Thank You Veterans

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Thank You Veterans

Happy Veteran’s Day!  For Veteran’s Day, all Vets and Active Duty Military will get 10% off their purchase in the shop.  Just let the person at the register know and they will take care of it.  Thank you all for your service!

This past Monday we got the new line of surf rods from St Croix into the shop.  They are called Seage (pronounced “seej”) and come in models from 8 foot to 12 foot long.  There are multiple models in the 9’ and 10’6” range to cover a number of different situations you will find in the surf.  Here are the specs from St Croix:

  • Constructed with newly engineered SCII carbon fiber that is both stronger in flexural strength and lighter than its previous formulation.
  • Crafted strategically placing ART and Veil reinforcing technologies increasing strength and impact protection.
  • Built with proprietary FRS technology. 
  • Off-set ferrules on two-piece models deliver one-piece performance.
  • Sea Guide® Hero Hi-Grade guides with slim aluminum oxide rings and SS316 stainless gun smoke frames.
  • Sea Guide® NPS reel seat with integrated black hoods.
  • X-Flock covered slim diameter handles.
  • Winn® comfort focused foregrips.
  • Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish.
  • 15-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.

That last bullet point is a big one.  Fifteen years is a heck of a warranty.  We have most of the Seage rods in the shop, come in and check them out.  As Bob has said, these are the nicest surf rods St Croix has done (to date at least…)

We also restocked the shop on Guy Cotten products.  It’s the time of year where you want to stay warm, and therefore want to stay dry.  Come in and check out what Guy Cotten sent us.

The fishing has remained very good.  There are still lots of big bass in the area, most of which are falling for fresh bunker.  The heads are proving to be the best part of the bunker, but body chunks have taken fish too. 

Lures have been taking striped bass also, but not as consistently, and the fish tend to be a little smaller.  Plugs like metal lip swimmers, SP Minnows, large Mag Darters, and some sand eel imitations have been working.  Off of boats and kayaks, flutter spoons, heavy swim shads, and trolling spoons have been the go to-s. 

Here are some notable catches:


Jim Delaney weighed in this 37.5 inch, 15.4 pound striped bass at the shop.  He caught it out on Island Beach State Park on fresh bunker. 


Mark Balacco sent in these pictures of a couple nice striped bass he took on a beach north of the shop.  They were caught on one of Blackcloud Bob’s custom built Blackhole rods with a Shimano Twinpower reel


Boats are getting fish too.  Taylor caught and released this 42 inch, 30 pound striped bass while fishing with his father.  Dad also got a similar fish.  Nice hat Taylor. 

Ray has been working very hard keeping the shop well stocked with bunker.  He’s been keeping the bait guy very busy too.  How hard is Ray working on bait?  This just about represents it…