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anyone in the NY\NJ area go fishing open flounder day and if you did what did you catch. I hope to go next week if the temps stay in the 50 to 60 degree range for the week.
 

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Greetings David!

Headed to Shark River Inlet tomorrow for a shot at the winter flatties. I'll let you know how I make out....

Opened my tackle box for the first time since November, 2002. Apparently some saltwater got into the bottom last trip and I put the box away wet. I now have a pile of terminal tackle that looks like a diorama of the rustbelt. I bought a Northeast Outfitters tackle bag (supposedly waterproof) that came complete with 4 waterproof plastic boxes (13.75 x 8.5 x 2 inches each) for $19.98 at Dick's Sporting Goods (regularly $39.99.) Hopefully this will put an end to the problem....

Sad thing is , I had just completely cleaned out the tackle box last Fall after a rogue wave soaked everything (including me) on the T-Jetty last October. I remember posting a question about surf bags. They just seem a bit expensive at $125.00 plus (but I guess its a bargain if you don't have to keep replacing rusted gear!) Luckilly I only lost hooks and rigs to the rust -- I figure $40.00 will replace everything. (I wouldn't have lost as much if I didn't insist on using bronze hooks in saltwater. The treated and stainless steel hooks can kill deeply hooked fish that are released.) Live and learn....

Anyway, hoping tomorrow proves successful. Fortunately, fishing for flatties doesn't require a lot of gear.
 

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Even though this year I had the worst case of cabin fever I've ever had I'm waiting one week so the temp can get a little warmer Jake keep me posted on the Sunday trip.
 

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Greetings David!

Your decision to wait is a good one...

Arrived at Shark River 1:00 PM. Went to the bait shop -- they were out of bloodworms and sandworms. Was stuck using frozen clams. I mentioned that we (Carol and I) were going to try a spot known as the the tennis courts, but the store owner said the hotspot the day before was right past his parking lot at the bend in the seawall. Carol and I set up and cast into what fast became a ripping incoming tide. Hard to hold bottom with two ounces. Tide never let up, nobody out of a dozen fihermen caught anything more than spider crabs, green crabs, and starfish. As people left we inherited left over bloodworms and sandworms, but our luck never changed. We left one fellow still hanging in at the seawall at 4:30 AM. When we passed the tennis courts we could see people still fishing there -- don't know how they did.

While we were at the seawall a couple of fellows who had rented a boat came in with three keepers, two 12 inchers and one 16.5 inch biggun. They stayed in one spot all day, raking and chumming. They caught them out in front of the tennis courts!

Guess I'm not too old to be "Huck Finn'd"...
 

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Sorry to here about the bad day but I bet it felt good to be out there I going Saturday the Tide is a mid day high so I going to fish the incoming hoping for the best.
 
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