Tailchaser john and myself headed down to fish the pier this morning. we left my house at 415, got to the tacklebox picked up our clams and were at Earle by 615..get to security and they inform us the pier is not open due to the lingering storms..they said the pier should be open within an hour or so.. ok no biggie we head down to the highlands to have a coffee and BS.. Me being the patient guy that I am called the number that security gave me to call to check when the pier would be open, twice in a half hour... fifteen minutes later I made John call..and we were in.. the pier was open...Get there.. I get my bait in the water a little after 7 john was soon to follow..and from then on it was lock and load striper fishing.. lots of picky bites, tons of short fish, and our 5 fish limit by 945...John had a bonus tag.we played catch and release with more shorts and probally another limit of keepers. John had the big fish of the day just shy of 18 lbs, and as an added bonus I caught my first ever drum... it was an awesome day with a good pal. lots of laughs and lots of fish..I know all the days cant be this good but I am hooked on fishing the navy pier..