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Does anyone know how to catch ballyhoo instead of buying them? How far out do I have to go to find schools and how do I point out a school? Im in NJ out of the Barnegat Inlet if anyone knows specific spots.

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We cast netted what looked similar to ballyhoo late fall in back bay areas in Deleware years ago.   Never got a good ID but they were some species of halfbeak for sure.

 

I think most are caught much further south but I am sure they are present in the Gulfstream off of NJ.  

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13 hours ago, ry_antl_aqiqx_x said:

Does anyone know how to catch ballyhoo instead of buying them? How far out do I have to go to find schools and how do I point out a school? Im in NJ out of the Barnegat Inlet if anyone knows specific spots.

I think you'll spend more in fuel than baitmasters would charge, as they're off of NJ but a good deal souf...

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34 mins ago, Captain Ahab said:

Related kinda

 

Anyone ever use them for striper?  From shore?

 

I often thought if I wired one to a jig head it might work

No reason why not, they'll eat a strip of white tee shirt  on a jig head :)

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9 hours ago, TimS said:

No reason why not, they'll eat a strip of white tee shirt  on a jig head :)

True:howdy:

 

Will report back if I get around to testing it.  I am thinking of a way to rig it so the hoo will swim and still be castable.  Might just chin weight it like we do for tuna.  If I get that out in a current from an inlet jetty hmmmmm

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