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post #1 of 16
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Good afternoon guys,



Going to head there on Friday, with my mother (who says that she doesn't see me enough bc of work), and was wondering if you guys could give me any pointers about the area?



We have only fished charter boats out at "the end." I just want to be as small a nuisance as possible, to other fishermen.



I've tried using the search function, and have seen reports of violence, which is terribly disheartening. Do I really need to bring my badge with me?



Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 16
I have seen my share of idiots and loudmouths at the piers but don't recall ever seeing anything violent or even close. I know most of the regulars and they are a little crude but harmless. Not the best place I can think of to fish but you never know. Short fluke and sea robins are a staple, snappers of course. Never know when some bigger lues or an occasional bass may come up. Great place to catch a breeze and get some sun. Bring your own bait, rigs, food and drinks as the bait station / snack bar doesn't open any more.
post #3 of 16
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I honestly have no idea where to take her. I really don't think she is up for surf casting, and she wants a change from the charter boats. I don't expect you guys to burn up your spots, but any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.



I live in Bayside, and do not mind driving.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by SrFSHR View Post
I have seen my share of idiots and loudmouths at the piers but don't recall ever seeing anything violent or even close. I know most of the regulars and they are a little crude but harmless. Not the best place I can think of to fish but you never know. Short fluke and sea robins are a staple, snappers of course. Never know when some bigger lues or an occasional bass may come up. Great place to catch a breeze and get some sun. Bring your own bait, rigs, food and drinks as the bait station / snack bar doesn't open any more.



Thank you for your advice. I didn't know the bait station / snack bar is still closed.
post #5 of 16
Bring a hat, bunker, clams, a net with loooong pole and some extra leader/hooks/sinkers. snags are common, outgoing tide is better you'll need 3+ oz sinkers. bring plenty of beverages. parking after dark is only advised with a night/4x4 fishing permit. I've caught a 23 inch fluke and 36 inch striper from there last year plus many blues. not much this year, just a blue (got a boat now). I've seen people catching small porgies.
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Bring a hat, bunker, clams, a net with loooong pole and some extra leader/hooks/sinkers. snags are common, outgoing tide is better you'll need 3+ oz sinkers. bring plenty of beverages. parking after dark is only advised with a night/4x4 fishing permit. I've caught a 23 inch fluke and 36 inch striper from there last year plus many blues. not much this year, just a blue (got a boat now). I've seen people catching small porgies.



when you fish at jones beach pier . what length rod do you use?
post #7 of 16
Spearing and squid strips do the job.
Any outfit will do. Your best bet is fluking.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by NYC Esq View Post
Good afternoon guys,

Going to head there on Friday, with my mother (who says that she doesn't see me enough bc of work), and was wondering if you guys could give me any pointers about the area?


Esquid -
Hummm... Fishing... Quality time with Mom...
Go a bit farther. I'd try Captree's docks followed up with lunch and a cocktails with Mom at the (upstairs) cafe.
Bait shop, bathrooms, docks on the boat channel and inlet, fast food or sit down eating and a nautical flavor of the party boat activity.

Hooky
post #9 of 16
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Esquid -

Hummm... Fishing... Quality time with Mom...

Go a bit farther. I'd try Captree's docks followed up with lunch and a cocktails with Mom at the (upstairs) cafe.

Bait shop, bathrooms, docks on the boat channel and inlet, fast food or sit down eating and a nautical flavor of the party boat activity.



Hooky



I guess I should have been more specific. She loves fishing, and wanted to try something new. Actually, she is the one who suggested it. I definitely do not mind riding out to captree, but am I going there for the fishing, or the cafe? Catching a fish would make her day, probably more so than a buzz.
post #10 of 16
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I also heard sunken meadow is nice and calm. Although, I haven't been there in years. I know it doesn't open until 6:30am. Anyone fish there before?
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by NYC Esq View Post
I guess I should have been more specific. She loves fishing, and wanted to try something new. Actually, she is the one who suggested it. I definitely do not mind riding out to captree, but am I going there for the fishing, or the cafe? Catching a fish would make her day, probably more so than a buzz.


Esquid -
There are two fishing piers, as well as sand beach from the tip around to the FI bridge if you want to try so beach fishin'. Captree is more a one-stop-shop than the Jones Piers.

Hooky
post #12 of 16
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I've tried using the search function, and have seen reports of violence, which is terribly disheartening. Do I really need to bring my badge with me?
Thank you in advance!


Violence?? For what? Fishing next to someone? Using the same bait? I would love to see someone get pissed at me... Unless they OWN the rights to that spot, they shouldn't say ****... I am the first one to respect someone's spot if they were there first, but if it has to come down to dealing with attitudes or violence, I would gladly put someone in there place..

Most of the time, people like that have bigger issues to deal with.. Crappy marriage, no sex life, job sucks.. Every fisherman I know is happy to have others around...

Just my 2 cents.... Good thing I have no plans of fishing there any time soon..
post #13 of 16
Esq, you live in Bayside.. just go fish the cross island marina pier or any of the beach along the cross island. That water is filled with bunker and you're bound to catch a blue or maybe a striper. IMO, it's better than jones for many reasons. 1) close to home 2) no robins 3) no skates 4) no horse flies 5) no chunks of seaweed dragging your bait everywhere 6) no traffic to deal with 7)and you don't need to hump a mile with all your gear to get somewhere productive.

and I catch way more fish in that water than I do at jones.. (besides skates and robins)

and if you wanna try something 'different' go rent a skiff from the pier and putt around the bay..
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Great advice! Thanks so much, I'm really glad I joined this forum.



You guys are awesome!
post #15 of 16
I have been to Jones Beach fishing piers hundreds of times(literally) and have never seen or heard of any type of violence. Fluke fishing is good, few keepers. Bass and blues are an opportunity shot. Bathrooms are clean. Enjoy.
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