Surfcasting with
DJ Muller
                         

SURFCASTING FOR STRIPED BASS.
ALL SURFCASTING-ALL THE TIME.

WHO IS DJ MULLER?
(He is not "Doc" Muller.)
DJ Muller is one of the top surfcasters in the northeast, an expert when it comes to striped bass. 
First off, DJ is an avid, hard-working, surfcaster, one of the most relentless striped bass hounds in the east. After that he is a noted author and writer, surfcasting guide and director of "Surfcasting with DJ Muller" a program set up to help aspiring surfcasters improve their surf game. He is a surfcasting hound dog that works the waters from Hatteras to Maine. Last year he did trips to Block Island, Cuttyhunk, Cape Cod Canal, Montauk, to name a few, and other great bass haunts in a quest for great bass fishing.
This year while on the road, through August, he has logged 180 hours, 32 nights of bass fishing, at an average of 5.6 hours per outing. Traveling and fishing 8 weeks out of 13, this summer. 250+ bass in 3 months. Only a dozen fish under 28-inches. The man works! And we haven't mentioned his home waters yet! 
You want to learn from a pro?

 

The good news is he has little problem with sharing his bottomless pit of experience with aspiring surfcasters that are ready to ascend the ranks.

 

DJ spends some of his free time (when not focusing on the responsibilities of life), working as a surfcasting guide. He does a lot of guiding in his home waters on the sandy beaches of New Jersey and also runs short, small group, fishing trips.to great bassholds. The trips include places like Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Cuttyhunk and more. He does clinics and seminars, throughout the entire northeast.  

 

“He is one of the best teachers and best communicators when it comes to teaching people how to catch stripers from the surf. He took me from being nearly clue-less, to becoming an intelligent and productive bass fisherman. I have been out with him several times over the last couple years and I never stop learning new things and improving my skills, it really is exciting! He knows just how to get the most out of my ability.”

- Joe Haynes Ramapo, NJ.

 

"A great teacher that will go in the water with you and teach you the ropes. DJ allows you to fish, no hand-holding, just learning through experience."

A gentle, patient teacher yes! But DJ also goes to “the edge” as well. “I like going into the jowls of the beast to hunt for large stripers, the eye of the storm if you will. When I made up my mind years ago that I wanted “large” stripers, I started doing trips to legendary bassholds in search of big bass. Big surf, dark nights, boulderfields and deep water, where the big girl swim close. I put on my wetsuit, grab my big stick and get out to the edge of the reef, and then I wait for a big striper to find interest in my presentation. For me, there is little better, it is here, that I am at my center. Me vs. fish! Good stuff!”

 

If you are interested in learning how to catch striped bass and other predators from the surf, contact DJ and schedule a trip. Maybe you are an accomplished fisherman and just don’t have the time to find the fish, to track the fish, to do the dirty work, let DJ do it for you!

Maybe you are working hard but just can’t seem to catch any fish, you don’t know why. DJ will work with you and you will see your productivity and confidence rise almost immediately. He is that good! Stop bringing home the skunk, your wife is going to get mad!

Click here to read testimonials from some of DJ's clients.

 

If you have any comments or questions, regardless of content, about anything surf related, please feel free to contact DJ.

WHO IS DJ MULLER?
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GUIDING CORNER
With the another successful year of Surfcasting with DJ Muller in full swing, why not schedule a one-on-one session? Why wait, learn from a surfcaster that really understands what is going on. You want to catch fish now??
"It is gratifying to watch clients really elevate their game. I love seeing their confidence grow as aspiring surfcasters improve their skill-sets, they are finding out what surfcasting is truly about." -DJ


Bookings for the 2016 season are underway.
Email DJ for rates and more information.


Surfcasting in a Nutshell
Reliable equipment; understanding wind and weather; knowing when and where to attack; reading the water; making the correct presentation...a perfect presentation.

If you think you may be interested in a guided trip see the "Fishing with DJ" page, to get an idea of what is available as far as a guide trip. For the novice DJ would suggest the ever popular "Start From Scratch," a short two-hour information filled trip. Learn equipment, lure selection and reading the water.

For the more experienced, perhaps a road trip or a custom-made trip getting as complex as you want to get, can be done. It is all about confidence, when you are confident you catch fish. 

