I grew up in Northern NJ and also started fishing with Tiny Torprdoes and Johnson Spoons on NJ and NYS lakes. Then started at fly fishing NJ and NY trout streams at 12 years old. Now I am 54 years old in the mid west (Chicago area) since 1979.
Miss the Jersey shore and saltwater, my family is still in NJ have to get back there soon it has been two years since I was at the NJ beaches, Lavallette and IBSP in 2000. Mostly great lakes steelhead and salmon now due to the great fishery out here. Some trout and smallmouth once in a while also.
I saw a show last weekend which had some great looking trout streams in North Georgia near the SC border. Must be near the Augusta area. Have you tried those ?