We need you today for fishing access tomorrow! By Bill Jakob

Bill Jakob

President Montauk Surfcasters Association

The warm Spring breeze carried the scent of lilac, hyacinth and the sweet smell of the back bay waters warming by the heightening sun. Thoughts of  Stripers, Bluefish and Weakfish danced in my head – alright it’s starting to sound like the Christmas story!

Heading off to the Bay with my 7 foot Bay rod and my shiny new VR50 loaded with 20 lb braid and my favorite lead headed rubber bait, I was hoping to get into some great light tackle action. Rounding the bend off the bypass was a street that lead down to a section of sandy beach parted by decades old dock pilings giving way to  a muddy bottom adjoining a small creek. Here I had scored well on the triple play, especially huge spring Bluefish long and lean.

Hues in silver, blue and lavender they smashed and ran like freight trains destined to Hell. Then there was the Bass, stripers sometimes pushing the twenty pound mark.

Trimmed in fresh green, flanked in stripes and silver- sporting a white belly marked from winter parasite scares. Slowly they cruise the shallow edges of the back bay looking for worms or spearing.

But the best to come was the

Weakfish ripe to spawn, fins of yellow and spotted in copper with tinges of purple and blue iridescence. Excitement welled up from somewhere deep within like a primeval desire to hunt – I couldn’t wait to step waist deep in Spring’s salty cold waters.

Pulling up to the end of the road, several shiny new white and red signs lined the street with the words; no parking- no standing !

I thought what the $&”@, where did these come from.  Driving down the block to the next access road revealed the same horror, no parking – no standing !

My dream now fully thwarted,  I was faced with illegally parking or going home. What happened I mused as I sat behind the wheel.

This is an increasing dilemma many are faced with every year.

No parking, no fishing, no parking after dark, no vehicles on the beach.

I’m one of the lucky ones having grown up on eastern Long Island having access to drive on miles of beach and fish anywhere I please. Today is quite a different picture.

Recently taking the helm of the Montauk Surfcasters Association after the passing of legendary fishing advocate Willy Young, I pledged, drawing a line in the sand that we would not lose another inch and we will take back what is ours !

I ask every surf fishing enthusiast  to join me and The Montauk Surfcasters Association to take back what is ours, paid for by our taxes. We need you today for fishing access tomorrow!

Join MSA  Surfcasters.org or find us on Facebook

Editors note

Thanks to all that stoped by SJ table at Surf Day NJ yesterday and thanks to JSS for a great organization of yet another wonderful event. We know some of you cant make to all the shows so we are putting some Fox hoodies we have, new Tools of trade long Sleeve shirts and skateboards in our store for two days only. After that they will be available only at Ward Mellvile show

New video

I was going through my stuff last week and as I had all these plugs laid out on a bench I said, hmmm, wouldn’t it be neat to do The Art of the Surfcasting with Lures book in a video form? Not exact copy of the book, but basically me, sharing some thoughts that pop in my head

Unscripted

Unrehearsed

Mispronounced

Quintessential me, basically LOL

 

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check out this new awesome video posted by our friend Cabofurfcaster Wesley

 

Striper Day IV video by Sergio Diaz

Nice Striper Day IV video by Sergio Diaz

 

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PS

We are back in video production with 6 looooooong videos completed and more to be be done, coming your way starting in few days. This of in terms of audible The Art of surfcasting book with more mispronounced  words than you’d thought it would be possible by one human being..lol

some new stuff in online store too (and Tommy is working on some sick new stuff)

 

 

 

 

 

STRIPER DAY IV

I would like to express gratitude to all of you who came under some very challenging conditions to the Striper Day IV at Ward Melville HS on Sunday. What at one point looked like surefire cancelation of a show, ended up turning into a very enjoyable day, although very wet in the morning. Show went  without a major hitch and this is all due to efforts of the members of SJ Show Staff AND Ward Melville HS Fishing Club and faculty.

Raffle raised almost 8K which will go towards scholarships for some students that normally would not be a recipients of such awards. In my opinion, now that i got a better fell for the club and its members, I think this is a remarkable organization. And yes, just like any iconic brand or company it is being led by a charismatic and caring teacher, Mr Bob Wilson. My hat is off to him and his staff and all the members on a great organization.

We were extremely happy that those who wanted early place on line did not enter the school property till 5 AM as we pleaded with them. I have heard today (actually for the first time) that they had some type of an honorary “list” amongst themselves where they put names in order in which they come. And then honor this  “list” when access is granted at 5AM. This is definitely something that is a news to me. Not sure how I feel about it.

