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Killer start to 2024!
Killer start to 2024!
Enero 2, 2024
2023 went out fairly quietly. It was a decent year overall, well, as far as fishing. But that is for another post. Today is about the kick off to 2024. I had three good, hard fishing, friends lined up for a long day of chasing tog and stripers. Unfortunately, one of those friends got a bad case of Montezuma's revenge, the other had to pick up their kid and his bride to be after they parties a bit too hard last night. He was rewarded with a truck full of vomit. Suffice to say, both bailed out. So, I met Jesse at the boat ramp, we loaded up, and ran out of the inlet to see what the new year might bring. We ran to a lump that often holds stripers this time of the year. There were a few boats trolling around, and a few scattered gannetts cruising at altitude. There were a few scattered marks on the sounder that could have been stripers, but they were few and far between. So, we cruised on. We ran south in hopes of running into a school of stripers, or a big bird play, or just some other boats hooking up. Nothing to be found. Seemed everyone was doing what we were doing...searching. After about an hour we cruised out and found a little sneaky wreck, spot locked over it, and tried for tog. We got a few, lost a few, but it wasn't great. We ran back north and locked up on another wreck. Loads more action, but all short tog. We didn't land any keepers, but we're fairly certain we lost a few. Jesse was the high hook while togging. I started off with jigs to no avail. I kept losing fish, so I switched up to a rig. I started catching at least. Jesse continued his assault on the tog below. After about an hour of steady hits and misses, the tog shut down. We moved over different parts of the wreck, but it was a tough pick. Around this time I received a text that a friend of a friend had found some stripers while trolling just inside of where we were. We picked up and ran to see if we could find something worthwhile. Nope. With stripers not making an appearance we decided to go find more tog. And we did. We locked up over the structure and dropped down chunks of green and white legger crabs, which were almost immediately attacked and devoured by voracious tog below. Jesse hammered three nice, but short, tog right off the jump. I finally got my fish mojo going and started to catch as well. I was able to put the only two keepers of the day into the live well on back to back drops. I don't always catch a lot, but I catch keepers. Remember that Jesse! Jesse decided to scan the surroundings with the binoculars. He caught a glimps of white flashes inside of our position. Possibly gannetts diving on bait? We picked up and moved well inside, and sure enough, there were gannetts. And seagulls. And they were pounding the water! Death from above, and we hoped below. We dropped some jigs down and found stripers. Suddenly the sounder was lit up with hundreds of stripers, school after school swimming through chasing bunker. It was awesome! Jesse switched up to a flutter spoon. He came tight quick. After he landed a few, and my jig remained quiet, I switched up. Stripers like flutter spoons. We started to notice fish on top too. Stripers were chasing bunker right on the surface. I put on a Mag Darter, Jesse grabbed an SP Minnow. We both hooked up quickly. We had absolute striper madness for about two hours. I landed 21, Jesse landed 17. We each lost as many that somehow, unimaginably, spit the hooks. We hooked up from the surface to the bottom, and everywhere in between. It was an absolute blast! We finally called it quits as the sun began to dip below the horizon. It was really hard to leave the melee. But running g the back in the dark, with no spotlight, isn't much fun. And we were getting close to low tide which just adds to the fun. All in all, it was a killer way to ring in the new year. Loads of fun, ball busting, and laughs, with a good friend. 2024 is off to a great start. Hopefully the rest of the year goes this well...
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Finally, stripers are showing up!
Finally, stripers are showing up!
Diciembre 17, 2023
Every now and again everything comes together just the way you hoped. Today was one of those days. Jesse and I ran out into the ocean in hopes of finding a striped bass, and if not, some tog. We came out of the inlet and found a small fleet of boats aimlessly circling, dragging Mojo's or spoons, or whatever. We cruised past and kept an eyeball on them for signs of fish. Not a single bent rod. So, we pressed on. Around this time my phone began to buzz. I received texts from my friends Justin and George. Both were telling me there were some stripers being caught further South. So, we headed South. We looked for signs of life along the way; a splash, boil, birds, whales, anything. There were sea ducks everywhere. Hundreds of them. They'd erupt from the water splashing as they took flight. Every flock caught our eye. Then we saw the fleet. There were boats scattered all around, close to shore, and further out. Some were trolling, others aimlessly casting. Every now and again we'd see a small fish come over a gunnel. We poked around still searching for a sign. Then we got one. A huge bird play in tight to the beach. There was one boat already there, another raced in, and we were closing in fast. We deployed jigs to the bottom and snapped them up in hopes they would be intercepted by a cruising striper. We got our wish. I hooked up first, Jesse was close behind. We each landed 32-33" stripers. We missed a few, or had the hooks spit, and landed a few more each. We found if we hung out and let everyone else leave and chase the birds we would have school after school of stripers swim beneath us. It played well in our favor throughout the day. Once the bite petered out we cruised around looking for the next bite. It didn't take long. A cloud of birds formed a short distance away with stripers erupting from the water below. Birds and stripers were devastating bunker schools. We glided up to the melee, I put on a bone Mag Darter, Jesse switched to a silver flutter spoon. Both worked. I hooked a good sized striper on the plug and fought it to the boat. Jesse had just released a nice one. He reached over to grab the plug, which I warned him not to do. Not being one to listen, Mr. Helpful was rewarded with a 4/0 treble buried in his finger. Now I had to carefully grab the thrashing striper, avoid the plug, and keep Jesse's finger from becoming a murder scene, while lifting everyone over the gunnel. Once in the boat, I had to keep the bass from thrashing and further damaging Jesse's impaled finger. I managed to grab the pliers and took hold of the hook. Jesse was able to pull his finger free of the hook. A bit sore, but it still worked. Of course I didn't get a picture of the event. Missed opportunity. We repeated the run and gun rampage throughout the day. The majority of the stripers we landed were 32" to 47". Jesse did manage to catch a 31" keeper. Luck played a role in our second keeper of the day. As we were jigging up another school of stripers, we had a striper splash next to the boat as it drifted past. It just lazily flopped on the surface. We grabbed the net and motored up next to it and scooped it. It was fresh and healthy, but must've been exhausted from a battle and unable to swim. Regardless, he became our second keeper of the day. After we scooped the bass we noticed a huge boil on the surface. We ran up and found a school of bunker being assaulted by stripers from below. We tossed plugs and picked off a few more. Around this time the wind was begining to pick up and white caps were becoming more prominent. With our arms starting to feel the brunt of our many battles today ( we landed well over thirty stripers), we decided to leave the action to go find some tog. We ran to the reef to try some rubble. Jesse picked a short. I fought with the trolling motor. Then we ran to a wreck. Again, a few hits, more motor issues. We ran to another wreck, and it was more of the same. Every time, I would set up over the tasty structure, hit spot lock, the boat would drift off. It was definitely chopper and winder than it had been, but the motor should have held without issue. After resetting ten times I called it quits. We'll just have to come out and chase the tog another day. The early striper action was epic, and more than made up for the trolling motor misery. With luck, the striper migration will continue through Christmas break and we'll get another shot at them before they cruise down South for the winter. Fingers crossed... Tight Lines!
