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State of NJ Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Rules

No person shall operate or allow any person to operate any vessel in or on the waters of this State [NJ] unless such vessel has a United States Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device (PFD) of the correct size for each person on board. Such PFDs shall be of the type(s) and number(s) required by the United States Coast Guard for a vessel of the class operating on Federal or state navigable waters. This includes all vessels except surfboards, racing shells, rowing sculls and racing kayaks.

Read full NJ Boater Safety Rules from State.NJ.US website.


Breaking News – Two Boaters Reported Missing at Round Valley Reservoir

Search and Rescue is underway near the North Tower/ North Dam area of NJ’s Round Valley Reservoir where two boaters were last seen out of their boat, swimming. See map. There is a debris field, presumably the artifacts that floated out of their boat when it sank. With water temps near 43degrees Fahrenheit, any swim would be tough. Let’s pray them are found safe and sound.

Round Valley Fishing Boat Launch

Emergency services personnel have taken over the Fisherman’s parking lot while search and rescue work continues for missing person.

Update 7:34pm – The body of a middle-aged man has been recovered from Round Valley Reservoir. He was not wearing a life preserver.
Update 7:00pm – One drowning victim is thought to be a NY man. Still unsure if he was alone.
UPDATE 4:45pm – One fisherman, not two boaters, now believed missing.
UPDATE 3:30pm – Divers prepare to enter the water looking for two missing persons from a capsized canoe. Sundown is at 7:23pm.
UPDATE 1:43pm – A life vest was found on shore, it is believed the boaters made it to shore, but they still have not been found.

Developing Story – State police recover body of missing boater in Round Valley Reservoir – now has photos of the recovered canoe on their website. – One fisherman, not two boaters, now believed missing – Rescue crews seeking two missing boaters in Clinton Township’s Round Valley Reservoir

NJ.Com article – Two boaters reported missing in Round Valley Reservoir, search underway – Search continues at Round Valley after canoe capsizes


Trout Art Contest Deadline for Entries Fast Approaching!

The deadline for students to enter the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Trout Art Contest is fast approaching! Students in grades K – 12 are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Pequest State Trout Hatchery by participating in this educational and fun art contest.

This year’s contest will be art only (no writing component), and will focus on the three kinds of fish raised at Pequest – brook, brown and rainbow trout. Students should choose one of these trout and using their artistic skills draw a scene of the trout they choose in a habitat where they would be found in New Jersey. Artwork should be creative and original, and incorporate accurate biological and ecological information regarding the fish’s habits and habitat.

The artwork must have a finished size of 8.5 x 11 inches and can be done in acrylics, pencils, watercolors, oil, oil pastels, crayons or ink. Students might want to use the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website as an online resource to learn about New Jersey’s trout, the Pequest Trout Hatchery, and the trout stocking program for background information related to their artwork.

First place winners will be selected for each grade level. Winners receive a rod and reel plus a certificate, as well as a Youth Membership to Trout Unlimited. All winners are invited to attend a special luncheon and awards ceremony at the Pequest Trout Hatchery on Opening Day of Trout Season, April 6, 2013. Prior to the luncheon, students will have the opportunity to fish in the Pequest Fishing Education Pond, which is stocked with trout from the hatchery.

Artwork will remain on display at the Pequest Natural Resource Education Center for the year following the contest. Artwork becomes property of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and will not be returned.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013. For more information, see on the division’s website.


2013 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show February 6-10

New and experienced boaters and families looking to beat cabin fever are invited out of the cold and into the Atlantic City Convention Center, February 6-10, 2013 to peruse, purchase and play at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show. The five-day boating extravaganza features hundreds of new motor and sailboats, gear and accessories, and exclusive boat-bargains. In addition to shopping the best in boating, serious skippers and new boaters can take advantage of interactive instructional seminars, and visitors of all ages can enjoy entertainment including meet-and-greets with boating stars and an expert alligator handler catching a 200 lb. gator.

Highlights of the 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show include:

Boat-shoppers paradise! Boats and Gear for Every Budget and Lifestyle:

The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will fill 374,000 square feet of the Atlantic City Convention Center with hundreds of boats from the area’s leading dealers and manufacturers. From luxury motor and sailboats to performance boats, sport fishers, dinghies and personal watercrafts, there are boats on sale for all budgets and lifestyles.

The Marine Marketplace will feature hundreds of exhibitors with the latest boating technology and gear for both motor and sail enthusiasts, including state-of-the-art navigation systems, fishing gear, fish finders and water sports accessories.

Boat Show Family Fun and Entertainment:
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show offers summer fun for all ages.

The jaw-dropping Swampmaster Gator Show: Visitors with a wild side can watch as the amazing expert alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi catches an 8 ft., 200 lb. alligator at the thrilling, fun and educational Swampmaster Gator Show. Those brave enough to hold a baby gator can have their photo taken!

