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Old 03-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I headed out to my local lake today and tried my Chunky Dunkin' that I was fortunate to receive in the mail from a fellow Basshole and broke the ice with a 19 inch Pickeral that hit when my lure was less then 10 feet from shore. Felt good to get back in the swing of things and knock the rust off. I am a little concerned though 'cause a couple weeks ago they lowered the water level to do work on the spillway and bulkhead and hundreds of fish were flushed out. There were tons of Yellow Perch and Pickeral in the stream fighting to survive in inches of water. I notified fish and game and they said that they got out due to a pipe breaking or something. I had my nephew help me use a seine net to push them back up stream and then netted them and returned as many of them as I could to the lake. One of the workers told me that one of the big Albino Catfish got out too. This really makes me mad as they will not survive because the stream empties into the bay and is not deep enough to sustain them. Also I was wondering if anyone knew how to go about finding out who actually owns the lake and property around it? Any help would be appreciated.....
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Way to Go for getting involved.
It was a good thing for you to call with your concerns and even better that you took it upon yourself to help these poor stranded fish.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Stealthfisher. I think that in these type of situations there should be certain protocall that needs to be followed to insure this type of thing doesn't happen. Such as putting up netting of some sort I guess.... . Just really sad and I hope that a ll of the Bass are not gone! Spring run will be here before you know it! Can't wait to hit the beach for some Stripers! Are you on Bassbarn also? Your name looks familliar.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Congrats on the first scaly beast of 2011, bro.

Dittos on Stealth's props. It's a shame those fish will be lost. Good luck with that whole situation, man.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am formerly from NJ Gloucester County.
I was on BBarn but haven't been there in a while.
I miss surf fishing at Strathmere, Sea Ilse, Ocean City, Corson' Inlet etc.
I still make the trip with friends in April for opening day of Trout season in Shaw's Mill Pond in Cumberland county and a few other stops and to Cape May every May for the Black Drum and in November for Stripers.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Cool, yeah I knew I saw you on the Barn before. I live in Toms River and usually fish Island Beach or sometimes Seaside but venture to lots of other palces too. Well good luck next time you get out here for them.....

Hey Toad, thanks man.....
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Billy,

Have you tried the local township tax maps? They might be able to tell you ownership of the property.

This brings up a question You're fishing a private lake without owners permission? That could get you in deep do-do. I live in New Egypt and most of the lakes around here belong to the state. What lake were you fishing?
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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No i'm not fishing illegally. The body of water is in a retirement community in which my mother resides and I have been fishing there for years. I clean up around the water and have great conversation with many that live and walk around the water. There are those certain few that think that they own the palce and try to say I am not allowed to fish there. My family pays dues to the association and has a right to use the water as much as anyone else that lives on the water. They pay the same dues that my mother and also my grandfather who has a house there pays. Now here is where I am confused. They say it's a lake and is private property but it is actually the south branch of Kettle creek that has had a couple dams put up and is now more like a couple lakes. The water still flows into the Bay and a cop I talked to said "how can they say this is private property?". Someone else told me about the tax thing but I don't have a clue where to start looking.
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Have you tried the county internet mapping service? Cape May CO has such a feature where you can plug in an address and get the property information from it.

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I don't know if Ocean county hasthat but will give it a try. Thank you...
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