Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners

Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners
 
For the past three years Fin-atics has sponsored a FREE Fluke Derby for our customers to participate in for the summer season.  It is a friendly competition that we encourage everyone to enter.  All we require is to sign up each season and provide us with valid contact information.  All winners are notified via email and below you will find this years results.
 
June Winners:
1st Place – Ken Ruckle (25-1/2″ – 5.34lbs)
2nd Place – Brian Schuler (24″ – 4.95lbs)
3rd Place – Mike Gardner (24-1/2″ – 4.64lbs)
July Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.02lbs)
3rd Place – Ken Ruckle (24-1/2″ – 5.56lbs)
August Winners:
1st Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
3rd Place – Phil Degliomini (25-3/4″ – 6.11lbs)
Tournament Overall Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
3rd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
 
Congratulations to our Fluke Derby winners for 2015, we look forward to next seasons tournament.

Preparing for the Spring Fishing Season

It may be in the middle of winter in the Ocean City NJ area, it’s never too early to prepare for the spring fishing season. You wouldn’t want to be unprepared in the event of an early spring, would you? Here are some things to do to prepare for the Ocean City, NJ spring fishing season:

Ocean City NJ Fishing Tips

  • Sharpen or Replace Your Hooks
    Sharp hooks mean more consistent hook sets when a fish bites your lure or bait. This is something that many fishermen don’t do or never even think to do in the first place. A dull hook can begin to affect your fishing success, so it is important. Hook sharpeners can be bought in most local Ocean City NJ bait and tackle shops. Spending a couple hours this winter will be worth your while once spring comes along. If hooks are too out of shape, just replace them.
  • Replace Your Line
    Replacing line sometimes becomes one of those things that fishermen keep putting off during the winter. Having fresh line spooled on your reels is very important because older line becomes brittle and can sometimes easily break when fighting a fish.
  • Organize Your Gear
    An organized tackle box and gear bag can save a lot of time and trouble once the Ocean City NJ spring fishing season hits. Take the time to neatly put everything where it belongs to avoid wasting time looking for something you need or pricking your finger with a hook!
  • Look for New Fishing Spots
    New fishing spots are always great to find. I know every fisherman has their own handful of favorite spots, but discovering something new is always fun and exciting. You never know what you’re going to find in a new spot.

Being prepared is always helpful with anything you do. Make sure you are ready for this spring to have a fun and successful fishing season. Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and anything else you may need both in store and online. Come check out this awesome Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

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Choosing the Right Fishing Line Strength

Ocean City NJ Fishing GearDifferent fishing line strengths serve different purposes. Ideal strength depends on you rod, reel, and the fish you are trying to catch. Wrong strength can cause difficulty with casting and landing a hooked fish, so choosing the right one is important. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Find out the line capacity of your reel. if you can’t find it on your reel, just google the model. it’ll be marked with the amount of yards your reel can hold and the lbs test line. 

 

  • 2-4lb test is good for fishing off the shore or a dock.  The fish you catch from these areas are generally smaller, and you will need a light line to be able to see their nibbles. A 2- to 4-lb. line will almost always be strong enough to land these smaller fish.

 

  • 12lb test line works for most freshwater species in larger rivers or lakes. Line of this strength is small enough to notice an 8lb fish nibbling at his bait, but is also strong enough to reel in a 15- or 16-lb. fish that puts up a decent fight.

 

  • 15lb test line is usually good for species like largemouth bass, which you may have to drag out of thick aquatic plants. A weaker fishing line could probably land one in open water, but you need extra strength in case the line gets caught in plants.

 

  • Very strong 30lb test or stronger fishing line is good for ice or deep-sea fishing. The majority of fish caught in those areas are much larger than those caught in freshwater. 

Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and any other fishing accessory you may need both in store and online. Come check out the best Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

Choosing Waders

Ocean City NJ WadersAre you searching for a new pair of waders? Maybe yours don’t fit, are leaking at the seams, or aren’t keeping you warm enough. Or maybe you don’t even have a pair yet. Regardless, here are some things you should consider when buying waders:

 

  • What are you going to use the waders for?

