Looks like STRIPERTHON 2013 went without a hitch this year. We are hoping to expand the format next year. Some of our sponsors like Guppy Lures and Pelican for example, wanted to help out with prizes but we purposely decided to make this small after last years, shall we say, challenging experience.
There were enough fish landed to be excited but as you can see, even although we have some of the sharpest minds in the surf fishing world reading the Surfcaster’s Journal, catching a fish this season has been difficult for them too. We fished with many of the sharpies over the weekend and the cry was the same, terrible season from coast to coast. They say that you should not count your chickens before they hatch so I think we should wait to see what NJ will experience this fall. The hope is that sand eels will draw bass in crazy numbers like few years ago. I can show you sand ells up to ying-yang on Long Island for a month now and sadly the only thing eating them tiny blues…and seals
But back to celebrating accomplishments of our readers, there will be plenty of time to reflect on our season at a later date. Right now I would like to thank our sponsors for making STRIPERTHON 2013 possible. Without them and their continued support we would have never been able to move out of our grandma’s basement and into the executive SJ offices at Trump Tower. Ha-ha…hey a man can dream. So thank to ZeeBaaS Reels, a reel makers whose conservation ethics are as strong as ours. Same could be said for Super Stake Lures, St Croix Rods and folks from Hansom Tackle.
Thank You all
Here is your list of winners. Each winner please contact us with your shipping address and we will forward it to our sponsors for a fulfillment. Thank you again for your participation and go get them..there is still a lot of fishing to be done
1st ZeeBaaS Reel Jake Naso 38 inch
2nd St Croix Rod Carlos Casas 37 inch
3rd Hansom Tackle Knife/Pliers/Heath pack Sean Kearney 37 inch
4th Super Strike Lures set Frank Concalves 37 inch
5th SJ gear Michael Thornton 36 inch