Flatlander Surfcasting Custom Surf Belt giveaway

We have few big things to announce in the next week or so. Please be patient until we put finishing touches on what we are working on but I can assure you most of you will be very happy. We will also announce the winners of Surfcasters lures giveaway this weekend so stay tuned for that too. And ,btw, for those of you that are twitter crackheads, you can follow us now on Twitter @SurfcasterJRNL

Whatever that means… sooner or later we will need to clone ourselves to keep up with twitter, linking, fb, google+, instagram and on and on. who needs to go fishing when you can be an internet celebrity on so many outlets?

Today we will give you a chance to win a  very special and extremely sick surf belt from our friend  Jamie at Flatlander Surfcasting. To say this thing is overbuilt would be a colossal understatement. Last time I seen anything like this was when Hunter was making belts.

When was the last time you’ve seen a belt that stood like this on its own ? That is one stiff belt!gvetfgv

You want a buckle that can only be opened with by pressing both ends?

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Here is description given to me by Jamie

AustriAlpin Cobra polymer buckle.

Since it’s polymer it doesn’t corrode in saltwater, it is great in the surf and it is easy to use with gloves on.  Also, the AustriAlpin system is very secure and requires BOTH releases to be pushed at the same time in order for the belt to be removed (that’s why it’s used on police belts – very secure). 

Two layers of stiff dive belt webbing plus an outer layer of adjustable webbing.  On the inside of the belt I line it with loop velcro so you can slide on a d-ring (with hook velcro inside the loop) and the d-ring will not slide around the belt – it will stay in place.

I have had a number of questions asking if I can show exactly how my belt functions so I enlisted my daughter to shoot this quick video. I hope this helps!

Posted by Flatlander Surfcasting on Monday, March 16, 2015

Surfcasters Lures MEGA Giveaway

We’ll kick off the weekend with a sweet giveaway courtesy of Surfcasters Lures at  www.surfcasterslures.com. Since first words out of many of your mouths at the show are “I never win anything”, we’ll have three winners this time.

Each winner will receive one lure

Surfcasters Lures Predator

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Surfcasters Lures 7.5 inch needlefish

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Surfcasters Lures L.C. Junior

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on a side note, this is the last show weekend for us. We are working on few major things including the STRIPERTHON 2015 and hope to have few announcements for you in upcoming weeks including something totally new to us.

Stay tuned

Tommy will be at River’s End Tackle Striper Day in Old Saybrook CT and then we all reunite at Patchogue Flea market in NY on Sunday. See you there

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STRIPER SURF DAY AT RIVERS END TACKLE , OLD SAYBROOK, CT – March 21

March 21st, 2015 10-4

Under the snow there really will be a spring run. Get ready and celebrate it at Striper Surf Day. It’s a great day to hang out, take in a seminar and tell some lies with fellow surf rats. We’ll have great speakers and an emphasis on how to demonstrations, factory reps, sales, raffle prizes, great food and good friends.

FEATURED SURFCASTERS and DEMOS

Toby Lapinski – conducting a seminar on “How to fish Block Island” Toby, Steve McKenna and Dennis Z. will also be fielding questions during an open Q&A format seminar.

Steve McKenna – will be demonstrating how to rig sluggos and load Redfins and Northbar Bottle Darters.

Dennis Zambrotta – will demo how to rig teasers using Redgills and Senkos and how he rigs his redfins 4 different ways depending on surf conditions. He’ll also be signing copies of his book “Surfcasting Around the Block”

Dave Anderson – will demo his online magazine “Surfcasters Journal” Be sure to sign up or renew your subscription

Adam Romagna – is displaying antique striper plugs and can help ID and appraise your old lures.

Shimano – Roy Levya will demonstrate their new line of long distance surf rods and reels, including the new 9’6” model.

We’ll also have various reps from

Van Staal, Mak Surfcasting, Tsunami, Stormr,

Albie Snax lures, Gibbs lures, Guppy Lures,

Northbar Tackle and more.

It’s free, just show up.

New video from Berkeley Striper Club annual plug builder extravaganza, plus River’s End Surf day

We interrupt the Hunt for Big Stripers musing to bring you a new video from the Berkeley Striper Club  annual plug builder extravaganza. Btw, has anyone broken his toes before? Man, this sucks. I got into an a fight  with a couch on Saturday and couch leg won. I should really watch where i am going. Time for new eyeglass prescription?

