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Old 11-04-2013, 03:06 PM
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I haven't ever gotten myself out to the Hook since starting on this surf fishing business about 10 years ago. I am interested, but don't know the first steps, as in where to park and which direction to walk.
Is there an old thread or an article in the archives outlining the basics, as there is for IBSP?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:03 PM
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here's some info from an old article:

A tremendous number of fly fishing opportunities are available in the Sandy Hook area of NJ, for both the shorebound longrodder and recreational boater. This seven mile long, 1,665 acre, barrier spit is surrounded by water on three sides and marks the northern most part of the 128 miles of New Jersey coastline. The area offers excellent oceanfront, back bay, and river access.

Sandy Hook and its surrounding Bay waters are fed by four river systems that converge and comprise what is known as part of the New York Bight. These river systems are the Hudson, Raritan, Shrewsbury, and the Navesink. Today Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area that is maintained by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. It is one of the more than 360 parks that comprise the system. It is also a site on the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail.
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A very prominent and historic landmark is situated adjacent to the entrance to Sandy Hook that is easily identifiable. This is the Twin Lights of the Highlands that overlooks the Shrewsbury River and the Highlands Bridge. Crossing over this Bridge will give one access to the Hook. A nominal fee is charged from Memorial Day through Labor Day to enter Sandy Hook. Fishing is permitted at any unguarded beach during daylight hours during this time period. In the off-season all ocean beaches are open to fishing. A permit however is required to fish at night during anytime of the year. These permits can be purchased at the Ranger Station.

The entrance to the Hook is the first area that should be explored as it offers excellent opportunities for striped bass, weakfish, and bluefish. The parking area at the Toll Plaza will give one access to both the beaches along the Shrewsbury River and the oceanfront. At this point the Shrewsbury River parallels the Hook and empties into Sandy Hook Bay. Swift currents are present along the Bay side and will necessitate the need for quick sinking lines during periods of tidal change. During slack tides intermediate lines will work fine. On the Oceanside one will find a moderately sloping beach with only one small rock jetty that is present at this point. There are however numerous holes and drop-offs in the surf zone that traditionally hold fish throughout the season.

As you move north along the main road or by boat through the Bay you will encounter Plum Island that is the next location that is worth investigating. This area is mostly fished from shore and is frequently bypassed by boaters. Here you will find the old boat channel that runs relatively close to the Island's beach. It is known for its steep drop-off that provides excellent structure to attract large weakfish throughout the spring. Parking is available adjacent to the Island at Area B . A short distance north of Plum Island in the Bay is Skeleton Island and the surrounding waters of Spermaceti Cove. This entire area offers an excellent combination of channels, flats, cuts, and drop-offs. It is a favorite area for the longrodder to seek shelter from the wind when it is blowing hard out of the northeast along the oceanfront. Working the cuts around Skeleton Island that separate it from Sandy Hook are particularly productive during the outgoing tides as baits are flushed through these narrow passageways. The boater should exercise caution however in this area as the flats come up quickly as you move close to the shoreline. Small blues will frequently blitz the surface in this area providing excellent action when casting surface poppers or Bob's Bangers on floating lines. Access to this area on foot is adjacent to Parking Areas C, D, and the Visitor Center.

Just north of Spermaceti Cove you will find the Ranger Station, Area E, and Area F or better known as the Fishing Beach. Good beachfront access is available along this section and many longrodders will get a shot at false albacore in the fall as they move in and out harassing small baits such as rainfish, spearing, and peanut bunker.

North of this location on the Bay side is Horseshoe Cove, another sheltered location with plenty of fly fishing opportunities. At the northern most point of the Cove is an old artillery bunker that has dispersed rubble around the water's edge. One can stand at this location and cast without entering into the water.

As one heads further north by boat out into the main part of Sandy Hook Bay you will come to the area known as the Bug Light. This area of Sandy Hook is part of historic Fort Hancock and home to one of the U.S. Coast Guard bases that are found along the Coast. This location forms what is known as the true tip of Sandy Hook. This is an excellent location to fish as water refracting around the tip of the Hook creates fast currents and rip lines.

