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Old 04-07-2005, 12:51 PM
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Being this info is in the Main forum, I'd like to "weigh in" on a few sentiments regarding the discussion, primarily for people who might be new to the salt and the game in general.

First, reports are history. Just because someone caught a fish in one place yesterday, does not gaurantee they will be there today. When reading any report of fish being caught at a pin point location, the report should be used as a barometer for the area.{power plant fishing aside; that is a man made, false enviorment, productive down stream of the outflow before the bay warms, regardless of reports there will always be crowds there in early spring
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One is setting themself up for disapointment if they follow a report to the letter and particular pin point spot.

No report can ever be a substitute for time on task learning an area. The people who mindlessly follow reports, like a treasure map, are usually googans. Most seasoned anglers, will get the report, say "hurray, there's fish around! ", then proceed to a location they are familiar with in their repetoire of locations, where historicaly they are succesful when the fish start moving.

There is no substitute for courtesy in areas that have the potential to become crowded, or moreover, anywhere for that matter. If a person is in a spot first, that is their spot! They should be afforded enough room to comfortably fish. If one walks up and crosses a person's line whose in a spot first, the person who crossed that individual's line is an ignorant @$$, and deserves the title "googan"!
One does not wish to earn the title "googan", that is bad, very bad!!!

I just wished to put this up because with the weather and water warming things should be ready to get going pretty good. This is what we've been waiting for. Please, use common courtesy, enjoy the reports and words of fish activity, and when you finally get out, have a freakin' blast!

I pray this helps...

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Old 04-07-2005, 12:57 PM
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Fish Tank, very well said.

If i could add one thing is that it'd be nice to get first hand accounts of who caught what rather than starting a rumor mill. Anyhoo... if the report above is accurate let's say "hurray, there's fish around!" and proceed to a location we're familiar with. I like that... only four hours drive.
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:25 PM
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I have to agree with Norsk's sentiments on the matter, though I'm more restrained by virtue of maturity and age.

I find it especially troublesome to throw out 2nd and 3rd hand reports without verifying their reliability. It just sets up other people for failure, especially the more inexperienced anglers who might take these reports as gospel. It must be emphasized that these reports are in the past tense, not present. Think "Here yesterday, gone today" but recognize that fish ARE around; only way to find out is to check out your favorite spots, like Fish Tank is saying.

The one source I explicitly trust is telling me that the herring run has been terrible this year; that includes Deal. So, Guppie, can you answer bassin13's question for us?
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:27 PM
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:29 PM
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I have to agree with Norsk's sentiments on the matter, though I'm more restrained by virtue of maturity and age.


if it's any concelation geoff, i heard crabby's is handing out senior citizen discounts on old smelly clams

get em while the gettin's good
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:39 PM
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Chris didn't you fish up in the Bayshore area yesterday??
Did you see the stripers rolling over the clam offerings too? I would assume that you did and you are holding out.
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:46 PM
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actually a huge school of clams came by & the bass were rolling in them...

as soon as they passed a major school of sandworms surfaced & it was blitz city!

you ever see bass crash a school of crustaceans??
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:48 PM
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For what its worth, I was fishing the sod banks not very far from Cliffwood Beach yesterday from about 4:30-8P and the only Striper I saw caught out of the 20 rods I could see from my spot was an 18" schoolie that hit a fresh clam (TackleBox was out of worms). I'd bet that the night shift guys did better, but a far cry from bailing them at 8PM that was posted.

Beautiful sunset, though.
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:49 PM
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So far 328 views. I figure a minimum of 10 new people will be showing up in Cliffwood. Bummer for the people that regularly fish there. If your going to post reports whether here or on the "inside", use some common sense:
"Fished the back side of the hook"
"Fished the bay off RT 36"
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:53 PM
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My 3 cents.


You saying your comment is worth more than my .02?
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:05 PM
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I don't know about other areas, but the bayshore has a set of "characters" that seem to flock to the area in the spring. I went to Union Beach last year one day and there had to be 100 rods in the water in an area suited for 20. mobbed. people "mug" you as well. spot? we don't need no stinkin' spot. that's MY spot. it's ok, I can just cast over you. no, you don't need to move, I can setup right .... here. um, can you move your tackle box?

last year, if I recall, someone reported launching a kayak out of union beach, shore anglers got angry with them and proceeded to remove the lug nuts from their rear wheels, under the wheel cover, carefully replacing the wheel cover. almost a total disaster for that guy.

so, go ahead, announce SPOTS everyone will you?

just don't tell anyone about MY spot, ok?
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:20 PM
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I don't know about other areas, but the bayshore has a set of "characters" that seem to flock to the area in the spring.


characters are an understatement, im always a little weary fishing around people who set up mini fortresses on the sod banks. i saw one guy this past fall with (what appeared to be) a combo carboard box/tree fortress equipped with make shift rod holders... it was impressive

am i the only one who hears "dueling banjos" when i walk down that trail??
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I don't know about other areas, but the bayshore has a set of "characters" that seem to flock to the area in the spring.


characters are an understatement, im always a little weary fishing around people who set up mini fortresses on the sod banks. i saw one guy this past fall with (what appeared to be) a combo carboard box/tree fortress equipped with make shift rod holders... it was impressive

am i the only one who hears "dueling banjos" when i walk down that trail??


"Lemme hear you squeal like a pig"

Dun care if there bailing large I wont fish that area no more.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:33 PM
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That spot, the wall, etc used to be great. Not many people showed up, used to park without incident, etc. A few of us would show up years ago, catch bASS on clams, have some beers and have a good time. Then the masses started showing up, making noise late at night, leaving their garbage, piss off the local residents, etc. Now I don't even bother going there.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:41 PM
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GT just edit the dam post.

Guppie: I also once thought sharing was a great idea, and it is, just be discreet about it.

These locations really do get out of hand.
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