We had more vendors at Ward Melville than we ever had before and yet we had these beautiful wide isles where you could shop and chat with pleasure. Ward gym is about 15 000 square feet compared to 6000 square feet at Hofstra so we got room and we used all of it. The plug builder lines were kept in middle of the isles not to interfere with other vendors. There was a good mix or vendors from clothing co to plug builders galore to tackle shops, multiple rod co and other retailers specializing in surf fishing. We’ve turned away a lot of interested vendors, although we could have accommodated them with space, they just did not have the right mix of product for a Striper Day type of show.

There are definite things we have to improve on if we are invited back next year. Smoking was a bigger issue than I’ve ever thought it would be. We have to do a better job of educating our visitors and vendors that there is ZERO smoking on school grounds EVER. That was a little disappointing. We also need some better signage for seminars including a bigger easel with seminar schedule.Handing out seminar schedule fliers did help a great deal.

Many of our vendors that canceled at last minute , mainly from NJ and MA did not do it due to the snow but because of potentially  devastating ice conditions in the afternoon. Instead of canceling the show during the week, decision was made to cut hours from 3 30 to 2 30 in order to get vendors on the road in the daylight. Obviously we got lucky with downright balmy conditions on Long Island but we did not know that when we made a decision. As it was, we had one vendor with car issue that could not make the show at all, but fortunately he was not hurt. Speaking of the show times (my biggest pet peeve) …EVERY single show we attend, and we attend them all, is absolutely dead after 2 PM. Event flea market type events can be dead often at noon. Last year we had our shark headline speaker at Hofstra that we flew in from Florida speak to SEVEN people in the auditorium that holds 500 at 4PM . It was stupid and embarrassing. My point is , I don’t know anyone who wants to be at the show after 3 PM, vendor or attendee so in my opinion, the shows (any show) should never go past 3 PM. Just my opinion, but something we should take into account next year

PUBLIC NOTICE

Two guys that signed up for SJ subscription  at Striper Day we cant reach because the email they gave us at the show bounced. If you know either one please have them contact us at info@surfcastersjournal.com

Max Scaduto goomax05@msn.com

Frank Meyer ejmeyer3@aol.com

if you know them. help us get in touch

Again, from SJ crew and staff and membership of Ward Melville HS club and faculty BIG THANK YOU

STRIPER DAY RAFFLE RESULTS FROM THEIR SITE

Thank you to all that contributed to Striper Day IV.  The Surfcasters Journal Crew did an awesome job putting on the show.  Thanks to the vendors that make shows the draw that they are and a special thanks goes out to the vendors that donated to the raffle.

The raffle at this show will directly benefit graduating seniors of the Ward Melville High School Fishing Club and the general population at Ward Melville.

Thank You.  Thank you for your generosity.  Thank you for supporting the kids.

Below is a listing of raffles and the winners.  As of 1/21, all winners have been notified.  If there are any questions, please email the club wmhsfishingclub@gmail.com or you can also contact us via Instagram @patriotsfishing.

Names appear as they were written on tickets.

                RAFFLE ITEM                                                          WINNER

    1. Van Staal VSX 150                                              J Corcoran
    2. Van Staal 7” Pliers                                             Peter Garcia
    3. Shimano Ultegra 1400XTC                               p/u at show
    4. Tsunami 6000 Shield                                        Matt Mecca
    5. Tsunami 5000 Shiled                                       Tim Sowden
    6. ODM 9’ DNA                                                      Michael Prussen
    7. ODM 10’ Genesis                                              Jeremy Simonetti
    8. Big Fischer Plug                                                    TV
    9. ODM 10’6” Frontier X Rod                           AJ Mata
    10. The Surfcaster Boga and gear                         Rob K
    11. St Croix Mojo 10’6”                                        Chris LoNigro
    12. St Croix Mojo 11’                                              Donovan
    13. Surfcasters Journal Skate Deck                     B renden F
    14. Korker Boots Voucher                                Jeff Hermanski
    15. Outback Steakhouse $100 GC                    Melissa Owen & Rob Mullins
    16. Nicole’s Custom Bucktails                                      DUGO
    17. White Water Outfitters Custom Rod               Andrew Biscardi
    18. S&S Bucktail Package                                            Ron Hamski
    19. Noreaster USA Gear                                                  Jamaal
    20. Patriots Fishing Apparel                                   Thomas Pfersahind
    21. Flip Rocks Flip Flops                                         Ray Crimmins
    22. North Bar Plug Assortment                                 Michael Harold
    23. LIBBA Apparel                                                               Normoyle
    24. Guppy Lure Package                                           Willie Jones
    25. Pelican 50QT Cooler                                           R McCullough
    26. Carelton Apparrel                                                 Chris Amato
    27. Misc Plug Package                                               James Fitzpatrick
    28. Misc Gear Package                                           David Tanzey
    29. J Jaget Danny                                                         V Salamone
    30. Lamiglas GSB 11 MS                                               Phil Moraci
    31. Lamiglas GSB 11LS                                                Anthony Kellar

