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  1. Hi Everybody, I'm coming to Cape Cod pretty soon on vacation with my parents and we're staying in Harwich. Now, I don't usually fish for Stripers; I usually either fish for Lmb or I jig some blues on a pier in Long Island, but I'm excited to try to catch some nice stripers. The issue is that I don't really have the right gear for Cape Cod, whether it's fishing surf or fishing the Canal, or some other spots. It would be really awesome if someone could recommend a spot near Harwich, as well as some gear or a nice local. bait shop. Many thanks, Tight lines
  2. I own 4 BG 5000's and a Saltist 4000 and they're great. I have them set up on 3 St. Croix 7' HM Tidemasters for stripers/blues/albies, and a 4th on a St. Croix Mojo 10'6" surf rod. While they're durable and powerful rods, they're a bit heavy and overkill for spring schoolie fishing and funnyfish in the fall. I just purchased a medium-moderate 7' St. Croix Avid for a finesse setup. I've had my eyes on the new Stradic FL for months because of its light weight and smooth retrieve. My biggest question that I'm struggling with is what size to get. I'm torn between the 3000 and the 4000. I like the idea of having as small/light of a reel as possible for making fights with smaller fish more fun, but I want to make sure that the reel could handle a fight with a 20+ pounder if I happen to hook into a larger bass/gator blue. Looking for insight. I've only fished Daiwa and Penn reels in the past and am new to Shimano reels and the Stradic line. I've been hearing great things about the Stradic FL, but don't know anyone personally that's used it for stripers/blues/albies. Thanks!
  3. Came across these pics in FB which was taken on 2/22 in long island south shore. my questions are, what kind of fish is this seal munching on? if shad, blue, striper or whatever fish, etc, is it possible these moved into our water already or residential ones?
  4. Hi. I'm new here. I wanted to ask for some pointers and possibly share some information about fishing *the south shore. My son and I are reasonably experienced fishermen. But we're entirely new to Jamaica Bay and all of the South Shore for fishing - and fairly new to blues and stripers. For the last couple months we've been renting a small boat and fishing for blues and stripers in the back *. We've probably gone out 7 or 8 times, starting in early September. We've caught a lot of nice, if not wildly large blues and stripers, a few into the 7 or 8 pound range, all catch and release. We're working entirely off the surface, using lures, hunting around for surface commotion and baitfish getting corralled near shores and marshes etc. Last weekend we went out and we didn't see a single instance of surface commotion and we didn't even get a bite, let alone catch any fish. Clearly something pretty dramatic had changed from the previous six weeks. But we were in the dark about what. I was especially curious because my understanding at least was that blues and stripers in that area should be heating up over October rather than trailing off. Has anyone else seen that shift in the same area or in that general area. And for those who know the area better are there obvious things about recent weather or the runs or anything else that would explain it? Obviously, sometimes a day is just a bum day and it's a fluke. But it seemed like something more than that. So I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts, has seen the same thing or has any ideas based on knowledge of that water. Thanks in advance! Josh
  5. anyone fishing the town of oyster bay bluefish tournament this year?
  6. I know many of you may not like eating bluefish, but I love it. I bleed it out, ice it down, and freeze it when I get home, and it opens the door to many possibilities. I smoke it, bake it, and have even eaten it raw after it's been previously frozen for safety (judge if you must). If I'm baking it, I like to use some lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Drizzle the fillets in the olive oil in a baking dish, work them around so they're fairly coated, and cut up some vidalia onions and lay them over top and around the fillets. Once everything's oiled up, sprinkle the aforementioned spices all over, and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the fillets. Delicious! I've also used this recipe for spanish and cero mackerel, I think it'd be good with any oily fish.
  7. Never read anything like it about blues. How is that possible? Anyone knows anything like it? Not sure about the link rules here, so ill drop the pix. Best Viete
  8. I had a chat with some last weekend on the way I used to fish back in the 70s and early 80s before I went into the Air Force. The fishing techniques and gear today seems very different from what I look on as those Halcyon days of my childhood and youth. I used to go fishing with my dad, my uncles, and sometimes my grandfather. My grandfather used a hand line and seemed to through it out a mile. And usually out-fished everyone. My uncles and dad used 12-foot, one-piece custom rods one my uncle's would make from Harnell blanks and Penn Squidders from both frontside and backside piers like Seaside Heights or Ocean City. One of my uncles, who went to Italy often, had a Delfino Zangi spinning reel and a rod made by my other uncle especially for it. W Back then, it seemed Harnell and Fenwick were the gold standard for rods. We all eventually shifted to Daiwa and Penn spinners except Uncle Sal - who made the rods. We caught blowfish out back of Seaside, Blues off boats (with 5-foot broomstick boatrods) out of Atlantic City or Barnegat, Kingfish and Blues from the surf, and Weakfish from the pier - as well as the usual trash fish. Fluking was something done around the pilings of the pier when the other bite wasn't on. Stripers were the creatures of legend that we never saw. Most of our fishing was bait and wait. Heave it out there, rest the rod on pier railing and BS waiting for the bite. As soon as the first hit happened, everyone was on the rail working it. My uncle who made the rods also made most of the rigs - which usually included his hand-painted "dipsy-doodles" or doodle bugs - small cigar floats - to keep the bait off the bottom and (mostly) away from the crabs. Out on boats. we bottom fished for seabass, ling, etc. or drifted for Blues and Bonito. No Gulp. No Bucktail jigs or teasers. And the only lures we used in salt was a Hopkins when the Blues were chopping some bunker on the surface. Does anyone else remember fishing like this?
