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Let’s Get this Season Started!

Let’s Get this Season Started!

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / News / Recreational Fishing / Salt Water Fishing / Striped Bass

Blog by By Capt. Brian Rice– The past few weekends have kept me busy at the Suffern and Somerset shows with one of my sponsors: Shimano! Although the Suffern show was a bit light in terms of attendance the Somerset NJ Saltwater show was PACKED!!!!!! I have never seen as many people at any show as I did last Saturday. I am hoping that this is an indication of good things to come It was great to see and it was awesome to get to speak with some old and new friends at the shows. Not only was there record attendance but people were buying new gear which was a pleasant surprise to me as well as others that I spoke with at the show. I am sure most of you are having a case of cabin fever by about now (I know I am) so what should we do about it? I have been busy going through all my gear including: nets, reels, rods, plugs and making sure everything is ready to go. Changing hooks on plugs and spoons as well as changing leaders and snaps for all my bass trolling gear (we troll Stretch 25 p... Read More »

Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy / New Jersey / Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid / Salt Water Fishing

While sometimes you hear stories which make you call BS the stories that come out of Sandy, even if they are half true, makes one have second thoughts about being the first one in the water this year.  Below are a few of the more notable stories which I have heard while bending my arm at my favorite watering hole.  Even if they aren’t true, they still all have a common theme…be cautious out there. A friend of a friend was running 7 miles off of Manasquan Inlet.  Abruptly he felt something catch in one of his props and his port engine stalled.  He jumped overboard to free the entanglement and found a large black cable twirled around one of his wheels.  After a few minutes of cutting and untangling he freed his prop and jumped back on board handing the thick black cord to his buddy.  As his buddy begins to pull in the excess cord, he realized there is something on the other end of the line.  After some pulling up out of the deep, up pops the top half of a telephone pole. Another guy was ... Read More »

NJ’s Diamond in the Rough: Island Beach State Park Survives Superstorm Sandy

NJ’s Diamond in the Rough: Island Beach State Park Survives Superstorm Sandy

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy / New Jersey / Recreational Fishing

Time flies after you’ve been broadsided by one of the largest natural disasters to hit the New Jersey coastline in over five decades.  Hurricane Sandy, or officially called “Superstorm Sandy”, came ashore just south of Long Beach Island and busted the hell out of our homes, businesses and natural coastal defenses.  The loss of life and property perpetuated by this storm are mind blowing.  Now, three months, hundreds of lives and billions of dollars later, the State of New Jersey and its residents are just beginning to salt out the final effects of this colossal event.Those of us who fish the mid-New Jersey coastline tend to be familiar with one of our brighter local jewels, Island Beach State Park, which is managed by New Jersey Parks and Forestry, a division of NJDEP.  IBSP took a heavy punch from Sandy.  Amazingly, due to its natural and well managed dune structures, the park sustained only minor damage to its infrastructure when compared to the grossly over developed beachfront comm... Read More »

Good Bye Spanish Fly

Good Bye Spanish Fly

Blog Post / Recreational Fishing

2012 was not a great year for me. I was happy to see 2013 come with all of its promises of a fresh start, of a chance to rebuild my house and a chance to get those things right that I had gotten wrong in 2012. In all of the hustle and bustle of our lives, it was with less fanfare than I had anticipated that a pioneer of the fishing world passed away in 2012. Jose Wejebe, my fishing idol and the driving force behind my passion for the sea was killed in a plane crash in 2012. Fitting to the way he lived his life, Jose’s experimental plane crashed with him at the controls upon takeoff from Everglades City shortly after he finished films an episode on catching tarpon on the fly. Read More »

I missed a few weeks of life there

I missed a few weeks of life there

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy

I missed a few weeks of life there. It was funny how my world that was once centered around work, fishing and fun dinners out with my wife narrowed for a long 14 days down to a grind for warm food, sources of heat, ways to recharge my cell phone and gasoline. Most of it is a blur. I remember a few things with some coherency. I remember the people from the beachfront houses sprinting down the middle of McLean Avenue trying to get away from the rising water at 9:00 at night. I remember the motion of the trees at the height of the storm—I had never seen them sway so much. I remember the wind coming down my chimney and almost blowing my fire out. While everything else is pretty much tough to recollect with perfect clarity, these few things are less blurry. But there is one thing that I will never forget. I will never forget the Tuesday morning after Sandy moved through. It was 7:00 am and still a little windy. I remember how cold it was as I rode my bike past smells of broken natural gas l... Read More »