ATTENTION INTERMEDIATE SURFCASTERS!
DO YOU WANT TO COVER NEW GROUND? LEARN NEW AREAS? A ROAD TRIP MAY BE JUST WHAT YOU NEED!
DJ's 2015 Trip Schedule is almost complete, but why not consider jumping on with a 2016 fishing trip with DJ to Cuttyhunk, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, you name it! If you are interested let DJ know NOW!!. Include what your level is and where you may want to go. As of now there will definitely be trips to Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Cuttyhunk. Be sure you are on the mailing list so that you can catch all the offerings when they are sent out!

Again, contact DJ with any questions or suggestions.

Thanks for visiting!

All DJ's books are available, see page "DJ Muller's Books."

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DJ MENTORS AND DEVELOPS GREAT, SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, BASSMAN.
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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW ROD?
ASK DJ ABOUT CHECKING OUT SOME CENTURY RODS
He has been working with Century rods for a couple years now and if you want to know what works for DJ, feel free to ask.

THE STATE OF THE STRIPER STOCK

 From a Surfcasters Perspective

By DJ Muller

Is there a problem with the state of the striper stock? If there is, how is it affecting our surfcasting? What does the future hold? All these questions seem to have surfaced over the last few months, a lot of it having to do with a sub-par fall run which disappointed the majority of the striper hunting koo-koo birds, myself included. This coming after a year in which there was no fishing, thank you Sandy, and that coming after quite possibly the best run ever, especially along New Jersey’s beaches. It seems to have gone from riches to rags. Personally, I did my due diligence last year as I always do but not with the fervor of my normal agenda, again largely due to the amount of construction or should I say reconstruction (again thank you Sandy) along the Jersey Shore. My experiences garnered pretty much the same fishing in regards to numbers as in past years but a notable drop-off in size, by that I mean fish over 30 pounds.

 

1996 was a huge spawning class for striped bass, or as it is called “Young of the Year Index,” and the commonly referenced index is the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The YOY Index is determined by scientist doing a series of seines during the year and the average amount of striped bass netted gives you the year’s YOY index. The seines are done at 22 locations in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, three times a year (in June, July and August), two seines per day, 30 minutes apart, that equals 132 actual seines so as you can see it is a pretty thorough sampling. Now back to the ’96 year class, these stripers hit their optimum size (30 pound+) after about 14 years, these fish averaging 32.0 pounds on up. So 1996 plus 14 years brings us to 2010. By 2014 these fish are at mama-jama size averaging between 50-55 pounds, that would make the ’96 class the one that we have collectively been pounding relentlessly for the last seven years. I honestly don’t think that the class has held up to the amazing amount of pressure and the big fish have disappeared. This would explain the absence of big bass.

Let me back up a little and talk to you about the pressure we have put on the ’96 fish. We Jersey guys pounded these fish on our beaches and jetties with the spring bunker blitzes from 2005 until 2 years ago. We killed thousands of fish from 25 pounds right on up through 50 pounds without discretion. Then the fish would migrate north to Montauk and the rips between Montauk and up and around Block Island where again they would get pounded by the party and charter boats for most of the year, think about it, 20-30 boats a day, all taking their limits, multiple trips, mostly big fish, BA-BOOM! Now let’s go a little further north, to the Cape Cod Canal where big bass push hordes of bait through the canal on a gut-stuff of mammoth proportions. While this happens both sides of the canal have guys casting hundreds of lures to fish that are on a major gut-stuff and many, many fish get taken, few are returned to the water. The number of fish that walk off the canal daily gets scary. I heard from one guy that rode his bike from one end of the canal to the other end after a solid push of fish, he counted over 400 dead fish lying on the rocks and path. That’s one side, one tide, one morning. If you aren’t sick to your stomach yet, there’s Monomoy, where a friend said the fish again get pounded all summer, a lot of commercial activity, he also said that he has watched as guys didn’t even hook and fight the fish, they stood and just gaffed fish and threw them into the boat as they fed on the surface. What the hell?!!! Oh and I haven’t mentioned the North Carolina charter fleet that again pounds these fish while they stage in the winter. These fish never get a reprieve, everywhere they go they are targeted. But why do they all have to be killed?? Why can’t they be enjoyed and then be released to be caught again?

     Why do fish like these have to be killed?