  9. Fished my usual SS inlet today (outgoing tide). Mainly targeting fluke. After a few shorts I noticed many cocktail blues swimming around just feet from the shore in about 2-3 ft of water. As I walked the beach they seemed to be everywhere. Quickly switched out my fluke setup for my “squidding the beach” setup. Not one hookup or follow up. Then continued to try the whole arsenal (tins, assorted poppers/plugs, diamond jigs, bucktails, SP minnows, some soft plastics.....) nada. Has anyone encountered this. It seemed pretty strange for blues to not hit anything.
  10. Lot 1 $30 shipped 3 Line Stretcher Surface Tension (3oz, 2oz, 1.25oz), new. 2 Robert Rangers 2-1/4oz, barely used. Lot 2 $30 shipped Braid GT Minnow Storm Flatstick jointed 16 Bomber Longshot 7, HD7 and 2 HD5. Top 2 have been used, bombers just carried. Take all for $50 shipped.
  11. I grew fishing in the 80s when the Striped Bass fishing was terrible. Thankfully, we had big Blues to fill in that void. That is no longer the case and hasn't been so for a number of years where I fish on the SS of LI. Just recently they gave the unused recs quota to the comms which made absolutely no sense to me. Does anyone know if there is a new stock assessment coming up or is anything being done to address this?
  12. Was looking through my log for the past 5-6 years or so and let me know if anyone has any thoughts on this theory: The near complete lack of bluefish the past two seasons has been detrimental to the fall run of striped bass from the surf. Bluefish blitzes used to push bait, adult bunker, peanuts, etc into the surf and bigger sized stripers would move either mixed in with the blues to clean up the mess or just after the blues moved on. Bass now have no incentive to clean up the scraps of the bluefish in the surf and stay offshore to feed on adult bunker schools. Now we are left with smaller bait in the surf, rain fish, spearing, pockets of sand eels and other small baits for schoolies to feed on. There are obviously more than one factor as to why the surf run hasn't been good for a while now such as beach replenishment, the recent storm patterns ect. But I'm a little alarmed by the considerable lack of blues for the second year in a row now. It's a real shame that slaughter happened 3-4 years ago around here. Tight Lines!
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    Dare I ask - How do I buy the proper parking permit for fishing areas out on the East End of Long Island - in mid-October. I'm ok with the local rich people making it difficult to fish anything out there except crowded ole' Montauk - but just don't make it impossible for me please. I know all those other areas out there hold fish often.
  14. Hi All, this is my first post. This is a Pretty cool site! Anyhow, I have been fishing for stripers the last 5+ years. I hear schools of blue fish come in every year, but never seen any myself. Anyone know when that happens in NH? Do they come inshore at all? Or do you have to have a boat to go catch them? A friend of mine told me that he once ate a blue fish within 20 minutes after he caught it and it was the best meal he ever ate! I always heard that blue fish tasted terrible, but after my friends story, I am dying to find out for myself.
  15. Does anyone catch bluefish at the * southern Maine? I have heard of them being there in the past but I've never caught them there.
  16. Does anyone know any good spots for Bluefish in Maine?
  17. Hi all hope you are still having a great off season! Im starting to shift my thinking towards preparing for my first 2018 OC/ AI trip. Had a slow offseason but busted my cherry on some trips to florida pier fishing and San diego for a 1.5 day bluefin tuna trip. Through the wealth of knowledge gained last year by very knowledgeable and sharing fellow SOL'rs I am geared up and all there is left is to go... well, that and a few small loose ends I hope to clarify by dusting off your frost-laiden noggin's. What terminal tackle techniques for spring surf AI fishing differ from the fall? IE specifically bite leader lengths and hook sizes for Stripers vs Bull red? What difference in casting distance and beach structure positioning? I learned last year all to late that distance is not needed for Reds but heard that Stripers are usually further out. What water temp should I look for as the sign to load up and go for the first trip? Bait, bait, bait! What and where to get it for spring. Last year by reports was apparently the best bluefish run in decades... I missed it by a storm and a few days as I only got my jeep ready and my AI pass on May 5th. Any thoughts on this year as a possible repeat? Lastly I mentioned I am all geared up, well except for some proper long rod spikes... still debating on calling that Delaware rack guy to buy some 5 footers (need 3-4) or try and make them myself with angle stock and pvc. Any recommendations? Tight lines! Thanks in advance. PS. Any Delmarva guys ever hit up the Cape Cod Canal in the spring? Also got all the travel gear ready for that northern lure action this year. When does that usually kick off?
