You are right about the effect of having so many people around. I would have thought that the demise of interest in striper fishing, what with the loss of selling fish, would be reflected in declining interest. But that didn't happen. Unconsciously, we have gone to outdoor pursuits that are less popular just to get away from people. I also think that Long Island and Jersey have the potential for drawing more people being as they are such population centers.
Funny, one of the hot spots in my Striper Hot Spots
book is a place we go to all the time and never see anyone there. Its such an obvious choice and described in detail and it goes unfished time after time. Hate to say this but people can be kind of dumb. And the place is incredibly reliable and easy. Handicapped accessible for a couple of old fots with fly flyrods.