Super Strike Lures Striper Day Special giveaway

Let’s have a giveaway to kick off a countdown to the Striper Day which will take place at Ward Melville HS this Sunday 1/20/2019, with doors opening at 8 30 AM. We are going to give away two special Super Strike plugs. (You can get all show info at http://www.striperday.com/)

First winner will receive, a new “Striper Day 2019 special E.T. Bottle Plug” lure that Super Strike Dealers will have at the show 

Second winner will receive, a Super Strike Snapper Popper. A hundred of these will be sprinkled randomly amongst the first 500 attendees that will receive a goody bags

And SJ will kick in the third prize, some new stickers we just made few weeks ago

So enter below in the official SJ Giveaway app and we’ll draw a winner on Saturday and notify via email a Rafflecopter giveaway

 In other MAJOR news…

NEW ISSUE OF THE SURFCASTER’S JOURNAL IS LIVE !

GO READ

150+ PAGES OF SURF FISHING BLISS

www.surfcastersjournal.com

STRIPER DAY IV – This Sunday at Ward Melville HS in East Setauket,NY

If the weatherman is correct for once, we are going to have some major fun this Sunday. As many of you know, although Hofstra U facilities were tight for the Striper Day Show, we always managed to have a good time (even while looking over the shoulder for a Fire Marshal to shut it down…lol) There was a long period of time when we thought that after Hofstra took away another 1/4 of available space, that we would no longer be able to put on a Striper Day Show. We looked at EVERY venue on Long Island from colleges to catering places to catholic HS. The major problem with most colleges is that their Gym is about thousand miles away from their auditorium. For example St Joe’s gym is on the other side of campus from theater. I am certainly  not sending any of you across frozen or snowy ground to listen to a seminar. We felt strongly that large auditorium is needed in order to put together Striper Day type of show. Yes, we did look at Suffolk community college facilities in Brentwood. The estimate for venue ONLY without covering the floor, table rental and booths were EIGHT times Hofstra. That was just to have a conversation! I’d have to take a second mortgage on my house to put on that show with zero chance of us ever breaking even. Surf fishing shows are not made to be two days, some guys will be sold out of plugs in half hour, what they are going to to for next few days? Fortunately Bob Wilson from Ward Melville HS Fishing Club spoke to his administration and they were in favor of hosting the Striper Day IV. They say it’s always darkest before light, in this case it definitely felt that way. So when you do go to Striper Day IV you will find in addition to over 130 tables of surf casting specialized vendors and all day seminars, the largest Surf Raffle EVER with 100% of proceeded going to Ward Melville HS Fishing Club. The kids will be there when you walk in and you will be able to buy raffles for different products. You can see partial list bellow and its a doozy and I know there will be more added at the show. And best part you do NOT have to be present for a Drawing.

We have a whole gym to ourselves (same gym that Ward Mellvile host their annual Fishing Expo) a large theater and smaller classroom for the seminars. We hope many of you will join us at this  larger location and we hope that you will have a great time. I personally hope that many of you will support the Ward Melville HS Club raffle and again i want to express thanks on their generosity for hosting the event.

We will try to get doors open early, for those people on line so they do not have to wait in cold(South Side general admission, north Side vendors only).

At what time will this happen, an hour or two before show starts, I am not sure. This is up to school security and out of our hands. But we will make an effort in trying to accommodate those on line early.

Having said that, this will only happen if there are no persons trying to get access to the school before 5 AM. We are guests here and we were already warned  that even a small transgression will be enough to put any future show in jeopardy. It is hard for me to comprehend why certain individuals cannot understand that this is a High School in residential neighborhood and not college facility like Hofstra. Some people who have kids of their own would tear apart anyone walking at night at their precious child school, but think of nothing of doing the same thing at a fishing show. I will never understand or accept this.

But this is a tiny minority of people, most of Striper Day attendees are there to catch a seminar, talk shop with vendors and see friends. You can renew your SJ subscription at the discount by getting a shirt or hoodie with your subscription. we have out YouTube Super Star Lou Caruso on a Big stage this year so I am sure many of you will enjoy that (PS For you NE guys who cant make this weekend , it is my distinct pleasure to announce that Lou Caruso will be at SJ booth at RISAA all weekend , so stop by and meet the Man ). The new location in East Setauket is very convenient to the NE guys as its only minutes away from Port Jefferson ferry. Of course there is a tradeoff as new location is further for NJ guys. But to me, having the ability to get everyone inside in 10 minutes after door opens and eliminating long lines and staggered start times is worth it.

