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post #1 of 48
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I have been fishing up at the island for a while now, and the same thing happens all the time,, NOTHING. i have got one striper that was 27 inches and had to put it back. So my questing is , Who else fishes up here and what are you using for bait, weight, and how are you rigging it up? any photos of rigging would be great. I feel that i am just doing everything wrong.

post #2 of 48
Go for porgies or fluke it is better their this time of the year
post #3 of 48
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Originally Posted by keebelrelf View Post

I have been fishing up at the island for a while now, and the same thing happens all the time,, NOTHING. i have got one striper that was 27 inches and had to put it back. So my questing is , Who else fishes up here and what are you using for bait, weight, and how are you rigging it up? any photos of rigging would be great. I feel that i am just doing everything wrong.

I fished there a few time this year since early may, tons of small fish, only caught two keepers and that was on the same day. if you fish bait, 2-3oz weight depending on where you fish, use fish finder rig with 5/0 gamakasu hook. for bait, I like chunk mackerel and clam, I got them from surf land, their fresh clam are great. I like fishing early morning or night, during day I never had any luck, but saw others catching keepers. good luck!
post #4 of 48

Been fishing the beachfront for over 40 years, this year have only been skunked once but got several hits that day.  Mostly I use worms with a fishfinder rig, with float to keep the worms off the bottom, and 3 oz. pyramid weight.  If I go an hour without a hit I double up on worms, put one on each hook of the fishfinder - it hardly ever fails to attract fish.  The most important aspect of fishing the beachfront is tide.  Personally, I only fish the incoming, find the best time is dusk and beyond when high tide is between 10 and midnight, but any time of day can be productive for a few hours of each incoming tide.  I also look for deeper spots off the beach when soaking bait, and of course they are constantly changing with the shifting sands there.

post #5 of 48
Welcome aboard. Been going there a bit over 40 years myself. Don't go there as much as I use to.
post #6 of 48

Thanks - have been fishing the Canal for almost 60 years but it's a long drive these days, living on the north shore

post #7 of 48
Go see Kay. If you don't know who she is, ask somebody on the beach. I'm serious.
post #8 of 48
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post #9 of 48
I fish at PI mostly. go to Surfland and find out what they are hitting on. Worms are usually a good choice though. I use a modified Fish Finder Rig with 2-4oz.
post #10 of 48
I was there lastnight caught a 24 incher pretty much everyone there uses squid
post #11 of 48
Thread Starter 

would not mind some fluke,, but i cant catch anything,, a bunch of hits, and some schoolies,,

post #12 of 48
Thread Starter 

i do buy my bait as Surfland, I figure it better to give the local shop the business and always ask what they are hitting on.. What is this FishFinder rig people are talking about,,

 

i use a sliding weight 2-3 oz with a leader and my hook about 2 to 3 feet from my weight. most of the time i am using clams or mackerel.

post #13 of 48
I believe you are using the same style thing just calling it a different name.



I fished PI a little the last two years. I am not a bait fisherman but had good success with SPs little bucktails and small tins.
post #14 of 48
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yup.. that is the set up that i am using.. guess i just did not know the name of it. i looked at it as i was fishing trout and use the same type of set up to let them take the bait and hook up. with Trout fishing i am a master.. but not so much with striper fishing,,

post #15 of 48
Sounds like your rig is OK.

Your bait might be an issue. You don't want anything that has been frozen. If it was frozen you might as well stay home.

Your location might be an issue. You can't just walk onto the beach, throw out a bait and expect to catch. At a minimum, you need some sort of structure... point, sand bar with a cut through, etc. Better than that would be structure plus some bait in the water - either bait fish or broken clams from a recent NEer.

Your timing might be an issue. It is summer. You aren't going to catch in the daytime. Bass like snotty conditions... if is a nice beach day, you probably aren't going to catch.

The rig you have is OK for bass... it is not what you want for fluke.
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