New Tip of The Week video and STRIPERTHON Standings

New Video in Surf Fishing Tip of the Week series

Surf Fishing Tip of the Week #22-  Roy Leyva on Cape Cod Canal tides

Congratulation to all the guys that places in this year STRIPERTHON 2017 tournament. As you can see, the fishing is not what it used to be as we did not fill up all the spots even with a new moon tides and good weather. We are going to continue to encourage our readers to be conservation minded and to harvest with care. This does not mean that we will turn into a tree huggers who are opposed to keeping a fish but we believe that while the stripped bass stocks are low, we should do our part to try to help them recover. On the personal level I am continually disappointed by the attitudes  of surfcasters in the few places where fishing is still ok, who do not seem to know or care what is going on with stocks along the rest of the striper coast and are literally will keep (and sell) as many fish as legally allowed.

 STRIPERTHON Final 2017 STANDINGS

1st place Tim Surprenant 40 inch

2nd place Michael Battaglia 38 inch

3rd place Brian DiMento 36

4th place Mike Benzinger 34 inch

5th pace Ed Sousa 34 inch

We would like to thank again to to all of our STRIPERTHON 2017 Sponsors for providing great prizes

Prizes for the Spring 2017 STRIPERTHON
1.ODM 10’6 Frontier NXFX-1066 Surf Rod (www.odmrods.com)
2.Van Staal 7 inch Titanium pliers (www.vanstaal.com)
3.Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (www.costadelmar.com)
4.Super Strike Lures Set (www.superstrikelures.com)
5.Guppy Lure Co Set (www.guppylure.com)

STRIPERTHON 2017

 STRIPERTHON 2017 STANDINGS

1st place Tim Surprenant 40 inch

2nd place Michael Battaglia 38 inch

3rd place Brian DiMento 36

4th place Mike Benzinger 34 inch

5th pace Ed Sousa 34

We would like to thank again to to all of our STRIPERTHON 2017 Sponsors for providing great prizes

Prizes for the Spring 2017 STRIPERTHON
1.ODM 10’6 Frontier NXFX-1066 Surf Rod (www.odmrods.com)
2.Van Staal 7 inch Titanium pliers (www.vanstaal.com)
3.Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (www.costadelmar.com)
4.Super Strike Lures Set (www.superstrikelures.com)
5.Guppy Lure Co Set (www.guppylure.com)
6.Tsunami Lure Set (www.biminibayoutfitters.com)
7.Trail Head Deflators (www.trailheaddeflators.com)
8.SJ Gear Packstriperthonspread2017

Savage Gear Striper Bass Long Tee giveaway

Today giveaway is a Savage Gear  Long Tee with a Striped bass logo. 5(Five) winners picked at random by app, each will receive a awesome long sleeve Striped Bass Shirt from Savage Gear. Our thanks to the folks of Savage Gear USA for making this possible.(Sizes while supplies last )

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Don’t forget STRIPERTHON 2017 THIS WEEKEND !!!!

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Surfcasters Lures giveaway

Today’s Giveaway comes as a courtesy of Walter Kluge of Surfcasters Lures

You can find more about his products at www.surfcasterslures.com
We are going to change this up a little and instead of one guy taking the whole loot, we’ll draw 4 winners and each will win one lure. Looks like we got some large 3oz plus pencils and a metal lip swimmer

Good luck and thanks to Walter for the donation

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First look at updated PENN Torque II

Here is a video I shot today on this rainy Memorial day. I was hoping to get to the beach to do it, but weather was not cooperating .

New PENN Torque II or second generation is now shipping to stores. Lots of changes to go over it…

enjoy

I hope all our readers are enjoying this long holiday weekend and we hope you all got to reflect on what this Memorial Day means to many.

“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.” – Ronald Reagan

May God Bless all who gave their lives for our country.

