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Old 02-27-2019, 10:35 AM
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I have no idea where some of these sites get their data, so I usually stick with official NOAA sites, where I know exactly where the station is.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:14 PM
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Haven't heard of macks from shore, and haven't even read/heard about headboats targeting them in recent years. "Back in the day" macks, even further back "whiting" aka "frostfish", were targeted off the Long Branch pier.


You could try to scout out reports from tackle shops or headboats
Never walked the beach for the ?frostfish? but in the early 60?s my dad would bring me out on the pier, I spent more time in the restaurant keeping warm. I still have his setup, a 702 penn greenie and 9? South bend glass rod.
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:09 AM
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That's a nice, vintage setup that could still be fished today.. albeit with not quite the performance of a modern setup. Still have a greenie ( brain is keeping me from remembering which 710, 706? I'll check later) and not for that reel but I have some vintage glass surf rods I intend to fish this year. They were my father-in-law's.
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Rob...you are the go to on this; what is "normal" ocean temp for Mar 1 and where are we this year
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March is the new February!
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:23 AM
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Ocean temps are not that far off average.... but the inshore temps are a bit low:


Average for March: 40


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Old 03-01-2019, 09:37 AM
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March is the new February!

we have been in a very active pattern the past few years... and let's hope we don't see a string of noreasters... AGAIN
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Global cooling??
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:28 AM
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I'm not a huge manmade climate change advocate, but climate change is a given, manmade or not.

And history proves that cycles over time are normal, warming/cooling/whatever.

Regional (such as North American) patterns are cyclical regardless of overall global warming/cooling and once a long term pattern is set, seems to hang in there for a while.

Unfortunately, we've been in this wild swinging pattern for a few years that has really impacted things. Last couple of March's, specifically last year, have been brutal. And we are heading into this March the same way.
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watched Rebel Without a Cause yesterday and an early scene has a teacher telling the students that based on our position in the solar system and the earth's history we can expect warming and the oceans to rise...this is 1955; my view has always been that the planet warms and cools naturally and we spend too much time arguing about the role human's play and we should be just all be committed to cleaning up the environment regardless of the effect on temperature; clean air and water and land; just do it and stop the political arguments; if it has no effect on temperature we should do it anyway
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Bill,
Now you got my motor running!
I can't stand the carry in carry out program at Sandy Hook. It works well enough except from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During that time it is a complete disaster at the swimming beaches. The amount of refuse that is left behind or buried in the sand is huge and it all ends up in the water. (beer and soda cans, liquor bottles, diapers, plastic containers etc etc) The folks who do carry out their refuse, stuff the garbage pails all along routet 36 westbound at the various fast food and convenience stores garbage cans, passing on the cost to those businesses.
Most of our fellow sportsmen see this and navigate around the summer issues to get to the ocean front and enjoy our pursuit of happiness.
The National Park Service does the best that they can, but truth be told the lifeguards are the only ones on the beach. They are summer help and trained for water rescue only, not beach cleanliness.
The US Park Police are too busy with domestic disputes and various acts of stupidity by the new to us pseudo citizens. I wish the politically correct crowd would acknowledge that it is not who someone may be that is not acceptable, only their behavior.
For the love of god I don't know why the NPS does not put garbage cans in the bathing areas to stop the tonnage before it enters the water.
Meanwhile back at the .........North beach, while always wearing surf shoes for protection from sharp objects, I along with my surf rat compatriots will continue to fish and pick up debris, left by others, on our way out of our local national treasure.
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Well said Bill and Dog. Like you, I almost always have more garbage in my backpack when I leave than what I came in with.
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Bill,
You are one of the surf rat compatriots of whom I speak!
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39/40 degrees at the Arthur kill, I need a few steady days of a few more degrees to start catching on bait. I have caught at 42 when it’s been steady for a few days , afternoon high tides with some bright sunshine all day. This snowfall might push me back to the 3rd wk in March.
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I can see Billy Bass in his basement sharpening hooks on his 37 Mag Darters
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