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Old 05-28-2014, 07:14 PM
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Bridge fishing for stripers is where I landed my first bass from shore. I was always attracted to the potential of some really large bass fishing from them. I made a million mistakes but eventually started catching large.

Can you tell us about your experiences in fishing for stripers from bridges? What should be done, what should be avoided, that kind of stuff.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:19 PM
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This is a favorite subject for me and I just did an article for Surfcasters Journal, not run yet, that covers many of the nuances of bridge fishing.

First of all this is sight fishing where you see the bass on the shadow edge. But in order to have a suitable shadow edge the light conditions have to be right. You may never have thought about it but in order for there to be suitable shadows there has to be an artificial light source that projects a shadow. For that reason there has to be lighting to create the contrasting differences in light and shadow. Its complicated but with the right conditions the fishing can be awesome. Some bridges simply don't lend themselves to this so they are no good for this kind of sight fishing. Not intended to be the last word, I will come back to this.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:59 PM
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Big bass would align themselves on the shadow edge, dark side, facing the current and reaching out to snag bait drifting into them with the tide. Two things worked from the height: big smilin bill bucktails and spoonbill floater Rebels. But the bass were so big that the spoonbill often broke off during the fight and anglers there would reel up a two inch plastic swimmer plate. The bucktail, on the other hand, was as strong as a bull.
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I have been having some good results lately fishing off a seawall which is about 8' above the water line, trying to match gorilla tackle for the application has gotten me thinking - 6' heavy mono leader, heavy convench reel and a telephone pole for a rod, my only problem is how do I cast and work a Small lure(only thing they have been hitting) effectively using this type of setup?
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I have been having some good results lately fishing off a seawall which is about 8' above the water line, trying to match gorilla tackle for the application has gotten me thinking - 6' heavy mono leader, heavy convench reel and a telephone pole for a rod, my only problem is how do I cast and work a Small lure(only thing they have been hitting) effectively using this type of setup?
You really can't fish with what Al Bentsen use to call a "potato chip". You could set up a teaser rig. If you do, direct your interest and planning on the teaser, not the casting weight. You may recall in my 20 Years book that we did all our teaser fishing with the mind and recources directed at the teaser and never cared a rat's knuckle about the casting weight. Nights with a strong onshore wind we even used a sinker to deliver the teaser and did great. I love gorilla tackle by the way.
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Im thinking of hitting the charlestown bridge tonight! Only issue is knowing when they pump water is key.
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I recall that you caught a large percentage on the teaser Frank, I forgot about that. I'm catching most of my fish on a 5" jointed Redfin so maybe I can put a bigger plug on so it won't sink as fast as using a lead sinker, the Redfin would be the teaser?

I'm also considering buying a ladies reel(spinner) I recently got promoted so I have some extra funds, considering a Van Staal after having two of my Swedish made Abu 7001's taking a plunge in the surf this week. I too like the Gorilla tackle but I can't find a dunkable conventional reel with a water tight drag, I figure after buying a VS with 30lb drag it should be the last spinner ill ever need to purchase.
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Teasers should never have any weight or they will helicopter. A teaser should be a fly.

Your reel issues, really a digression from the subject of this thread, I know nothing about VS reels so I can't say. Abu 7000s were always dunkable last I knew.
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