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Old 02-26-2019, 03:55 PM
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My Buddy and I are planning for a Thursday morning trip to Toms River. Murphy's Hook House is good for bloodworms and the weather is looking cool but not much wind. I have a few spots in mind and I'll happily do some exploring.
I'm stoked!
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:00 PM
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Good luck Joe, please fill us in on what's bitting
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:20 AM
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I'm hoping to bump into an early season striper. They have been caught there already this year. About 20 pounds would be nice.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:47 AM
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Very possible, as the perch guys down here have been getting stripers basically all winter.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:07 PM
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Basic question: What size /style hooks do you use with blood worms fishing like this? I think I remember that the worms are only used an inch at a time. Is that right?
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:12 PM
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Try for white perch from the bulkhead at the park in Green Bank on Mullica River with grass shrimp and bloodworm as bait on top and bottom rigs with No. 6 hooks. Cut bait on bigger single-hook rigs might produce a striped bass or even a bluefish.


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Old 03-01-2019, 08:33 AM
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No joy, but worth the drive. The weather forecast called for 42F N winds at ~5. I found W and WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph and 35F.
I met another fisherman, Mike, who stuck it out after I left. He also caught nada, but he did have exactly my favorite rod, the 7' Tsunami Slimwave, which he also loves.
Amazing!
The best thing I discovered was what a good guy runs Murphy's Hook House. I'll visit there again.
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Old 03-01-2019, 07:19 PM
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Hey, congrats on getting out there. Always nice to run into a good shop, as well!
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Hey, congrats on getting out there. Always nice to run into a good shop, as well!
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The best thing I discovered was what a good guy runs Murphy's Hook House. I'll visit there again.
I started going to the Hook House a few years back. Dennis is a good man to do business with. I never had a problem & he always seems to have just what I was looking for.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:04 AM
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Well, for yet another year I will have to put aside my aspirations about catching my first White Perch. The season has moved directly to back bay stripers. Oh, well...
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:14 PM
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Well, for yet another year I will have to put aside my aspirations about catching my first White Perch. The season has moved directly to back bay stripers. Oh, well...

the white perch are around all year.


your interest in them, unfortunately, is not (as mine)
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:44 PM
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Hmmm....I wonder if I can catch them on my 9w...
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:06 AM
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Hmmm....I wonder if I can catch them on my 9w...
that would seem to be a bit heavy, but hey anything is possible

I've not heard of folks trying for them with the fly... first would be to try to zero in on them using bait and get a bead on where they are, then who knows? I've hooked weird things on the fly before.

A friend fly fished the Longport jetties a lot for years and every year managed to pick up the occasional kingfish on the good old clouser... and that's a species that specifically is known for chasing and rooting out worms and mole crabs... they don't chase bait fish. But opportunistically if you put it where they are, they'll grab it.
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Saw an osprey (my first of the year) grab a nice size perch about 5' in front of a bulkhead the other night.
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