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About JoeGBreezy

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  1. I have caught zillions of sea robins while targeting fluke. I'm guessing bigger bass would eat the smallest ones, like 8" or so. Bass will eat anything they can get when it's all that's available. Lots of points, headfirst only.
  2. Distance is your friend. As someone pointed out earlier, many times the fish may be outside, too far for the fly rod, but follow the offering until they may lose it and just react.
  3. Sounds like those guys are sight casting to reds from a boat. They need the lighter jig / plug more as they attempt to throw closer to the fish. Throwing 1/4 oz bucktail with an 8' light spinner is an easy effort to get 40 to 60 feet. In fact 40 yards is no big deal. I guess that's why fly fishing can be so challenging, and fun, in the salt when compared to spin casting.
  4. I spend a lot of time wandering my local haunts with a lighter spinning rod. I (we ) catch a lot of the stripers in season relatively close in. Yes, there are those that literally hit your plug at the end of your rod, but most of that is in darkness. Most casts are about 40 to 50 yards and I would say that most close in fish are hitting between 20 to 30 yards. That eliminates those that are outside at the longer distances from a fly rods reach, in most cases. I wander those same places with a 9 wt and while I do catch, the guys with the spin set ups are getting more hits and hookups. There are always times when everything is right in front of you, but those are exceptions. I like's your friend. It also matters greatly if you can get really close to the structure and rips. Not always so easy.
  5. Owner, EC Trokar and Gamagatsu all have that sticky sharp feel right out of the package. I still have a boatload of VMC's however.
  6. I have the Cortland Compact on my 9 wt. I found it to coil a bit too much to call it excellent but I do like it enough as long as I stretch it hard the day before I use it. I fish it in water from 55 F to 75 F approx. I believe the head it 30 ft. Probably will end my 8 wt line search based on the info in this thread. My basic need is a bit more distance and ability to deal with some winds with flies up to about 3 1/2 inches long. I am in Breezy Point NY and it lives up to it's name. I am also casting bling about 95% of the time. So far I have the reel.
  7. Jigs only 1 time and flies more than a few. I have been lucky enough to be the only one there almost every time I went. Fished mostly weighted nymphs.
  8. Have never gotten a clear answer on the SD as a shortcut to the sound but I'm about 95% sure that many do. I took a ride up there about 7 years ago, maybe more and just about everything on the Bronx side is closed off. There might still be a few worthwhile spots on the Manhattan side.From the cove by the old RR crossing along the Hudson to about 100 yards east of the HH Bridge. I would go as a twosome if I were you. I checked out Croton a few times 10+ years ago but I'm not much for throwing bait and it seems that that's the game in town at Croton Point.
  9. Not saying there aren't good crabbing opportunities up there now. Just saying that it was complete craziness in those days. I would throw a box trap or one of those pyramid jobs out into the marsh areas, then work the shoreline with a long handled loop. No problem taking 75 to 100 +, all legal size. Some were bigger than anything I have seen in the last 40 years anywhere. Hope you have good luck with it. We would put a bunch of broken up bread heels into a killie trap and fill it in about a half hour with killies ( mummichogs) and spearing. The SD is an interesting story and was originally just a creek, then the ACOE moved the creek to a new channel thus creating the "cut" where the big C is and moving the Marble Hill section of Manhattan to the Bronx side of the river. It's the only New York Zip not actually on Manhattan Island.
  10. You can catch trout in those "tubes" with woolybuggers. Not the most exciting fishing scene. Crush your barbs. Be aware that those locations are really small and if you are not the first one you are generally done. Don't trip over the poachers.
  11. It's all moving westward, eventually into the NY Bight where the big dredges reside. Best business model ever.
  12. Swam in the Hudson, and Spuyten Duyvil when we were young (59 through 63 approx) and it was filthy. Once in a while someone got some sort of minor skin infection or pink eye. Much bigger danger was fast water, rip rap bottom, whirlpools and rips. Dangerous stuff but we were kids so who cared. BTW the amount of small bait and blue claw crabs was beyond amazing in retrospect. Now that it's cleaner probably not so much, just like Jamaica Bay.
  13. Sort of like an American Baseball player and his favorite bat. Comfort with breeds confidence and with confidence comes success, usually.
  14. A 50% chance of ending over fishing ? I think we all figured out how effective the 28% was and how much progress was made with "Conservation Equivalency" measures. 50 % gets us nowhere. If you were standing in a firing line , a half dozen unfortunates and the shooters were instructed to decide which three to execute, would you like your chances ? There is no future in playing percentages right now. The bass have too much working against them in addition to over fishing.
  15. Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Long way to go but a start none the less.