Mega Sebile Lures giveaway – courtesy of Sebile Lures

This week giveaway on the blog is special to me in a lot of ways. Rarely do I after ever get psyched about a new line of lures, no doubt because i became so comfortable with lures already in my bag. And no, I will never be the first kid on the block when it comes to trying new stuff. I am very well aware that Cape Cod Canal rats love their Sebile lures. But I also know probably better than anyone that they are woefully underused in NY and NJ area. Its only my second season of “never ;eave home without some” and I only feel like I am scratching the surface. Super Strike will always  be a mainstay in my bag but I haven’t been this psyched about learning about new lures in a long time.

So todays giveaway courtesy of Sebile Lures (and special thanks to the inventor Patrick Sebile in particular) is a very nice set of Sebile Lures.

190 Sebile Magic Swimmer

165  Sebile Magic Swimmer

155  Sebile Stick Shad

114  Sebile Stick Shad

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Sometimes you have to know when to fold them

Here is a weird  thought for you

Have you ever walked away from your spot when you really, really wanted to catch the fish and you knew the fish were there…but you still walked away ?

Sound implausible?

I just did that . And yes, I lived to tell about it.
What would posses someone to walk away from a bite that he is desperately seeking after a long and hard week at work? When you finally find a constant bite and you “figured out” what fish want, what would make you walk away ? Bad storm? No such thing. Emergency phone call. It would be I my phone never rang. A prior commitment ? Nope, I had a whole evening free to fish.

Then why walk away after driving all the way there, casting for an hour for not a bump and now that you got three fish on three  casts, now you are suddenly going to pack your shit and walk away for no apparent reason? And you want us to think you are sane?
Yes and yes. Although the reason might not be apparent at first, there is always a reason. I have few spots that i hold near and dear. I do not invite good friends or acquaintances to fish them. Same goes for cousins, celebrities of any kind. Only my kids and few closest friends ever got the invitation. Is that place that productive? It can be but the honest answer is , not really. Its a good spot, it can be great if you are willing to downsize your tackle to 7 foot rod and a 3/8 or 1/2 oz bucktail. Its  too inconsistent to be considered  a great spot but you can fish it with hand line if you wish. And ninety nine out of hundred times, no one fishes the spot and all bass are under 10lb . Remember I said there is always a reason?
I am fishing  and I see a guy to my left about 100 yards or so.  We can kind of see each other but if you put a rod down when you hook a fish neither one of us can tell if the other one is catching. I (or he) can catch a hundred fish and the other person would never know. I am not sure how he feels but this is just fine with me. The less people see me catching fish, the less pressure a spot gets, Some spots can fish a half of a surf fishing club, a place like North bar in Montauk can fit a mob. This little spot I am fishing can fit two, three is definitely a crowd. And I prefer to be alone so i can fan-cast to a different angles and with different weights  until i figure out the presentation that works the best.

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So suddenly I see him making the move towards me. I am still casting but at this point I wont set a hook although I am getting hits on every cast. He now gets uncomfortable close, like 4 rocks away close. I guess he was expecting me to make room for him but I am instead man spreading like hobo on a subway. And I am still getting hits and now getting pissed off. He is throwing what looks like a  big, 3 ounce popper. I am throwing 3/8 ounce bucktail with seven foot rod.
Damn, my jig is getting  bumped like crazy but if i hook the fish…I am screwed. Maybe if he’s thinking I am not catching, he will leave. This goes on for about 10 casts, while I purposely do not set a hook ten times. One time a bass inhaled a bucktail but I gave him enough slack to spit a hook

He never notices as I pretend I am untangling a wind knot.
I almost one motion, my buck is attached to my St Croix Legend guide, and i am hoping rocks and  doing it to avoid making eye contact. After all, I am trying to attach the line and not to kill myself on rocks (no flip flops yet, but give me few days)
And there I was , walking back to my truck, dejected, pissed and aggravated . Not really at fellow angler. He is perfectly entitled to fish wherever he choses. And I guess I am entitled not to share sometimes.

I would have liked to catch few fish, especially since they were all bass. But I could not take a risk of finding 10 dudes in a spot the next day. Wife thinks I am crazy but she admits I am right too.

Sometimes there is thin line between crazy and sane. For those of you that are new, you’ll think this is grossly unfair. But give it few years and you’ll undersrtand