Ask Frank DaignaultFrank Daignault is recognized as an authority on surf fishing for striped bass. He is the author of six books and hundreds of magazine articles. Frank is a member of the Outdoor Writers of America and lectures throughout the Northeast.
Location: living near the least productive waters of the NE
Re: Secondary Target Species ....
many years ago, I followed an albie recipe by John Geiger and wound up with something that I wouldn't give our dogs. It was actually "edible" in the sense that it would provide emergency sustenance and didn't make me physically sick.
I somewhat target a few species that are in season simultaneously. I'll tie on a BTJ, and put a tiny 3-4" soft plastic teaser on a light jighead 4 or 5' above it. I'll do some fast retrieves and pick up a blue, low and slower...catch a bass, slower and bumping bottom...fluke. I'm always thankful for all fish...intended and unintentional...that I catch. I threw a small diamond jig/red tube on 12 lb test on a hot August afternoon thinking I'd probably get skunked (but maybe a small blue). In a short time I caught 3 fluke and a half dozen smallmouth-sized sea robins...all unexpected...all fun. Reel fast...reel slow...ya never know...
They call them "squeteague" in RI. They are highly ciclicle and disappear, then come back then disappear again. I have seen at least four cycles in my lifetime and each time people blame their disappearance on commercial fishing, which ain't true.