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  1. Hey all, I am looking to purchase a new surf rod to throw SP minnows and I have settled on the St. Croix Mojo Surf, but I am looking for some guidance on what size. I like the 11' MH to clear the waves but it is rated for 3-8oz lures and the SP are about 1 1/9 oz and 1 5/8 oz. I am wondering if anyone has had experience throwing these on the 11' MH Mojo and how it impacted casting distance and performance being so far out of weight rating. I also am entertaining the 10'-6" Med. Mojo that throws 3/4 - 4oz lures, but it is only medium power and I am not sure if that is enough for tying into a good sized striper. Does anyone have experience fighting a striper on that rod and how it performed? My main goal is obviously to be able to get past the surf so distance is a big must, but I also don't want to be underpowered when fighting a fish. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. I’ve been fishing at fort foster, Maine, for a while now. Because of work, I can only go once or twice a week for a few hours at a time, and I have one or two days a month that I can stay from open till closing. Each time I go, I throw my bait in new spots, but nothing seems to work. I’ve seen people catch striper there, and I’ve seen striper every once in a while, but I’ve only ever had one big bite. There’s these big pillars in the water that were to stop nazi ships from passing into the harbor during WWII (I’ll provide pictures of them below) and I’ve read that “Stripers will set up near edges and structure where turbulence caused by fast current disorients their prey, and where currents bring the baitfish to them.”. Do these pillars seem like a good place to try? The only reason I’m asking here instead of trying it is because I only have a month and a half here in maine, and I’d like to catch a striper before going to Texas.
  3. I typically have fished for striper during the day but due to work and other commitments around midnight is now the best time for me. I was out last night and saw plenty of action on the neponset River with bass busting what looked like small little rain bait. I threw everything I had at them to no avail. My question to you folks is what lures/methods do you use at night when the striper are in shallow foraging and picking off smaller baits?
  4. Hey Everyone, Just seeing if there was anyone in lower Rhode Island area that would maybe like connect. Just picked up my first Hobie kayak to get my feet off the shore. Looking to possibly locate others to get out there and fish with.
  5. Hey everyone, I'm a young angler and been fishing since I was 5 years old. Now that i'm 19 going on 20, i've experience a pretty good variety of fishing in the northeast and down in Florida and have recently fell in love with surf fishing and the gear that needs to be used with it. I liked the challenge of landing large fish from land. I gave me a sense of accomplishment that I am sure many others also share. Besides all that, I want to hear about what everyone else is using and their experiences with the setup they use either their home waters or specifically the Cape Cod Canal. I fish my home waters in New Jersey so the equipment difference is going to be drastically different which is something I was expecting. I am currently using an ODM 9ft 0.5 oz to 3.5 oz paired with a Van Stall VSX150 bailess and is doing wonders for me in New Jersey and is going to probably be my setup for Florida when i take trips down there (might be saving up for a surf setup for florida with the same rod). I am currently looking for a blank that would be around 10ft-11ft suitable for throwing larger plugs, eels, jigs and possibly able to handle the canal. I know trying to make a setup for things back home and it to be usable for the canal is not an easy task and would be seen as being very unreasonable but in a sense I like my rods to be versatile so I can be prepared to fish anywhere up and down the coast. In detail, something that is 10ft-11ft that can handle 2-10 oz would be preferable (I fish with guys that use rods 2-6oz and would like to be in that spectrum). I've been researching blanks from Black Hole, Lamiglas, ODM, and blanks from RH Customs rods which is a builder I may be working with. I would like to use Fuji K guides on the blank in a 8 guide setup similar to my ODM (haven't decided on which guides yet), a low profile reel seat that would fit another vs or maybe the new BG MQ (might get a larger VS that the build will be based off on but will use a higher gear ratio reel for canal). and a grip that isnt too thick. I like my rods to have the smallest profile possible and keep it as light as possible without sacrificing power. All I am really interested in is people's experience with fishing the canal, experiences fishing their favorite custom builds, experiences with rod building, and anything you would like to share that relates to the topic. I am young and I love to learn from people and their idea and perspectives in the sport. Fishing and the equipment involved in the fish they intend to target is something I love to discuss. Feel free to give me your two cent and share your experiences with me and maybe others could learn as well. Thank you!
