The Fishing Nerd

Does anyone still fish for squid on LI?

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I used to get a kick out of it when I was a kid - hit the docks behind the railroad in April sometime, bring a light with you and some squid jigs, and turn up a small bucket of decent sized squid.

 

Haven't seen anyone fishing like that in awhile.  I know they still do out in RI and other parts in NE, but is anyone still fishing for squid from shore on LI?

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They may be still around

I have seen few guys with big lights around.

You just give me idea

 

I may have some calamari for late dinner

Either fresh or frozen from ShopRite

One way or another.

 

 

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This is something I would love to do.  I used to fish the smelt run in the Nissequogue when I was a kid.  Never saw them after 1971.  I don't know where or when or how on the squid.  I heard that Greenport has a run.  Can anybody pass along some basics to get a guy started?

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Very easy

Get a squid jig, light reel, 5lb line and light rod, 6 or 7 feet is fine

You will need strong light and start fishing after sundown.

Best place may be piers and/or docking where they come to lay eggs during mating season, i think Nov to April

Point a light down at the water and work jig up and down.

That would be basic stuff

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Squid jigs are easy to find, almost any tackle shop has them

Something like this

Squid Jig.jpg

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7 hours ago, Popasilov said:

.....

I may have some calamari for late dinner

Either fresh or frozen from ShopRite

One way or another.

 

 

Change of hearts, lol

Went to local pier; wind was not so bad; turned my light ON and few seconds after while I was getting jig, POOF,  bulb just died.

after that I wasn't in the mood for calamari any more.

 

Its nice to be in warm house

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49 mins ago, baldadonis2002 said:

Sorry folks... NFW your getting squid on LI in March .. certainly not after the deep freeze we had in Jan

Yeah, way too early.  As I mentioned in my OP, I remember April (particularly late April) as being when the run started.

 

The fishing's not complicated - a light and some squid jigs.  They're very light hitters as I recall, could barely tell there was anything down there.

 

I just don't know if there's any squid left inshore on LI.  Hell, I remember when people used to catch whiting from the shore, and I haven't seen one of those bastards in years boat or otherwise.

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1 hour ago, mtksurfer said:

I see guys in my area with huge spotlights fishing my local waters Nov- January. 

Huge they are

It could light up football field.

Lol

 

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Actually funny and true.

 

Most times I "mooch"  off someone's light.. guys bring mini inverters with spotlights... 

 

One night pretty late, the tide was right and nobody was around so I whipped out the led lantern and came up with a skunk.

 

The light is important to attract the baitfish and my lil Sharper Image lantern was not doing it !

 

Stay warm

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On 3/13/2018 at 10:10 AM, The Fishing Nerd said:

I used to get a kick out of it when I was a kid - hit the docks behind the railroad in April sometime, bring a light with you and some squid jigs, and turn up a small bucket of decent sized squid.

 

Haven't seen anyone fishing like that in awhile.  I know they still do out in RI and other parts in NE, but is anyone still fishing for squid from shore on LI?

Sure, but shore access has tightened up.  

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28 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Sure, but shore access has tightened up.  

Yes, but I own a full complement of tactical turtlenecks and black skimasks.

 

All kidding aside - the one place I remember going as a kid on the North Fork is still publicly accessible.  I just haven't been there at that time of year at night recently.  I guess I'll have to swing by and check it out.

 

The one upside - back in the day, fishing that way meant huge sealed beam headlights from a junkyard and a car battery.  Now, I'm pretty sure a couple of LED tubes and a battery pack will get the job done.

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2 hours ago, The Fishing Nerd said:

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All kidding aside - the one place I remember going as a kid on the North Fork is still publicly accessible.  .

 

Manhattan guys used to come by train just for the squid fishing there.

I think it was a big article in Times few years ago how whole train smells like squid on the way back to city.

 

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