The world record for the largest striped bass ever caught was held in Atlantic City for many years. On September 21, 1982 Al Mcreynolds landed the behemoth 78.8 lb bass on the Vermont Ave Jetty. The fish was over 53 inches long and 34.5 inches wide at the belly. He was fishing during a Nor’easter storm and it took almost 2 hours to land the fish. Al was using green twenty pound test Andy monofilament line. At the terminal end of the line he was using a black-backed rebel minnow lure. He held the record until 2011 when a man beat him by 2 pounds in New England.
Galvanized minnow trap works best. Use bunker and maybe a few crushed blue claw crabs if you are so inclined.
Place trap in mud bottom area. Eels burrow in the mud during the day and come out at night so make sure the location is somewhere you can leave a trap over night because this is your best bet for a good haul.
Rigging for Drift in a boat
The best rig for drifting with eels is a 3-way rig. You are going to want a good 36 inch length of 50 lb leader with anywhere from a 3/0 to 6/0 hook depending on the size of eel and bass in the area. For the other end of the rig tie 3-4 knots in 50 lb test with a ½ ounce to 4 oz weight depending on currents, depth, ect. The knots in the weight leader will give you a better chance of only losing the weight should you get snagged because the knots diminish strength in the line. It is beneficial to hook the eel through the bottom of its head through either one of the eyes. This is because the hook will eventually wear at the spot where it comes back through so when this happens just pull the hook back a bit and switch eyes on the eel. When you feel the fish begin to hit the rig, dip the top of the rod down towards the water before you strike, this is known as the “bow to the cow” method and helps ensure the eel is down the hatch before you go to set the hook. This approach works well in inlets and along sod banks. All of this is detailed beautifully in the video below by the incomparable John Skinner.
Eels keep best if kept damp and cold not submerged in water when not at the dock. They can stay alive for days like this when on the water and not in the live well.
When on the beach, anglers typically use sand for grip on the slippery critters. This is not practical on a boat. A clean rag will due in helping you get them on the hook. However, some anglers prefer to bleach the eels. This de-slimes them, making them easy to handle, and also makes them white. The white color of bleached eels greatly improves the contrast between them and the greenish waters of the NE, this contrast makes them a lot more visible to bass and other predatory fish in the area, improving your chances of hooking the big one.
It wasn’t long ago that many boat dealers and manufacturers were closing their doors and packing up shop salvaging what they could. After the market crash in 2008, boats were seen as unnecessary luxury items and most were kept in the driveway that coming season entombed in shrink wrap. It was one of the first costs cut in now struggling households, the last thing on anyone’s mind was “Hey lets buy a new boat!”
Now, after a good fiscal year and because of recovering markets, forecasts for the industry are skyrocketing. A market forecast by “AnythingResearch Economic Analysis” projects an almost 100% increase in the market in the next five years.
A good example of the turning tide in the boating industry is the publically traded Brunswick Corporation, the makers of Sea Ray. In October 2009 stocks were at around 12 dollars a share, they not only survived the crash but have seen highs in the $50 range this year.
Many big names in the game are also coming back from the dead and thriving. Chris Craft, a manufacturer once world renowned for impeccable quality and construction put its first boat out in 1874. After floundering a few times throughout the 20th century the company is now on the up. Prior to the recession in 2007 the company reported sales in excess of 60 million dollars. This is after its name and assets were bought for a mere 10 million dollars and hadn't sold a boat in decades. In the latest available report for 2012 the company stated its sales bounced back and were in the upper 30 million dollar range.
It seems that in many places the boating industry is growing and is something to think about. Warren Buffet himself recently invested in Brunswick Corporation (BC) and many other investors are bullish and optimistic in their predictions for the sector.
Fishing in the early fall can be an anxious and frustrating time for many anglers. This is because it is still too early for migrating bass coming through and the closing of summer fluke season. Many anglers feel their options are limited when it comes to “fun” and productive fishing during this time of year, they are wrong.
When the water is in the low 70’s during September through mid to late October, baitfish like to group up inside calm, protected, lagoons and coves. These bodies of water give them shelter from the strong winds and currents synonymous with early fall in this region.
Although the fish find sanctuary from the elements in these protected waters, they become easy targets for opportunistic predatory fish such as bluefish. The bluefish you will find in these back lagoons and coves range from just a few inches “snappers” to the big “Slammer” bluefish worthy of some real bragging rights on the dock.