Anyway, the plug madness is back in vogue. Kind of nice if you ask me. I am not sure if its related to economy rebounding or what, but it sure  not related to improvement in the fishing stocks. I could not believe how many people were lined up at Asbury on Sunday waiting for the show to open. Record crowds there, Surf Day and I am sure Berkeley. I managed to snag our occasional contributor (and the guy I wish it would write more) Russ Paoline who makes Big Rock Lures fora  quick chat

And while we are discussing custom wood, lets announce the winner of Gary Soldati’s Big Water lures Swimmer. The winner by random number generator is ….Kris Magnotti

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Haha, that is pretty hilarious. For those of ou that are not aware, Kris is a super duper tattoo artist working out of DaVinci Tattoo’s in Wantagh and is the person responsible for SJ Mermaid, grim Reaper and Moon girl shirt designs. Kris, you got five days to hit me with your hipping address at info@surfcastersjournal.com otherwise the GRS is going back into giveaway pile

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 STRIPER SURF DAY AT RIVERS END TACKLE , OLD SAYBROOK, CT – March 21                                  

                                March 21st, 2015  10-4

Under the snow there really will be a spring run.  Get ready and celebrate it at Striper Surf Day. It’s a great day to hang out, take in a seminar and tell some lies with fellow surf rats. We’ll have great speakers and an emphasis on how to demonstrations, factory reps, sales, raffle prizes, great food and good friends.

                      

           FEATURED  SURFCASTERS  and  DEMOS

Toby Lapinski – conducting a seminar on “How to fish Block Island” Toby, Steve McKenna and Dennis Z. will also be fielding questions during an open Q&A format seminar.

Steve McKenna – will be demonstrating how to rig sluggos and load Redfins and Northbar Bottle Darters.

Dennis Zambrotta – will demo how to rig teasers using Redgills and Senkos and how he rigs his redfins 4 different ways depending on surf conditions. He’ll also be signing copies of his book “Surfcasting Around the Block”

Dave Anderson – will demo his online magazine “Surfcasters Journal” Be sure to sign up or renew your subscription

Adam Romagna – is displaying antique striper plugs and can help ID and appraise your old lures.

Shimano – Roy Levya will demonstrate their new line of long distance surf rods and reels, including the new 9’6” model.

We’ll also have various reps from

Van Staal,  Mak Surfcasting, Tsunami, Stormr,

Albie Snax lures, Gibbs lures, Guppy Lures,

Northbar Tackle and more.

It’s free, just show up.

Hunt For Big Stripers Part II

Currents are very confusing for a lot of people and with a good reason. When you think about trying to explain why water is going out during the time of incoming tide, its difficult. Obviously the simple explanation is that large bays take time to drain through a narrow opening in the inlet,and there is a delay in current change. But still, when you come to the spot at three hours into incoming tide and the current is still moving out, it you can drive you up the wall. When targeting fish with lures I find that the most ….or I should say the best results come during the time of moving water. It’s not surprising then that most lures are designed to work at their best during periods of moving currents. What I also notice is that once the current starts to flow and fish start to feed they are rarely the big Fish from your dreams. Most of the time aggressive fish feed during the time of stronger current and big fish feed…… well during times you and I take a break haha…… Just kidding on that one but yes it seems a lot of times that we take a break, because the current has slowed down and fish have moved off, somebody nails the biggest fish of the night during that time. Is this an anomaly? Nope, especially in the inletsP1010041r455555555aaa

When fishing on the open beach the current is not as pronounced as it is in the inlets. This is why it’s often easier to predict movement of bigger fish into the area in the inlets that it is on the open beaches. Do you target breachway’s and inlets specifically looking for big fish if we already know current is the king there? Does this mean that you only target bigger finish during the time of a slower current? Not at all. For the most part to make it as general as possible you use leadheads during the stronger current period and live and rigged eels and giant shads during the periods when current slows down.P1010002
How many times have you had a good bite of decent size fish during the time while the current was running only to have a bite slow down as the current wanes. Like most of us you probably walked away thinking that the bite is over. After all no one fishes during slack right? To some extent this is true particularly if your purist with plugs. Many of the lures that we use are much more effective during the time when water is moving at a good clip. So most of us go grab a coffee during the time when tide or current is changing. But let’s look at what happens in the place where there is a strong current when the current ends or slows down.

