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  1. Hey everyone! New to the forum and recently moved to Chattanooga TN. I have heard of large Striper being landed in the area. Im curious if anyone has any info on how to hook into a striper above or below the Lake Chickamauga dam. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I have not used fluoro yet and find conflicting info everywhere. I have just started plugging for stripers, mostly in the surf, in the last year or two and have simply used either 30 or 40 lb mono for my leaders. I had it on hand and it works. But the blues are coming soon and traditionally I tied on a wire leader when blue fishing. The blues will be hitting my striper plugs and I am not sure what weight leader to use and if fluoro is even the way to go. Any advice is appreciated.
  3. I want to expand my horizons when it comes to early back bay fishing for bass with lures. The past several years I have looked to fish tidal flats that drain to 1-2’ at low and are 3-5’ at high also they have a nice current. The only issue I’ve had is that I don’t have any confidence that I will find anything over 25”. Early season how do you target the larger fish, do they hold on different structure? I usually do well by April fishing needlefish at night in similar areas described and catch up to 30” at night only. Early March what are the optimal circumstances (structure wise) to find a striper 25”+?
  4. Looking for a 10wt cold salt water floating line. If anyones looking to lighten thier collection let me know.
  5. Looking for a 10wt cold salt water floating line. If anyones looking to lighten thier collection let me know.
  6. I don't own a boat, (Its my goal to someday) so I am limited to surfcasting. I went up to Newburyport with my friend and father and had a blast catching them in the surf. I waded up to my chest at times and it payed off. We used clams that we bought from Surfland. I know that it is a common thing to not give away spots, so hopefully these photos aren't too bad. These are probably the biggest fish I've caught, and I hopefully and keep catching bigger ones.
  7. Anyone on here fly fish the coast of New Jersey for Albies,Blues,Striper? I have been there twice and have had mediocre luck and have caught weird species such as northern stargazers on the surf. Just curious if anyone on here chase the striper of albies on the surf with the fly rod in sept,nov,dec months.If so what have you found to be most productive with fly pattern,color, etc
  8. Ive never put so much time and effort into something with nothing to show for it. Ive been to the canal, to Jamestown, breachways and chokepoints during the outgoing tide. Im using eels, soft plastic white swimbaits, bucktails.. and I still havent caught one single legal striper. Past two nights I went to a striper feeding ground during the outgoing tide. Saw them come and go without a single bite. Determined, I went to the jetty, no bites. Then I went to (another place*) and immediately saw bubbling and smacking under the bridge. Cast out a surface jig, no action. Switched to a gulp soft plastic with lead head, still nothing. I dangled a sabiki rig from the bridge but that didnt work. I gathered crabs from the river and tried using those as bait. Still nothing. I couldnt even catch a gd porgie. No lie 3 times they disappeared and I gave up only to see them reappear as soon as I got to my car. /vent
  9. FINALLY ON THE BOARD!!! Right in the surf! Frozen clams! SO HAPPY TO BE ON THE BOARD!!! -Scott
  10. Hwy what's up, I'm from the east coast of Florida and usually fish for snook and tarpon but I need help, I'm taking a trip up to Portland Maine and the Cape Cod Canal with my family and I want to go striper fishing but I have no clue where to start. Currently I plan on bringing my Penn spin fisher 3500 and my 7'6 medium rod. I have a Penn battle 6k but I don't have a rod for it. What type of rod should I get for the 6k for striper. I will be doing land based fishing and plan on using lures. I can also fish off the beach if I want but I don't even know where to start. Also what are some good lures for striper that aren't terribly expensive? Can someone guide me in the right direction? Thank You!!!
  11. For the past week or two I have been fishing the herring run. While trophy stripers have been pulled out daily, it seems as though I am cursed with catching stripers solely in the 25-29 inch range. I am yet to see a 30+ this Spring. Are the lures too small? Go big or go home? Or should I focus on other parts of the river? I hope to break this curse before I end up chasing the stripers back to the salt in a few weeks.
