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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:4/21/2017 8:57:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Cod

My boat is ready to go for the new season but the wind and weather is not cooperating, so I decided to jump on a large head boat for a Codfishing trip today to wet a line. Conditions were wind against the tide, very hard to keep the boat on the wrecks, we were swinging all over. Wind blew, rain and fog was the weather for the day, tough fishing. But, I took this one home for dinner, and the pool money as well.

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Jimmy

Apr 21 2017

Nice fish!

Seminolefan77

Apr 22 2017

Heck yea man

Skolmann

Apr 23 2017

Nice fish

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:4/1/2017 12:55:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Tautog

April 1st opens Blackfish again here in NJ, with a limit of only 1 fish, minimum size limit is 15". So one keeper it is, released a few shorts, all on clams.

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Sam Caramela

Apr 03 2017

When were you there.. we went at 7 am and stayed till 11 am. No bites and the weather sucked. We were using green crabs. Tried the canal too. Same result. Glad to see someone caught something

Fishin Dude

Apr 04 2017

I fished fron 8 - 10 am in the area of Manasquan Inlet. I'll tell you exactly where I catch other fish, names of reefs, wrecks , structure, even numbers, docks, piers, beaches, jettys, bait, rigs, colors, etc, but my Tog spots are held tight.

fishyrose3

Apr 04 2017

Nice tautog!!!

Sam Caramela

Apr 04 2017

No worries.. Glad to see you were successful. I'm gonna head down this weekend and give it another try. Last year was great. Love tog fishing.

Fishin Dude

Apr 12 2017

Thanks William, but you have the wrong guy, Algernon is the winner.

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/25/2017 9:29:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Sea Raven

Was testing out my new Seigler Reel wreck fishing today, I caught one of the ugliest but cool looking bottom dwellers swimming in our waters, a delicious Sea Raven (Not on our Stackfish species list yet). We fished the Shark River Reef wrecks and had a few Cod and Pollock, nothing really big, and few Tog come up. Plenty of Dogs & Bergalls all around the boat. Could have been better, but I'll take it. Reel worked well first time out, we'll see how it holds up the rest of the season.

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Jimmy

Mar 26 2017

Pretty wild looking fish. I've added Sea Raven to our species list.

william

Mar 28 2017

Do people eat Sea Ravens???

Fishin Dude

Mar 28 2017

Yes, they are edible. I tried it for the first time Saturday evening, which is the reason that I kept it. I thought it was pretty good pan fried with some butter and seasonings.

william

Mar 28 2017

Do you skin him or fillet like a regular fish

Fishin Dude

Mar 28 2017

Filleted with the skin off. The skin is tough and rough textured, you can't eat that.

william

Apr 01 2017

Wow I'll have a hard time eating something that looked like that...lol

John M

Jun 05 2017

I caught one of them a long time ago and never knew what the hell it was! When my brother touched it though it shocked him.. really cool fish!

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/22/2017 9:52:00 PM

Location:Belmar NJ

Species:Bluefish

I wanted to post this photo as a tribute to my late father, who first introduced me to fishing. A Bluefish he caught circa 1950.

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Jimmy

Mar 23 2017

Great shot, thanks for sharing!

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/21/2017 9:03:00 AM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Seabass, Black

Seabass & Tog mix in the fishbox. The winter weather is just about gone here in NJ, time to get the boat ready for another season.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/21/2017 9:00:00 AM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Mackerel, Atlantic

Some Mackerel jigged up to be frozen and used as Shark Bait on a future trip.

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Algernon

Mar 23 2017

How deep is the water and how long does it usually take for a shark to pick up the bait?

Fishin Dude

Mar 23 2017

I've hooked Thresher Sharks in water as shallow as 40ft Inshore, but the Makos and others we usally fish water at least 120 ft deep. Sometimes they swim right through the chum slick, past all of the baits, right to the boat. That's pretty cool because you can be selective as to what sharks you attempt to throw a rigged bait to, which is always a topportunity water or shallow strike that you can watch close to the boat. Once they are hooked it's screaming drag and game on. They usally arrive after about an hour after the chum slick is started, sometimes longer, sometimes never.