All of the fluke and flounder that have that been buried in the sand for six hours facing into the current will now have to unearth themselves and change position , 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Can you imagine millions and millions of these fish exposed for the first time, trying to reposition themselves? Do you honestly think that big bass do not know this is about to happen? Do you honestly think big bass not know that storm is coming and they won’t be feeding for few days? You run to 7-Eleven to get milk and bread as soon as weatherman yells STORM ,what makes things they don’t?
Add to the equation all the blackfish, seabass and bergals that have to change the position in a rocks because the tide is either going to drop or rise.They are going to be exposed to predators too.
Now I’m sure you have heard before, particularly from Crazy Alberto about why he likes to fish the time around the waning current and why he feels there is only a 20 minute window for him to catch the biggest fish of the day? I never really explored this in details with him so I’m just going to give you my opinion but it seems to me that with all this big bait shifting around, exposed to predators, it would only seem natural that the big bass will be waiting to pounce on them. Let’s be honest, all they need is one or those big meals and they will be set for today. During the time of the strong currents you will find bigger fish closer to the bottom 99 out of 100 times. The exception here is if the big bait is traveling high in the water column. But like I just explained before, you don’t need to have a lot of bait in the area for big fish to feed. There is plenty of food for them already. In fact, a lot of times when you have a lot of bait there is so much competition for the food and aggressiveness of smaller fish usually results in them gets to your lure faster then a calculating big cow. So as far going after big fish in a fast water, I would go with big jigs fishing them as close to the bottom as possible without dragging the bottom. This requires quite a bit of finesse and also requires you to observe the changing conditions and speed of the current. Most of the time you will have to increase or decrease the size of the jig as the speed of current changes. Otherwise you will be the dredging bottom or floating too high in a water column. Big fish only need a small depression in the sandy bottom in order to break the flow of the current and just because you can’t see it, that doesn’t mean its not there. My feeling on the structure has always been that big fast rips are great for all a lot of fish but the back eddies of those same rips might not be as good for “numbers” but they give you better shot at one big fish

more thoughts coming up in Part III

 

River’s End Tackle, Old Saybrook CT    STRIPER SURF DAY                                    

                                March 21st, 2015  10-4

Under the snow there really will be a spring run.  Get ready and celebrate it at Striper Surf Day. It’s a great day to hang out, take in a seminar and tell some lies with fellow surf rats. We’ll have great speakers and an emphasis on how to demonstrations, factory reps, sales, raffle prizes, great food and good friends.

                      

           FEATURED  SURFCASTERS  and  DEMOS

Toby Lapinski – conducting a seminar on “How to fish Block Island” Toby, Steve McKenna and Dennis Z. will also be fielding questions during an open Q&A format seminar.

Steve McKenna – will be demonstrating how to rig sluggos and load Redfins and Northbar Bottle Darters.

Dennis Zambrotta – will demo how to rig teasers using Redgills and Senkos and how he rigs his redfins 4 different ways depending on surf conditions. He’ll also be signing copies of his book “Surfcasting Around the Block”

Dave Anderson – will demo his online magazine “Surfcasters Journal” Be sure to sign up or renew your subscription

Adam Romagna – is displaying antique striper plugs and can help ID and appraise your old lures.

Shimano – Roy Levya will demonstrate their new line of long distance surf rods and reels, including the new 9’6” model.

We’ll also have various reps from

Van Staal,  Mak Surfcasting, Tsunami, Stormr,

Albie Snax lures, Gibbs lures, Guppy Lures,

Northbar Tackle and more.

It’s free, just show up.

The Hunt for Big Stripers Part 1

After giving a seminar on how to target big bass I got thinking because of something that was mentioned to me by Charlie M from Choopy Lures. He said that info in my book The Art of Surfcasting with Lures, was right on, BUT certain things do not apply to where he fishes. For example, head on winds are different direction on LI than they are in NJ. As such they create very different conditions. Talk about a white water fishing to guys from CT and you’ll get a lot of yawns in the audience. Not, not because I suck at speaking, but because they only see white water during extreme weather and even then its choppy little waves, not exactly what i have in mind when i talk about it. And then you talk to guys in Massachusetts and they are looking at you like you have three heads when you mention putting on a wetsuit because all you ever need at canal are white boots, bunch of plugs or bucket with eels.

