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NJ Deal Lake - Fishing

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Lat: 40.230816
Lng: -73.999657

Marker owner: Lardalmighty

Average user rating for this marker: 3

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NJ Deal Lake
Marker Description: Deal Lake could actually be considered two lakes. The upper lake, west of the railroad tracks, is very shallow and weedy. This part of the lake supports a huge population of bluegills which can be caught on light spinning gear or on fly tackle. Largemouths are also present here, and fishing for them in the ultra-shallow water is best in the cooler months of spring and fall. The lower lake, west of the railroad tracks, is a bit deeper, but lacks weedy cover. Most fish relate to the sea wall that encircles nearly the entire lower lake. This portion of the lake has a very wide variety of fish, including catfish, white bass, crappie, perch, and largemouths, and also some 20+ pound carp. During spring tides and storm surges, the outflow adjacent to the beach across the street reverses flow, and seawater enters the lake. This reversal can bring mullet and herring through the pipe, sometimes with stripers following them in. Even crabs can be caught near the outflow at times. Best bets for the largemouths and stripers include plastic worms and grubs, and lipless and shallow running crankbaits. Since the lake is shallow, topwaters are usually an option at dusk and dawn. The streets around the lake are very busy during the summer, mostly from beachgoers.

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Re: Deal Lake Posted by Lardalmighty Mon. May 03, 2010 12:46 am
Location: Deal Lake, Loch Arbour, NJ
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Weather: Fair, 70 F, moderate winds out of SE
Water: Slightly dingy, visibility good
Target Species: Largemouth Bass
Rod: Shakespeare Excursion EXC601M
Reel: Cabelas Fish Eagle Tournament II FET100
Line: Stren mono, 12 lb.
Lures: Mann's Baby 1-Minus, shad color; Rat-L-Trap, chrome with blue back

With the hot sun today I figured it would warm the rocks along the railroad tracks and the concrete seawall around the lower lake. The plan didn't work out extremely well, as I only managed on 2 1/2 pounder on the 1-Minus. Saw a bunch of carp finning in water too shallow to cover their backs. Not much else going on in the lake today.
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Re: Deal Lake Posted by Lardalmighty Sat. October 31, 2009 09:27 pm
Location: Deal Lake, Loch Arbour, NJ
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Weather: Overcast, 50 F, heavy wind out of NE
Water: Murky, visibility fair
Target Species: Striped Bass
Rod: Quantum Dance Class BDC60M
Reel: Zebco Rhino RBC300
Line: Spiderwire Stealth, 30 lb.
Lures: Kastmaster, 1.5 oz.

Hit Deal Lake at the top of the tide, hoping the high tide and storm surge would back up the outflow and funnel some baitfish (and some hungry stripers in pursuit) into the lake. Well, the water was pouring through the backflow in a torrent, and there was bait everywhere. There were just no stripers. Chucked the Kastmaster for an hour without a single hit. Wind was strong and made casting difficult, even with the heavy metal. Didn't stick around long as I was a bit under-dressed, and the wind cut me to the bone.

Getting back to the bait, I couldn't believe how thick it was in the lower part of the lake. I ended up snagging a few on the Kastmaster, and I watched as a flock of about 20 cormorants made their way around the area and absolutely feasted. The only way I could describe it is a cormorant blitz. And the seagulls were not far behind, picking off the dead and dying from the surface. I thought it was insane how there could be that much bait, and no fish there to eat it. Maybe they had already had their fill. Either way, no fish, but a pretty interesting morning nonetheless.
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Re: Deal Lake Posted by Lardalmighty Thu. September 10, 2009 12:40 am
Photo of the lower lake, facing west.
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