Out of state stripers

Micheal P. Noonan SR. Fishing on the beast out of tilghmans Maryland, boated this beautiful striper along with many others.

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Slammin stripers

I have not been able to post in a while due to some technical problems but the site is now back up and running. Last week Matt Traina and Big Russ Bethon headed out on the “dirty mary” out of Atlantic highlands for a day of striper fishing. They trolled plugs after bait fishing with no success. After all said an done they boated 8 stripers. 2 of which were throw backs but still plenty to limit out the boat. Among the 6 was this beauty caught by Big Russ Bethon.(shown below). Either the striper fishing is still real hot or these guys are just good.

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A true die hard fisherman

This past saturday opened the annual trout season here in new jersey. Thousands of new jersey anglers flocked to the edge of all the rivers with all different goals from all different flocks of life. Some looking for meat, some searching for that monster, and others looking to continue the tradition with their children and even grand children. As I get older I am starting to realize more and more that I really do not understand this sport and I don’t think it is anything that any of of ever will. Usually with most sports there are goals and there is also a time when you realize that it is time to hang it up and just enjoy the rest of your life. This will never be the case for a true fisherman. As you can stare down the river and notice a 5 year old child to an 85 year old man that can barely walk both with the same agenda. No matter what you catch or what you accomplish you will continue to chase more until you are no longer physically able too. It’s just something that’s in your blood that some of us have have and some don’t. I notice in my life I have made many friends and I have lost a lot of friends also. But the ones that I have that I fish with I have never lost. And that is because although you have many friends And family that you hold dear to your heart the ones that you fish with are your brothers and the time you spend on the water with them is precious and irreplaceable. I can’t remember what I even did on my 23rd birthday but I can tell you about every big fish that I caught and got away in the past 10 years. As the weather begins to warm and The most sacred season has begun. I wish everyone good luck and keep on chasin um

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Damn you modoski

I have no fishing to report because I haven’t been fishing in 3 days and I’m going into withdrawl. We’re definetly planning a fishing trip for good Friday and it’s my turn to choose the target. But somehow I am once again thinking about musky. I have invested somewhere around 50 hours of fishing in the past few months and I have not not landed the elusive fish yet. Everytime I go I question if I even wanna go again but it’s starting to crawl I my blood like an addiction .I have never had any fish elude me so many times. So many choices on what to fish for but here we go again. For good Friday the target will be the new jersey lake monster once again.

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Merrill creek. Round 2

About 2 weeks ago me and Russ took the new tracker the “chooot em” out on the reservoir for the maiden voyage. After bouncing around the lake for a few hours with nothing we just decided to leave. On Thursday we decided to give it another shot just in search of that one monster brown that this place is famous for. We arrived at the boat launch at 8 am with a terrible fog hanging on the lake causing zero visibility. As we slowly made our way out the fog began to lift. We started drifting shiners and air injected worms on the west wall from 15 to 40 ft for 2 hours with no success at all. I was completely determined to not get beat by this lake again so I really felt I need to change things up. I headed out to stumps an anchored up right on the edge in 54 ft of water. Within 5 minutes russels rod doubled over and he landed a nice 22 inch lake trout. While he was removing the hook uncle richies rod went over and he landed his first ever laker at 16 inches. Short on time and still looking for a brown we pulled anchor and headed for the south tower and once again anchored up in 50 ft of water. Within about 1 hour finally a rod went over and this was it. I really thought we finally had that 10 + brown because of how violently russes rod was going. After a good 5 minute fight I finally got a look and realized it was a beastly pickeral. Kind of disappointing but also exciting at the same time. We didn’t get that fish we were looking for but still a pretty good day of fishing. Really can’t complain