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Reseñas de Pesca en fishing in New Jersey

We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Chasing Tails Charters
Chasing Tails Charters
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Water was a little choppy, which can be rough on some. Some small children would not have been happy unless they were huckleberry Finn types...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water was a little choppy, which can be rough on some. Some small children would not have been happy unless they were huckleberry Finn types...
Miss Atlantic City
Miss Atlantic City
ENJOY!! , it’s fishing, could be slow, or it could be super fast. Just enjoy the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
ENJOY!! , it’s fishing, could be slow, or it could be super fast. Just enjoy the day!
Retriever Fishing Charters
Retriever Fishing Charters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I looked up Brigantine fishing charter online. Did research on the boats and captains experience. I was very happy with my choice. Captain Leo from Get hooked fishing charter was very professional. What a safe and great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I looked up Brigantine fishing charter online. Did research on the boats and captains experience. I was very happy with my choice. Captain Leo from Get hooked fishing charter was very professional. What a safe and great trip.
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters Ivyland, PA
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Rockaway, NJ
Great weather, awesome activities going on all around. My first time and it didn't disappoint at all.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great weather, awesome activities going on all around. My first time and it didn't disappoint at all.
A-Bomb Fishing Charters
A-Bomb Fishing Charters Princeton, New Jersey
Talk to your captain about what and how you will be fishing to establish expectations.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Talk to your captain about what and how you will be fishing to establish expectations.
Purple Jet Sport Fishing Charters 2
Purple Jet Sport Fishing Charters 2 Parkville, MO
Go early! There are a lot of fisherman in New Jersey on the weekends! Enjoy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early! There are a lot of fisherman in New Jersey on the weekends! Enjoy!
Salty Love Sportfishing
Salty Love Sportfishing Arlington, NY
Bring water also and not just beer. Bring snacks and have fun catching fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring water also and not just beer. Bring snacks and have fun catching fish.
Atlantic City Charter Boat
Atlantic City Charter Boat Burlington, New Jersey
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring an empty cooler in the event you get to catch & keep.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring an empty cooler in the event you get to catch & keep.
Allyn's Ocean City Wee Cat Charters
Allyn's Ocean City Wee Cat Charters Collegeville, PA
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Nesquehoning, PA
Look at the wind speed well in advance so that you can target any and all available fish. June, as I hear, is a better fishing month.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look at the wind speed well in advance so that you can target any and all available fish. June, as I hear, is a better fishing month.
Water Wolves
Water Wolves Keller, TX
Charter a trip for a half day. Let's you get to know the captain and the boat. We had a great experience on the Megan Beth.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a trip for a half day. Let's you get to know the captain and the boat. We had a great experience on the Megan Beth.
Megan Beth Sportfishing
Megan Beth Sportfishing Red Hill, PA
Look for experienced captains and you’ll have great day regardless of the catch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look for experienced captains and you’ll have great day regardless of the catch
Smokin Reel Charters - Albemarle
Smokin Reel Charters - Albemarle Sydney, New South Wales
Hire a charter with a captain eager to work hard to find fish so everyone on board catches fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a charter with a captain eager to work hard to find fish so everyone on board catches fish.
Prime Time II Sport Fishing
Prime Time II Sport Fishing Wellsboro, PA
There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Be prepared for some ups and downs from the waves, and a bit of a ride out into the ocean (40-50 minutes) before you get to where the fish are. But all in all it was a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for some ups and downs from the waves, and a bit of a ride out into the ocean (40-50 minutes) before you get to where the fish are. But all in all it was a lot of fun.
Tara Anne Sport Fishing
Tara Anne Sport Fishing Evanston, IL
Would have loved to catch some Striped Bass but I don't think we went at the best time of year for them. We did catch a wide variety of other types, however, and several were even keepers!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would have loved to catch some Striped Bass but I don't think we went at the best time of year for them. We did catch a wide variety of other types, however, and several were even keepers!
Double Down II Sportfishing Charter
Double Down II Sportfishing Charter Chatham, NJ