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  1. Once I found some parking and access I found some fish. Beach wasn't very crowded and easy to stay clear of people. Those that were around kept their distance. Skunked while plugging, dug up a few softshell sand crabs and managed a keeper striper.
  2. That's what I do. Bag they came in and put those bags in a container. Otherwise you've got a mess.
  3. The zmans work great (as do many alternatives). They have a very slight buoyancy that can lift the tail a bit if the jig is on the bottom. Zmans are very durable but they rect with other soft plastic baits and get sort of melty and goopy. Store them separately and they are good to go. I use zman trout tricks quite a bit, along with downsouthlures and gulp.
  4. I read and understood your post. It is in my experience bad advice to say he is "best off with wire." I feel wire is actively a bad choice and will significantly reduce catch. You also recommended mono that is in my experience much too heavy and again would impact his catch rate. You have to fish really keen for spanish in the clear water down here (the person is fishing in the carolinas). As I said very few if any experienced anglers in North Carolina ( or anywhere else I am aware of) whether trolling, casting, or jigging use wire for Spanish. The one exception is live mullet for very large Spanish. Nothing personal, just thought your advice was not correct.
  5. I strongly disagree. You'll cut down on your hookups immensely with wire. Hardly anybody uses wire casting or trolling for Spanish in North Carolina. Charter captains certainly don't. 30lb mono or floro, long tin or gotcha plug. You might get a bite off now and again but you'll also get many more strikes. If the guys next to you are throwing floro/mono and you're throwing wire it will be especially bad.
  6. Personally I would go a bit over 150 (say 200) just so if some mishap occurs with a birdsnest or a foul hooked ray you aren't cutting it too close where it becomes an annoyance. You don't need to worry too much about filling the spool all the way up with backing on a baitcaster in this case. It really is not going to affect much if you are using it to drift bucktails. On a spinning reel of course it very noticeably impacts casting.
  7. I agree with Ba Ba Buoy in a general sense, however some "inshore" lines tend to have a little different blend to the blanks and a more moderate action, they can also have a different butt and guide setup which will affect how the rod handles. Usually these are small differences. It is not totally consistent from brand to brand but if you compare some brands you will see a difference in "inshore" and "bass" rods with similar action and power ratings. St. Croix Avid inshore rods in general feel more moderate to me than St. Croix's bass offerings for instance.
  8. My thoughts: Pretty sure the handle side knob is spool tension (IE freespool) and the offside knob is the casting break. The spool tension is more for casting than controlling the tension with the clicker on. Line is dependent on what the application is but my Abu Records which are pretty similar all handle braid fine. The Teramars are good but tend to underrate the rod power a bit. I use a Teramar 7ft MH and it can soft lob a 5-6oz sinker pretty easy and cast 2-3 hard. I think it might actually be a fine rod for your application. I mostly use mine for large catfish and it does pretty well with 30-40lbers. Not too heavy to take all fun out of it but not out of control. Shimano convergence musky rods have also worked well for me as light boat rods.
  9. One thing I have noticed is that albies no matter where they are, like green. Not chartreuse, green like a mackerel back.
  10. Yozuri Crystal minnows in silver or transluscent colors, doa shrimp or vudu shrimp in natural colors if there are mangroves (probably will be), metals like kastmasters. You want small, silver and pretty fast. I went to a place near there at 18 years old and slept on the beach. We used that stuff and had yellowtail, small jacks etc off the beach and small snook and tarpon in the mangroves. Was there in December though. Don't overthink it with baits. The forage is generally small, silver and transluscent. Find lures that mimic that, don't use terminal tackle. Mainline to as light a leader you can get away with accounting for surrounding structure, to loop knot to plug. Flouro does seem to help. One thing to consider is a couple tube lures for cuda and something like a surface tension for early morning. It gets hot and the bite often shuts down, get up early to fish and then relax during the day.
  11. I have been out of the game a few years. What happened to pork strips? Uncle josh is gone? Surely a smaller shop might try and fill the market?
  12. There are different posts going around the issue of striped bass stocks. It is important to realize that "stocks" are more complex than that. There is no "New Jersey" stock in the sense it seems you are using it. There are Chesapeake Bay Breeders, Hudson River breeders, some fish that are resident in local rivers and bays. Based on what I have read Chesapeake Bay breeding fish are the majority of New Jersey fish, and the majority of fish in most states.
  13. Do you have a budget? I assume this is the Black Walnut Creek in Annapolis? If it is a blank slate I would recommend a St. Croix Avid Inshore 7 foot medium power moderate action for Chesapeake Bay fishing. Pair it with a spinning reel about 10-12ozs (3000 size) and 15lb braided line. This can be used for spot, croaker, rockfish and anything else in the Middle and Upper Bay where you are. However, the best option is to go to Alltackle by Annapolis town center, or Angler's Sportscenter on 50 East by the bridge and give them a budget number and they will set you up with a good combo for the area.
  14. I think that is the right choice. The Mojos are just so moderate in action they throw heavier than stated range better in my experience.
  15. I think you are way overestimating the power of rod you need. The mojo surf is plenty for 28" striper and would make freshwater fishing completely un-fun. The idea of using one for freshwater trout strikes me as a complete nonstarter unless you are catching steelhead or something and it would be a bad tool for that. It is also too big and heavy to balance a 2500 shimano in my opinion. More a rod for 4000 size. The mojo is a moderate action rod and a good light plugging rod but not great for bottom fishing or other versatile uses in my opinion. I think you'd want a bit faster action if you intended to use a jack of all trades type setup. My mojo MSS70MLMF actually throws 1.5-2ozs best if I recall. It is moderate enough to even chuck 3 decently. I would recommend tidemaster or avid inshore near your budget for this application. If you expect only smaller stripers I would say get a medium or medium light in those rods for a jack of all trades type choice. It will handle an occasional big fish. Avid is pretty close for lureweight rating. The tidemaster tends to perform better above it's stated rating too, similar to the mojo. I use a light moderate avid for small lures (1/8-1/2 oz) for speckled trout/small stripers/ small red drum. I use a medium moderate for lures around 3/8-1 for schoolie stripers and drum. I have caught eight pound false albacore on this rod just fine and was bottom jigging 1.5oz stingsilvers for weakfish just two days ago. I use a mojo surf for 1.25-2. All work a bit outside that range but that should give you an idea. Haven't had a tidemaster recently enough to be sure. If you are fishing rocks, inlet current or seawalls you may want to go heavier on rod and reel, but then you may not be able to cover all bases with one setup. Hopefully that helps.