Are you buying the waders just for fishing or do you plan to wear them when you hunt ducks and geese?  If you fish more than you hunt, then the type, thickness and color of the wader should be considered when compared with the type of fishing you normally do. The same is true if you hunt more days than you fish.

 

  • What water temperatures will you be fishing in?

Colder temperatures mean thicker and insulated waders to keep you warm, which generally cost more.

 

  • What kind of material should You choose?

There are several different types of materials that you can select from when choosing your waders. This is the time that you really want to consider what you will be using the waders for and how often.

  1. Neoprene is probably the most popular wader material and for many good reasons. It is very durable and you get to chooses the thickness. In colder temperatures, thicker waders are recommended.
  2.  There are also breathable waders that are constructed from a permeable membrane such as Gore-Tex®, which allows moisture to escape through the wader even while in the water. They are versatile and can be used in both summer and winter months.
  3. Canvas waders are another choice. Although you lose more flexibility and they are heavier, the less expensive price can make them good for beginners.
  4. Nylon waders are also great choice for beginner fly fishermen. They’re a slight step up from the rubber waders that most beginners start out with, are lightweight, and will keep you dry and warm. One disadvantage of nylon waders is that they can be hot, and because they are not breathable, it can cause a problem in the colder months when sweat builds up causing the fisherman’s clothes to become damp or wet. Not only will this cause discomfort, it could lead to hypothermia if the angler should become too cold.

A wading belt is always recommended.

Wader Fitting

If your waders do not fit right not only will you be uncomfortable, but also you will find that you will tire much easier, which could lead to a potential wading mishap. Improper fitting waders can also restrict your range of motion while climbing over rocks or getting in and out of a boat, all of which could also contribute to a wading mishap or fall that could cause personal or equipment damage. If you’re ordering online, email the owner of the site and give them your height, weight and shoe size and they should be able to fit you that way. If you purchase from a fly shop or sporting goods store, take the time to try them on. Do a couple of knee bends and walk around a little bit. See if you can put a foot up on a stool. This way you will know for sure that they are the right fit.

Fin-atics offers waders and accessories both online and in store as well as anything else for your fishing needs.

 

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Chunking Bunker for Striped Bass

Author with 36" Striped Bass
Author with 36″ Striped Bass

Chunking Bunker for Striped Bass can be a very productive method for catching that trophy linesider. It is a very simple method that will produce bites in a variety of conditions and different areas of the bay or ocean.  Most often this fishing technique is used from an anchored boat but it also can work from areas such as a pier, dock or bridge.  Take a Bunker (Menhaden), cut it up into pieces about 2 inches long and throw a few at time into the water, chunking is just as it sounds.

The trick is not to chunk too many at a time, get the Stripers feeding on them but not enough to satisfy their hunger.  I find that a dozen bunker will last for about 2 hours of slow and steady chunking, of course if the bite is on it will go much faster.  Use a larger piece of Bunker, usually a head or mid-section 4-5 inches wide as a bait with a large 8/0 to 10/0 hook (circle hook or J-hook based on your personal preference) .  Drift or cast the baited hook, using a fish finder style rig out behind the boat or away a bit from the pier.  Use of a Baitrunner or conventional reel with a clicker is important here so you may leave the reel in free-spool, the fish can pick the bait up and not feel the sinker or drag of the reel.

Find a place to anchor or a spot on a pier where your bait will drift into a hole, the edge of a drop off or a nice rip current and fish it a couple hours before or after the change of a tide. The current slows a bit and your chunks won’t be carried away as fast during this time.  I have found that there is no set tide, high or low that will produce all the time, the time of day and season will dictate when they bite.  Striped Bass are the most unpredictable of fish when it comes to their behavior, they may bite on the top of the incoming tide one week and the bottom of the outgoing another.  Put the time in and you will eventually learn their patterns for the area you are fishing at the time of year you choose to fish it.  This will help narrow down the when and where to fish and increase your chances of landing that once in a lifetime Striped Bass.

