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11/11 Weekend Update - Bass are Still Here Post-Sandy & Snowstorm!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 11 November 2012 19:41
Saturday 11/10:  Finally back out today for an OB trip w/ Chris, Dave, Scott, Ryan, and Jeremiah after two weeks of inactivity due to Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster that dumped snow on us earlier this week. There are currently only 5 boats in the water at Clark's, and with no electricity at the end of our docks things were abnormally quiet and dark this early November morning when we left our slip.

Lots of trash floating in the river, and still some boats up on the golf course and on people's properties - crazy stuff. Even saw a part of a house in the river near the dog beach - once we got up into the inlet itself seeing the devastation in Manasquan and right on inlet drive in point beach was quite sobering

We broke the inlet before sunrise and were greeted to a great one as we started looking for birds and fish around our inlet. Water was dirty, and there was loads of bait on the machine, but nothing concentrated in any way. Whatever the case the guys worked the jigs real hard for the first few hours on good looking marks between Bay Head and Asbury - all we managed on the jigs was a dogfish. Got a call of a few fish on the troll up the line a bit further around the rocks @ 10AM, so we ran that way but had no touches at all on the shad rigs. After 90 mintues of nothing, we worked our way back south, again looking. Tried one pass on some bait off Asbury/Bradley - again nothing.

Then at 12:30 we got a call that there was a little bite south of our inlet again on the troll, so we headed that way. We switched the shad rigs over to bunker spoons and stretch plugs, and finally found a few fish to come tight. For the first hour, we had knockdowns every 10 or so minutes, getting 2 nice bass to the boat in the 32-34" range and one 12# bluefish as well as a few fish coming off and a few complete misses. But as the tide changed, the bite petered out so we called it a day just after 2.

It was great to be back out, and catching a few fish was a bonus. Some eerie stuff out there though - the devastation along Mantoloking was horrendous... Seeing houses sitting off their foundation's and house's roofs sitting sideways along the beach, as well as seeing homes completely destroyed was something I personally thought I'd never see along our shoreline. Also looking south and seeing the Ferris Wheel WITHOUT the piers was quite saddening, and finally, seeing what's left of the breaches in Bay Head and Mantoloking was another reminder of what Sandy did to our area.

Nevertheless, we're Jerseyites, we're determined and resilient, we will rebuild, and we will find our way back to "normalcy" sooner than most of the pundits think. Getting out today, and talking to/seeing a lot of the regulars (Monger, Shore Catch guys, Canyon Runner, the Bluefish Headboats, Richie MA just to name a few) on the water was a big help for all of us.

Back at it next weekend - hope these bass start getting organized and we can start catching them on jigs again!
 
Post-Sandy DONATIONS
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:48

Special Announcement - Let's Help those that have lost!:


Any anglers that fish on Reel Class, that choose to, can bring item(s) for donation to the local shelters housing victims of Hurricane Sandy OR to the Red Cross - I ask that your bring non-perishable foods, clothes, diapers, or anything else that is deemed necessary that we can bring to a site receiving donations. If you bring something, it will count towards your fare - meaning that if you bring $10 worth of canned foods, that $10 counts towards your fare. The minimum donation in goods is $5 worth, the maximum is $20 worth. I'm leaving it up to you guys to decide how much you want to bring - my only request is that you let me know ahead of time what you're bringing. I will make one trip per weekend to deliver the goods.
If anyone has any questions regarding this, please ask!

 
Post-Sandy Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 05 November 2012 12:56

Monday 11/5/12:  First and foremost I hope all of our website readers made it through the worst storm of our lifetimes HEALTHY. I know many of you suffered losses due to flooding, or you've lost other pieces of property (boats cars etc.), or some have even lost homes - may god be with you all and if there is ANYTHING I can do to help you - give me a ring.

I would also like to thank the many people who called/texted/emailed me to see how we were doing - you guys know who you are, all of you, and your FRIENDSHIP to me and my family is immeasurable!!!

As for my family and myself, This is the first time I've had internet and TV service since monday afternoon - I've been on the iphone all week checking facebook updates, trying to check email, and answering texts when I've had service. We left Ortley Sunday afternoon, and got up to the condo up north - only to lose power Monday so we've stayed at my inlaws all week who had power but no cable/internet. Gas lines have been nuts - and parts of Bergen county have been hit very hard - trees, power lines down, and severe flooding. The town where I teach looks like a war zone. We know for a fact that the house in Ortley made it through pretty well w/ some minor damage and the water being limited to what we think was the floor of the crawlspace - thank god. The barrier island itself has been devastated - a new inlet has formed at the foot of the Mantoloking Bridge and a few other breaches popped up from Bay Head to LBI. I've only seen pictures from my neighbors and friends on facebook, but in certain spots, the destruction was unbelievable. There is no access to our island via route 35, and the mantoloking bridge's base is in pieces at the "new" inlet, and the 37 Tunney/Mathis bridge is closed to civilians as all relief efforts to the barrier island are going across via the TUNNEY side (the big bridge). The mathis side, the eastbound side, has been deemed unsafe and no vehicles are using it. Basically we've been told that we should have access to our homes on the island sometime next week as the national guard and subcontractors are cleaning up the huge mess, and is making the island safe to simply be on. They shut the gas off last week so that's a step in the right direction so the fires up in Normandy were extinguished, and the multitude of gas leaks b/c of regulators throughout the island would be alleviated.   Also, the "new" inlets @ Lyman Street and the Mantoloking Bridge have been sealed up, and Route 35 has again been cleared for vehicles (emergency and clean-up only). 

Reel Class also made it through unscathed, as did all the boats at Clark's. I took a ride w/ my daughter this morning to confirm, and she was fine. The docks are in rough shape, but they are working feverishly to get them repaired. The marina is just getting back up and running, as was the rest of pt. pleasant and pt. pleasant beach. Some marinas took huge losses with boats being thrown or floated hundreds or thousands of feet from where they were secured - such a shame...

Pt Pleasant and Pt. Pleasant beach are definitely getting cleaned up as the effort to restore order has been tremendous, but the flooding and water damage to the homes was horrible. There is no electric, and gas is off, but people are making due. The Route 35 bridge is open, but many of the roads are closed off because of sand and debris.

Steve and the guys at Clark's told me we might be able to go in sometime next week, depending on their progress at Clark's.  We hope to be back in by this Friday.

**Also, there are many shelters and charities in the areas affected by Sandy, namely in Ocean and Bergen County who are housing people who have been driven from their homes in need of supplies - please donate if you can. ***

As a request, if I haven't spoke to you, let me know you and your family made it through this mess with your health -
it'll be great to hear from everyone!

We hope to resume sailing this weekend... We'll see how that goes!

 

 
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