  18. Hey guys. I live on staten island close to the water and do just about every kind of fishing here. I fish from the kayak, from the bay, midland beach, conference house, great kills, by the pier, off the jetty's, night fishing, day fishing, plugs, chunks and everything. The spring season I got a few nice bass of the yak. This summer I got some doormat fluke of the yak also. Lately I haven't heard of much action if any going on anywhere locally mainly cause its dead this time of year. Here and there I hear some reports of a bass picked off. The thing that stinks about staten island is that there isn't a great fishing community so there is no reports or websites for reports. I travel a lot down to Riis park for the surf but lately the fishing stinks over there also because of the whales and seals in the water pushing the fish away the past 2 seasons. Once the fall rolls on in I take the worthy 3 hour trip down to Montauk for a few days and go to LBI here and there. Also off the boat in jersey and etc. However there are times when I still catch bass off staten island plugging. Most people look at me like I have 3 heads when I try to explain what a lure is lol. The people here have mostly no clue what they are doing. Occasionally you will run into the real fishermen who know and they usually have an idea of what the fish are hitting and where. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a staten island fishing report of some sort. Once mid September hits, I want to be out as much as possible all the way through December in the staten island, new jersey area fishing. Thanks a lot guys !
  19. Hey guys I was trolling a tube this weekend and getting into some insane bluefish action, probably caught 7 or 8 before switching to bottom fishing (and even then i hooked a pair on a high low rig). I guess my question is what strategies could I use to entice bass over blues in that situation? am I wrong in assuming if there are bluefish there will also be stripers nearby? I've heard bass will stack under blues so maybe running a weighted keel to get under the blues? Thanks.
  20. Looking for advice on targeting larger bluefish or just bluefish in general when they are not in blitz mode. Growing up I used only light tackle where the heaviest gear between me and my dad was a 7ft ben doerr rated up to ¾ oz., stradic 4k with 12lb mono. Large bluefish were more of a trophy than keeper bass due to the speed and power. Lately I’ve been finding myself targeting bluefish and wondering what anyone else does out there for em. My recipe is usually dusk or dawn in shallower <10ft depth throwing mainly tins with a faster retrieve or a line stretcher surface skimmer if out on the boat. If poppers are used it’s a green or a green mack pattern. On the rare occasion I’m using bait ill use tails as this is usually what they chop first. Leader is usually a 50lb mono, in clear water I’ve found em leader shy, you just need to be sure you change out leaders and be quick to set the hook before its swallowed.
  21. Up for sale is an excellent condition Tfo Pandion for sale with a Lamson Guru reel. It is like new. This is a 700.00 set up. Asking 450.00 obo.
  22. I was fishing off the Hudson on my kayak over the holiday, and there were some monster blues launching out of the water all around me. I could not see any bait. I tossed everything but the kitchen sink at them, but couldn't get a bite. Any idea what they could have been feeding on? I was also thinking they maybe they weren't feeding, because why launch that far out of the water? Anyway, curious if anyone has any thoughts.
  23. A couple days ago I was making the walk to one of my favored spots, to find the beach was littered with Horseshoe Crabs. Must've been at least 200-300 that I could see, crawling around all over by the water-line. I decided not to fish there, considering I was jigging for fluke and I can't stand having the crabs constantly chafe my leader. The water was also very dirty, which encouraged my decision also. So, on my drive back I started thinking.. I don't think I've ever fished on a particular day when the Horseshoe Crabs are this concentrated. I feel like it would be quite futile, doubting that Fluke like to be crawled on and harassed by these large crabs. Seems to me like it would just result in a lot of dead-weight hook-ups, and lots of leaders replaced. It's not like I never fish around Horseshoe Crabs, just not THAT many. Anyone have a different opinion on this happening? Maybe I'm missing something going on in the food chain? Or am I in the right to say screw the crabs and that spot, for the time being?
  24. Morning ladies and gentlemen! First post here, been a "lurker" for a while now. Well, the time has come and the run is on down here in South Jersey. My buddy and I have been hitting the sand quite hard, and have had decent success so far on shorty Stripes and Blues. I'd say at this point in the migration, we have been doing pretty well. As the title states though, I have been running into some awfully finicky Blues here and there. All of the Blues we have landed so far range from 30-35", none of them look famished, so they're definitely on the bait. From my understanding there is currently a lot of herring and bunker around, and we have the Osprey and Porpoise on the hunt to prove it. With that being said, the Blues we have hooked up on so far have all been in very shallow water (>1-3'). These particular fish don't seem to be following the pods of bait out in the deeper water, but roaming the shallows for a different treat perhaps? They also seem to be traveling in schools of very low numbers. Yesterday I watched a lone Blue cutting through the shallow wash, seemingly without a care in the world. I threw every type of lure I could at him, and received nothing more than a "check-out" before he decided it was time to slip away into deeper water. It seemed my popper grabbed it's attention the most, but the beast just refused to lunge at it. This is not the first Bluefish I've seen act like this this season either. Obviously there is no definite answer on why they do this, or how to solve this frustrating problem (that's why it's called "fishing" instead of "catching" right?). I am just curious if anyone else has seen this happening recently, and if so, your thoughts on the situation? Open to any and all suggestions/thoughts! Best of luck!
  25. Looking to fish this coming saturday or sunday probably launch somewhere around sandy hook or leonardo marina