Trolling Big Rainbow Trout – Video

A video my good friend Jimmy from Rawr fishing put together from back on Memorial Day weekend with Rob S. and myself. It was Jimmy’s first time trolling out on Round Valley, and boy did we spoil him! Despite the fact we had a rough start to our day and got out super late, we put somewhere around 2 dozen Rainbows in the boat, including three Round Valley Trout Association tagged Trophy Trout!

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Deaths Reported at Round Valley and Spruce Run Reservoirs

Monday 22 August, the body of an Ocean County man was found early Monday morning in Round Valley Reservoir, a state environmental official confirmed. The 71 year old man was known to wade and swim in the reservoir. Full Article Here

Monday 22 August, a little while later, officials were actively searching for a missing boater on Spruce Run Reservoir. State Police Marine Divers recovered the body of a 44 year old Randolph NJ man Tuesday morning. The man, who was an avid fisherman and swimmer, apparently drowned while trying to retrieve his boat which had blown off shore about 30 feet. Full Article Here

Condolences to the families of these men. To my readers…be safe out there.

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The Most Absurd Fishing Lures

I have seen some terrible fishing lures in my years of fishing. These absurd fishing lures have designs and features cooked up by marketing departments and sometimes just fun-loving fisherman looking to share a laugh. Let’s take a look at some of these ridiculous lures:

The Floater
by sewerlure.com, this absurd fishing lure looks like a floating turd.
floating poop lure - absurd fishing lure

Budweiser Can Crankbait
by Heddon, because beer!?
Budweiser Can Crankbait - absurd fishing lure

President Obama Daredevil
by Eppinger, thanks obama!
President Obama Daredevil - absurd fishing lure

Floating Duckling Lure
by persuaderamerican.com, absurd because the fish never sees the duck’s head only what’s at and below the water surface.
baby duck - absurd fishing lure

Buggy
by Gatta-X, The Japanese make some bizarre fishing lures…this one looks looks like Mothra.
buggy - bizarre fishing lure

Prawn in cup
by tsubo rig? Another absurd looking Japanese fishing lure. This one mimics a prawn or shrimp hiding in a cup.
prawn in cup lure - absurd fishing lure

Mother
by RomanMade, absurd because it costs $435… it’s a soft plastic swimbait made for catching giant largemouth bass.
mother by roman made

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Combating the Negative Effects of Ethanol in your Outboard Motor’s Fuel System

Summer is upon us here in NJ and that means, hot & humid days ahead. A little preventative maintenance will help combat the negative effects of Ethanol in your Outboard Motor and fuel system.

What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. Ethanol is a renewable, domestically produced transportation fuel.

What is Ethanol blended fuel?

E10 fuel is a low-level blend composed of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. It is classified as “substantially similar” to gasoline by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is legal for use in any gasoline-powered vehicle. Fun Fact! The use of E10 was spurred by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (and subsequent laws), which mandated the sale of oxygenated fuels in areas with unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide. This kicked off the modern U.S. ethanol industry growth. Today, E10 is sold in every state. Nearly 97% of U.S. gasoline contains up to 10% ethanol to boost octane, meet air quality requirements, or satisfy the Renewable Fuel Standard. E10 doesn’t qualify as an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct).

Negative Effects of Ethanol

Basically, if you have a full 3 gallon fuel tank on your boat, 2.7 gallons is actually gasoline and 0.3 gallons is Ethanol. This is isn’t an issue by itself, however Ethanol has a nasty characteristic of attracting and bonding to water. Most small-boat fuel systems are vented directly into the atmosphere and because of this, ethanol can easily pull in moisture from the atmosphere and bond to it in your fuel tank, fuel lines, and carburetor. As we all know, water doesn’t burn so good and it tends to make engines like a 9.9 hp outboard run rough, hard to start and even stall at idle.

Combating Negative Effects of Ethanol

Consider the following preventative maintenance tips to keep you outboard engine running smooth year-round at every outing:

  • Add a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam Motor Treatment or Sta-Bil Marine Formula to your fuel tank at each fill up.
  • When buying gas, only get what you think you’ll need for the day’s trip. You can also ask the attendant if they have any gas without ethanol blended in…I think I found a Sunoco once that offered non blended gasoline.
  • If you have old gas (over a month old) in your boat’s fuel tank, consider running that in your lawnmower instead and buying fresh gas for your day’s trip.

That’s it. Happy Fishing and Tight Lines!

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