mr. mr

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  1. If you’ve switched to Amazon because shops are “blowing up” spots like the one in your picture, you’ve got a long and frustrating uphill battle ahead of you. And if your no fish report was from the spot in your picture, then I caught them very near you. Just took a little exploring. 10% are still catching 90%.
  2. Easy does it. Had 6 of them tonight. They’re around, just not in your neighborhood. No need to get down on the shops. The business depends, at least in part, on tourism and angler effort. They give a little info to get a little business. I couldn’t be happier to see some shops cashing in on the bait bite this spring. I hope they walk away with a nice chunk of change when it dries up.
  3. Thanks, Tim. Great tips, I appreciate it and will definitely be carrying a bit more variety these next few weeks. It always amazes me how something as simple as lead molded on a hook can be dressed up so many different ways for so many different results. Dense ties and sparse ties, small trailers and large trailers, head shapes, colors, materials… There’s always something different to try, something new to learn, somewhere else to explore. God I love fishin’.
  4. Yes, worked a few different jigs throughout the bite but couldn’t get any one of them dialed in. There wasn’t much depth to work with and it was a very fine line between too heavy and too light. Heavier jigs could reach the productive zone but I felt I had to retrieve too quickly, and I felt I couldn’t quite put the lighter jigs where they needed to be. Might sound crazy, but I think all I needed was either a 5/8 oz jig instead of a 1/2 oz or a 3/4 oz bucktail tied bulkier than anything I had. Maybe then I could have gotten that sweet, sweet gliiiiide along the bottom.
  5. Enjoyed a fun and informative bite tonight. I was covering ground with a Redfin loaded with shot when I found a rip line holding some willing participants. Three casts, three connections, one fish landed. Yeah, I know. Crumby ratio. It happens. After that, nothing on the Redfin. It was glassy calm and I could see the rip twisting out on the surface—it made me think of working seams for trout. If you pluck a trout or two out of a nice seam on a nymph, I swear the rest of them remember that presentation, recognize it when you start working it again, and won’t touch your stuff. You’ve gotta change it up. That shot-loaded Redfin is an attention-grabber, great for locating fish. One of ‘em will usually at least bump it, almost like a fishfinder from land. But, when one or two got plucked from that seam on that unnaturally loud thing swimming by, I got the feeling that they learned it like a trout and began ignoring it. So, I began treating the rip like a seam in a creek. On went one of those little yo-zuri gliders. A different action and a different sound (low pitch vs. the Redfin’s high pitch). Wouldn’t ya know it, they were smacking it. Better ratios this time, too. Landed something like 4 or 5, including my biggest of the night at +/-20lbs, and missed a few more. Then, just like the Redfin, the glider went cold. I knew I had to switch it up again and went with a bomber, no rattles, no noise. Yet again, I had action right off the bat. Caught a few more, missed a few as well, before the bomber went cold. I cycled through the same rotation a few more times, picked some smaller fish as the tide began to slack, and then called it a night. Who knows, maybe if I had stuck with the Redfin I would have started catching again, and maybe all of this is just hot air. But damn, I don’t know if there’s anything more fun than that situation—you (and no one else), the plugs on your belt, a nice rip, and some willing (but not foolish) bass. I do believe that with the calm conditions the bass were able to recognize my presentation and tune it out after a few of their friends took a crack at it. I also believe that making my presentation quieter and more subtle bought me some more bites when I may have otherwise just moved on. Moral of the story is that fishing is fishing, be it nymphing for trout, casting for tuna, jigging for fluke, or working a rip for bass. They’re all interconnected and can all inform the others. That’s the glory of it. Fishing is a pursuit at which most of us are working hard to perfect while deep down knowing that it can’t be perfected. There’s always another way, another skill, another presentation to learn. I guess there’s nothing else to do but to get out there, get on ‘em, and keep learning.
