Monday, December 13, 2010

'Tis The Season For Change

A 23-inch Jersey City striper caught on a fresh clam.
When:Sunday, November 28th, from 11am to 2pm
Where:Exchange Place, Jersey City
What:Fishing with surf clams for stripers
Weather:Clear and calm and cold. High in the low 40's
Tide:Incoming, high around 1:45pm

As many of you know, The New Jersey Angler Magazine has closed up shop and is no longer being published. In the year-plus that I was with them, I contributed on a monthly basis to the Product Profiles section, wrote two feature articles, guided a trip on Lake Hopatcong for The New Jersey Angler Video Magazine, was on the cover of the February 2010 issue, represented the magazine at 3 trade shows and made a lot friends.

Not bad for such a short time.

Many of you may also know that while I was serving the magazine as Associate Products Editor, I was also looking for a change in my "9 to 5." There was a brief period when I thought I might be able to work my way into the fishing industry on a full-time basis, however, as the economy grew worse and more magazines and tackle companies closed their doors and cut their budgets, it became increasingly apparent that this was going to be a difficult task.

After doing some soul-searching and drawing from the experience that I already had with the The New Jersey Angler, the answer was right there. I never want fishing to have to seem like "work" and maybe working full-time in the fishing industry was going to detract from why it is that I really love the sport. Maybe, just maybe, my "dream job" is going to be the one that allows me the most time and provides me the money I need to do as much fishing as absolutely possible.

I think I may have just gotten one.

It was back in October when I was offered this job and it was only a few hours after that offer when I called Products Editor and dear friend Gabriel Hnat to share the good news. It was right then that he shared with me the bad news.

What many of you may not know is that contributing 2,000 to 3,000 words a month to a magazine while working a full-time job, having a full-time girlfriend (fiancee now) and a full-time fishing habit had left me a bit exhausted.

When I heard the magazine had closed up shop, I kind of resigned myself to taking the writing out of my fishing, including this blog.

To add to that, it had been incredibly difficult to find time to fish while training for a new job. I've actually only been out once since my last post and caught the striper that you see above.

Things change though, and I'm happy to report that I woke up this morning thinking that I should keep this here blog going. I've actually gotten a few inquiries as to where it's been, and a text message today solidified my suspicion that I need to keep catfishonthelake alive.

With the ice season on the horizon and a successful transition into a new career, I will continue to share my outdoor adventures in the hopes that someone, somewhere.....might learn something from what I write.

*****A special thank you to Rob Loderstedt for making me absolutely certain that I need to keep doing this.

Next Up:Brian Martalus is back from Africa (for now) and we (Brian, Chris and myself) are sincerely hoping that Budd Lake has 4-inches of ice by December 23rd. If not, we'll try Delaware Lake or last resort, take a hike.


  1. Good news! Happy the blog will continue. Sounds like you figured it all out. Congrat's on the engagement!!

    Hope to still see you at the fishing shows. Best of luck to you with everything!

    ~FWG (Donna)

  2. Great to hear from you Donna. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday. I'll hit a show or two, but I have to make sure that it doesn't cut into my time on the ICE.