As always all show info is at http://www.striperday.com/

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. First 500 guest will receive a goody bag from our sponsors. We decided to sprinkle the hundred Super Strike plugs among the goody bags and then mix all the bags up, so your buddy’s bag might be different than yours. That was exhausting!!!

 

Here is the list of just some of the Ward Melville HS Fishing Club Raffle

(Its going to be Chinese raffle so you will be able to buy raffle thickets for specific prizes)

STRIPER DAY 2019 RAFFLE
100% of proceeds to benefit Ward Melville HS Fishing Club
Winner does NOT need to be present
Van Staal VSX 150
Van Staal 7” Titanium Pliers
Shimano Ultegra 14000XTC
Pelican 50QT Cooler
Tsunami 6000 Shield Reel
Tsunami 5000 Shield Reel
ODM 9’ D.N.A. Rod
ODM 10’ Genesis Rod
ODM 11’ D.N.A Rod
ODM 10’6” Frontier X Rod
Lamiglas GSB11MS
Lamiglas GSB11MS
Lamiglas GSB11LS
Lamiglas GSB11LS
St Croix Mojo Rod 10’
St Croix Mojo Rod 10’6”
St Croix Mojo Rod 11’
SJ Bass Skate Deck
Outback Steakhouse $100 Gift Certificate
Korker Boots – Any One Pair
Outback Steakhouse $100 Gift Certificate
Custom Lure packages
Nikki Rizzo Bucktails
White Water Outfitter Custom Rod
S&S Bucktails
Noreaster USA Gear
FlipRocks Gear
TAK Waterman Gear
Joebaggs Tackle
Guppy Lure Package
Pelican Tumbler
and more coming …

PS If you got down this far, click on the https://www.surfcastersjournal.com/ 

for a first look at JAN 2019 issue

 

LIBBA’s Operation Christmas Tree

Story and pictures by Bill Jakob

 

Shifting like the sand of time, beach access comes and goes.  Years ago the blame fell on four wheel drive vehicles causing the destruction of beachfront, wearing away the protective barrier beaches. With each new year it seems we battle a new challenge opposing the use of beach access for motor vehicles.  The most prolific challenge today belongs to a bird only the size of a golf ball with wings, nesting in nature’s  stealthiest attire. Matching the colors of Long Island’s beaches they nest on open sand, utilizing total stillness and a near invisibility hoping not to become a foxes next meal or a bump under your tire.
Long Island Beach Buggy Association  (LIBBA) was established in 1958 with Harry Kinsey at the helm.  LIBBA has been at the forefront of preserving beach access and a stanch steak holder in beach conservation. Years back Christmas trees destined for the landfill, having  once graced the homes at Christmastime and later discarded, became instrumental in the formation of new dune
structure all along Long Island’s southern barrier beaches for decades. The LIBBA program was curtailed in the early eighties due to environmental concerns
surrounding fire retardant sprays, tinsel and other decorations not removed after being discarded and ultimately destined for creating dunes. A new program recently introduced to the barrier beaches by the United States Fish and Wildlife to bolster  the piping plover stock by deforestation of vegetation, has come under local scrutiny. The gist of the program
is to establish a preferred habitat in areas not utilized by beach vehicles and beach goers on foot.
The problem however is the loss of vegetation along dunes and protective beaches in non-plover  nesting areas. Operation Christmas Tree has been reborn,
with the donation of unsold Christmas trees from Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. With assistance from the Long Island Beach Buggy Association and the  Suffolk County Parks Department, thousands of unsold Christmas trees were delivered to Smith Point outer beach entrance and with LIBBA members and their trucks hauling the trees to wash over or areas of risk of wash over. The unsold Christmas trees were stacked along a snow fence line
which will catch blown sand from winters cold winds building a barrier dune and the eventually grasses and trees key to the stabilization of barrier island beaches, providing areas of access for fishermen and beach goers, while at the same time providing a safe suitable habitat for piping plovers. Operation Christmas Tree is a win-
win program for everyone while at the same time saving millions of dollars of taxpayers money through a natural means of restoring barrier beach areas.

If you access Long Island beaches by vehicle or by foot, the Long Island Beach Buggy Association would love to have you join thousands of members already involved in the preservation of beaches and vehicles use on them.

LIBBA Is one of Long Islands oldest beach conservation and access groups and is in need of your help. Stop by the Long Island Beach Buggy Association booth during the Striper Day Show
and  join your fellow beach users in the preservation of beach vehicle access.