  6. If anybody is looking to wet a line this Sunday, I'm planning on heading to CCB in Brewster or Dennis to wet wade the flats for the Sesuit low tide around 11:45am. Mid day fishing so not ideal but I'm a weekend warrior so I'll take what I can get. Planning on walking out from Crows Pasture, but open to anything in the area - Paines, Saints.
  7. Hi there, I just purchased a brand new Penn Battle II 3000 reel and combined it with a Tsunami Slow Pitch Jigging Rod 661MH with a 30lb braided line. This is mainly for live bait fishing with pogies, mackerel, and pollock for striped bass. Is this reel and rod combo able to handle 20-30 pound striped bass? If someone could help me or give any suggestions I would really appreciate it. thank you.
  8. $80 shipped LS 69 5.5" Darter in Chartreuse over yellow LS69 6.5" Pink SP Minnow LS69 6.5" Schoolbus SP minnow LS69 5" Sp Minnow
  9. I'm looking to go fishing with my dad to catch some striper for father's day. I know you need to get there early was thinking about 330. I also have a 9' rod 12-25lb 1-4oz and a 4:1:1 reel. Is this sufficient? Should I look to fish else where since it will be a new moon and could be insanely packed? Just looking for some advice. Thank you
  10. Hey Guys, I'm looking to get into striper fishing and was hoping for some advice on gear. I'm most likely going to be fishing off jetties or piers in the MA/RI area, as well as the canal. I was checking out the St. Croix mojo inshore in a 7 foot 6 medium-heavy or heavy, with a Penn battle 2 or Daiwa bg for a reel, either 4000 or 5000 sizes. I also have an older 1o foot Penn pro guide surf rod (pgs1530s10) and a Penn 750ssm reel from my dad. Should I save my money and use what I have, or do you think I should invest in the new setup? I was also thinking of running either 30 or 40 lb braid with a 50 lb fluorocarbon leader. Would that be a good choice for line? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.
  11. Hello, I was just wondering if a Penn pursuit 5000 model would work well for a Star Paraflex 10'6 surf rod. I was also considering a Daiwa bg but it costs 100$ instead of 60$. I am trying to minimize costs because I am only 15. I would use this for striper fishing. Thanks
  12. Hello, I have been to the Beverly pier many times. I have fished at the pier and at the marina place where the parking is. I have not caught anything at the marina, just a squid. However, on the pier, I have caught mackerel. Has anyone had the luck of catching other species like flounders or stripers? I think the crabs get to the bait before the fish can. Has anybody caught tog there maybe when dropping down to a piling? Info is appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Hello, I am interested in buying the Star Paraflex 10'6 surf rod. I know it is good for the canal but will it work effectively at other places to like plum island? Thanks!
  14. Hello, When the stripers arrive in the mouth of the Merrimack soon what is the ideal bait for the start of the season. Thanks
  15. In case folks are having trouble finding open tackle/bait shops in Monmouth County, I know that Giglios Bait & Tackle in Seabright is operating as normal (and is my #1 pick), as well as Julian's Tackle & Bait on Route 35 (note: the shop isn't open itself, but it has a live bait vending machine on the exterior of the shop, which is perfect for the current social distancing environment). Happy Fishing!
