This topic came up, generally speaking, on another thread, on another Board. See, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9148... It suggested to me some interest personally, and among fellow 'hounds, in the pursuit of our own chow in the waters of the Garden State. So, I figured, perhaps it's worth a more specific discussion.
Personally, living at Monmouth County's southeastern tip and being part of a family that has long enjoyed the bounty of the sea, I have drawn quite a few "free" meals from the Atlantic and the various inland waters that decorate our coast. For example, I've crabbed the Chesapeake, but I'm just as happy throwing lines into the Barnegat Bay off a lagoon dock in Mantoloking. I know there are lots of great spots dotting the gentle shores from Point Pleasant to Holgate, in Manahawkin and Toms River.
Taking a pole to the edge of the surf before the fall sun comes up, in the often Quixotic quest to have a striped bass dinner, can be sheer joy. Armed with nothing but a clam knife and extra tackle, realizing that anything but the expected disappointment will be gravy on the mashed potatoes of the zen moment one really sets out to embrace. I mean, if you really wanna catch bass, you convince a buddy with a boat to take you up to Sandy Hook.
Speaking of boats, how 'bout dropping lines near a wreck? Catching fluke in the River? Maybe getting serious and seeking out some tuna?
I s'pose that's enough to get the point across - the topic launched. Anybody else love the notion of REALLY fresh fish? A bin full of crabs? A freezer full of venison cuts?
Where do you go? What do you seek? Any advice for others who might want to try? Good charters? Boat rentals? Anecdotes?