With all that considered and an arctic blast coming in this weekend, we're going to haul the boat for winter layup and maintenance in order to be ready to go for the April 1st tog opener! Please give us a call or email soon to get your 2016 dates reserved for all of the great trips that we offer!
Chuck Many made his first such presentation, but one angler told me that it was the best striper seminar he'd ever attended as Many went through a typical day on his Ty Man from from Gateway Marina in Highlands in great detail -- starting with the all-important gathering of fresh bait, no matter how long that may take. Many is strictly a private angler who fishes only for stripers and releases every one.
Despite very cold temperatures and strong winds, it will be warm in the Middletown VFW, on Veteran's Lane off Rt. 36 East, where the annual Hi-Mar Striper Club's Fishing Flea Market and Seminars will run from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. Saturday. Over the past 18 years this event has raised nearly 250,000 making it one of IGFA's most successful fund raising events on their annual calendar. A cocktail hour precedes a deluxe hot and cold buffet dinner followed by the Fishing Tackle Bonanza Auction where thousands of dollars worth of fishing tackle including rods, reels, line and lures donated by major tackle manufacturers and local tackle shops, plus jewelry, marine artwork and other fishing related items and accessories will be given away.
Paul Jameson from Philadelphia bagged three cod, two pollock and five ling. Striper pro Chuck Many will be doing one of the seminars, and I'll be there with some tackle that my wife insists on getting out of the garage.
The water was cold with 39 degrees as far out as 10 miles and 42-44 degrees from 15-30 miles. The best bite seems to be the further you get from the Delaware Bay as the water flowing out of the bay is quite cold from all the snow runoff.