If you are taking kids out on the boat who are inexperienced in fishing or just have short attention spans these “snapper” blues can be a god-send. The best way to approach these fish is a very small hook like a bait hook or kingfish rig suspended about 6-9 inches from a bobber with either spearing or pretty much any bait on the hook. The lighter the rod and reel combo you have the more fun you or the kids will have catching these fish. You can catch these little guys in the dozens throughout the day but the best time is right after sunrise or the late afternoon into sunset.
For the big boys or “Slammer” bluefish, the best time is also sun up or sun down but you want to change up the approach. You are going to want a decent sturdy rod and reel combo with the action depending on your tackle approach. The most fun and often most rewarding way to approach these fish is with a medium to heavy action rod and a top-water preferably metallic plug or even just a decent spoon jig. Bluefish have gaudy tastes and will hit anything that shines, swims, or splashes, the more the better. Tear up the surface of the water with your plug (which is why a heavier action rod is preferred) and soon enough you will see a flash of silver as the fish hits and your drag screams. It is often unnecessary to really put much effort into setting the hook because these fish are voracious feeders and often overly aggressive, which explains why they will hit on almost anything you throw out.
The trick is locating the schools of baitfish in the many lagoons and coves along the backwater of this area. Remember, baitfish like peanut bunker, move against the current and into the wind, and so take that into thought when anchoring or setting a drift. Now that the season is coming in, another smart approach as the water gets colder is to jig for these fish with a buck tail and pork rind to maybe pull in an early or residential bass who will also be following these schools of baitfish.
The Atlantic City Inlet was recognized for its immense potential as a waterfront attraction from the get-go. The site has been popular ever since 1876, when the Camden-Atlantic Railroad developed a two story pavilion on Maine and Caspian to accommodate large fishing and hunting excursions.
By 1935 the surrounding area fell into a point of decline and the owners were in desperate need of a new landlord to revitalize the area along the inlet that also included the Hyman’s Hotel and several other structures that were in need. The Railroad Company handpicked Captain Starn, who ran a successful sailboat tour company off of Steel Pier.
On June 26, 1940 Captain Starn opened the Captain Starn’s Restaurant and Boating Center. At its peak the center had a capacity of 750 diners, served 2000 meals a day, and employed over 200 people in the summer months. Its attractions included everything from a line of speed boats titled “Miss Atlantic City,” sailboats, fishing charters, a live dolphin and sea lion pen, and even a sea-plane. Starn also had a boat supply shop, fish market, and packing house to process the daily haul from his fleet. Captain Starn’s nephew Clarence “Skeetz” Apel reported that their sea touring business “ran a million people up and down the beach front each year.”
Today this magical place only exists in the memories of its patrons. Captain Starn died in 1969. His business outlived him by ten years but unfortunately went into decline. His nephew “Skeetz” ran a small office on the site throughout the 80’s that catered to a few clam boats at the end of the dock, however it eventually folded and the site was bulldozed in 1992.
If we have learned anything from history it is that we have an amazing gift surrounding us on the waterfront that defies the perception of Atlantic City being only a casino town. On Thursday September 18th, 2014 a group of Rutgers University Graduate students from the
Blouster School of Planning and Public Policy, along with Stacey Kammerman, and Councilman Frank Gilliam, boarded the Crusin1 for a tour of the Inlet.
Much like Captain Starn envisioning a new life for the neighborhood in the 1930’s, the group aboard the Crusin1 were optimistic in their forecast for a comeback in the area.
The group noticed several areas that were capable of high potential for waterfront development and were currently completely vacant like the lot at the end of New Jersey Avenue and behind the Golden Nugget Casino. Planning director Terenik stated that “If connected to a reconstructed Boardwalk — and to each other — the area would be as large as Inner Harbor in Baltimore.”
“If you look at the history of Atlantic City, they were using the water from the very beginning,” Kammerman said. “That’s why people came here. ... So to be able to go back to that, it’s an asset we have that other casino towns don’t have. We’ve done it before. Why not do it again?”
A three-boat collision after a Miami fireworks display reminds us that even with the recent decline in accidents, tragedy can strike at any moment when on the water. With four dead and eight injured, the accident has the looks of being one of the worst accidents in Miami history.
Due to its severity, it put forward the question of how to keep this type of accident from occurring again. Some propose a night-time speed limit to avoid great damage during the dark. Another proposition is for all boaters - in addition to the mandatory boating course - to take on-water education. Also both driving under the influence and having limited lighting on the vessel have been causes of major accidents. Hopefully possible new regulations may stop these major accidents from occurring.