2017 Sandy Hook, NJ Striper Day Trip
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ (Gateway National Recreation Area)
Date: TBD - October 2017
Trip Coordinator: Chris Henrickson (email@example.com) 347.581.6361
To Attend this trip: Email or call trip coordinator ASAP.
Meeting Location: We will meet at Parking Area / Beach B near the pavilion at 7:00 AM. The Pavilion has restrooms. The Parking area is located on the right side of the road (Hartshorne Drive) about 1/2 mile past the entry gate and is well marked. Sandy Hook Map indicates the location of Beach B.
Please arrive promptly 7:00 AM. Sandy Hook gets crowded on the weekends, with many fishermen already angling at the popular spots while it is dark out. We will not be the first people to arrive. It is about a 1/2 mile walk along the fishermen's trail from the parking lot to the ocean.
We will quickly check out what is going on at Beach B on the ocean side and on Plum island to see if we have any working birds or blitzes. If we do not visually find any action, we will drive up to the fisherman's trail, which is about another 5 miles further up the Hook and begin to fish Bug Light, the rip, the false hook and the point.
Quarry: Striped Bass, Blue fish, Fluke and False Albacore. We may run into Hickory Shad, although we will not be targeting them.
Shore Access: Walking along the beaches and rocky shoreline.
Weather Conditions: TBD
Suggested Equipment: 9 foot, 9 weight or 10 weight tip flex fly rod. Intermediate sinking lines and depth charge full sinking lines are recommended. Leaders should be 7 - 9 feet, with a minimum tippet of 15 lb. Flourocarbon is recommended for it's abrasion resistance and low degree of visibility. A stripping basket is also highly recommended for ease of casting and line management. Traditional spinning / surfcasting equipment is fine for those who would like to spin fish.
Waders are a must and we recommend a waterproof jacket to keep you dry from any waves and splashed water.
State / Local Requirements: NJ Saltwater Registery permit is required to fish on NJ beaches. This permit is free for NJ residents and can be obtained here.
Baitfish: Peanut bunker and silversides / spearing / rainbait have been recently spotted in the Sandy Hook vicinity.
Recommended Fly Patterns: Clouser Minnows (Blue, Chartreuse, Pink)
Surf Candy (Blue, Chartreuse, Pink)
Lefty's Deceivers (Blue, Chartreuse, Pink)
Bob's Bangers (Red, Silver, Gold)
Jiggy (Blue, Chartreuse, Pink)
EP Fiber peanut bunker patterns
Snake flies (Black, White, Olive, Yellow)
Accommodations: NA. This is a day trip.
Meals: Plan on bringing adequate water and a snack or lunch to carry with you. There is no place to purchase meals within the park at this
Please be advised that weather conditions affect the striper migration in the fall and this is challenging fishing for a migratory wild saltwater species. Catch rates may be low.
Insects such as ticks can be problematic in the area we will be visiting. Strong insect repellent may be necessary. Sun block and raingear are also recommended.
Cell phone reception can be spotty at Sandy Hook.
Sandy Hook has an active Coast Guard base. Obey any signs and stay off of Coast Guard property.