Choosing Your Hooks for Saltwater Fishing

Ocean City Fishing TackleChoosing a hook for saltwater fishing isn’t always the easiest. When it comes to choosing the size and shape of your hook, there are some important things to know. There are a wide variety of hooks for every fishing style, so it’s likely to be an ongoing learning process as you change your fishing techniques and types of fish.

You can use a small hook to catch a wide variety of fish. For example, a number five size hook can catch fish from a quarter pound to 25 pounds. However, angling and landing that number 25 fish, when using a small number five hook, requires careful and expert angling, or landing with a net.

Choose brand name hooks that are well known and proven to be of great quality. There are also many of other name brand hooks that work even better than Eagle Claw and Mustad. Ask your fellow fishermen what they use. Retailers often push what they either make the most profit from or they are trying to push overstocked items.

Different lengths have different purposes. Short shank hooks are good for their strength and long shank hooks are easier to remove. The short shank hook, by design, is more durable and will not straighten out or break easily. In areas with many coral heads or a drop off, use a strong, short shank hook, heavier lines, and always keep the line taut with the fish on. Instead of forcing the landing of a fish in these conditions, an alternative is to let a big, strong fish tire itself in the deeper water and reel it in in the shallow, line breaking area, after it is no longer putting up a hard fight.

If you are in the Cape May County NJ area and are looking for great quality fishing hooks, bait, or other tackle, come check out Fin-atics in Ocean City NJ! You can also check us out at our website.

Using Fishing Lures

Ocean City Fishing LuresAlthough live fishing bait is among the most popular and effective ways to catch fish, fishing lures can be equally or even more effective. There are countless different types of fishing lures that come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and buoyancies. Different types are used for catching different fish. Using fishing lures is a little bit different than live bait. It requires more skill and practice because you’ve got to reenact the movement of live bait to make your lure seem like an appealing meal to your target. Also, some lures are made to sink while others are made to float or stay at a certain depth under the water.

At Fin-atics, we offer a giant assortment of fishing lures for any of your fishing needs. Located in Ocean City, we serve towns in the Cape May County and Ocean County area. For more information, call us today at (866)224-2248 or visit our website at fin-atics.com.

Tautog Fishing In Ocean City

Ocean City Bait and TackleTautog now join the other species we are allowed to target, Tautog 15 inches: 4 fish Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 4 fish Apr. 1 – Apr. 30, 1 fish Jul. 17 – Nov. 15, 6 fish Nov. 16 – Dec. 31. They will be found close to structure such as jetties, piers, docks, pilings and of course wrecks and artificial reefs. Just drop down a small green crab or piece of clam next to the structure and be ready for a quite bite.

Fluke are starting to move toward the inlets as they make their way offshore. Fish near the inlets in deeper water with larger baits like the Gulp! 5” Swim Mullet with a heavier bucktail in the 2-3oz range. This will get you down into the depths were the bigger fluke hide. Get out and Fish!

Jersey Shore Fishing Tackle Tips

Jersey-Shore-Fishing-TacklerPlanning on fishing down at the Jersey Shore?  Here are a few tips to keep in mind!

Jersey Shore Fishing Tackle Tips – Fishing Rod

When fishing, it’s best to have a medium to heavy fishing rod.  Although many surf anglers usually use fishing rods that are 8-12 feet long, an average 6 to 7 foot rod is perfect for surf fishing.  Keep in mind that unlike fresh water fishing rods, salt water rods are made to resist corrosion.  If you care about keeping your fresh water fishing rod in top condition, you may want to consider purchasing a salt water fishing rod. If you are on a vacation and you brought your fresh water gear, just make sure to rinse your rod and reel in fresh water once you are done fishing each day.

Jersey Shore Fishing Tackle Tips – Fishing Reel

When surf fishing, a large fishing reel works best.  After a long day of fishing, rinse the reel off with fresh water to avoid corrosion.

Jersey Shore Fishing Tackle Tips – Fishing Line: 

We recommend using at least 20 pound fishing line while fishing in the surf.  You never know if you will catch something really big!

Have fun fishing at the Jersey Shore, and remember to always be safe!  Fin-Atics.com is based in Ocean City,  and serves all of Cape May County, including Wildwood, Cape May,  Avalon, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood and more.

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