What is different when it comes to targeting big fish from the stuff from that I wrote in my book? Just about everything. To be honest with you, when it comes to big fish I see the success rate go like this, from best to least, live/rigged eels, bait, plugs…. yeah, I’ll get a lot of hollering from purist who insist that they can do just as well on plugs as the guys with eels but I don’t buy it. I’ve seen it way too many times where eels took big fish when no one was doing squat to believe that. Trying to pull a cow from blitz of schoolies almost never works either. Yup. staying behind the blitz after the schooling fish have passed and using big metal lip and even a pencil popper (big edge here to Atom 40 or big Danny plug) has worked forever. But even then, the size of your “cow” is generally big in comparison to blitzing fish but in reality, rarely a 40 or 50 pound fish is even in the area. Big fish ignore plugs most of the time, they did not get that big by eating everything in sight. You’ll never see big fish in numbers feeding on white bait or spearing. It would take too much effort to fill their bellies. You’ll never see a Sumo wrestler on the line for salad bar either.

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Where will you find a big fish?
Here is my opinion. You’ll find them in places not so different in structure along the Northeast coast. Generally, you want to be in the  place where deep water is in the close proximity in case they need to bolt out of there. Giant bass rarely are seen on mud or sand flats in inches of water. You want availability of big bait in the close proximity. One blackfish, fluke, sea bass or similar species will make a fine dinner for Ms. Bass. You want to find out where big fish are being landed and you want to find out when. Because in my opinion, big fish feed only during specific periods each day and then they are inactive or just schooling. ..and reading SJ on their waterproof IPad’s.

After you do all this, you still need moon and tides to come together to create optimal conditions for success. You can catch smaller fish from the surf under any conditions, even fishing the “wrong” tide for specific places, catching a big fish is in my opinion a little more challenging
In Part 2, I’ll look at tide and current influence on feeding habits of big fish.
For all you FB junkies i suggest you visit Magical Bucktail  FB page today. Dante Soriente is giving away a crapload of his signature ducktails

here is the link

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MagicTail-Bucktails/366916750153943?fref=nf

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Plugs, plugs and more plugs

Show season is over for us for the most part other than River’s End and Patchogue Flea Market , we are done. It was awesome seeing so many of you, and again, thank you for your kind words about what we do. We all strive to make SJ better each year.

Speaking of SJ, Tommy who has been burning the candle on three ends, at home, doing shows and designing SJ told me new issue will be done towards the end of the week. Something I am sure many of you are looking forward to it

For those who were wondering why i looked half-dead at Asbury show yesterday, limping terribly….I had a misfortune of picking a fight with a couch and the couch leg won. Right now my foot is a size of grapefruit, no way to fit it into construction boot.

And the weather..50 degrees…Holy crap I forgot how sunshine feels with a minus zero windchill. i better get my fishing stuff in order asap..its what my brain is telling me. Some months we has a very good fishery in North Shore back bays on mud flats in March but I don’t think this is going to be that kind of a year.

I had a pleasure of having a table next to Cyclone yesterday who sold out in 23 minutes after the show opened. Which is late for him….haha

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On the other side of our table was a new face at Asbury, Tank Surfcasting who is making some nice stuffbbb

Its always nice to see guys from DT Lures. Looking forward to giving this 3.5 oz pencil popper a shot this spring now that my elbow has stopped barking

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I got to see  Dante’s Soriente Bucktails which he makes under MagicTail brand on FB. Dude can tie one mean bucktail. Snagged this great looking bunker pattern from him

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M Fischer Plugs popper looks sweet

 

aaa1One of the more interesting new plugs is Vertabrae Lures. It looks like a darter that jointed in 4 places. Lou Caruso said he did good one night with them last year and that they cast surpassingly well. I got my hand on one and I am looking forward to seeing this for myself. Definitely the most interesting thing I’ve seen in awhileasae asd

There was a lot of people at Ward Melville, Berkley and Asbury and it was great to see all. Hell some people were at all three shows, not displaying, but shopping! My wife got nothing on you, and you know who you are!

Luna custom plugs, Arsenal, DMag, Big Rock and so many others were there that if I wasn’t at table with my lovely daughter who asked to help and came for the first time, i would have left my mortgage $ there and begged for toll money to get back home. The plug madness, after being extinguished or docile for few years is burning brightly yet again. Good, glad to see record crowds at all shows and again, our sincerest thanks to Asbury, Berkley, Ward Melville, RISAA and Surf Days crews for putting together great events. Ward Melvile Expo is growing leaps and bounds and it might be time to expand it next year. Fortunately they have that ability. If you are a vendor put this on your list for next year. Seeing Don and Steve Musso from Super Strike Lures is always a treat.

I am hesitant to bring this up, don’t want to make this about sj gear but I also want to be fair…before we let everyone else know.

