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Piers and Jetties Angling
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The first thing to concern yourself
with is safety. Do you have enough light to see. Most striped
bass fishing is done at night. Make sure you have been to the
pier and or jetty in the daylight at both high and low tides
and that you are familiar with the terrain. Make sure it is
Can you park on it? Do others park
there? When in doubt. Don't!!!
Be careful. Make
sure you have a good non slip sole to your shoes. If
you are wise, and want added footing when fishing jetties,
purchase a pair of creepers. Lowa makes
a decent hiking and river bed shoe for this purpose. Korkers
also, but they are more expensive. They have interchangeable
soles for different tasks. Piers and jetties are slimey and
you can very easily fall and break your neck. If
you are fishing a fast moving outflow and fall off the jetty
you could get sucked out to sea. Another
indispensible tool to have while fishing jetties at night is
a headlamp which allows you to keep both hands free while changing
Dont wear waders on a jetty or a pier in case
you fall in. And carry a personal flotation device with you if
possible. Accidents happen!!! Fish with a buddy if possible.
Carry as little gear as possible to your destination especially
if the jetty is treacherous footing. Make sure you have explored
the pitfalls before you journey out there, especially at night.
Rods And Reels
If your just starting out an inexpensive
reel and a 6 or 8 ft. fast to medium action spinning rod
will work fine, and you can find a cheap combo for under 50
dollars. Your rod should be capable of supporting 3/4 oz. to
2 oz. lures. The rods with the long handles are better for
boat rod holders. If you want a nice pier rod Shimano has
many for under $100. A spinning reel like the Penn 6500
SS series is excellent for this purpose spooled with 15 to
20 pound test monofilament.
Jetty and Pier Rigs
A regular double hooked bottom rig is the most common rig used for small
bottom fish. You can use inexpensive hooks from Eagle Claw, Mustad, Jeros
and others. Purchase pre made packaged snelled hooks with the
monofilament leaders on them. You can make them yourself, just put
the loop through the hole on the rig and run the hook through the loop
on the leader and pull it tight. Your geographic location and season
will determine which species to target. Here we are only interested
in striped bass.
Some of the information you read here is redundant. It is basically the same
as for all species close to the shore.
The best line size is 15 to 20 pound
test. I personally use ande line and trilene big game. 30 pound
monofilament doesn't cast as good as smaller size line. If
your looking for casting distance try a line made out of Spectra
or similar type of braided fiber line. If your using monofilament
line and want more distance try using a small diameter high
strength line. Elsewhere on this site you will find tips on
getting distance with your cast, for obvious safety reasons
but dont try to a distance cast off a jetty.
The best sinker to use is the bank shaped kind they are more aerodynamic and
dont get caught as easily as a pyramid sinkers do in rocks. Pyramids
work best with sandy bottoms.For pier fishing use a 2 oz. but if their
is a strong current or the water is rough you will have to upsize accordingly.
Generally a 3, 4 or 5 oz sinker will hold the bottom for you in most
Tight lines and screamin reels !!!
All Stripers All The Time!!