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Simple Tips for Family Fun Fishing
Written by Fishon W/Ron   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 13:40

Father and Son FishingEvery spring on the first warm day, I get calls from friends who want to take their kids fishing. They are usually acting on what is called fishing fever and spend money on unnecessary tackle. I decided to share with you the simplicity of getting the kids hooked on fishing. These are simple tips I learned from my dad on how to get the kids into this great family sport. When I was a kid, my dad slowly introduced my brothers and me to fishing from fresh water to salt water with these beginner techniques. My Dad is a true sport fisherman and when I was very young he gave me a choice, little league or fishing every weekend with my brothers. I am sure you can guess which option I went with. You will be hooked if you have a good first-time experience. These simple tips will improve those chances ten-fold.

The first thing you need to decide is where to fish. I know from my own experience fresh water is the best place to start. There are so many great public parks in New Jersey with ponds and lakes stocked with fish, so utilize them, as they are yours to use.......
NJ Saltwater Fisherman 6th Annual Banquet
Written by Bob Maehrlein   
Saturday, 11 May 2013 08:05

Great Time Great People - NJ Saltwater Fisherman 6th Annual Banquet

“A great time with great people,” was how NJ Saltwater Fisherman founder, Rod Houck, described the 6th Annual NJSWF banquet, which was held on April 20th.  Once again, the Captain’s Inn in Forked River, NJ played host to the over 150 NJ Saltwater Fisherman members and their guests.  And, once again, the attendees were treated to a fabulous night of great food, great drink, great friends, and great giveaways!.....READ MORE

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Catch Big Makos and Threshers Just Minutes From The Hudson River Mouth
Written by Gary Caputi - Saltwater Sportsman   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 07:45


Catch Big Makos and Threshers Just Minutes From The Hudson River Mouth.

By Gary Caputi Saltwater Sportsman Posted April 13, 2016

With the sun finally shinning and temperatures fast on the rise, droves of beachgoers head to the Hamptons, Long Island and the Jersey Shore. But not far from the beaches, apex predators, many of them giants weighing hundreds of pounds, cruise, looking for a meal. Starting in late spring, sharks, including makos and threshers of impressive proportions, invade New York Bight, affording anglers an edgier type of big-game action: one where the target species are not only endowed with formidable strength and endurance but also powerful jaws with rows of razor-sharp teeth.

An abundance of sharks and the forage they pursue travel in and out of New York Bight starting in late spring.


New York Bight hosts a variety of pelagics that use the massive channel to come and go across the continental shelf with the seasons. An abundance of sharks and the forage they pursue travel that ancient submarine highway scoured by the Hudson River at the end of the last ice age, turning the area into a world-class shark-fishing destination.

“Makos and threshers show up the first week of June,” says Glen Kapoosuzian, perennial shark tournament winner and skipper of Reel Games, a charter boat out of Freeport, New York. “Early fishing centers around Chicken Canyon, Glory Hole, Mudhole and nearby wrecks. It all begins when the water hits 57 degrees, and things get better as the temperature rises. I’ve caught many of my biggest sharks in early June, including a 591-pound thresher and a 594-pound mako.”

DANGEROUS QUARRY: Makos, the fastest shark species, known for its high-speed runs and amazing somersaults, and threshers, aggressive, bullish and almost as acrobatic, are headliners in the Bight. Threshers have become more prevalent over the past 10 or 15 years, yet makos, once the mainstay of the New York Bight fishery, remain plentiful.

Makos count on their sharp dentures to kill or maim prey during high-speed attacks.

Both track down prey from long distances by picking up scent dispersed by the water, so chumming is equally productive for either species. But their hunting tactics couldn’t be more different. While makos rely on their speed and daggerlike chompers to kill or severely injure during the initial attack, threshers use their long tail fins to incapacitate prey with powerful blows before circling back to devour the stunned victims.

ESSENTIAL FACTORS: Water temperature plays a key role in the arrival of early-season sharks. The larger ones, which have the greatest temperature tolerance, are usually first on the scene, and some stick around until November. “Temperature is the most important thing,” Kapoosuzian claims. “I use SST charts to find spots with water at least 57 degrees. Nearby temp breaks and structure peak my interest, but it’s a home run when you find bluefish. My best days have always come when there’s bluefish around the boat.” Both the whiptails and makos arrive at about the same time, trailing the early influx of bluefish, so it stands to reason that the best bait is fresh bluefish, especially small ones you can rig whole. Kapoosuzian works with local commercial fishermen and fish markets to get the freshest and carries plenty on each trip because there are times when you go through scads of ravenous blue sharks while waiting for a big mako or thresher to show.

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NJ Saltwater Fisherman Shirts - Back In Stock
Written by Rod Houck   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 12:53

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New Daily Limit to Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category
Written by Rod Houck   
Sunday, 12 May 2019 11:26

New Daily Limits – Except for the Gulf of Mexico


The Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limit that applies to vessels permitted in the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category when fishing recreationally for bluefin has been adjusted for the remainder of 2019.

The adjusted daily retention limits below apply to vessels permitted in the recreational HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category while fishing recreationally.

  • Charter boats are vessels less than 100 gross tons that meet the requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard to carry six or fewer passengers for hire.
  • Headboats are vessels that hold a valid Certificate of Inspection issued by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire.

The daily retention limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico, where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin.

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