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Old 04-10-2005, 10:02 PM
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Default Your Favorite Bait

In the "Your Go To Lure" thread A few of you's
said you like clam bellies.

So I figured I would ask, What is your favorite bait?

I always use Herring for bait 95% of the time
I drift whole Herring, I use cut Herring and I
live line Herring at the Herring run I fish at.

the other 5% of the time I use Sea Worms

I never have a lot of luck with clam or mackerel
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:26 PM
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Bob down here in New York waters for me its bunker. Hands down. Eels clams and worms depending on the time of the year and location. Most of my larger fish have been taken on bunker heads. Also its because I use bunker for bait most often as well. Even when not in season I dead stick a frozen head at high tide.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:57 PM
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I use tinkers ,and worms but if they fail i always go to sea clams. i dont know what it is but if you can keep them on the hook for a long throw you cant miss.
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:06 PM
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Have you tried a rubber band?
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:21 PM
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yes i have but they are apain to get on and if you make them too tight they cut through the clam.
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Old 04-11-2005, 01:17 AM
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Soak them in a salt water bucket. Put the hook through the sinewy outer edges and thread the point through working your way up the clam. A few wraps of dental floss if necessary. :D
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:42 AM
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Me, I always try to have a live eel rigged up and some cut menhaden, If I can't get my hands on the fresh menhaden I'll use Mullet or Spot.
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:47 AM
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live Mackerel or live hering by day....eels by night.
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:19 PM
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In my experience around here, Herrin's, herrin's......and more herrin's Luuuuuv dem Herrin's. I dead float em whole, chunk em, live line em. Luv em. For the rivers, 'specially in the marsh, herring spells C A T C H. Mackerel will get this many hits in 6 hours of fishing in the marsh --------> 0. Macks seems to work better for me offshore from the boat. Clams work well off the jetties and in the surf. Live eels work GREAT for me in the bays and at the mouths of the rivers/creeks. Pretty much have a different presentation for different spots.
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:34 PM
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My favorite bait is bunker or chicken livers if I can,t find elewives.I usually only use bait in the fall, because I can get a quik limit during sunset... a trick people do around here to keep chicken livers on the hook is to rap it in a piece of nylon panty hose before putting it on the hook, that may work with seaclams too.
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:26 PM
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I like herrin', eels, clams and squid!!...I love squid, caught many a fish throwin' whole squids in the surf, down on Martha's Vineyard...

With a heavy surf and sandy bottom...squid are the ticket...
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1. clams
2. clams
3. clams

then occasionally squid
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Old 04-11-2005, 07:47 PM
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Briggs...looks like you have succesfully brainwashed the whole Stripers247 crew into your clams cult!!....HAHA...

JK...I love clams too!!!....
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okay, i'm assuming the favorite bait is strictly for bass so
(SPRING- CLAMS (OBVIOUSLY) TILL ABOUT 2 WEEKS INTO THE BUNKER BEING HERE AND WHEN BLUEFISH ARRIVE I GO TO LIVELINING AND CHUNKING BUNKER THEN LIVELINING SNAPPERS THEN LIVELINING SMALL COCKTAIL BLUES(FOR BIG BLUES) I KEEP USING CLAMS WHEN THE BUNKER ARE HERE CAUSE THE BIG BASS STILL FORAGE FOR CLAMS EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE BUNKER AROUND. I BELIEVE A COW WOULD MUCH RATHER SUCK UP AN EASY CLAM THEN HAVE TO CHASE AFTER IT'S FOOD, UNLESS OF COURSE IT'S A LIVE EEL!
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Hahahaha BB.........

Right?

Clambellies for me.but you knew that.

Instead of using bait thread or rubber bands etc.......i learned to cast clambellies. I adjusted everything really. You never want to jolt or snap anything. Its a timing thing, just before the line snaps off the tip of your finger, you let go. not just let go, you have to quickly take your finger out of the way. If you start your cast off slow and then gradually powercast it, the bellie usually stays on. Sometimes with the 15 footer, i pendulum cast. takes a little practice but its a great way to sling a bellie with a big rod. The freshness and the way its kept before fishing is another good way to assure it stays on the hook. If you can't use fresh clams, try to freeze them in a Brine solution, Kosher salt works the best. If you throw a raw Potato in the mix, and it floats, its perfect. Its also better, if frozen, to put it from freezer to fridge to let thaw, trust me, i've force thawed them before and i've eaten thicker soup. Get as much of that hard part of the clam onto your hook before weaving the stringy stuff on. Don't try to get too much on the hook....the way i figure it, the smaller it is, the more apt the cow will just swallow it.

Eels would have to be my second choice.....just makes sense since i fish in the eelgrass sometimes.

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