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Old 10-11-2017, 07:07 PM
brucelieb brucelieb is offline
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Default side shore windddd and waves

My usual thread... These conditions frustrate me every season...
Side shore wind and swell...going against the tide and current...Hard to cast, the lure has a limited amount of "golden time" before it is up on the beach... Frank what is your go-to in these conditions.


Metal casts well but big deal...I hate fishing metal and the bait is big!!!! Perhaps that just does not matter.


These are the conditions:
There is (currently) big shad in the water that takes my teaser now and again. A few snappers too. Not too many people on the beach fishing ( I like that) no reports of fish caught on the beaches, water pretty warm still, real warm..... Fish in the rips at MTK for the boats. No birds and for me no luck..except I AM FISHING!!!! did get a monster blue......
. I fished a bottle plug..Mouth looks like an old-school bottle opener..I never caught a damn fish on it..(if I recall correctly) only on the teaser...
I tried bucktails... I did not want to go to metal cause??? I don't like fishing it.

With all the big biat around I wanted to fish plugs I could not cast. I will take any advise and comments but I am wondering in these conditions what are your go tos?
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:11 AM
Francis Daignault Francis Daignault is offline
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Default Re: side shore windddd and waves

You can overthink this stuff. Even when you do well, or badly, the tendency to attribute results to certain things can get out of control. Luck remains a wild card aspect of fishing. I do look for changes in how the water moves and try to remember any conditions that I perceived. Certainly, if you get a bump doing a certain thing, you should do it again. I have some pet go-tos like floater Rebels and Pikies. The pikie knocks the balls off them.

If you read my first book, "Twenty Years ...." you know that the bottle plug, aka Gibbs Swimmer, is kind of a dog.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:11 AM
Francis Daignault Francis Daignault is offline
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Default Re: side shore windddd and waves

Stripers love current because it delivers new water which is often carrying baitfish. Casters should be feeling for current with their swimming plugs because gamefish are more likely in that current. Watch for structure that funnels water through bar openings, outflows and narrows. Even water flowing down the beach gamefish will face that current. Let your swimming plug tell you.
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