Special Appearance by Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Visitors can meet Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna, who is Captain and owner of Hard Merchandise, a fishing boat that is the embodiment of the bluefin fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Appearance schedule:
Friday, February 8, 1pm–3pm and 5pm–7pm
Saturday, February 9, 11am–1pm and 3pm–5pm
Sunday, February 10, 12pm-2pm

Kids’ Create-a-Boat and Paddleboat Pool: Kids can take the helm at the show, with opportunities to splash around the Paddleboat Pool; and build a nautical masterpiece— a one- of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination at the Kids’ Create-a- Boat.

Go Fast! Miss GEICO and the P1 28SS Panther Race Boat: Visitors can catch a glimpse of these speedsters while they take a break from setting records and winning championships. The P1 Panther Race Boat is 28 ft. long and reaches speeds of 70 mph while on the water. Miss GEICO is a neon green catamaran missile powered by twin turbine engines that has splashed onto the racing scene and proceeded to demolish record after record and awe those unfortunate enough to race against her.

Enter to Win Big: One lucky show-goer will go home a boat owner by winning a 2013 Sea Hunt 202 Triton Boat powered by Yamaha F115XA outboard engine including a Load Rite Roller Trailer (valued at $41,000!). This prize is compliments of NJ Outboards of Bayville, NJ. Visitors can enter at space C3 or in the Lobby of the show.

Become a better boater. Hands-on Boating Instruction and On-the-Water Experiences:
Those looking to build their skills in the offseason can do so with hundreds of hours of daily, free seminars, on-the-water learning activities, and advanced courses for experienced boaters. Visit the Show website for a complete schedule of educational offerings.

Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Visitors will watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians with more than 50 years of experience provide practical advice for maintaining boats and motors. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics like keeping your boat “ship shape,” installing electronics and maintaining gas engines.

Welcome to the Water Center: Beginner boaters can stop by the Welcome to the Water Center for straightforward answers to their boating questions and advice on finding a boat that best fits their lifestyle and budget. Daily seminars include boat operation, boat financing, flotation devices, boating knots, navigational rules. The Boating on a Budget section will showcase boats available for less than $250 per month.

Improve skills at the helm – Power Boat Docking Challenge: Visitors ages 16 and up can test their navigational skills in this exciting remote-controlled boat docking experience. Novice and experienced boaters alike will use a full size boat helm, racing against the clock while steering their craft down a 20 ft. “lake.”

Discover Saltwater Fishing Series: Visitors can catch the latest fishing tips and techniques from expert anglers at the Discover Saltwater Fishing Series, produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

Premier Boating Workshops: Early risers are rewarded with three-hour interactive workshops offered by the Annapolis School of Seamanship on Friday-Sunday mornings before the show opens. The workshop fee (TBD) includes two tickets to the e show, take-away instructional items, a $25 gift certificate for classes at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, and the three-hour workshop. Topics include diesel fuel systems, docking, electronic navigation and marine corrosion.

Daily Boating Education Sessions, Hands-on Demos: Top local professionals from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will host informative and entertaining daily sessions that provide tips on modern navigation, handling onboard emergencies, getting a captain’s license, sailing and choosing the right boat.

Show Information and Details:
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show docks at the Atlantic City Convention Center Wednesday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Thursday, February 7, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Friday, February 8, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; and
Sunday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Admission to the Atlantic City Boat Show is $15 for adults (16 and older) and FREE for kids 15 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Group discount tickets can be purchased by contacting Elba Rosales-Rice at 718-707-0716 or

For show news, discounts, and giveaways, visit Be a part of the Atlantic City Boat Show conversation on Twitter and Facebook.


Introducing: The Bobber Retriever

My buddy Chris is an inventor and tinkerer. You know the type, if something’s broke he’ll find a way to fix it (even if it ain’t pretty). Over the years Chris and I have made everything from remote control vehicles to our own fireworks (when we were younger and dumberer). A little while back Chris calls me up and asks if I want to go retrieve lost bobbers with him along the Raritan Canal. Huh? “Yeah I made this tool that cuts down bobbers and stuff that people lose in the trees. You should come check it out.” DONE!

Bobber Retriever

As you can see from the picture above, Chris’ bobber retriever consists of a long 18 foot extendable pole, with a cutting device mounted to the end and under that, a net. The cutting device is a battery powered electric motor with a razor blade from an eXacto knife JB Welded to the motor shaft. It works like this:

First find a bobber, lure or whatever in the trees (not that hard when you’re looking).

Chris spots a bobber and moves into position.

Chris spots a bobber and moves into position. Do you see it?

Second, turn on the motor and extend the pole. You’ve got to position the spinning blade above the hanging bobber, which cuts the line with its spinning blade of death. The bobber then drops right into the net!
Cutting and catching your found bobber.

Chris is adamant that his bobber retriever is version 1.0. He’ll be adding a larger motor and more blades in the next version. But in the mean time, check out all the free gear we got in an hour on the Raritan Canal. Anyone Missing these!?
Anyone Missing these!?

Check out the entire photo album with bigger pics on the Round Valley Fishing Facebook page.