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, 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, absurd because the fish never sees the duck’s head only what’s at and below the water surface.
baby duck - absurd fishing lure

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

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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Evening Fishing at Spruce Run Produces Big Brown Trout

We started this Memorial Day afternoon fishing Spruce Run Reservoir for hybrid striped bass. We were trolling live herring and fished from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and ended the day with a really nice 24 inch, 7.20-lb Brown Trout.

Big NJ Brown Trout

The Hybrid fishing was pretty tough and really slow yesterday with only one Hybrid Bass in the boat for us that my buddy Jason landed; his first of the year!

Fish On

After the one hybrid and after a while of zero action, we began thinking about packing it in for the evening. But just then we had a rod go off and it seemed like a really nice fish so my good friend and usual partner-in-crime Rob S. got the camera rolling.

We weren’t able to really tell what I had on for almost the entire fight, which lasted about 7-minutes, until the fish came up behind the boat at the very end. Although we didn’t know exactly what we had hooked before we saw it, every one of us knew we had something very special on the end of our line as the fight progressed more and more. Several times I got it to within 6 or 7-feet of the boat only to have it bulldog its way straight back down to the bottom.

Brown Trout

Getting the fish into the boat was going to be an issue too since we forgot all our nets in the truck…talk about murphy’s law… My buddy Jason however, landed the fish by hand and he made it look easy!

We decided to keep this big beautiful brown trout and it will be mounted. Yes, we could have released it, but any good Trout fisherman will tell you that Trout stress out very easily; and when you add in a long hard fight like this one gave us in addition to almost 83 degree surface temperatures, release isn’t always the best option when it comes to Trout.

This fish is actually the 3rd Brown we’ve gotten out of Spruce Run over the past three weeks, and the other two (an 18-incher, and another that was 5+ pounds) were released safely since the water temps were still down in the low 60’s at that point and we didn’t have them on the line for anywhere near as long as this one was.

For more info and frequent reports about Spruce Run Reservoir, visit our Spruce Run Fishing Facebook Page.

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Free Programs at Pequest Trout Hatchery

Visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery this Memorial Day weekend for some exciting FREE programs!

Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Start the morning with a Warbler Walk exploring the Pequest property while identifying birds in the area.

Saturday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. Pequest Trout Hatchery will be hosting a presentation on Sturgeon, known as living fossils…they are some of the oldest bony fishes.

sturgeon pequest nj

Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. This program is all about amphibians where you will discover where amphibians came from, how they grow up, and their importance in the ecosystem. Bring nets if you have them and boots that can get wet.

For program details and registration information, please visit NJ Fish and Wildlife Website .

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Where Can I Launch an Inflatable Boat?

“Where can I launch an inflatable boat?” is a question I get asked every now and then here at round valley fishing and every time it makes my heart skip a beat. Invariably the ‘boat’ in question turns out to be some flimsy vinyl thing intended for a pool or pond, not the rugged three chambered inflatable vessels allowed by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Typical Inflatable Boats:
three chambered inflatable boat

This is a rugged three chambered inflatable boat constructed of tough 1000 Denier material. The gunwale sits high above the waterline and is suitable for Round Valley nice windless days.

marginaly safe inflatable boat

This is also a three chambered boat, however the hull material is only 20 gauge vinyl and the gunwaled sits low on the waterline. While technically legal, this is NOT a safe boat for Round Valley.

two chamber boat

This is a two chambered inflatable boat constructed of 14 gauge vinyl. This is illegal for use on Round Valley Reservoir and stupid dangerous to boot.

Boat Launch Areas:
See all three launch points marked on our google Round Valley Map or in the image below.
Round Valley Boat Launch

A public boat launch is located north of the day use area, which is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. This area is commonly referred to as the fisherman’s boat launch or fisherman’s parking lot. There are two docks at this launch point for larger boats. Smaller, non-trailered boats can be launched from the sandy areas between and around the docks.

A Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit must be obtained through the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to access the reservoir at the public boat launch, OR a copy of your fishing, hunting or trapping license must be placed on the dash board of your vehicle.

Boating Rules:
Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, motor boats (up to 10 horsepower) and three chambered inflatable vessels are permitted on the reservoir.

FYI, boats over 12 feet in length must be registered through the Motor Vehicle department. NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Round Valley Reservoir at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PfD).

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