According to On The Water Magazine’s saltwater fishing report, big stripers are feeding in the inlets in Southern New Jersey, and in the ocean waters off the central and northern coast. Stripers up to 58 pounds were reported this week from the boats and fish to 40-plus-pounds have been reported from the surf. The mix of post-spawn Delaware Bay and Chesapeake fish are contributing to the large number of large stripers in New Jersey right now.
Folks are catching big striped bass, monster blues, and limits of black sea bass. And, come Friday, summer flounder will be back on the menu. If the weather cooperates, it could be a memorable Memorial Day Weekend for anglers.
Capt. Phil Sciortino at The Tackle Box reported bass up to 50 pounds caught on Mojos and bunkers spoons in Raritan Bay and off Sandy Hook. Trolling is currently the way to go, but some fish have been caught on jigs, shads and live bunker.
He also weighed in a 33-pound striper caught from the sand on Sandy Hook by Mike Mikovich using a bunker head. Sciortino added that big and small bluefish are biting around the bay, from 3 to 15 pounds.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc on the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands said he has no complaints with the striper fishing right now and added that it looks like it’s going to hold up for a while. His anglers have been catching bass up to 20 pounds on jigs and shads. There are lots of nice size fish in the area, he reported, with Wednesday’s pool winner in the mid 20-pound range.
Capt. Ron Santee on the Fishermen and Capt. Hal Hagaman on the Sea Tiger II, both out of Atlantic Highlands, have been getting into the stripers as well, with the Sea Tiger II boating a 37? pounder on Monday.
Capt. George Bachert on the Angler, also out of Atlantic Highlands, has been concentrating on sea bass and said it’s been a good week with most folks getting 6 to 10 keepers each. There have been a few ling in the mix as well. The Angler will be sailing for fluke come Friday.
Mel Martens at Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright said there are some nice bass up to 20 pounds in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers, hitting shads and plugs. The big blues are biting in both rivers as well.
Guys throwing bucktails and shad in the rivers for bass are also picking up some nice fluke, with a few up to 6 pounds. Based on what he’s been hearing, Martens expects it to be a good opener for summer flounder. Boats fishing for bass in the ocean are also seeing more fish, mostly on the troll, but there is some snagging and dropping going on. Boats are congregating in packs off the beaches in Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.
Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar believes Friday will bring a good start to the fluke season in the Shark River. There have been a few big ones caught and released there already, with Matthews reporting one was estimated well over 8 pounds. Blues up to 12 pounds have also been caught in the river from the pier back by the boat ramp. The striper and sea bass boats out of the Belmar Marina also have been doing well.
Capt. Pete Sykes on Parker Pete’s Sportfishing said the fishing for bass in the ocean is definitely picking up with fish up to 48 pounds caught this week. The bite has been mostly on the troll with Mojos and bunker spoons, but a few fish have been caught livelining.
Capt. Rich Falcone on the Golden Eagle out of Belmar, reported Wednesday was tough fishing but the he found blues and bass on Sunday and Monday. The bluefish were around 5 pounds and the bass were up to 40 pounds. He’s sailing for bass and blues every day.
Capt. Bobby Quinn on the Ocean Explorer out of Belmar had another good day of sea bass fishing on Wednesday with a number of folks getting their limits early. Capt. Quinn reported anglers jigging definitely had the edge. Capt. Quinn said a diamond jig with a sand eel teaser has been getting the bigger fish.
Capt. Steve Spinelli on the Skylarker out of Belmar, said his anglers are getting their limits of sea bass as well, along with a few cod. He’ll be sticking with sea bass until the ocean warms up a bit to get the fluke biting.
John Vafanidas at the Reel Seat in Brielle said the blues are thick in the Manasquan River, describing last Sunday’s action as off the charts. Small to chopper-size bluefish are hitting swimmers, poppers and metal from the Manasquan Inlet back to the Route 70 Bridge. There’s also some small to keeper-sized bass in the river, along with big fluke that are hitting baits intended for stripers. The bass are on the beaches in the area, hitting shads and SP Minnows. Vafanidas is looking forward to fluke season, with all the signs pointing to a good opener in the Manasquan River.
