Originally Posted by Joseph C.
"...and hope you hit the right tides."
Which tides might the right ones be?
There's no one answer here. In general, the tide that "works"
Seriously, it's when the bait are there, so in general it's when
the rainfish are pouring out the back or pushing along the beachfront.
What I meant is that if they hit them at, say, an hour before high tide, and that coincides with early morning, that's your best opportunity from shore.
Building a network of contacts, and then being able to either spend a lot of time
to be there when they come in and/or being able to run on an instant's notice, is what will get you on them.
If they come in at a certain time/tide one day, you have your best shot on the equivalent tide the next day, all things (ie weather) being equal.
That all said, guys I knew who hit them the most were just out there a LOT and doing a lot of random casting in albie alley (Sandy Hook ocean front)