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  1. I had an epiphany on the water this morning. I stink at this hobby, but still find it to be good for me. Casting into crashing waves as the sun rises is the ultimate escape from reality. Every so often a Striped Bass finds my plug, but either way I feel present. 

    Anyway, I worked about a mile of central SS beach this AM with no luck. Few other guys out — I didn’t see them doing much either. Started to get crowded once the fog lifted. 

  2. Hung up the waders this week, disappointingly.

    Being newer to this hobby, I almost anticipate not having success in the surf. I like to think I do things the right way — find structure, fish at different times/tides/winds, don’t chase the reports, etc. That being said, to not see a single bass come out of the surf in October and November is just discouraging. Last year, I understood the meaning behind “putting in the time.” This year, it feels like all that means is grinding for luck. Like a random number generator. 

  3. Something I haven’t seen discussed (in general, not just this thread) is the pressure put on fisheries during Covid. 

    I can only imagine the amount of laid off workers, from Maine to the Carolinas, who bought a $100 Penn Fierce setup between April 2020 and now. 

    Marine fishing licenses are free, striped bass are overfished, the DEC is understaffed, and there are more people in the surf than ever before. It’s a recipe for disaster. 


  4. Complicated question, but I always appreciate the insight of the folks on this site: 


    Why do you think fishing picked up on the island this week? Was it the cold front this past weekend? The full moon? Heavier winds (20+ mph onshore tomorrow night)? 

    Curious what you think! 


  5. Another below average spawn. So frustrating to watch a fixable issue being ignored. 

    Slot limits and circle hooks were band-aids on a bullet wound. Shut it down — no harvesting. Charter boats and commercial fisherman will struggle now, but at the cost of having a healthy fishery for decades to come.  

  6. A good explanation: sometimes it just be like that. 

    You can learn a lot from guys like Zeno and Skinner, but some of it just isn’t relatable to the everyday fisherman (like myself). I commute from the Bronx in a Honda Fit — I’m not sitting at home on Saturday because the tide and wind aren’t ideal. 



  7. I’m not quite sure what the answer to overcrowding is. The issue goes far beyond “YouTube fisherman” burning spots — it’s the access to apps and information as a whole. Every person here can go on google earth, find a picture from one month ago, and mark the location of trucks parked on the beach. It requires no effort. 

    Public access is extremely limited, it costs $0 to have a saltwater permit, and DEC officers are few and far between. I personally haven’t seen an officer since last October. 

    The only way I see it being combated is to 1) implement a moratorium to not only increase stock, but deter fisherman who only fish to harvest. 2) limit the number of saltwater licenses per year. 3) increase the presence of officers on public beaches. Licenses can only be obtained in person, and still free of charge. Slap a $500 fine on whoever is caught on the beach without one. 

  8. 2 mins ago, GarbageFish said:

    2oz bucktail, bottle, darter, 2oz tin

    idk why guys are fishing western ss open beach 

    Well, I only have a year of experience under my belt. Learning as I go. 

    What’s wrong with fishing western SS open beach right now? 

  9. Quick question,


    I was out last night and the undertow was really strong. Didn’t really matter what I threw, it was dragged into the sand as I got to the lip of the beach. How would you handle a situation like that? 

  10. 2 mins ago, BrianBM said:

    skip the box. Wear a bag. You don't need more to catch than a few bucktails. If you want to keep fish, you'll need a bit more.


    Wander along the beach, casting as you go. Don't hurry.

    Appreciate the response! I’m guessing you just throw some gulp in a ziploc and carry it with you? 

  11. Western SS has been productive for me for about a month now. Not a ton of quantity, but I’ve picked up a few blues and a slot bass each of my last few outings. 

    The western sound is doing well right now, which I would think is a prerequisite for the western and central SS beaches to start picking up. I haven’t been doing this long enough to confirm or deny — just thinking out loud. 

  12. Really feeling the growing pains of surfcasting this Spring. I’ve been skunked for three weeks straight. 

    Had another morning of great conditions. Back bay, wind in my face, outgoing tide, bait in the area. I don’t know. 

    Any advice on turning these failures into opportunities? Just want to clarify that I’m NOT looking for easy information. 

  13. 3 hours ago, GarbageFish said:

    Ive logged about 5 seasons now, and I can tell you the skunking and spoils have taught me a ton.

    Being a desk jockey, I log every trip into excel to learn from experience.

    With kids, nagging wife and a 2 hour commute, I can no longer fish two tides a day.


    Its like showing up to a spot when everyone else is leaving and you know this spot doesn't turn on until last 2 of outgoing.



    I want to get into logging my trips. What are you keeping track of? I assume date, time, tide, and wind direction?