  6. I fish NJ beaches for fluke and can’t recommend light jigs enough. In my opinion fluke in the surf rely on their eyesight more than any other sense and become very keen given the shallow water, (typically) bright sun and (typically) clear water. So things with scent like gulp or bait become less important, and your jig doesn’t need to be big and gaudy to attract attention. A very natural presentation has always been the most productive for me. Give the fish what it is expecting to see and you will trigger it to bite. I typically use 3/8 or 1/2 oz bucktails tied sparser than a standard bucktail. Sometimes as light as 1/4, sometimes as heavy as 3/4. Most of the bait in the surf will be a slender profile, and a sparser tie lets you get to the bottom with a lighter weight. Another benefit of the sparse jig is that it will have more of a “glide” near the bottom, rather than a heavier/denser jig that may do more of a dive toward the bottom on slack line. There are some great tips in this thread already, but one thing I’d like to add is the importance of how you use the light jig. Using light jigs really opens up a piece of structure and allows you to pinpoint different parts and pick the whole piece apart. If there’s a boulder, for example, you can very precisely place casts all around it to see who’s home. If there’s a rip, you can pinpoint the inside left corner, outside left corner, down the middle, around the corner into the trough, and so on. As my technique has become more finesse, I find that I move up and down the beach less and spend more time really picking apart whatever structure I choose. The way I think of it is that while I cover less ground north and south along the beach, I cover more ground in the area in front of me by taking more precise and methodical casts. You’d be surprised at some of the structure that holds these fish. A narrow little cut inside of an almost dry sandbar can, and often does, hold fish. In short, being as effective as possible with light jigs for fluke means embracing the entire light jig system. The jig itself is important, as is the rod/reel used to deliver it, as is the way you work the beach and the structure in front of you. You don’t need to break the bank doing this kind of stuff. All you need is a reel that can handle lighter line (15 lb is great) and a rod light and sensitive enough to cast and feel a lighter jig. Fishing for fluke this way is always one of the highlights of the year for me, it’s so much fun. Good luck with it this year. Be the jig!!!!
  7. Looking for leads on the Tsunami Swirl Tail. Despite being one of the deadliest lures I’ve ever had the pleasure of fishing, Tsunami took them out of production years ago and my stash has just about dried up. The Swirl Tail was an internally weighted soft plastic shad body with an inverted grub tail, roughly 6” in length. They came in packs of 4 or 5. Anyone here have any packs of them catching dust in their tackle room? *
  8. The 1 oz doesn’t fish as heavy as you might imagine. Fishes more like a 1/2 or 3/4 oz bucktail would. The tail and plastic hold it up quite a bit. They’re deadly
  9. Thanks for tuning me in. This type of project perfectly demonstrates one of my biggest issues with these massive companies. When the US government wants to commence a “major federal action” (this project would likely fall within that definition), the agencies responsible for the project must go through a lengthy process to analyze impacts such as noise and vibration, induced traffic, environmental impacts, etc. The agencies are also required to disclose the impacts to the public at multiple points during the process, receive public comment, and mitigate major impacts. The usefulness of this process is an entirely separate discussion, but at least the process exists. Contrast that with what you’ve just described. Here we have a company whose business is larger than the economies of nearly all of the countries in the world—yet Amazon is just a “private company” exempt from all of the requirements described above. They don’t need to analyze and consider how a cargo plane flying low over thousands of residents will impact their lives or their properties, or how a parade of tractor trailers will impact an already overcrowded highway. Above all else, they certainly don’t need to disclose any shred of information to you, or me, or anyone else. What more can I do besides sign this petition and simply hope that this proposal fails? These companies need to be trust-busted like the monopolies of the past. We cannot have world-superpower-sized private companies stomping around anywhere they please. I pray that in my lifetime I may witness Amazon being shattered into tiny useless pieces. This is only my opinion. Some may disagree, but my god… not even a simple notice to the public? That’s downright evil.
  10. The first 5-10 wraps are doing all of the work. Everything after that is just to help you sleep at night
  11. X9 for anything up to and including 20 lb, standard Power Pro for inshore/surf applications requiring 30lb and up. I tried X9 for the first time this fall and man was I impressed by it. Smooth as butter with no issues to speak of. Most importantly, it did not degrade nearly as quickly as other products I have used. My VS failed during a hot inlet bite one night this fall and I had no choice but to throw my Sustain 2500 with 15 lb X9 onto a heavy surf rod and head back out. Despite ripping current, heavy jigs, keeper bass, and all of the other trials of inlet fishing, the line did not cause one issue. That said, I find that once I'm fishing 30 lb or more, I want brute strength and toughness in my line more than I want buttery smooth casting and those extra few yards of distance. For that reason I tend to use standard Power Pro. In my opinion, it's best to try lines yourself to figure out what you like. I find that line is like lures in that people build confidence in one particular product and that becomes their go-to. I've used Power Pro Super Slick V2, for example, and did not like it at all, while other people in this thread are suggesting it and clearly have had success with it. Maybe I had a bad batch, maybe I had an issue with my reels or guides—maybe there was nothing wrong with it at all and it was all in my head Whatever you choose, I like your style going with 10 lb for fluke stayin' light and gettin' deeeep
  12. I'm almost certain it's Decapterus Punctatus, aka Round Scad, aka Cigar Minnow. The fish you snagged does look somewhat similar to the Round Herring pictured above, but the Round Herring's scales look much larger than those on the snagged fish, and the Round Herring lacks the black dot at the edge of the gill plate. I've attached a photo of a Cigar Minnow for reference. Though the colors differ, note the similarities in eye/mouth, black dot on gill plate, hard scales on lateral line on tail half of the body, and the yellow tint in the tail.