
  12. I'd stay away from frozen bunker. I have never caught a thing on it. I have some right now that I got right off of the boat. I took it home and vac packed it immediately. It looked fine when I cut it up to fish. It was white and firm and stayed on the hook nicely, but it caught zero fish. I'd get some big chowder clams if I could not find any fresh bunker.
  13. Yep:icon_scratch:, I know it was them because we were the only two trucks in the parking lot, and the deer in the headlights look the guy gave me when I came back in a few minutes after leaving said it all. What comes around goes around, and people like that usually get what they deserve.
  14. A 12' Ocean Master rated 6-12 oz. is a great heaver for <acronym title="Assateague Island"><acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym></acronym>. They run about $150 but can be had cheaper when on sale. My buddy just got a 12' Daiiwa Sealine for $70. It's a pretty nice rod for the $. MH, Graphite, Fuji guides, etc... I threw it last week. Not as much backbone as the OM, but a very nice rod for the $$$. I'm probably going to pick one up if I can get the heavy for that price. You may want to look at Breakaway also.
  15. Finaddict, I'm sorry I missed you guys. It looks like you had fun with the black drum. Hmmmmm, that guy (thanks again) in the last picture looks familiar.
  16. Breezy, All of my fish in the last week or so came on bunker heads, with the exception of one that was taken on a chunk.
  17. WOW! Where to start....... I camped with the family this weekend. I fished Fri, Sat and sunday. Friday I hit the surf in the afternoon for a few hours. On my first cast. before I could even put the rod in the rod holder, I was slammed. I did not even have time to loosen the drag. The rod was almost ripped from my hands. Drag started screaming and I soon realized I had a ray. Shortly after that my second rod goes down hard. This looked like a striper. I ran over and started reeling. I got a short run and a few headshakes and the adrenealine started pumping. The fight was over just as quick as it started and I realized I'd been had. Another 48" smooth dogfish:disgust:......man I'm sick of those things. I fished for another hour or so then had to go meet the family for dinner. Saturday I got up early and headed out to the beach. The tide was dead low and the water was nice and clear. I found a fishy looking spot and set up a little closer than I like between a couple of other folks. About 8:30 I got a nice knockdown. After a short fight with a couple of weak runs, I beach a 39" rock. 15 minutes later my short pole gets whacked. I ran up and started reeling. This fish felt much heavier and was way more feisty. After three good runs and many head shakes, I guided him through the waves and onto the beach. A nice fat 44" rock. Just then my neighbor down the beach yells at me. I look up and my big pole is doubled over:happy5: I run over and grab it and beach a 36" striper. I grabbed the 44" striper and ran him down to the surf. I ran water through his gills until he pumped his tail and cruised off through a wave. I stayed until about noon with no more hits. Sunday I decided to hit the beach early. I got out at 6:00 and picked a spot a little south of where I was on Saturday. There was a guy sitting in my honey hole:icon_pirat: sleeping in a chair with his rods set up next to him. I looked over the beach. You could not have asked for a fishier looking day. The water was clear. There was a 3/4 moon in the sky. The wind was about ten mph out of the East, and the sky was overcast. It was a slow morning. I caught a skate and the guy to the N. of me caught one too. About 8:45, I realized I only had two bunker left. I put fresh heads on two rods and a fresh chunk on the other. I walked down to talk to my neighbor, thinking that I always get hits when I walk away from my rods. I chat with the neighbor for about 5 minutes when he yell that I have a hit. I turn around and my heavy rod is being slammed back and forth. I start running the forty yards down the beach to my rod. Just before I get there, I see the rod start to come out of the holder. I grab it and the reel starts screaming. Whatever it was, it was stripping line off fast. The first run was so long and powerful, that I could see my mono backing. I started tightening the drag but the fish was not slowing. Stingray. I just knew it. The fish turned and I got some line in. Just then It made a second powerful run stripping everything I'd taken back in and then some. I was down to the 17 lb mono backing. The fish stopped running and started with a series of head shakes. The guy up the beach had made his way down by this time and asked if I had a stingray. I told him I thought so, but that now it was shaking it's head. I pulled in about 50 yards of line before the final run, then worked the fish into the beach. I still could not see it. I saw a flash of white in the waves and thought it was stingray. The fish made another short run before I saw it in the wave. It was a giant striper. My neighbor said holy &^^*, or something like that, and jumped down in the waves. I gave the fish a little tug and pulled him into a wave that washed him right up. Holy %&^$# I said....47.25" and fat. I'd estimate bt 40 and 45 lbs. I got a few pics and took a few measurements and let her swim for another day. Man that felt good.
  18. I just got my first 4wd vehicle, an F250 long bed crew cab, and I've noticed bent valve stem cores within the first three or four trips. I bought Staun Tire deflators. Could these be the problem, or is it the crummy hose heads at most state parks. The pin inside the heads really seems to float around. I try to center it, but I'm still having problems. I've had to replace three bent valve cores already at the pumps because they were not letting air in correctly after a day at the beach. Is this normal? Also, my truck tires are ten ply and run 80 psi. I've been running on the beach at 20 psi with no problems so far. What do you other guys run in your 80 psi tires? Thanks:icon_salut:
  19. I bought four packs of cores and a tool after the first trip just because I noticed some of the core tips had been bent. I may have been rough or careless with them the first time, but I've been real careful since then. I hope I dont have to replace the whole stem, because they have a new air pressure sensor in them, and they are not cheap.. Pulling the core to deflate does sound alot quicker, but the deflators are preset to stop at the right pressure. You basically screw them on wait a few minutes and drive on the beach. They are very convenient. Maybe it's just another thing I'll have to deal with:icon_rabbit:
  20. A couple of my old HS buddies and I hit the beach again Sat afternoon to catch the high tide. There was a heavy mist when we arrived which soon stopped. The water was a little dirty but not too bad. We fished five rods with mostly bunker heads. Those rods caught nothing. Chunks caught only smooth doggies and skates. Things should pick back up when the water clears a bit.
  21. Nice photos and fish I just camped/fished at Kiptopeke last fall. What a great spot. I'm sure to be down there a few times this year.
  22. I'll take these cool springs any time. The fish seem to be in the surf longer and flounder fishing is always better in the Delaware Bay when the water temperature is on the cooler side.
  23. I went back this afternoon hoping for a repeat. I still had some nice bunker left so I figured what the heck. It was a slow day today. I had one good knock down and I let my buddy take it. He pulled in a nice 36" striper, the first real surf fish he ever caught. He likes to tag along with me but says he doesn't really like fishing, he just likes the beach...... On the way home he was babbling about how he couldn't believe how much line the fish took out, and how many runs it made, and how powerful it was in the fight. I just smiled and thought that more than one 'fish' had been hooked this afternoon. The only OTHER fish of the day was a large smooth dogfish that fooled me into thinking I might have a striper. The guy next to me landed a small toothy shark of some sort.
  24. Fish were biting good today on bunker heads along the Delaware beaches. I got a 34, a 40, a 42 and a 43, in about two hours. I also lost a LARGE in the suds. The 40" was the heaviest at 23.5 lbs while the 34" was the lightest at 17.5. The 40" was a personal best surf fish for weight, and the 43, a personal best surf fish for length. The 40" fish was fat w/t a giant head. The guys next to me blew a gasket when I released the larger two fish.
  25. Welcome to the site:hello: Fishing has been a little slow in my opinion. I've hit the beach three times now and have nothing but skates and dogfish to show for it. I'm camping at AI the first week of May. Hopefully things have picked up by then.