Algernon

Mar 24 2017

Have you ever tried to eat any? I hear mako has a flavor to it

Fishin Dude

Mar 24 2017

Mako and Thresher are both delicious. I've read that Hammerhead is good to, but I haven't tried it, they are so cool looking that I release them all. I only keep 1 shark a season, it's usally a Mako.

Catch date:3/18/2017 8:08:00 PM

Story date:3/18/2017 10:12:00 PM

Location:Somerset NJ

Species:Other

I attended the Saltwater Fishing Expo today and picked up a new Seigler Reel, formerly Truth Reels, formerly Release. Name changes due to legal trademark stuff.

I purchased their newly released SGN (small game narrow) in left hand retrieve, it weighs in at only 10.95 oz and holds 375 yds of 30# braid with 30 lbs.of drag. The reel comes in a heavy canvas bag instead of a box, no manual, wrench, or oil included as with some other manufacturers, (some information is on their website), but it did come with a "show special " aluminum shot glass milled at their facility from excess stock.

The reel is 100% Made in the U.S.A. so it fits right in with my patriotic pride. I plan on giving this reel a through workout this season, throwing it at everything that swims under the boat, and will post an evaluation sometime in the future.

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Algernon

Mar 19 2017

So you plan on giving the shot glass a workout this season too then?

Fishin Dude

Mar 19 2017

Already broke it in last night!

Catch date:3/14/2017 6:18:00 PM

Story date:3/14/2017 6:36:00 PM

Location:Brick NJ

Species:Other

Adding 3-D eyes to some Jigheads. They were self stick, but I figure they might stay on a little bit longer with a drop of glue.

I plan on expanding my soft plastics skills this season, experimenting with some new and different methods and presentations on a variety of species. Nothing wrong with fishing metal or hard plastic, or even the old bait-n-wait method, or any combination of those, they all produce, just always up for trying new things.

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Jimmy

Mar 14 2017

Nothing beats the excitement of trying a new rig or new location for me. That's a big part of fishing's appeal, there is always some new to learn.

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/12/2017 8:41:00 PM

Location:Point Pleasant Beach NJ

Species:Tuna, Yellowfin

Cool close up Tuna shot.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/12/2017 8:38:00 PM

Location:Point Pleasant Beach NJ

Species:Tuna, Yellowfin

A few Yellow Fin on deck from one of our annual group Overnight Canyon Tuna trips.

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Jimmy

Mar 14 2017

Do you ever eat these as Sashimi?

Fishin Dude

Mar 14 2017

Yes, fresh off of the fish onboard the boat on the ride back in, as well as the next day or two. After that I make sure it's seared.

Jimmy

Mar 14 2017

Any special precautions when fileting or handling? I can only imagine how good tuna that fresh must be!

Fishin Dude

Mar 15 2017

All Tuna must be bled and iced immediately and when cleaning keep all internal guts & fluids from contaminating the flesh, which should be practiced on all fish actually. The government requires ALL fish that will be commercially served raw to be frozen to kill bacteria & parasites. This fish was just bled and iced, as well as with many other raw fish that I've eaten onboard boats on many trips, as well as fresh caught fish at home. Risky? Maybe, but I've never gotten sick and enjoyed some great fish. ONLY EAT SALTWATER FISH RAW, NEVER FRESHWATER SPECIES!

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/11/2017 8:48:00 AM

Location:Atlantic Highlands NJ

Species:Bass, Striped

A spring pair jigged up in Raritan Bay, almost that time of year again.

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fishyrose3

Mar 13 2017

Awesome catch!!!

Sam Caramela

Mar 14 2017

Nice catch.. leave some for me!!

PARATROOPER13

Apr 17 2017

Good job!!

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/11/2017 8:45:00 AM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Fluke

It's currently 22° outside, I'm dreaming of warmer days and big Fluke such as this one.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/7/2017 8:38:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Seabass, Black

Black Seabass, with touches of blue, grey, and turquoise, they are just cool looking fish.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/7/2017 8:34:00 PM

Location:Costa Rica

Species:Bonito

One of the speedsters caught in Costa Rica. The mate cut this on up for sashimi right onboard, it was delicious.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/5/2017 12:23:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Seabass, Black

One of the nice things about New Jersey's artificial reef program is the variety of different structure placed on them. From rock/rubble to ship wrecks, reef balls, subway cars, and even army tanks. When the Fluke bite stops, Seabass can be found nearby.

