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MikeG posted 07-01-2002 05:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for MikeG   Send Email to MikeG  
Hi all,
I just spent a great weekend in the back bays of South Jersey in my Montauk. I have a place in Avalon for the summer. I got to the shore at 7pm Friday night and had the boat in the water at 7:30pm. We stayed out fishing until 10:30pm. The next morning we were back in the water at 6:30am and pulled the boat at 2pm. Sunday I launched again around 11am and spent a few hours touring the back bays and water skiing. Three consecutive days of boating is almost unheard of when you live in the suburbs of Philly. Great time but only a few flounders that were keepers. I'm new to fishing anyway so I was happy! The boat ran flawlessly and the weather and water conditions were perfect. The only downside to the weekend was that my trailer was hit in the parking lot while I was out but the people notified the police and offered to pay for the broken tail light. There are still good people around.

Original point of my post: Whalers of all shapes and ages had to out-number every other type of boat down there 3:1. I saw everything from an old Squall to a Conquest 290. Most were late-80's Montauks/Outrages or very new Venturas/Outrages. A good mix of classic 13/15s as well. There has to be some members of this board that fish or boat in the area. If so, let me know where the best fishing spots/ramps/marinas/gas/restruants are in the area. I used the ramp at 53rd St. in Avalon and had lunch at Two-Mile Landing in Wildwood. I should be there almost every weekend through Labor Day.

Also, I had to launch and retrieve my boat 3 times this weekend and store it in my driveway on a trailer. Any ideas on how to keep it in the water over the weekend without paying a marina $40-$50 per night.


daverdla posted 07-01-2002 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
I keep my montauk in Wildwood Crest. You may have seen my boat on your way to the two mile. Can't help with the fishing but ...

There's a great place in North Wildwood called ??? (might be sunset cove). It just opened last year. They also have a play area and mini golf for the kids. There was an older whaler docked there last summer. Might belong to the owner. It's where the old Zaberer's (I was a busboy there for two nights) used to be. You can't miss it. The street side faces the main road into North wildwood. You can dock your boat or beach it.

You can also try the Wharf just north of the Wildwood bridge or Urie's next to Schooner island marina. Call the Wharf before you go. Their floating docks weren't in the water but it was open. We also go the to lobster house in Cape May. Lighhouse point is just south of the wildwood bridge on the west side. Haven't been there in years. I'm not sure but they seem to have very limited docking. There's also a nice little place north of two mile in Wildwood crest on sunset lake. I think the two mile is actually in lower township.

Have a great summer in Avalon!!


blackdog posted 07-02-2002 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Hi MikeG, I was down that area myself last weekend. Thatís a nice ramp on 53rd but I can tell you when itís low tide, its very low but you should have no problem with your Montauk at all. How much was the ramp fee this year?

I am not as familiar south of Avalon but there are a couple of ramps around. There is one across on the main land side, coming over the access road into Avalon, in Avalon Manor; I think itís called Anchor Marina, not sure about the name. There is another marina at the end of 22nd Street with a restaurant on the Island side.

There are plenty of places to pull your boat up and eat. One of my favorite places is the
Deauville Inn
Willard Road at the Bay
Strathmere, NJ 08248
Water access and you can get a cold also :)..
Other ramps I can think of. In Sea Isle on the way onto the island on the access road before you go over the bridge there is large marina, Minmar Marina, on the right hand side. Once over the bridge there is a public ramp under the bridge on the right hand side, just across from Minmar. There are plenty of restaurants in Sea Isle with Water access, Just Cruise around and explore..

See you down the Shore


MikeG posted 07-03-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
Thanks for the info! I should have the boat back down there soon. I'll keep my eye out for some of the restruants that were mentioned. I noticed the Wharf had not set its floating docks the other week. Not sure why.

The 53rd St ramp was $6 this year. Not too bad considering that it is protected and in good shape. It was rather shallow (about 4 ft at low tide). Plenty for the Montauk but I kept the engine at a good tilt until I got away from the ramp.

I hope to see some of you down there this summer!

88 Montauk, DL registration, blue bottom paint, rear seat, 88spl engine, no name. If you see me, say hi!

TightPenny posted 07-03-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Wow, Zaberers, what a blast from the past.

Zaberized drinks, potatoes, and what ever else. I remember them fondly.

daverdla posted 07-06-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
The place in north WW is Sunset Bay. Had dinner there on Wednesday night - excellent. Skip the place north of the two mile, it's called Kurtz's. Had breakfast there yesterday - not bad but not worth the trip for you.

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