Lou at Brielle Bait and Tackle said most of the action there has been on the blues in the Manasquan River. He said anglers have been having luck with stripers, but that bite has been mostly at night. The sea bass fishing, he reported, has been good for the Jamaica II out of Bogan’s Basin.
To commemorate their 150 years in business, A.F. Boyer Hardware and Guns in Slatington is having an anniversary celebration and sale complete with free food, music and handouts.
The two-day celebration is set for June 1 and June 2 and will feature major firearms representatives displaying their latest offerings. On hand will be factory reps from Smith & Wesson, Glock, Ruger and Benelli. In addition, when purchasing select Glock handguns, you’ll be treated to free goods as Boyer’s is a Glock Blue Label Dealer.
There will also be specials on Mossberg’s hot selling 590 Shockwave pump action short barreled compact shotgun, Savage Arms 220 Slug Gun, Kimber’s Micro 9, Highpoint’s 9mm Carbine, Ruger’s new EC9s 9mm handgun and a variety of ammo. Boyer’s also sells and buys used firearms.
While there, check out Boyer’s fishing equipment area that also sells live bait, lures and tackle.
A.F. Boyer Hardware & Guns is in its fifth generation of this family owned business with Allan Boyer being the current owner who is a generous supporter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and other organizations.
Boyer’s is located at 130 Main Street in Slatington. Free parking is located across the from the store.
FISH-for-FREE DAY REMINDER
As a reminder, families, friends, residents and non, and anglers who may have ceased fishing, are invited to enjoy a day of free fishing when a fishing license is not needed to fish Pennsylvania waters on Sunday, Memorial Day weekend – May 27. The program is intended to introduce or reintroduce folks and kids to the sport of fishing.
Along with the program are free tackle loaner items that are being offered at selected state parks, county parks and some libraries. Locally, it’s Jacobsburg State Park, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, but others can be located by going to the PA Fish & Boat Commissions website.
The second free day is set for Wednesday, July 4.
As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season. Power boat owners in particular, should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine. It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are “great” for our service department but “bad” for our customers!”
It was reported that 92 percent of survey respondents said “they have seen damage…caused by ethanol…and more business for the service department.” The most recent results are up from 87 percent from a similar survey last year.
Their July feature “Ethanol Still a Significant Challenge, reports that “more than 15 percent of readers surveyed said that based on what they are seeing in their business, more than half of the necessary repairs are being caused by ethanol-related issues.” Eighty-five percent of survey takers were “very concerned” about the use of E15 (fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol).
Signed into law in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires an increasing amount of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, to be blended into the gasoline supply. When it was written, the RFS assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas.
To keep up with the RFS mandate, in 2010 the EPA granted a waiver to allow E15 into the marketplace. However, only fuels containing up to 10 percent ethanol (E10) are permitted for use in recreational boats.
For the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), adds that the survey also shows most boat owners refuel their boats at a roadside gas station, not at a marina. They strongly urge to look carefully at local gas stations’ fuel pumps to ensure you didn’t accidentally pump E15 fuel into your boat. The only warning label required on the stations’ gas dispenser is an ineffectual, small, square orange label about the size of a pack of cards.
A 2016 Harris Poll found that 64 percent of consumers were not sure or didn’t pay attention to the type of gas they used. Using E15 – even just a little bit – voids all boat engine manufacturer warranties. And unfortunately little effort is being made by the federal government to educate the public.
And according to Chris Edmonston, V.P of Government Affairs for BoatUS, “The reason why E15 is currently banned for sale by the EPA during summer months, is due to concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days. Ethanol-blended fuels also result in fewer miles per gallon, as ethanol has a third less energy content than gasoline, according to the Department of Energy. A better choice would be to produce other types of renewable fuels, such as biobutanol.
In the meantime, boaters beware and look before you pump.
SHOOTERS GAUNTLET MACHING GUN SHOOT
If you’ve ever yearned to fire a machine gun, you can experience it during the June 2-3 Shooters Gauntlet who is hosting their 3rd annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot. The Northeast’s most unique shooting event venue hosts the largest machine gun shoot on the east coast. It will have 70 machine gun lines that draw machine gunners and their belt feds from across the country, to Pennsylvania this June.