We know a lot of you could not make it to shows..everything that we had at shows is now in our online store at www.surfcastersgear.com, including new moon Girls and Mean Bass tees, restocked Long Sleeve and short Night crew, hats and whatever Mean bass hoodies are left from the shows. We figured we let the blog readers know about it first

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More giveaway of some real cool stuff coming up

Gary Soldati Big Water Lures , SLIM Medium Diver giveaway

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Any day that you find a box with some GRS Pikes from Gary Soldati from big Water Lures on your doorsteps is good day. Of course they are for you guys, after all, without you, there is no Surfcaster’s Journal Magazine but I do get to drool over them until one of you wins them http://www.bigwaterlures.com/

Today’s giveaway is for one GRS Slim Medium Diver, Dark Blue Iridescent Scale. You really got to hold this plug in your hand to appreciate it fully

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Few notes, SJ crew will be at Ward Melville Expo tomorrow and Asbury on Sunday. This is probably for most of you a last chance to pick up a new free SJ gear with renewal or subscriptioIMG_4427n and hoodies at show special pricing. We hope to see you thereL51806

 

 

 

A note from SJ Rod Guru Lou Caruso who will be at Ward Melville Expo and for the first time he is going to have some prebuilt rods for sale, some blanks and also Rod Geeks rods on display.

Sabre 11′ Blanks (3)

Sabre 11′ Light action beach rods (3)

Sabre 10 1/2′ Light action rod

St Croix 10′ Avid 1-4

CTS Vapor Trail 11′ 1-3

CTS Vapor Trail 11′ 6″ 4-8

Rainshadow 1086 Extended from 9′ to 10′   3-6 Great jetty/canal rod

Fiberstar 8′  1/2 – 2  Great back bay rod

 

All rods were built with fuji K Frame guides with custom handles.

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Ward Melville Expo is free, with all proceeds benefiting Ward Melville High School Fishing Club

PARTICIPATING VENDORS (alphabetical)
Custom Rods
Al Goldberg Custom Rods
ChunkZ Customs
Eastern Rodworks
Fishing Rods By Captain Neil
Keep’em Bent Custom Rods
Lou’s Custom Rods

Custom Lures/Plugs/Jigs
247 Lures
Aage Bjerring
Al Gag Custom Lures
Asgard Jigs
Big Fischer Lures
Blue Frog Bucktails
Chucks Bucks
DNO’s Tackle
Geezer’s Teasers
Harvey’s Killer Teasers
Nick Bocchino’s Custom Lures
North Bar (Sporting Wood) Tackle
Premium Bucktails
S & S Bucktails
Super Strike Lures
Tank Surfcasting Lures
Tom’s Trophy Teasers

Charter/Party Boats/Guide Services

Bloodline Sportfishing w/ Capt. Joe Wenegenofsky
Capt. Bob Fishing Fleet
Bucktails II Charters
Captains Table Charters
Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet
Eleventh Step Fishing Charters
King Cod
Lori-C Fishing
Maybe Tonight Fishing Charters
Moonlight Lady Charters
Northport Charters
Offshore Harry Sportfishing Charters
Orient Star IV
Osprey Fishing Fleet
Reel Science Charters
Shinnecock Star
Stony Brook Charters
Sunrise Charters

Individuals
Angelo Peluso
Lawrence Carlucci
Warren Dennington
Bill Durkee
George Fabricatore
Louis Falsetta
Paul Krupsky
Ron Powell
Ronald Setnikar
John Skinner
Bill Smith
Todd Teichert
Tom Kehlenbach
Mitch Barber
Mark Yetman

Tackle Shops/Small Businesses
Captain Kayak
Fishing United
ePoseidon Tackle Company
Fishy Business Tackle
Great South Bay Bait & Tackle
Jones Beach Fishing Station
L I Outdoorsman
Miller Place Bait & Tackle
Montauk Tackle Co.
Paulie’s Tackle of Montauk
River Bay Outfitters
Rocky Point Fishing Stop
Smiths Point Bait & Tackle
The Surfcaster
White Water Outfitters
Zev’s Best Fishing Rigs

Marine Photography
Captured McGraphics
Fish Guy Photos
Great South Bay Images

Organizations
1 @32 Pledge
Classical Education Services — Boaters Saftey
KFA-NY (Kayak Fishing Assn of NY)
Lady Reelers
LI Spearfishing Group
LIBBA (Long Island Beach Buggy Association)
Long Island Flyrodders
LUHI Fishing Program
North Brookhaven Sport Fishing Club
Sea Tow of Port Jefferson

Publications

Surfcaster’s Journal
The Fisherman Magazine

 

Asbury Park on Sunday

vendors for website 2015