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sinjin 09-19-2005 10:53 AM

Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
I have been to Plum Islands hundreds of times because I often go cod fishing on the Captain's Lady which launches out of Plum Island, but I don't know where to fish for Stripers.

Two months ago I drove out after work and did not know where to go. I drove onto plum island. Then took the left and drove to the end where the party boats are. Then if you are facing the party boats I went to the beach that is on the right.

There were a lot of people fishing there and I was able to catch about 20 stripers on clams, but none were even close to keeper size.

I am planning to make the hour drive after work on Wednesday. Where should I go?

Plum Crazy 09-19-2005 11:03 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
When you get off the bridge take your next right at the Plum Island Grill.
That street takes you directly to the refuge.
I suggest you park at either lot 1 or 3 and walk down the boardwalk.
Worms have been taking some nice fish. Good luck and let us know.

It will cost you $5 to get in, but, hopefully you will come out with a keepa.

GBeninati 09-19-2005 11:49 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
20 stripers, no keepers, the story of my life hahahahahahahahahah
my biggest one was 26 inches this year, but it has been a hell of a lot of fun.

Togue 09-19-2005 12:34 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
Getting keepers is part luck, part skill, and a whole lot of getting the timing right. Thus, be prepared to put your time in, and enjoy the small ones - at least you are outside and fishing.

If bagging keepers is all you are interested in, you may need to change your location to one that holds more bigger fish and go there when the trophys are there. Best chances for a lot of big fish consistently at PI are in the river during the herring run, long over now, and even that is highly dependent on locations which change from tide-to-tide and as the season progresses.

Otherwise, get a boat.

sinjin 09-19-2005 12:34 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Plum Crazy
When you get off the bridge take your next right at the Plum Island Grill.
That street takes you directly to the refuge.
I suggest you park at either lot 1 or 3 and walk down the boardwalk.
Worms have been taking some nice fish. Good luck and let us know.

It will cost you $5 to get in, but, hopefully you will come out with a keepa.

Sorry to have so many Q's, but are the lots 1+3 clearly marked ( I have never taken a right after crossing the bridge). Do I need a sticker or something or is there an attendant that takes my $5. Will it be open around 8:30-9:00 which is the earliest I can get out there.

Plum Crazy 09-19-2005 01:17 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
The gate closes at sundown.
Yes the lots are clearly marked but you have to beat the sunset.
If you wish to fish at night you need a walk on permit
and that is $10 I think for the season.
There should be a guard but not always.
You do need the overnight sticker to park there at night.


There is a road just before the refuge and at the end of that has an "honor" lot.
You can park there for as long as you want and walk across the street to a path.
You will be very close to the refuge but not technically on it.
Good fishing there too.
Ask all the questions you want, I am glad to help.

sinjin 09-19-2005 02:03 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Plum Crazy
The gate closes at sundown.

Ask all the questions you want, I am glad to help.

Your in for it now.

If my reel is rated to hold 450 yards of 20lb test. What type of line do you recommend. I have had an old reel with 17lb Stren for 10 years, but just got a new reel and it is time for me to upgrade. What line do you recommend. Someone told me to use 30lb fireline?

Plum Crazy 09-19-2005 03:10 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
I think I will leave that up to someone more qualified.
I have always used 20# Stren with good luck.

Plum Crazy 09-19-2005 06:48 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
I gotta fix that last post.
I use 20# Berkley trilene.
Someone like Tattoobob is better equipped to answer that question.
I actually went to get my reels spooled with fireline and saw the price.
I just can't pay that kind of money out when what I have been using works fine for me.
I was told that it depends what you have for a stick.
I have an 11 ft. Tica that I just never use. It is spooled with 20# trilene.
I don't use it because it doesn't budge when there is a small fish on.
I have reeled in just to check bait and found very small half dead stripers and who knows how long they were on?
I hated that! But I was told if I spooled it with 17# I would see the hit.
I am still learning....
I am having a custom rod built and I am learning a whole lot more about what I need and how to fish.
Funny huh? for years I could just do what ever I wanted and catch fish,
now I need to know more. I wonder if I will catch more fish?

But seriously I can't help with terminal tackle because I never try anything new. I always stick with what works for me and I am doing fantastic.
Tattoo is the guy to ask.

fishercat 09-19-2005 11:32 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
If you use 20 # test or 17 # test you should get the same result. It's not like your useing 1 3/16 inch cable to land a F14 tom cat Both weight line is still very sensitive to any pulling motion at all. If your fishing rod is for heavy action and built like a telephone pole it wont be as sensitive as a medium action rod. Try holding it for awhile you might feel it when you hook somthing.

sinjin 09-20-2005 08:21 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
Thank you for the advice.

ragman 09-20-2005 11:36 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
If I may as a Jersey guy...I use 50 lb Power Pro,never missed a hit,and have never had the line fail.My knots are another story though.:rolleyes: One thing that is different,is there is no stretch in the super braids.You will see every twitch,either from wave action,crabs eating the bait,etc,if you watch it.It takes some getting used to.The diameter is smaller,so you can put more braid on the reel compared to mono.One thing to remember though.Braid will cut your fingers to the bone grabbing it with a fish on.I keep a rag on the belt of my waders,grab the line with the rag between your hand and the line.Only takes one deep cut to drive that message home...;)

tattoobob 09-20-2005 05:03 PM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
One deep cut I get 2 or 3 every time I go out you should see my hands
I wake up in the morning and the little paper cuts from the line are usually bleeding.

As for the line use what your rod is rated for, If it says line 15 to 30 pound I wouldn't go over the rating. I would rater break the line and lose the fish than break a pole and have to stop fishing for the night

Togue 09-21-2005 09:32 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
I use the 50lb PP on my heavy lifter rods, 30lb on my lighter rigs. Using a rag to grab the line is an essential. Gave up on the shock leader thing, too many break-offs, takes up too much time to rig up. Tie direct to barrel swivel on leader.


I pre-tie my leaders with 40lb Ande fluorocarbon leader material, SPRO power swivel on one end, snell the hooks on the other. Quick change out and tie on using the Palomar knot, almost fail safe and easy even in the dark.
Also, I keep a container of the lemon scented handy wet wipes in the truck for use when I come off the beach. Kills the bait smell (makes wife happy), and keeps the minor infection and irritation from all the unavoidable line cuts and hook *****s to a minimum.

Also, cut some 1" PVC pipe into 6" lengths and keep them handy. You can use these as handles to wrap your lines around should you snag bottom (never pull with rod & reel, they will break), and also great way to really tighten knots without distressing the line or cutting your hands up.

Jan from VT 09-21-2005 10:02 AM

Re: Plum Island - Where to fish questions
 
I'm finally making the trip down this weekend..Plum Crazy...which lot do you think would be the best to try? you mentioned 1 and 3..Look for the VT car sat.


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