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Old 04-11-2017, 04:07 PM
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Tried the bay out by A21 in IBSP this morning. Not bad fishing conditions and the water was beautiful to see. Skunked.

I did get to limber out my new rig, a 10'6" steelhead rod with 20# braid. It performed just dandy as far as I could tell without a fish to test it more. I think it will be a very nice bucktailing outfit.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:05 PM
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Packed up my gear and left home, it was 84 degrees. Arrived at parking lot at the Hook: 60 degrees. Geared up and hit the suds. It was 49 degrees and howling. No fish. Froze for an hour and drove home, where is was still 74 degrees. Took in the rest of the Mets game.
A carbon copy of my day at Ocean Grove...
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:41 PM
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nice clean stripes on that JB wtg

Explored some new spots out back in moco late afternoon, skunked. Shallow mudflats, was hoping the warmer temps would wake some fish up. Throwing light jigheads with various plastics and small swimmers. You guys have any luck in mudflats in early spring? Any tips?
Early spring is prime time on the flats. Especially with a afternoon high tide. That sun heats up those flats a few degrees during the day then you get some incoming water heating up just a few degrees, that will turn the fish on. Find a creek or stream on the outgoing flowing into the flats, bait will be flowing out with the tide, the fish will be there waiting for a free meal. I think worms are the ticket, but The killer B's have been picking up a few on small plugs so I would give them a try also. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:19 PM
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Tried the bay out by A21 in IBSP this morning. Not bad fishing conditions and the water was beautiful to see. Skunked.

I did get to limber out my new rig, a 10'6" steelhead rod with 20# braid. It performed just dandy as far as I could tell without a fish to test it more. I think it will be a very nice bucktailing outfit.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:26 PM
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Those Steelhead rods work really well for me too. Using bucktails I have caught the gators in the spring and accidentally caught some huge cow nosed rays last summer and some mid sized bass also. Many of the good men here use them and I have followed their lead, YD
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:30 PM
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AND if you use conventional reels it easier to find a salmon rod off the rack wrapped for abu adios type reels etc.
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:09 PM
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Early spring is prime time on the flats. Especially with a afternoon high tide. That sun heats up those flats a few degrees during the day then you get some incoming water heating up just a few degrees, that will turn the fish on. Find a creek or stream on the outgoing flowing into the flats, bait will be flowing out with the tide, the fish will be there waiting for a free meal. I think worms are the ticket, but The killer B's have been picking up a few on small plugs so I would give them a try also. Hope this helps.
Cheers, thanks bayyaker, appreciate the tips
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:43 PM
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RB In the back. Clear water north wind at Noon. Birds chasing schools of unknown flavor 200 yards off beach. plenty of fishy looking activity activity. Bumped into a new friend who caught this 40 incher trolling the channel within sight of Mt Loretto.
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RB In the back. Clear water north wind at Noon. Birds chasing schools of unknown flavor 200 yards off beach. plenty of fishy looking activity activity. Bumped into a new friend who caught this 40 incher trolling the channel within sight of Mt Loretto.
I see that you used mojo...how deep was the water?...the fish is now typically in 10-15ft of water where a mojo would be constantly hitting the bottom...I use mojo only if am fishing in 20ft + water...What is you experience?
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RB In the back. Clear water north wind at Noon. Birds chasing schools of unknown flavor 200 yards off beach. plenty of fishy looking activity activity. Bumped into a new friend who caught this 40 incher trolling the channel within sight of Mt Loretto.
YD, tell your buddy that NY striped bass season is closed until 4/15. If he was trolling that channel over there he is way into the NY waters. The NY DEP has been out patrolling like crazy like they do every spring. We got boarded on Sunday on the NJ side by the NY boat (they had a NJ guy onboard).

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I see that you used mojo...how deep was the water?...the fish is now typically in 10-15ft of water where a mojo would be constantly hitting the bottom...I use mojo only if am fishing in 20ft + water...What is you experience?
I use mojo's all the time as shallow as 6-8ft. Pretty sure you have been on my boat when we have done this.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:07 PM
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JB, First time I've met him. He explained to me that he was looking for winter flounder by Princess Bay struck out after two hours and trolled back to the Jersey side. The boats and yaks that were out there today were on the Jersey side of the line of demarcation from my estimate. And so were the birds! I do use the steeple at St. Joachim and Anne, (Church used in the film " The Godfather") at Mount Loretto, as a point of reference and it is visible on a clear day from your home port! YD
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:21 PM
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JB, That NY channel is dangerous not so much for boaters, but for ill informed surfcasters.
It can be reached from shore by wading, but when a large tanker or tug is going by, it sucks all the water away from the shoreline, and then it comes back three times as high like a Tsunami. The lure of catching the big bass that lurk there can be fatal. Spent many a day and night there in my early twenties riding my bike with a surf rod and a mithchel 306 there from the other side of the island.
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water a little cooler today and bite a little slower and picky; fished about 90 min and got 8; schoolies but a little bigger; all on plastics and chartreuse teaser
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Picked up three shorts on worms at the start of incoming then, zip for the next few hrs.
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