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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., January 28, 2019
A fixture at Fishermen’s Supply and longtime friend of The Fisherman and the coastal community, Ron Bala (left) passed away last week at the age of 71. Fishermen’s Supply owner Brian Stensland (right) called Bala a “surf fishing guru with a priceless amount of experience.”
As reported in last Thursday’s video forecast, the Jersey Shore fishing community was mourning the loss of a good friend over the weekend at the passing of Ron Bala from Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant Beach. As beach talk reporter Nick Honachefsky wrote in his regular column for the February edition, the surf community lost a legend last week. “Ron worked at and was the voice of Fishermen’s Supply for as long as I can remember, bringing joy to all anglers with his peaceful demeanor and exorbitant fishing knowledge,” said Nick, adding “Many days I would stop by and just listen to him reminisce about the old days of surf fishing as we went through his logbooks page by page. Ronny always was and always will be family. Not only was the fishing world blessed with his presence, but humanity was better with him in the mix.” The final weeks of January were tough indeed with bad news, worse weather, and a slowdown in the coastal bite for tautog. Take solace in the fact that winter is officially half over as of Saturday, February 2, with the local striper season kicking off again on March 1.
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