Toms River

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NJpatbee
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Toms River

Post by NJpatbee » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:03 pm

After 43 years in Sussex County I am now a resident of Barnegat in Ocean County. Although I will still frequent my NW Jersey favorites, this site used to have a fair amount of Toms River enthusiasts. What is the latest and is it worth heading out to the Toms when I cannot travel North?

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46er
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Re: Toms River

Post by 46er » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:10 pm

Welcome to Ocean County. The Toms is always worth a trip, just be careful of the holes if wading and bring a pair of pruning shears for the brambles ;) Easiest place to start is the Riverwood Park parking lot and walk to the river, downstream a piece if your interested in the TCA. You also have the salt, great time of year is starting there.
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Re: Toms River

Post by NJpatbee » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:16 am

Thanks for the info!

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Re: Toms River

Post by Rusty Spinner » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:53 am

NJpatbee wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:03 pm
After 43 years in Sussex County I am now a resident of Barnegat in Ocean County. Although I will still frequent my NW Jersey favorites, this site used to have a fair amount of Toms River enthusiasts. What is the latest and is it worth heading out to the Toms when I cannot travel North?
Best of luck in your new life downtheshore, Pat! The Toms is not like any other river you've likely fished in NJ or elsewhere. At least that was my finding when I fished it twice over the years, both times in the TCA.
"A sinking fly is closer to Hell" - Unknown

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Re: Toms River

Post by Johnw » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:48 am

The easiest way to get to the TCA is to park at the low end on Rt 571 and walk upstream on the right side of the stream. The Toms, in my opinion, is not the same since the State stopped stocking brookies. The rainbows seem to disappear for the most part and don't hold over as well as the brookies perhaps because of the high acidity in the Toms. We will be float stocking the Toms in the Fall and you are welcome to join us. It would be a good way to learn the area.

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Re: Toms River

Post by 46er » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:20 pm

Pat, if you'd like to have some fun now that the summer crowds are gone; tie up, or pick up, some small Clouser Minnows, needle nose pliers, crimp the barb and head to the bay. Barnegat has nice town beaches, or the outflow of the power plant on RT9. The snapper blues are everywhere.
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Re: Toms River

Post by NJpatbee » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:58 pm

Thanks for the good tips. It is going to be quite an adjustment for some one that had wild brook trout a short walking distance from his house. I will be back to haunt them but I will start looking into some salt water gear.

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