I am interested in joining a surf fishing club, preferably on the south shore. I love fishing the beach and wish to belong to such a club. Anybody have any suggestions or point me in the right direction. Thanks to all in advance.
The problem with MOST surf fishing clubs is they get very competitive with the NY Surf contest. The club earns points for the 10 biggest Weakfish, Bluefish, and Striped Bass each month. If you get caught up in this competition, you end up feeling guilty when you go Fluke fishing. You either don't go Blackfishing, or you go less often than you would otherwise. Club members with respectable points totals won't share their spots with you, reminding you that you are in "competition" with them. Most clubs ARE willing to share technique though.
If it's cameraderie you seek, just fish the same spots regularly. Just as you recognize someone who is "always there", they will recognize you as well. You will get FAR more information about "where" from this BBS and from the fishing reports on this site, than you would at a years worth of club meetings. The only exception I have found to guarding "secret" spots is the Salty Flyrodders, who will share information readily, probably because they are not competitive.
I believe the one who "wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have me" was George Bernard Shaw, not Groucho. Shaw also observed that "etiquette is the art of raising an eyebrow, instead of the roof."
You just got caught up in the wrong club. I had my share of flounder, fluke, bass, weakfish,bluefish,shark,trout,pickerel,porgies,sea bass,baracuda, grouper, tarpon, snapper, carp perch crappie, sunfish.....etc. PLUS I learned new spots, met new freinds, and oh yeah, did the competition thing as well.
Kepp an eye peeled in this mag as well as the other Long Island mag, clubs that are looking for new members usually advertise an open meeting.
Thanks fellow fisherman. I wasn't for a serious fishing club. You know the ones' that are very competitive and compete in those club tounaments. I was looking to join a club where a bunch of guys go fishing and share tips.
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