Archive for the ‘New Jersey’ Category

Big Stripers are Back in NJ, Fall 2017

Fall is always a question mark for the big stripers. Some years early, some late. Water temperature is the key. It has to be cool enough the get the fish inshore. This year, the late, warm fall kept them north and out deep. But now they’re back with a vengeance. My friend, Chuck Furimsky, founder […]

Fall Stripers, 2017

Stripers are always a bit of a question mark off the coast on New Jersey in the later fall. If the water stays a bit on the warm side, then the fish stay north. Of course if the weather is a bit on the foul side, then going out on the open ocean is precarious—even […]

“Jousey” Sharks

No, not the mafia—real sharks. My old friend, Chuck Furimsky, recently returned from a toothy critter trip for Northern Pike (which see). He then decided that pike teeth are not nearly toothy enough. So out on the big water off the coast of New Jersey to catch some big sharks—yes you have to use wire […]

Bug Skin Crab Fly

My good friend, Chuck Furimky, recently developed a new crab imitation using his justly famous material, Bug Skin. Out on a flounder fishing expedition with his fly rod, he took this beauty. When he opened the stomach, lo an behold, it was filled with crabs that imitated his imitation. I can just taste those filets! […]

Big Boys are Back 2016

Chuck Furimsky, Theo Bakelaar, and Harry Schoel have been fishing together in these weeks before the International Fly Tying Symposium (Nov. 19/20 at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ—see here). This week they were hunting big stripers about 50 miles north of Ocean City, NJ. And they found them. Casting 10-inch long bunker […]

The Big Stripers are in!

One of the events that I always look forward to during the International Fly Tying Symposium is a fishing trip with Chuck and Ben Furimsky. We run out off Ocean City, NJ, and hunt for stripers and blues. This year, because Nancy and I are moving to the Pacific Northwest, I was unable to attend […]

Theo Finds a Striper

The International Fly Tying Symposium is coming up this weekend, and Chuck, Theo,  and Harry are in Ocean City hunting stripers and blues. There are so many bunkers about that finding the stripers is a bit difficult. But, Theos Eelskin Sandeel found a nice one. If you get to the Symposium, stop and see Theo […]

Ben’s Big Striper

Today I awoke to a very brisk morning and bitingly cold wind here in Ocean City–not a day to be out on the ocean, at least to my way of thinking. But in late morning, Ben Furimsky headed out with a friend as the Gale Warnings waned and the sun weakly heated the mid-day air. […]

Stripers?

I’m headed to the International Fly Tying Symposium next week. Several of us are meeting a few days early with Chuck Furimsky, owner and manager of the show, in the hopes that the stripers will be there. Of course, Chuck has been “exploring” the back bays for us, just in case the ocean is too […]

Theo’s Sand Eels

Striper fishing is picking up along the Jersey coast, and our friend, Theo Bakelaar, has been tying his Eel Skin Sand Eels for a shop in Ocean City. These flies really are tied with freshwater eel skin, and they are extremely effective, as our past fishing experiences have shown. Eel skin is very tough and […]