Location: Merrill creek reservoir

Weather: cloudy, high of 75. Winds 2 mph

Water clarity and temp: crystal clear at 53.9 degrees

Species landed: lake trout, pickeral

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Thinking yellow! Not green

When most people think of st. Patrick’s day , they think of beer, green , and corn beef. We think of it as a reminder of a new jersey kept secret waiting to explode. Every year hundreds of thousands yellow perch around this week begin to make their way out of the big lakes and make their way up into small feeder creeks to spawn. They are also very hungry and very aggressive. For the past 2 days me, Josh Merrill and nick telesmanic have been at the bank of a small feeder creek less than 15 yards wide catching good sized yellow perch on every cast . I cannot give the exact location because it is not mine to give. The baits of choice have been fatheads, night crawlers and meal worms. Simply rigged on a # 8 hook with a bobber 2 feet up the line. In the past 2 days we have landed 404 yellow perch. 4 muskies. 1 walleye and 1 largemouth bass. We have gone though 324 fathead minnows, 72 night crawlers, and we’ve cut and frozen over 200 fillets of yellow perch

Location : top secret

Species landed: yellow perch, musky, walleye, largemouth bass

Water clarity: extremely murky:

Weather highs of 68 with no wind

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The Shepard delivers again

2 days ago me and nick telesmanic headed out for a quick afternoon of crappie fishing on shepards lake. Within 2 hours we had 1 nice crappie but lost it at the rail of the boat. We decided for the last hour of light we would jerk the shoreline for pickerel just to bend the rods. With in the first 3 cast you could see the pickerel flashing already. From that point on we had had action on pickerel all the way up the entire shore line until it was too dark to see!!!

Today me and John fantacone decided to fish green turtle pond in ring wood nj. After several hours of fishing we caught absolutely nothing. Not even a single bite. Instead of just packing it in I decided to pull the boat out and relaunch it back into Shepards lake once again! Within a half hour John land and gigantic crappie and I landed a pickerel. As we targeted the shore again with jerk baits we had nonstop action all the way to dark!! For the second time Shepperds lake becomes a go to spot..

Location: shepperds lake

Wind: 0 to 5 mph:

Water clarity: murky

Species landed: crappie and pickerel

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I just can’t believe this

Round valley famous for its prestine aqua blue water and trophy fish production is also famous for something else I learned today. The lake is absolutely notorious for extreme weather conditions, depths of 200 feet and also the number of bodies that have been pulled from this massive reservoir. Today me and Russ were in for a day that we would never forget. We launched from the boat launch around 9 am and began trolling sutton spoons in search of some lake trout. Around 11 am Russ finally landed a 22 inch beauty in around 90 ft of water near the south tower. After about another hour of trolling we decided to head for the shallows and fish for browns. As we rounded the corner of ranger cove we noticed a few people standing ashore and staring at a lifeless body that had once again surfaced from the depths of round valley. We were in complete and total shock and headed for the boat launch and decided to call it a day. It was a good reminder and a wake up call of how dangerous the sport of fishing can be . Especially on round valley.

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I just can’t believe this

Round valley famous for its prestine aqua blue water and trophy fish production is also famous for something else I learned today. The lake is absolutely notorious for extreme weather conditions, depths of 200 feet and also the number of bodies that have been pulled from this massive reservoir. Today me and Russ were in for a day that we would never forget. We launched from the boat launch around 9 am and began trolling sutton spoons in search of some lake trout. Around 11 am Russ finally landed a 22 inch beauty in around 90 ft of water near the south tower. After about another hour of trolling we decided to head for the shallows and fish for browns. As we rounded the corner of ranger cove we noticed a few people standing ashore and staring at a lifeless body that had once again surfaced from the depths of round valley. We were in complete and total shock and headed for the boat launch and decided to call it a day. It was a good reminder and a wake up call of how dangerous the sport of fishing can be . Especially on round valley.

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Welcome to the valley of the giants

I have never really fished round valley during the day because of its high winds and big waves. But now with the new boat I figured I would give it a shot. Me big Russ and greg set out on round valley at Around 9 am. We started by the south tower and trolled across the lake to the north tower with silver spoons trying to hold around 80 feet. On the first troll in around 65 feet of workwater the first rod went over an I landed my first lake trout ever and also my first fish on the new boat . It looked as if it was gonna be a great day but high winds and ruff waters made it a very tuff day of fishing. Only had one other hook up on a fish that was lost. I will be trying again on Thursday. Water clarity was absolutely perfect. Winds 15 to 20 mph around 55 degrees.

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