  12. Right now I have my 9’ ODM DNA paired with a Penn Slammer 3 5500 with 30lb braid. I use this set up for bass in the 35”+ range. I usually toss lures from 1-3oz. Which VSX will: 1. Balance my rod nicely 2. Offer enough size so I can feel confident casting 3oz darters and such. I know the slammer 5500 is slightly oversized for the 9’ but I have confidence when I hook up to nice fish that I can control the fish and the fish is not controlling me. I would like the same for my future VSX. Also at times I will be swapping the reel to a 10’6” star paraflex 2-6oz and will never be casting more than 3oz. Thank you in advance!
  13. Hi everyone, I just wanted to share an exceptional moment for me today. I live in Boston (in the middle of Backbay) and I sometimes fish in the Charles during my lunch break. I usually fish with a 7'3 medium rod and a baitcaster, and catch small LMB. My PB is a ~6 lbs which is very good for the Charles in my opinion. I also target Stripers from the shore and on a friend's boat at least two days per week (Boston Bay, Cape, Canal, RI) from May to October. Last year..no keeper. Today, it was nice outside and the wind was low so I decided to go fishing around noon. I grabbed my inshore travel setup with the intention of testing new lures that I bought recently, and that I'd like to use down in Florida in two weeks. Early in the season in the Charles, I usually fish a deeper spot (~30 feet), according to depth data that I found online. Sometimes, I lose lures at that spot and I thought the same thing again today when my Dartspin was blocked...but it started moving, or should I say running... and I finally heard the wonderful sound of my drag for the first time this season. I thought I broke my LMB PB but I couldn't believe what I saw after a fantastic fight... I put many hours on the Charles during lunch breaks for the past three years. It is crazy to think that today, I grabbed my inshore setup to test some lures, and secured this fish on the bank. She went back in of course! I know that Stripers have been caught in the Charles but it's a pretty rare thing, in my opinion, especially of that size and that early in the season. The beauty of fishing is that every cast counts and sometimes, we get great surprises! Rod: Glenn Chatfield Custom 7 foot travel rod 1/4oz - 1oz Reel: Shimano Stradic 3000 XGFL Line: 20 lbs Powerpro Superslick V2 black Leader: Yo-Zuri 20 lbs Fluorocarbon Pink (6 feet, tied with FJ knot) Clip: TA 50 lbs & Uni knot Lure: Hyperlastics Dartspin 5 inches
  14. 40$ shipped 2 lures they just don’t fall Into rotation
  15. Morning- It's reading and tying season and came across Bonderow's "Stripers and Streamers: Successful Flies, Techniques and Other Insights". Likely a good read but was wondering if there were other suggestions? Mainly interested in strategy, fish habits, etc and not flies per se, I have that covered. Thanks
  16. Interested in picking up all-purpose rigs I can wield from the kayak to catch schoolie sized stripers, weakfish, and fluke with. I'd also be using these in land-based backwater situations. I'm a spinning reel guy, but only because that's what I use all the time. I wouldn't rule out a conventional setup. I'm in South Jersey but can help with shipping for non-local deals. I'm thinking of a setup that can throw light (3/8 oz.) bucktails and jigs, but also throw up to, I don't know 1+ oz. Something that would take 15-20 lb. braid nicely, have enough feel to work the light bucktail for fluke while having enough backbone to handle the occasional nice-sized bass. I'd consider the right 8' setup or down to 6'6". I don't need anything crazy nice/expensive and I'm not terribly picky. I have kids that like to fish and we need general purpose gear, so I'm looking for value. A decent, lasting setup at a decent price, or a known cheap but properly functioning setup at a cheap price.
  17. Headed to Cape Cod this coming weekend for a week. I want to fish for stripers/really anything else that will eat a fly. Staying really close to the mouth of Great Pond and planning on fishing incoming/outgoing tides there. That's the extent of my plans. I have some lefties and clousers, but should I grab some other flies? Is Great Pond a solid spot or should I travel over to Eel pond? Any suggestions on time of day vs tides, etc.? Really, break it down for my Barney style, because as much as I can net myself a boatload of trout on the Farmington in CT, I been skunked for 40+ hours of fishing for stripers in the salt. Thanks in advance all, -ChuckD
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. $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
  25. 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.