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#1 Adam D

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Posted February 01 2009 - 4:18 PM

Whens Striper season start back up? I just got into it at the end of last year, and now hafta wait... soooo when can I grab my gear and head for the beach again?



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Posted February 01 2009 - 4:36 PM

i think its april 15


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Posted February 01 2009 - 4:53 PM

You can catch them all winter,but must be released as far as keeping them on L.I april 15th is correct.


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Posted February 02 2009 - 12:57 AM

Let me rephrase that..
When can I start fishing where I'll catch fish using the plugs/darters/etc... that i used around October. I know April for KEEPING, but im not interested in keeping, interested in going out there, fishing, catching fish.
I dont wanna go out there and realize im wasting my time because theres no fish around due to the very cold waters.



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Posted February 02 2009 - 1:04 AM

stripers ideal water is 64-65 degrees..so if the water is in the teens you know thats to cold..



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Posted February 04 2009 - 9:16 AM

You are getting the usual ellusive vague answers here.. seems most surfcasters don't like to share info.. you can start fishing the north shore in april... start fishing the bight or near ny harbor in march...



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Posted February 04 2009 - 10:50 AM

Adam, before dusting off the gear go get yourself Z's book, The Art of Surfcasting With Lures" .... A must read !!!!
Also, the Freeport show is next weekend, there are some good surf seminars, check them out.


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Posted February 04 2009 - 12:05 PM

Earliest I ever caught a migrant bass on LI was April 1. That bite is on bait though. Plugs like darters aren't widely used in very early season unless you find aggressive fish on adult bunker, still chunking will probably work best. One early season night I plugged the area hard for one rat bass in an hour. I took out the chunks and took two 30" fish in 5 minutes until I had to move off the bar.



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Posted February 04 2009 - 1:40 PM

You are getting the usual ellusive vague answers here.. seems most surfcasters don't like to share info.. you can start fishing the north shore in april... start fishing the bight or near ny harbor in march...

yeah i happen to enjoy figured it out on my own... its more challenging to myself... would you like a silver platter with the holy grail of striper fishing on it?


life is short . play hard

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Posted February 04 2009 - 5:11 PM

yeah i happen to enjoy figured it out on my own... its more challenging to myself... would you like a silver platter with the holy grail of striper fishing on it?



Just time and date of spring run



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Posted February 04 2009 - 8:23 PM

umm...I am fine taking the silver platter if you've got it; I have no ego



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Posted February 05 2009 - 10:04 AM

Whens Striper season start back up? I just got into it at the end of last year, and now hafta wait... soooo when can I grab my gear and head for the beach again?

Figure on late March or April, depending on water temps and bait availability. Look for shallower estuaries that warm up quicker and fish them . Or head up the Hudson and dunk worms.

stripers ideal water is 64-65 degrees..so if the water is in the teens you know thats to cold..


Water in the teens=solid ice . Don't think there'd be bass at that point.



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Posted February 05 2009 - 11:49 AM

there are holdover fish in back bays all year there just really small and you have to work hard for them.



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Posted February 05 2009 - 7:51 PM

Let me rephrase that..

When can I start fishing where I'll catch fish using the plugs/darters/etc... that i used around October. I know April for KEEPING, but im not interested in keeping, interested in going out there, fishing, catching fish.

I dont wanna go out there and realize im wasting my time because theres no fish around due to the very cold waters.


Start fishing in March. The big bunker are already here with the herring and BIG BASS will be on them like lies on crap.

Every year is the same where I go, Big fish feeding before the spawn...



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Posted February 08 2009 - 11:04 AM

Start fishing in March. The big bunker are already here with the herring and BIG BASS will be on them like lies on crap.



Every year is the same where I go, Big fish feeding before the spawn...



So where do YOU go?? So we can get some of these BIG fish on the spawn???



I have not fished in a few years, and dont know all the local spots around here, as I am new to the area.



What time of the year now, do guys start to go out looking for stripers, getting there line wet?? and so on.....



I dont want to miss the early run this year. Thanx again guys for the help