Almost there

You never know how to value something ..till you lose it. Admittedly, I rarely watch TV and I never use a home phone but being without both, and internet was…painful. Almost starting to feel a little Amish..ha
All of you that are still suffering with outages, no service, power, water, you have my sympathies. These have been trying weeks for many to say the least. I did manage to get to the beach in Jones Inlet on the weekend. The parking situation is ridiculous but if you are willing to walk a block or two, it’s really not that hard…in the daytime that is. Nighttime is a whole other story. Glad to see that Montauk 4×4 is open, Smith Point lot is open and both sides of Shinny.
Our friends at Fisherman Headquarters who took a big hit during the storm in Ship Bottom, NJ are up and running and reporting lots of fish being caught. So it’s not over yet by a long shot.
We finished up the new issue but we ran into unexpected problems trying to get it up so please bare with us, we are almost there. What you will see now with this issue is just a temporary home of SJ, the big redesign will take a place starting with January issue. We are even toying with the idea of vertical instead of landscape version for multitude of reasons . We got even more columnists, more content and more ideas too.
We are sad that our regular contributor and one of our most popular writers Frank Pintauro passed away recently quite suddenly., His articles on the old time lures and makers were to me always what made SJ authentic and different than other publications. He will be sorely missed.
The winner of the Giant Lemire’s Plug works Pencil Popper Giveaway is Bob B
Please email us your shipping address and we will get it to you asap.


Glad I have the internet and TV back (I could do without a phone). Glad to be back on line and I hope many of you are too. We have so much work ahead of us to get ready for January that is daunting but I am sure that in the end, all will work itself out. We just got to remember why we started this in the first place, to give our sport a voice of our own. To have something special, to have something of our own, to be different and yet refreshing, current and nostalgic, all at the same time. This is just a beginning of another chapter in existence of SJ.
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7 comments on “Almost there

  1. Ed L

    I offer you my condolences for the loss of your friend, Frank. I hope his life was a full and enjoyable one.

    Fisherman’s Headquarters was lucky to sit as high as they do. Most, if not all, of the B&T shops on LBI are out of commission. Northern NJ coast took it hard and are slowly regaining the luxuries we have come to expect.

    Thanks to all of the utility and rescue workers. If you see them, give them a sign of appreciation.

    Caught too many blues out of Barnegat Inlet, Monday. Only one striper. Tight lines to all.

  2. Richard aka Woodwker99

    Sorry to hear about Frank. I loved his Stories about the old plugs. He will be missed.
    Smiths point is a mess. lot is open( most of it) but FINS and the outer beach is closed. ( too much soft sand spots for driving I’m told). No signs of life in the narrows. too far a walk to the inlet.

  3. mark d

    Condolences to family and friends of Mr. Pintauro. I enjoyed and appreciated his work. Glad you are back. Look fwd to the coming issue.

  4. Jim Braack

    Everyone should be grateful for the work of all the utility workers who went to the coast to help restore power. I talked to one of them yesterday who pulled 16 hour shifts for fifteen days straight a hundred miles from home. That kind of dedication deserves a major pat on the back.

  5. Mike b

    My regards to Franks friends and family . LBI is my surfcasting stomping grounds and FHQ was lucky to be placed where they are. But I mainly use that shop and they are a great bunch of guys, yea they may be the BIG shop on the island but they act like your corner mom and pop shop that can do it all. Always friendly service and good local info. I am excited to see what you guys have in store SJ in the future.


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