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  1. I would say that a shad would possibly do better in calm conditions or very clear water. I also believe that they don't sink as fast as most bucktails generally speaking, so fishing them on a flat sandy beach like the ones we have here in NJ can be more productive than a bucktail. You can fish them just off the bottom without them dragging as much as a BT. With that being said, I don't ever go fishing without a white bucktail, and I mean ever haha!
  2. Yeah it’s a zoo as usual there; not going back. A million guys dunking bait didn’t manage a fish from what I saw. I had a rough go and found one short. Lots of bunker around as well but very few takers.
  3. Worse, 4 dudes about to get down to their tighty whities to cross a creek that’s too high to cross and go fishing.
  4. Going to fish the night shift tonight, I’ll follow up with a report. Just as a PSA, wet wading to cross a creek is not advisable in 50 degree water.
  5. I fished them many years ago (prior to the Gulp! craze) and caught fish, although it was not my go-to lure. I fished 4" chartreuse or white grubs off the beach on a hi-lo rig with a bucktail on the bottom. I have fished white 6" Gotcha brand grubs as well out in the ocean, but never gave them much thought and effort personally speaking. I never did exceedingly well to stick with them. If you're going to give grubs a shot, I personally go big or go home. Off the surf I do fish 4-5" Gulp swimming mullets now. On the ocean/off a boat I almost exclusively fish 6" grubs in white, pink/pearl, nuclear chicken or chartreuse.
  6. It's never too early to try, but I would say that typically mid-late April is the right time to see a topwater bite in most locations. I've had fish in the back and out front on topwater. My log from last year shows my first topwater action was on April 28th. They were probably biting on top earlier than that, but it was the first day I tried. I would agree that the bait around matters, and if bunker are around especially, give it a go. If you don't get a bite, at least it was fun working the plug IMO.
  7. Found a few fish MoCo yesterday fishing the drop from about 11am to 3pm. Nothing sizeable but the hits were aggressive. Water temp was the warmest I've felt all year; definitely into the low/mid 50's. No bait visible either.
  8. It would honestly depend on the size of fish you're targeting or intending on landing. School size BFT are fine on a 14000 as are small yellowfins. Personally speaking, I would go the 18000 size. You can pack and extra 200 yards of 50lb braid, which almost always comes in handy with tuna.
  9. If I had a choice I'd buy a rod longer than 9' for plugging with lures. An 8' can do quite a few things, but IMO is a little under-gunned for many scenarios. A 10' is a good "all round" length.
  10. I'm not sure about a book but can strongly recommend black, purple, or "blurple", which is a black/purple mix. I never fish at night without those colors, and have caught quite well with them. In stained water from rain, I do prefer colors that stick out, such as white/bone/chartreuse. Daytime can almost be an anything goes scenario; there are many colors that can work. Natural baitfish colors or even the most unusual colors can produce fish. Rough water can be fished well with lures such as bottle plugs, bucktails, metals like an AVA, or even some jerkbaits like an SP Minnow. Tight lines.
  11. There are so many options out there. If you're going "all in", I'll assume you're not looking for cheap quality tackle. Some good options in the 8' range for a plugging rod include: Tsunami Airwave Elite 8'8 $160 or so St. Croix Mojo Surf 8' - $180 or so St. Croix Avid Surf 8' - $260 or so Lamiglas GSB GSB81MS - $380 or so ODM and Century make some real quality sticks if you're looking at the $300 and up price point. St Croix and Lamiglas do as well.
  12. Out back MoCo this morning 5-10 am. Stained cold water with lots of suspended seaweed. The skunk continues. Back at it during the week.
  13. Looks like you're capping things at about the $150 mark. The Shield is a good choice, but I would personally spend a little extra and buy the Spinfisher VI or Saltist Back Bay. The Saltist is $200. The BG is a great reel but is not a friend of saltwater intrusion.
  14. Those Daiwas are very nice, and most reels in their LT "Light/Tough" line are made exactly for what you're looking to do. The Sahara is a great reel too; can't bash it and would greatly prefer it over the Pfluegers from a quality standpoint. Go into a shop and put the reels on the rod you're fishing and make sure the weight/balance/feel is what you like.
  15. heyeddie, I'd recommend the search feature in this site; there have been plenty of chats on this topic. With that being said, your trolling plugs are a no-go there for the most part, assuming they're deep diving rapala's, stretch 25's, etc. You'll never be able to fish them in the current.