Perhaps the issue needs to be re-visited about making a push to make the striped bass a gamefish coast-wide. Perhaps a campaign is in order.

Fair is Fair
1996 was a great year for spawning, the best ever and we were rewarded with good fishing some 10-15 years later. 2001 was also a good production year, the second best recorded, add 15 years and 2016, or these next couple years, should be productive.
As I fished last season, the majority of my fish went between 15-25 pounds, lots of teenagers, probably from the ’03-’06 year class, which were very moderate years, not terrible not great years, the bigger fish, 20 pound class, were probably from the 2003 class (a solid year), the cows were few and far between, but on the other hand I must have caught 200-300 fish less than 25 inches, almost two years old, probably from the good ’11 year.  What does this mean to me? A large majority of the ’93 and ’96 year classes have been killed off. Of course there will still be some large remaining, possibly enough for those of us that fish hard to keep our hopes up and be rewarded for our efforts. Now the small fish and their sheer numbers, points to a good future. Those small fish are the result of a good 2011 spawn, we will watch them grow and upsize for the next 10 years where they will then become a fun size again, they will become giants by 2026…if we are good stewards of what we have.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is we have to think about fish for tomorrow. We have to do all we can do to be sure that there is a striper future in the surf. You can do that by catching and releasing your fish, especially large as they are the big breeders (30 pound class will average 3.5 million eggs per spawn).

I feel that the stock is in decent shape and the future looks promising, but that doesn’t mean we have a cake walk here. There is a hell of a lot more people fishing today than there was even 10 years ago and there is a lot more fishing pressure on stripers. That is due to the internet and instant up to the second reporting, it is also due to much better technology with fish finders in boats that can find bodies of fish so much quicker than the old days, and equipment now that supersedes anything previous. If the fish are going to get a chance it is going to be the chance we personally give them. I have kept rough 6 fish over the last 4 years. We will not get any help from the powers that be, trust me. They will only act if there is disaster, they are reactive, not proactive. It sits on us as anglers, it is our responsibility to catch and release and to treat our bass with respect, quick and careful releases, catch-photograph, (weight), and release (yes CPR), in doing so we will let our future swim for another day. And we will experience good fishing for the years to come.

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UPCOMING SURFCASTING TALKS/EVENTS

BACK TO SCHOOL
Stay Tuned for the Spring Class
DJ will once again be teaching a class at Brookdale Community College this spring. The class this winter will be "Advanced Surfcasting," this class is for intermediate to advanced surfcasters. It will cover striper fishing for the more serious and committed surfcaster.
The classes begin in March. Email DJ for more info.

UPCOMING SURFCASTING EVENTS AND DJ TALKS
JANUARY 9 - SJ STRIPER DAY
Hofstra University

Surfcaster's Journal is doing a show very similar to the Jersey Shore Surfcasters Surf Day except this one will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY on Long Island. It will be loaded with vendors, industry reps, and seminars!
DJ will be doing a seminar on "Working 3 Types of Structure" a very technical talk on the details of structure.

JANUARY 30-DEMO DAY
The Connecticut Surfcasters
 
One of the up and coming surfcasting shows, Demo Day gives surfcasters a chance to watch and get hands on experience as master surfcasters show their secrets and tips.
Clinton Town Hall, Clinton, Connecticut.

FEBRUARY 20- JSS SURF DAY
The Jersey Shore Surfcasters put on the best surfcasting show on the east coast is back! The biggest striped bass-surfcasting show in the northeast! Surf Day is a surfcasting-only show that draws hundreds of surfrats looking for bargain, meeting plugbuilders, and attending numerous seminars and workshops.
Surf Day is held at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.
For more info, click here.


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They call him "Doc" but he is not Doc Muller.
DJ Muller and William "Doc" Muller, from Long Island, are of NO relation.

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VIDEO VALLEY

WHAT IS SURFCASTING WITH DJ MULLER?
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WETSUIT EQUIPMENT

See DJ go over choices for wetsuit equipment.
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LOADING THE SUPERSTRIKE NEEDLE!
Watch DJ's video of how he loads the Super Strike needle.
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FISHING THE LOADED SUPER STRIKE NEEDLEFISH!
Listen as DJ explains in details how to fish a loaded SS needle.
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