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fishyrose3

Mar 07 2017

Not a bad catch of assortment Fishin Dude!!!

Catch date:3/5/2017 11:37:00 AM

Story date:3/5/2017 12:11:00 PM

Location:Toms River NJ

Species:Other

Met Branden from Bust'em Baits today at the Berkley Striper Club's annual Fishing Flea Market. They offer a new, interesting and uniquely designed soft bait in various sizes and colors, that are full of fish attracting action. I had to purchase some and I'm looking forward to giving them a try.

He is based out of Maryland so, I had to mention Stackfish.com , and he had good things to say about Stackfish's own Jimmy, whom he said he met at a show sometime back.

He stated that they are trying to increase their territory, which is why they are up north on this 20 degree NJ day. As we spoke of fishing along the Outer Banks , where they say they catch alot of fish with their products, images of the NC Stackfish Crew popped into my head, along with memories of me fishing there, the windiest place I've ever fished. Amazing how fishing can connect people far and wide.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/3/2017 2:54:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Bass, Striped

Live lining Bunker outside the inlet put this 3 man limit under the knife. Many others were released that day, along with some Bluefish in the mix.

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william

Mar 04 2017

Nice catch

william

Mar 05 2017

Hey Fishing Dude are you catching those black Sea bass on your boat or a charter. What's the best bait to us.

Fishin Dude

Mar 05 2017

Catch them from my boat. The party boats do target them, they are very popular trips, usally railed (Full elbow to elbow). They will hit clams, squid, cut bait, crabs, Gulp! and Jigs, all work well.

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/3/2017 2:36:00 PM

Location:Manasquan Inlet NJ

Species:Seabass, Black

My wife puts her custom rod to good use, as seen with these Seabass.

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Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/2/2017 7:15:00 PM

Location:Belmar NJ

Species:Fluke

A pair of Fluke from a trip out of Belmar. It's one of those shots taken when I wasn't ready yet.

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william

Mar 05 2017

I love fluke and or flounder

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:3/2/2017 7:13:00 PM

Location:Brick NJ

Species:Other

Shot of the custom pink & purple rod that I had made for my wife at Jersey Coast Bait & Tackle. It's her favorite rod, she uses it to catch everything.

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fishyrose3

Mar 07 2017

That's a nice rod, if she is using it like that that truly means she's in-love-with-it!!!

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About Fishin Dude
A little about me
Description:
I was born and raised in central NJ. My earliest fishing memories are catching Panfish with a cane pole, followed by Catfish with an old Zebco enclosed push button reel on a 3 ft pole using hotdogs as bait. Alot of time has passed since those days. I now travel to fishing locations by car, boat, or aircraft, instead of bycycle or a ride from my parents. I have met and swapped stories, tips, laughs, and tears with a variety of fishermen worldwide, from all walks of life, and made great friends too.
Asalt Weapon
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Seaswirl Striper
Description:
21' Dual Console, 200 hp Yamaha 4 stroke, fish finder, chartplotter, livewell, anchor winch, fishboxes, porta potty, bbq, rodholders, music.
Surf Fishing
Description:
It's always nice to fish the beach, enjoy the sunrise, and catch a fish or two.
Go to Freshwater Top Water Lure
Brand:
Rapala Skitter Pop
Color:
Silver/Black
Description:
This is my go to top water lure that I have caught numerous species, both fresh and salt, all around the country.
Anything that swims
Description:
I will fish for anything, anywhere, anytime.
My targeted species
Description:
I'll actually fish for anything that swims, crawls, or even rests on the bottom , in any water, anywhere, anytime.
Bunker Chunks
Description:
When fishing Bunker Chunks for Stripers and Bluefish, I cut them into 4 sections. The head, fished on the bottom usally catches big stripers
Whiteleggers for Tautog
Description:
One of the best baits for winter Tautog fishing is hands down the Whitelegger crab. Fished whole, half, legs on/off, bite changes day by day
Green Crabs
Description:
Green crabs are a great, inexpensive bait that catches many species. Generally used for Tautog, I used them for Seabass, Cod, and Pollock.
I love vintage Penn Reels
Description:
I own alot of tackle, both modern and vintage, and fish with both. Old Penn Reels are my favorite, and if it's a lefty, even better.