Just a few of the guns on the line include:
M45C Quad Mount 50 Cal - only one left still on the road
M16 .223 full auto
M16 9mm full auto
HK Model 51
SCAR16 full auto
Barrett 50 BMG
Ammo is available to purchase on site. For more information, and to buy tickets visit: https://www.shootersgauntlet.com/june2018-mg-events.
Shooters Gauntlet is located at 3904 Millstone Road, Monroeton, PA. It’s in the Endless Mountains of northern Pennsylvania, and about 15 minutes outside the town of Towanda.
If you go, don’t forget to bring ear protection and safety glasses.
Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.
The Step Outdoors program that includes a host of activities for children as well, will have over 25 local and state environmental and outdoor groups presenting their activities. The list includes archery, biking, gardening, art, hiking, nature photography, bluebird box building, fishing techniques and more.
On hand as well will be Falconers Sean and Margaret Young flying a red-tailed hawk and American Kestrel during falconry demonstrations plus hikes to see peregrine falcons that nest on site, L.L. Bean offering a Camping 101 to show tent setup, campsite selection, water filtration and other camping tips.
The Appalachian Mountain Club and Hike It Baby will offer urban hikes on the South Bethlehem Greenway.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be on hand with a display on bald eagles in Pennsylvania.
Representatives from Hawk Mountain and Wildlands Conservancy will also offer presentations featuring live wildlife.
On June 2 and June 4 Dock Dogs competition returns and will feature hunting dogs doing what they love to do. They’ll compete to see which dog can leap the farthest when thrown a duck decoy into a 40-foot pool. They’ll be judged on the highest leap, longest jump and quickest retrieve.
For the athletically inclined, Your First Mud Run invites participants to navigate a two-mile course over 10 obstacles that include a 6-foot climbing wall, heavy jump ropes, mud pit, cargo net and secret obstacle. It’s offered to families with children as young as five years of age. Entry fee is $50 in advance and $60 day of the event. Registration can be made at www.yourfirstmudrun.com; both individuals and teams may enter.
If you like wild game and fish treats, “Taste of the Wild” returns featuring dishes and hors d’oeuvers with items like Pulled Duck Tacos, Wild Boar Bacon, Alligator Fritters and Ostrich Sliders. After sampling these and other items, dessert is next. How about Burnt Lemon Curd Tarts, Oatmeal Cookie Pie Pop, Honey Cast Iron Corn Bread and Smoked Crème Fraiche.
Tickets for the event are $38 for ArtsQuest Members and $40 for the public. Proceeds from the Taste of the Wild go to support Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley.
For more information for this June 2 and 3 event, go to www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.
Families, friends, residents and non, and anglers who no longer fish, are invited to enjoy a day of free fishing when a fishing license is not needed to fish Pennsylvania waters on Sunday, Memorial Day weekend – May 27. The program is intended to introduce or reintroduce folks and kids to the sport of fishing.
Along with the program are free tackle loaner items are being offered at selected state parks, county parks and some libraries. Locally, it’s Jacobsburg State Park, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth but others can be located by going to the PA Fish & Boat Commissions website. The second free day is set for Wednesday, July 4 holiday.
If you’re hankering to fish for some hard fighting and tasty striped bass, head over to New Jersey. And here's what New Jersey's On the Water Magazine has to report.
According to the Tackle Box in Hazlet, NJ, Capt. Phil said bass fishing is good in Raritan Bay with good numbers of stripers being caught on the troll by chunking and with plugs. In fact, he reported Steve Skoutelas caught a 50-pound striper aboard the Hyper Striper out of the Highlands. Capt. Phil also said said stripers are chasing bait at Sandy Hook with clams and worms being the enticers. He added that bass are being found by the Oceanic Bridge in the Navesink River at night and in the Shrewsbury River by the Highlands Bridge, also at night.
Mike at Giglio’s Bait & Tackle in Sea Bright said clams have been taking stripers on the beaches, but not in any great numbers.
Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar, said striper fishing has been fair on the beaches and back in the rivers. Most of the linesiders were shorts mixed in with a couple pigs. Matthews said he personally went on the search for stripes and hooked four bass on four casts in the Ocean Grove surf last week on a rubber shad. However, the bite stopped as quickly as it started.
Capt. John Bogan, at Brielle Bait & Tackle, said there are a lot of linesiders under the bridges and anglers are enticing them with worms, clams and eels at high tide. A fair number of keepers were among many shorts.