As you proceed around the tip of the Hook heading east you will come to a location that is well known throughout the state as "The Rip". The Sandy Hook Rip has been highly publicized and is well known for the trophy fish that can be taken from her waters. Currents move through here very quickly and make it a difficult area to fly fish but targeting these waters as the tide slackens can result in pretzeling your rod with a trophy linesider. Fishing larger bunker patterns or wide-bodied deceivers particularly in the fall can be rather productive.

The area of "The Rip" can also be accessed by foot. You will need to park in the Nine Gun Battery lot that is located at the end of the main road adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. From here you will walk the Fisherman's Trail out to the beach. You can wade out into the water and fish the drop-offs that run parallel to the beach at this point.

Heading two miles east of "The Rip" will bring you to the area known as the False Hook and the False Hook Channel. This is the northern most point of the New Jersey Coastline before the topography of the land refracts around to form its tip. Here you will fine some high dunes where the fly fisher can tuck behind when the wind is howling from the southeast. Excellent rip lines along with water depths reaching twenty feet are available close to shore.

If you head south at this location along the oceanfront beach you will come to North Beach. In the fall this is one of the first outer beaches in New Jersey that sees a large concentration of mullet and peanut bunker congregate along the shoreline as they migrate to more southerly waters. Here we will see some of the first New Jersey blitzes that are so typical as baits are pinned right against the shoreline by stripers, blues, and false albacore.

Lastly, the waters that lie adjacent to the tip of Sandy Hook consist of three locations that make up some of the finest fishing grounds along our Coast. These areas are Romer Shoal, Flynns Knoll, and the Raritan Reach. All three of these locations are best fished by anchoring up and creating a chum slick to bring the fish up towards the boat. Here the fly fisher will need to utilize quick sinking lines like the Airflo DF500 or heads fabricated from Cortland's LC13 to get down to the level of the fish. The hour on either side of slack high or low tide is the best time.

Sandy Hook is a Carry In/Carry Out Park so please take your trash with you when leaving. Trash bags are provided throughout the Park. To get to Sandy Hook take Exit 117 on the Garden Sate Parkway to Route 36 East to its end. Or head north along Ocean Avenue through the towns of Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. Either route will take you directly to the Park entrance.


there's plenty of info in past reports, but I don't know of any SSC specific article on Sandy Hook
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:14 PM
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I'm sure there are guys with more experience at the Hook than me, but I can tell you that I had some of my most memorable surfcasting sessions at the tip of the Hook.

November, nighttime, Bombers into the rip.........good times

My recommendation is throw your 6-inch Bomber across the current (a little upstream) and then just stay in contact with it while the lip digs in and it swings through.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:43 AM
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Gunnison beach in the summer. All the cows you can handle.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:22 PM
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The article RobS provided is a good guide to the various locations at The Hook. The rip at "the tip" of the hook is much smaller than it used to be thanks to the growth of the "false hook". The tip was still productive until early summer but fell off as summer went on. The false hook is closed for nesting birds in the spring but after it opened it was the hot spot until now. Plenty of beach to explore at night in the summer and don't let the live firing at Fort Hancock scare you off, I haven't been hit yet.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:02 PM
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Where is the dredging taking place at Sandy Hook now...close to the TIP? I saw some of those photos posted but I am not sure where exactly they were taken from...
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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Where is the dredging taking place at Sandy Hook now...close to the TIP? I saw some of those photos posted but I am not sure where exactly they were taken from...
Dredging is on the bay side right now, not a factor for fishing. Foot bridge repairs at horseshoe cove are more of a problem, but not much going on there right now anyway.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:26 PM
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Thanks for info..
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:26 AM
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We went Mon for the first time in many many years. There is a parking lot as soon as you enter the park just past the guard shack. It was crowded but a fairly short walk to the surf. In the middle up the main road there is a big sign that says fishing. You have to park on the street and not a bad walk to the surf. If you go all the way to the point there is plenty of parking but also plenty of walking. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the surf and another 20 if you go all the way to the point. It seemed much easier when I was younger. I now opt for the middle section
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:42 PM
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A quick update. This afternoon a rep from an engineering firm was putting up barrier w/warning tape at the end of the fisherman's trail heading toward the False Hook. He said they are going to start dredging of the False Hook. I'm not sure how close we can approach from the North Beach lot or if we're even going to want to once dredging is under way. On the bright side, the "Fisherman's Beach" road is open again.
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