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Old 01-07-2019, 04:53 PM
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Jo, I have caught fish in early March when the bays and river open, even when the water temps were in the mid 40?s. The key is a steady temp. In the spring the water temps bounce up and down, cold Water runoff from melting snow and ice will shut the bite down, but a few days of sunshine will warm the mud flats warming the water a few degrees. I have caught fish in 42 degree water, when it?s been steady like that for a few days. A warm day with a late afternoon high tide will warm the mud and the shallows, steady temps and afternoon high tides are the key. The fish will still be lethargic, so clams and worms are the meal of choice. Until your buddies come walking up the beach and catch a doz in front of you on sp?s
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:24 AM
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Thanks Bay!
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:59 AM
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A contractor failed to show up at my Piscataway place, so I stopped at Belmar on my way home to Virginia yesterday afternoon.

Was hoping to catch a few sundials.

Got there around 3:45 PM and cast a Berkey black shad minnow (cause that's all I had in my tackle box) around without any luck. Snagged a few razor clam shells.

Incoming tide, very strong. Should brought some heavier sinkers. Lots of various sea birds around. No people there except a half dozen sitting in cars.

I quick when I got a snag that I couldn't get loose.

Went to the Windmill for dinner.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:24 AM
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Not a report here, just a grumble:
I was trying to get out on a party boat togging for my first time and had yesterday set up with my buddy to go out on the Gambler out of Brielle, I think. As you may have noticed it was a little windy (blowing steady at +30 mph with gusts over 50 offshore.) Today, though, would have been just about as perfect a day as I could have hoped for. Rats.


On the bright side, I might get a shot at hard water fishing in PA Sunday or Monday. Woowee!
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:32 AM
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Not a report here, just a grumble:
... it was a little windy (blowing steady at +30 mph with gusts over 50 offshore.) Today, though, would have been just about as perfect a day as I could have hoped for....

that summed up my fishing season last year with an addition... when I DID finally get out the bite was off "shoulda been here last week..."


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Second day in a row without rain! Of course my truck is probably frozen in that lake that recently formed in my driveway.
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I'm a Curmudgeon in training.
Ha! Nice line.
Here's a quote from Craig McInnes, a Vancouver Sun columnist:
I'm not in the land of grumpy old men yet, but I can see it from here.

Sounds like me...

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Second day in a row without rain! Of course my truck is probably frozen in that lake that recently formed in my driveway.

No rain today
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Jo, I have caught fish in early March when the bays and river open, even when the water temps were in the mid 40?s. The key is a steady temp. In the spring the water temps bounce up and down, cold Water runoff from melting snow and ice will shut the bite down, but a few days of sunshine will warm the mud flats warming the water a few degrees. I have caught fish in 42 degree water, when it?s been steady like that for a few days. A warm day with a late afternoon high tide will warm the mud and the shallows, steady temps and afternoon high tides are the key. The fish will still be lethargic, so clams and worms are the meal of choice. Until your buddies come walking up the beach and catch a doz in front of you on sp?s
These buddies of yours don't sound very nice.
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These buddies of yours don't sound very nice.
All my years of fishing the backbays In early spring and thinking only bait because the water is cold and the fish are still lethargic and wouldn?t chase plugs. you proved me wrong my good buddy. You put on a show, it was fun to watch.
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All my years of fishing the backbays In early spring and thinking only bait because the water is cold and the fish are still lethargic and wouldn?t chase plugs. you proved me wrong my good buddy. You put on a show, it was fun to watch.
We'll be out there soon enough.
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