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  1. Well, all systems go for my first fishing adventure in Jersey. I will go to Live Bait shop mentioned to get reports and see what has been hitting. I have not used LIVE bait yet and will want to dabble a little. My plan of attack is as follows. Any words of wisdom welcome. Thanks to those who PM'd me with excellent info. Surf Casting mostly from beach using... High Low 1.5 oz. Bucktail Jig (white) with pork grind and/or mullet trailer (yellow/chartreus) with a simple bucktail teaser sitting high. High Low 1 - 2 oz. Gags/Hogy/Goture Soft bait with Gulp mullet sitting high. Standard 3-Way w/ 5/0 6/0 hook w/live bait the guy at the bait shop tells me to use, sinker dragging along the sandy bottom SP Minnows 5", Rapala's 4-5" casted as far as I can. Old favorite Kastmaster single hook w/Bucktail teaser (variety of sizes 3/4 to 2 oz.) I may try to find these inshore areas and try out my new Gags Casting Eggs w/soft paddle tails. These baby's fly... Thanks in advance and have a great weekend. Fishing has heated up here in New England. Caught nearly 10 schoolies so far.
  2. I'm going to border area RI/CT Coast this weekend to visit family, and was thinking of tossing some Gulp Peeler Crab 2" 5CM Crab I picked up recently off some of those jetty breach-ways, or maybe just casting from shore, Never targeted Tog before. Any tips or techniques would be appreciated. I'm talking vaguely the Westerly, Charlestown, Stonington, Mystic areas. Nice catches above ++ Hat's off.. Thanks
  3. Yeah !! Been waiting for this. From a beginner my observations are they are in the river mouths, outgoing tides 2-3 hours post high tide, and chasing soft rubber paddle tails, sunset/amber colors doing the trick. Maybe I have just been lucky with these conditions, but happy to share some unexpected early catches. Go get em…
  4. Wow, thanks. Exactly what I was looking for. What a wealth of information. I may take days to get through these threads but what I have read so far is incredibly informative. Should come in handy when hit the Jersey shores in a few weeks.
  5. Well, I guess its not too early to be catching these. Got this one this morning 2 hours past high tide. Do you think this a new arrival or a Holdover? This guy fought like the dickens, unlike the lethargic January Striper. What a fluke that was (pardon the pun) Now I know what everyone is talking about
  6. I can't say enough good things about this inexpensive bag. Holds a ton, good video review online also you can check out all the compartments. I bought an even cheaper smaller bag for quick trips I also like a lot. I think I spent $30 for the Piscifun and $12.00 for the other. All I need. Piscifun Fishing Tackle Storage Bag Outdoor Shoulder Backpack Cross Body Sling Bag LBlanco Tactical Shoulder Sling Bag Small Outdoor
  7. Yes, I have been waiting for the 2019 Boston Harbor Report. Been tossing some soft plastics into the river systems on nice days. Nothing happening, but trying out my new gear and braid for the first time. Loving the braid... If using a casting egg, how long should the leader be in the early spring for Mystic and Charles? I think mine are not reaching deep enough... I'm digging these casting eggs after getting so many snags around Boston Harbor. Nice to hold on to lures for multiple trips for a change.
  8. Would some of you help me out with metal lure distinction. I see some attractive lures but they all look similar to me. I am not sure what is best in Boston Harbor/Quincy/Winthrop/Revere - harbor/beach fishing spring vs. summer vs. fall. I know these simulate bait, but not clear what I should be simulating. They are labeled jigs but they are sinking metal lures to me. Plugs? 1. Sand Eel Jigs 4.5" - 5" 2. Herring Jigs 4.5 - 5" 3. Peanut Jigs 2.,5" to 3.5" 4. Help me out, what else? Thanks Much..
  9. Why is my post highlighted in RED? I removed the website link if that was it. Oops.
  10. I heard this was the best thing going annually for shows in NE. Going FRI to maybe catch less crowds. I have most of my second year tackle and gear, but want to check out the seminar's, some lures still not in my bag, and assuming some boat dealers I may fantasize and linger around before I get real . * Any suggestions for the show, let me know. Cheers
  11. Ok, I have learned much about the gear, the rigs, etc. thanks to many of you. But I'm unclear on live baits and the lures that imitate them. Does anyone have a matrix of bait and what lures imitate them? If I were fishing NJ or RI shore in May, what bait should I be simulating? I am still keeping it simple and not going to bait shops for live bait as I don't really want the hassle and stink :). Perhaps that will change as I learn the ropes. Bait: Sand Eels Bunker Smelt Mackerel Porgy Sand Worms Shrimp Lures: SP Minnow Rapala Bombers Darters Gibbs Pencils Soft Plastic Fork Tails Soft Plastic Paddle Tails Kastmaster Bucktails name others please... Thanks
  12. #1 Brilliant... Going with that. Like the single hooks myself w/Kastmasters
  13. 2. Dawn and dusk, in early May is technically before the beach season really opens around here, which is usually a couple weeks before Memorial Day. Is this a good thing? Are you saying I should have no problems? What changes after Memorial Day in terms or rules for fishing from the beach? Sorry if I am not understanding your reply. Thanks for the info... Welcome to MA if you are visiting or moving...
  14. Hello, I am from Massachusetts, and relative new to saltwater fishing. I know the Striper season gets rolling around May, then heats up over summer into Fall. I am thinking about booking a trip in early May to NJ to enjoy my two favorite pastimes: (Fishing and Horse Racing). Since Monmouth Park Racetrack opens May 4th, I could book a hotel at Sea Bright or Long Branch, right on the beach and hopefully have success fishing at dawn and/or dusk. I have questions for the locals... 1. I understand you do not need a license as a visitor or resident to fish Salt Water in NJ. Did I read that correct? 2. Do they welcome or restrict Surf Casting from the beaches at those 2 areas. I think you know the hotels I might be staying at as there are only a handful. 3. Are those productive areas for fishing in May? 4. Can I also Jetty or inshore fish as it looks like there is an intercoastal. 5. What would be the best rig (setup) for early season surf casting that area. Thanks much for any help. I really would like to catch my first fish of the season early, so why not Jersey?
  15. Well, I finally caught my first Striper, and at this time of year no less. Thanks to many for the tips, suggestions and encouragement. The weather has been nice last couple days so I ventured out actually going for some Carp, then decided to cast some soft bait before I quit for the day and BOOM. Now that I have a freshwater license I can venture inside the dams on Charles and Mystic. This guy came from the Mystic River and was probably keeper size.. He looked healthy as could be and I let him go as the hook was an easy dislodge fortunately right at the tip of the lip. I can't wait to catch these in the spring from beautiful beaches. I've discovered that is my favorite type of fishing with the sights and sounds, and at moments the world to myself.. Best in 2019