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  1. 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..
  2. Why is my post highlighted in RED? I removed the website link if that was it. Oops.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. #1 Brilliant... Going with that. Like the single hooks myself w/Kastmasters
  6. 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...
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. Well this is encouraging information, but I'm not sure how adept I will be targeting conditions and patterns having only pulled in a handful of baby bonis so far. I'm more of a day vs. night guy, but any tips on what to be looking for would be appreciated. I am literally downtown which limits somewhat, but I have started taking drives to Medford, South Boston. Ideally, I'd find success right here in the city with more insight and experience. Thanks
  10. Do Flounder stick around in Boston Harbor over the winter or do they skidaddle also? On another note, a passerby told me she saw big catfish being caught near museum of science. The area she was pointing to was on the salt water/brackish side. Is that possible? That's a very nice area with the park(s) and inlets. I tried casting underneath the Zakim bridge with no luck.
  11. Who can explain the Charles River Locks system to me? I've been down there a few times, usually still water kind of boring, hate fishing from the bridge. But then I wandered by and the spillway (lock) was open with wicked flowing water. You could cast and let the current take your lure way out then reel it in. I got some bites and saw a guy pull in 3 or 4 small stripers. Is there a time, schedule for when these waters flow? Thanks for the info. It's all new to me.... PS: Made it out to Assembly Row. A few people still working it. I got nothing, saw nothing, but decent looking spot.
  12. Ok, I found Schrafft's Pier. Once I realized you could blow by the 'gate keeper' with just a slow down and a smile I was good. Actually a very large spread of waterfront. Spent about an hour with a Rapula lure and did not get a nibble, but will keep it in mind for spring and beyond. Waiting for my bike to get fixed and then will try inside the Charles river locks. Only been dabbling under the bridge by the CONVERSE building and haven't gotten squat there. Forget fishing from the bridge for me, too high. I have some fish finder rigs I may try on a warm sunny day when I can relax and re-tie my swivel and slide sinker after I get hung up and lose more line. I actually think I am near the end of my spool. I will have to learn to spool a reel, perhaps a good winter pastime.
  13. I could not find the place by the SCHRAFFS Center. I found the spot behind Assembly Row. It said you needed a parking sticker but the auto tote parking kiosk was turned off. It is OK to park there for free? It looked desolate. Today is 10/12/18. How many more days to still catch stuff inside Harbor or the inlets?
  14. I haven't caught any in several days thinking they had skedaddled. Bottom fishing was a disaster getting snagged up and losing lots of line and rigs. In my fresh water life I would use a bobber to avoid this garbage. I assume that is not recommended for Harbor fishing. When you say sinker and a hook, do I just toss it and let it sit on bottom? Or do I reel it in? I appreciate the feedback. Going to get some fishfinder rigs..
  15. These 'juvenile bonitos' seem to love the 4" Rapala slash lure. I am noticing best time is 'any' so long as not dead high, or dead low. Perhaps just antidotal but between tides I nearly always catch at least one. This has been a blast, but all this casting and bouncing up and down on the floating docks is causing me some balance issues / dizziness. It is now mid-October. I want to switch gears and do some bottom fishing with sinker, live or fake bait cast out 60-80 feet from harbor walk. This way I can sit there and relax and wait for the fish to come to me, while I enjoy the sites, sounds, and respond to work emails How should I go about this and what might I catch in October? Should I use a flounder rig, other, fake sand worms or shrimp, or just a hook, sinker and live bait? Should I use small hooks and go for little stuff, or big hooks, and what bait? Frozen?