The Sounding Of The Drums

Black drum are certainly anything but glamorous. But I’ll tell you what, dog faced or not, they sure are one heck of a fightin’ breed. And from mid-May into late June, black drum move through the waters off southern Jersey and enter the Delaware Bay to spawn, and any smart fisherman knows he has a shot a tying into the huge breeders in the 90-pound to 100-pound variety!

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Jersey Saltwater Fishing: Sub-Zero Heroes

In mid-February, at some house somewhere in suburban Jersey, a light turns on at 4 a.m. There’s rustling, hustling, and bustling. A fisherman fumbles around, the piping hot coffee is drank quickly, and the car engine heats up. He jumps on his local party boat, and is off into the briny with a heated passion to pull in some fish. There is no weather too cold for him. He is the Sub-Zero Hero.

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Clamming For Raritan Bay Stripers

Every year in early April, striped bass begin infiltrating the waters of Raritan Bay (near the New Jersey, New York coasts) on their early season migratory push. And the bass get real hungry! Clams are the answer to the feeding call of these early-season bass as catches of nearly 35 to 50 stripers will abound on every trip. And the bass range in size from scrapper size to 40 pounds-plus!

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Where Are The Big Bucks In New Jersey?

Ed O. from New Jersey
writes to ask about the lack of big bucks there. “I’ve hunted some other
states, and comparatively, I see fewer big bucks in New Jersey. My friends say it is
habitat, but I don’t believe that. What are your thoughts on why we don’t have
more big bucks in New Jersey?”

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Tips For Good Venison In Warm Weather

Paul W. from New Jersey
writes to ask about getting venison into the freezer. “Often we get warmer
weather in bow season. I butcher my own deer, and have been told that deer
need to age to taste good, but how do you do that in your own home if it is
warm weather?”

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Bucks: One Goes Here, One Goes There

Steve F. from New Jersey
writes to ask about buck movements. “I’ve been watching a really good buck this
summer and he is pretty predictable as I see him evenings along a field edge.
Will he still be in that area in October when I can bowhunt?”

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Bucks: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

John O. from New Jersey
writes to ask about buck sightings. “There is no question in my mind that buck
sightings are lower in September and October than any other months from July to
December. Why do you think that is? Do they just become nocturnal
because of bowhunters out there?”

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Of Clams And Clamdiggers

The name, clamdiggers, was used in a derogatory sense years back, in much the same way people from the city call rural dwellers
“woodchucks,” “rednecks,” or “crackers.” I grew up on the New Jersey bayshore, and inland kids would make fun of us all the time.

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New Jersey Surf Stripers

I went to visit my cousin who lives in New Jersey and we decided to go fishing. I live in Florida where I’m a fishing guide, so I fish a lot and in a lot of scenic places, but there is something really special about surf fishing in the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise!

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