Catch date:4/9/2016 7:47:00 AM

Story date:4/9/2016 1:00:00 PM

Location:Manasquan NJ

Species:Trout, Rainbow

I've been nursing my leg since Surgery a few weeks. I've been unable to stand for an extended time, let alone stand on a rocking boat, so I decided to take part, standing on shore, for opening day of Trout season here in NJ. Its been quite a few years since I've done this, now I remember why. It was a mad house out there. The photo was taken about 1/2 hour before the official opening time, even more people arrived bankside, adding to the crowd. Come 8 am lines in, and it was just a line tangling mess. Guys throwing spinners catching lines that were bobber fishing as well as lines fishing the bottom. A few fish were caught, tangling lines on the way in as well. My patience lasted about an hour, that was all for me. I think I'll wait until everyone goes to work on Monday if I want to catch any Trout. Next plan is to climb my lame butt onto my boat and get her ready for the spring Striper run, maybe even get a Tog trip or two in before the season closes at the end of the month.

Fishin Dude

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About Fishin Dude
A little about me
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
Seaswirl Striper
21' Dual Console, 200 hp Yamaha 4 stroke, fish finder, chartplotter, livewell, anchor winch, fishboxes, porta potty, bbq, rodholders, music.
Surf Fishing
It's always nice to fish the beach, enjoy the sunrise, and catch a fish or two.
Go to Freshwater Top Water Lure
Rapala Skitter Pop
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
I will fish for anything, anywhere, anytime.
My targeted species
I'll actually fish for anything that swims, crawls, or even rests on the bottom , in any water, anywhere, anytime.
Bunker Chunks
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
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
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
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.