surf_fishing_110215Jeff DeMent of the American Littoral Society invites anglers of all ages and skillsets to a Surf Fishing Clinic, Saturday morning at the northern end of Sandy Hook.

The clocks may have just been turned back to early-dark doldrums (you did remember to reset that one above the oven, right?), but our recent spate of warmly welcome Fall weather should serve as reminder to not break out that re-gifted Snuggie just yet — not while the colorful wooded trails and beautiful beaches of the greater Red Bank Green beckon for one more weekend.

Woods HollowThe rollercoaster wooded trails and fields of Middletown’s Tatum Park are once more the setting for a milestone edition of the annual Woods Hollow Bike Races on Saturday.

This Saturday, November 7, the the local chapter of the American Littoral Society offers its annual opportunity for fisherfolk of all ages and skill levels to enjoy a morning/early afternoon Surf Fishing Clinic on the beaches of the peninsula’s north end. Jeff Dement, fish tagging program director for the Sandy Hook-based Society, is your instructor for a session that covers the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided, and attendees are urged to bring their own lunch — fishing gear too, if you’ve got it, although the Littoral Society will furnish rods, reels and tackle if needed. Meet 8 am at the Society’s headquarters, Building 18 on Hartshorne Drive in the Fort Hancock area. Space is limited, and advance payment ($20 per Littoral Society member; $60 non-members) is required. Reserve by calling (732)291-0055 or emailing jeff@littoralsociety.org — and read on for more fall-foliage-season fun and adventure.

With the local foliage at its most photogenic, there are few better leaf-spotting locales than the Monmouth County Park System’s Tatum Park in Middletown — and no better excuse to get acquainted with Tatum than the Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race, the 20th annual edition of which takes to the rollercoaster wooded trails and open fields of the park this Saturday, November 7.

Running four separate courses in a three hour session — an 11.4 mile Sport Race for experienced mountain bikers (9 am), a 1 mile Kids’ Race for ages 12 and under (10:45 am), a 7.8 mile Beginner Race for ages 20 to 39 (11:15 am), and a Beginner Race for all other ages (11:18 am)  — the event affords a whirlwind tour of the beautiful park (located across Red Hill Road from the county’s breathtaking Deep Cut Gardens) whose trails and activity centers remain open throughout the calendar year.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each race category; while pre-registration has closed there’s still time to sign up by the day of the event ($25 per person for the Sport and Beginner Races, and $5 per person for the Kids Race), so take it here for complete details on entry fees and weather-related alerts (scheduled rain date is Saturday, November 14).