First post around here. Been a "lurker" for a while and have learned alot, but thought I would join up.
Been fishing since I was little, but usually it's been for fluke, sea bass, and the occasional weak. Have mostly been used to inshore bottom/wreck fishing. Now that Fall is here (and I was able to buy a small boat this past summer!
) I'd love to dig into stripers. I'm currently in college (at Monmouth), and continued doing alot of fluke/weak fishing this Fall since class schedules are pretty flexible.
I haven't gotten a chance to head out on the water in the past week, and it seems like the focus has shifted to stripers, especially since fluke season has ended. Except for just casting out on the beach, I've never really fished for them before, but I'd really love to try it out. I'm thinking of heading out tomorrow (well, today, it's 1:56AM) and plan to fish the Manasquan Inlet and am open to any part of the river, since that's where my boat is docked.
Any tips for a beginner? I think I'd like to use artificial bait for tomorrow, and I've heard that rubber shads with the jigs inside them have done people well. Is this correct, or should I be looking at something else for this area and time of season? I also heard that unlike bottom fishing, I shouldn't use sinkers, but just let the 1/2 or 3/4 ounce jigs do their thing. I also plan on using a rod with a spinning reel rather than the conventional that I use for fluke.
Also, any advice on location as far as the Manasquan River goes? I've heard that stripers like the flats and muscle beds, which is absolutely perfect for the geography right inside the inlet. Also hear that they like the rocks, so perhaps near the Rt. 35 and railroad bridges would be better? I only have a 16' aluminum boat, so dealing with the canal is a hastle with the currents and I'd rather avoid fishing in it since it turns into a chore with such a light boat.
Sorry for all the questions, but I'm a beginner at this and I can't wait to get out there and enjoy some chilly weather, strong winds, and hopefully a striper or two! It's my first Fall fishing from the boat and I'm determined to keep on fishing as long as I can stand it!