For those who want to stay a bit closer to home, the Wormpeople in Philly (formerly Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle), report the striper bite is getting stronger in the south near the Commodore Berry bridge on the Delaware River and includes a 41-pounder that was recently landed. The shop has had other local reports of nice size fish caught from the airport area up to the Tacony Bridge. Baits of choice have been blood worms, bunker and salted clams.
While this is going on, the Delaware River is still producing shad from Lambertville upriver to Easton and beyond.
According to Steve Meserve of the commercial Lewis Fishery in Lambertville, who sets nets for shad, he’s had some decent nights on the Delaware. “Last Saturday the river was at 2.00' and the temp was 66F. We still have the 50 yards (of nets) out. We kept 12 roe and 11 bucks. We returned two shad along with a huge smallmouth bass, three gizzard shad, a carp and a turtle. All and all a good night,” he reported.
If you’d like to check in on his catches or buy a few shad in case you strike out, call him at 908-507-8197.
It won’t be long before stripers will be coming up the Delaware River, so once the shad run is over, stripers take over the bite of the week.
For trout anglers, this is the last week for most inseason trout stockings. Portions of Cedar Creek and the Little Lehigh in Lehigh County, Bushkill Creek and Little Bushkill Creek in Northampton County and Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County, will receive trout. But with rain forecasted sporadically throughout the week, streams may be up a bit and cloudy.
And as far as the Little Lehigh is concerned, there will still be some leftover fish from Saturdays fishing derby hosted by Lehigh County Fish & Game Association.
The blowback from Dicks Sporting Goods and its subsidiary Field & Stream stores to discontinue selling modern sporting rifles and destroying the inventory they have, are mounting.
Two more major firearms manufacturer’s have announced they will no longer sell their products to Dicks and Field & Stream. The announcements are as follows.
MKS Supply, LLC, exclusive marketer for American-made Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, values the customers that it proudly serves and the God-given freedoms that they enjoy. Because the right to keep and bear arms was recognized by our founding fathers to be a fundamental right, they ensured its protection under the Second Amendment. Just as we show our commitment to our customers by standing behind our products, we believe it is equally important to show our commitment to our customers by standing behind their Second Amendment rights.
In recent months, Dick's Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans' Second Amendment. We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens' freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values.
MKS Supply, Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing are standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick's Sporting Goods & Field & Stream. We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers, and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three.
President, MKS Supply, LLC
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, announced today its decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018.
Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.
“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control.” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”
Consumers are urged to visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases of Mossberg and Maverick® firearms. Firearm retailers can be found through the Mossberg Dealer Locator by visiting http://www.mossberg.com/dealers/.
The Lehigh County Fish & Game Association is hosting their 85th Annual Trout Fishing Derby in the Lehigh Parkway, Saturday, May 12. The contest runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with bait available at Archery at the Glenn’s on-site trailer.
As in past years, the Derby was always a two-day affair with Saturday dedicated to juniors and Sunday being for adults. But this year it’s a combined one-day contest. The reason? Gill lice. According to Herb Gottshall Jr., President of Lehigh County Fish & Game Association who sponsors the annual event, the Derby had to be cut short because of gill lice found in the trout at the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery in the parkway.
Said Gottshall, “We are only having a one-day event this year due to the euthanization of 7,400 trout that had gill lice, which happened on April 2 at the nursery. Approximately 1,200-plus trout that were 18-26 inches in length and weighing 4-12 pounds, were regrettably lost.”
He adds, “I hope the adults will cooperate and assist the young anglers to make this years outing a success. And next years’ event will go back to a two-day Derby.”
Gottshall emphasized that all is not lost as there will still be trophy-sized and tagged trout stocked the morning of the contest.
The Derby entry fee is $5 for juniors ages 15 and under and $10 for adults. Adults must have a valid fishing license and trout stamp to participate.