  16. Hey everybody, hope you all are being safe out there. I’m hoping to get some advice on a rod weight selection. Here’s the situation, My main type of fishing is in lakes for lm bass from a boat. I’d like to venture out for striper and other species of game fish and prefer having multiple rods set up for different conditions. I currently have an 8wt with a orvis bass float line and an 8wt with a rio ob sink 7. I’m looking at setting up an intermediate rig. i like the echo ion xl due to the price point either in 8wt or a 9wt paired with an airflo sniper in full int but i can’t decide which. Most fishing guides are using 9wt rods but I’m thinking in terms of cost effectiveness to go with another 8wt and sacrifice the power or follow the latter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Can’t go fishing so I’ll just buy gear. Cheers!
  17. Looking to get into fly tying. Basically looking to build a starter kit of sorts. Definitely looking for a vise if nothing else. if possible some of the basic tools needed like scissors and bobbin too and even some materials if willing. I am just graduating college so budget is definitely a factor. Would like to be able to tie both freshwater and saltwater flies(including teasers and bucktail hooks for stripers with spin gear). I would like to keep things under $150 if possible.
  18. Hello, I am 14 and am researching the canal vigorously. I know that the breaking tides happen and when, but is it better to time the breaking tide on the day of a new/full moon? Thanks
  19. Hi all, I am looking to get into fly tying. As of right now I only fly fish freshwater mainly for trout. I am planning on getting a 9 wt setup so I can target stripers and blues in the back bays and surf too though. I am looking for advice on what to get for tools, a vise in particular. Ideally I would be able to try tying both trout flies and some saltwater flies on this one vise but I am just graduating college and budget is a major limiting factor so I know this may not be a possibility. I mainly want something that is going to give me a good idea of if I like tying or not but that is not going to set me back a crazy amount. If I do end up liking tying I will be willing to upgrade after a few months but don't want to go all in right away and not like it. Any recommendations? The vise that I have been looking at a little is the EZ rotary vise. It is only $69 and seems to be decent. Does anyone have any experience with this vise? Thanks in advance!
  20. Hello, I am 14, can somebody please explain the breaking tides and when that occurs. Also drop some good locations on the canal and what time of the year to go. Thanks
  21. Hello, I am 14 years old and currently have two surf rods that I share. I have a 9 foot Daiwa, (FTS902MFS) medium heavy. I also have a Hurricane MAKO, (1002SRF) medium heavy. The line recommendation on the hurricane rod is 17-40. Currently, I have 50 lb zebco line spooled on but I believe the line diameter is too thick thus not creating long casts. The weight rating is 2-6 oz also. I was wondering if this is good enough for the canal to start out with. I am new to the canal and live about an hour and a half away. I was wondering if I should minimize my line strength to 30 creating more line capacity on my spool and thinner diameter. What lures should I use on my two rods? Could somebody explain to me when the best time is for fishing? I heard something about a new moon tide and breaking tide but I don't know how to recognize it and don't fully understand it. Any help is appreciated.
  22. Looking to trade this #3 yellow and green Tony Maja bunker/herring spoon. Willing to trade for plugs, small reel for trout, or make a good offer.
  23. hello guys, i will travel 8 to 12 hours from canada ( 25 to 30 oct ) to go surfishing again in the usa. where should i go this trip, cape cod, RI or Montauk??? where do you still have bait/fish activity ? thank you for your advice, and im not looking for spot just general area. tight lines everybody
  24. I dislike making a first post a question but that is often what pushes me to join a board to begin with. I love old Penn reels and have read probably every post on this forum mentioning Penn reels and a lot of other topics besides. I have been striper fishing about 5 years. I am currently on a king Mack trip and have access to an unlimited number of 5-7 inch mullet. Has anyone ever fished mullet (cut or whole) in a landlocked freshwater striper River or lake? Results? I know they make excellent bait in the surf but I am wondering about a fish that's never seen a mullet. I would think it would be fine but am looking for a little expertise before I fill my party cooler with frozen mullet. Thanks.
  25. New to fishing the area , What is the most successful way to fish for striper out front brigantine cove ? Anchor or Drift . Tide rips through here I'm just worried about anchor not holding bottom or should I try two . I have a 18' Trophy . Thanks