Not Over Yet...
First, some sad news. We lost an important member of the fishing community yesterday, and an even better person. Ray Nebus was what every fisherman aims to be. He was instrumental in The Berkeley Striper Club’s Kids Day at the Dock, passing on knowledge to the younger generations. He was a fixture in the local fishing scene for many years, and his absence will be mourned. We owe much of our fishing knowledge to Ray, and much of what it means to be a good person.
In shop news, we have added our 20th Anniversary hats to the online store. We have a 20th Anniversary Trucker Cap, and a 20th Anniversary Winter Hat. Both in Ray’s favorite high-fashion color, black. These are limited edition, once they are gone, they are gone, so don’t hesitate if you want one.
We added Shel E. Caris custom tied teasers to the website the other day and the small batch we had sold out in less than 12 hours. Shel E. provided another batch that are available at the writing of this report (though I cannot guarantee they will be there at your reading of this report).
As far as the fishing goes, despite decries from other sources that it’s over, from what we are hearing, it’s not over yet. We have heard of striped bass caught north of the shop feeding on peanut bunker. Bucktails and shads have been working for those.
We also heard from a reliable source of a good bite somewhere out on Island Beach State Park. Our source said the striped bass were feeding well and those landed were spitting up sand eels. Our source was using Hurley Sand Eel imitations for those. We suspect the Tsunami Sand Eels would work too.
We are also still hearing rumblings of bass in multiple size classes in the backwaters.
For the upcoming weekend, Friday’s weather looks to be kinda terrible. The wind then goes west pretty briskly after that. This might end up being another good weekend, if you don’t mind the cold. (If you do mind the cold, we have the outwear you need to make it bearable)
Our featured image is Dave Wark with a 29” 8.00lb Bass that took a Shad in the IBSP Surf.
With all of the talk of the World Cup from Qatar, Ray has taken up an interest in football, or what we call soccer in the USA. He gave it a shot recently. It did not go well…