TOP SPORTFISHING BRANDS FOR IN 2017
Southwick Associates, a fishing/hunting resource company, surveyed more than 11,000 anglers in 2017 through their online AnglerSurvey consumer panel, to identify the top, most frequently purchased brands in the fishing equipment market, and their results are as follows:
*Top combo brand: Shakespeare
• Top fishing line brand: Berkley
• Top hard bait brand: Rapala
• Top dough bait brand: Berkley
• Top jig brand: Dirty Jigs
• Top sinker brand: Bullet Weights
• Top swivel brand: Eagle Claw
• Top rig brand: Sea Striker
• Top fly line brand: Scientific Angler (3M)
• Top fly leaders brand: Rio
• Top clothing brand: Columbia
• Top hat brand: Columbia
• Top landing net brand: Ego
• Top tackle box brand: Plano
• Top fishing knife brand: Rapala
• Top cooler brand: Coleman
• Top trolling motor brand: Minn Kota
It would be interesting to see if your fishing equipment selections match any in the above categories.
With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.
While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.
And for those who say “I’m not going into the woods,” you don’t have to. It’s true that ticks are highly concentrated in rural, woodland areas. But they can be found practically anywhere in North America and in places you’d least expect them to be.
A close friend who lives in Shimerville, Lehigh County, and far from the any appreciable woodlands, got infected last summer by a tick from his well-manicured lawn and small backyard vegetable garden. He got the “bulls eye” mark on his skin that usually denotes a tick infection. And he subsequently developed a case of Lyme disease for which he had to get antibiotic treatments. Some bitten folks, however, never get the bulls eye mark, so check yourself.
Spring turkey hunters are particularly susceptible to ticks as most sportsmen sit on the ground or short stool to hunt gobblers. This makes it easy for a tick or ticks to crawl up the pants legs or shirt sleeves and down collars.
Hikers as well, are liable to pick up a tick as they walk past brush, weeds, fallen limbs and especially when they stop for a rest.
There are a few ways to avoid getting bit by ticks this summer. Here are some suggestions from the folks who know:
*Wear Enough Clothing – Sure you don’t exactly like wearing long sleeve shirts and pants when it’s 90 degrees outside. But both are the best way to avoid picking up any micro-sized hitchhikers. And when doing so, many turkey hunters in particular, put rubber bands around the openings of your shirt and pant cuffs. A few company’s also sell tick gaiters that slide up over the pant cuffs. Buttoning the top button on your shirt (oh no) can help keep Mr. Tick out.
*Sprays and Repellents – With or without the long sleeves and pants, a good tick repellent can also help prevent tick bites. The better repellents are ones that contain DEET. But read the instructions before applying because some repellents should not be used on bare skin. It’s also advisable to wear a hat so spray that thoroughly.
*Check Yourself for Ticks – A close inspection of your skin is always recommended after being outdoors. Wood ticks are larger and easier to see or feel, particularly in your hair. But deer ticks appear as tiny black spots and are often confused as a freckle. A shower allows a closer inspection especially hidden areas such as the groin, under the arms and head.
*Don’t Presume Your Backyard is Safe – Ticks can be found in your lawn, especially if you live next to or near woodlots and have deer visit your property. There are sprays that can be purchased that mix with water in a hose sprayer attachment to kill the little buggers in your lawn. Ticks can also be in city parks, like Trexler Park in Allentown where I have seen deer during the rutting period.
Taking tick precautions now saves the serious problem of Lyme disease and its after effects.
Springfield Armory, the maker of fine rifles and handguns, has announced it is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.
This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21.
We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution, wrote Springfield Armory in their press release.
It’s clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.
Springfield Armory is not the only entity that has severed ties with Dick’s. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, announced that its Board of Governors unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership for conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.
NSSF has also pointed to Dick’s hiring a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm for lobbying, related to gun control and their destruction of modern sporting rifles that the press and politicians wrongly refer to as assault rifles. As informed firearms owners know, the letters AR doesn’t mean assault rifles, but Armalite Rifle, the company who pioneered the compact rifle before others.
As the primary voting season draws near, almost every TV channel is running ads from politicians who are running for congress, senate and other positions, and who are all claiming that when they get in office, will strive to ban AR’s, high capacity magazines, more background checks and will bump the age limit to 21 to buy any firearm, even BB guns.
In regards to the latter, I remember as a kid riding my bicycle from my parents’ home in Whitehall to Hess’s in Allentown to buy a CO2 powered Healthways Plainsman 175 BB pistol that my cousin had, so I wanted one too. In fact, I still have it, unfortunately it no longer works.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.