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Old 03-01-2013, 10:07 PM
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Default Cast net main river?

Has any one ever used a cast net in the main river? Because we're unable to net the creeks now, would it be possible to locate a big school of herring from the boat and net them from it? I caught the first striper last year April 11 and getting bait to hit the rigs was next to impossible for me.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:55 PM
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Bait is always tough to jig early season. Last year was a very early start due to very warm temps, they will just be showing up around 2nd week of April ... so unless a serious warm up in March, i would not rush it.

Yeah, NO nets of any kind in the streams, going to be tough with a cast net, but i have had good success with a Stooie/dip (or scap net) in the main river. Better option than cast net IMO
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:34 AM
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Ill second what brain said, Cast net "was" my primary means of (very quickly) filling the livewell when we could do it in the creeks.
Throwing it in the main river is tough with the debris/rocks/currents. I have had success during slack tide but it is marginal, that said i do keep the net on board at all times and if we see some boiling i motor over to them, the trick is to make sure you kill the motor up drift a good distance from them and drift into the boil so not to spook them. Most times youll only get one throw so make it a good one.

Gonna be a new challenge scapping them in the main river this year but Ive got a few spots in mind.

Brian i still owe you a stoolie!
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:08 AM
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Gonna be a new challenge scapping them in the main river this year but Ive got a few spots in mind.

Brian i still owe you a stoolie!
Not a big deal man, there are a few spots along the way that i use all the time in the main river. When the season gets here we'll chat
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:38 PM
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Down where i fish, we catch herring from shore. Either throw out a spinner bait of other lures, and the herring follow it to about a foot of water. We get a good amount of herring, but we only catch 1-2 at a time, so it takes effort.


But since stripers are hit and miss, can go hours or days without a bite, fishing for herring is a fun replacement


Are there any places that sell Scap Nets?
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:29 PM
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I think river basin in catskill sells them, but with the new rules....?
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:36 PM
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You can order the net from Cabelas or bass pro shop catalog.
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I have had sucess stooling them in and throwing the cast net alittle past them and get them . but takes 2 people . And it has to be shallow . I have had good sucess off piers also but not in the river.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:33 PM
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You could always buy a gill net. its my last resort but its always got me bait even on the dead days. you have to get a permit for it. very cheap. $0.05 per foot
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I believe the regs limit a cast net to 5' radius (max) for herring in the Hudson.
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If youre going to use a throw net in the river, you'll probably want to add weight to whichever one you buy.
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Here's a newbie question, do you guys use the Sabiki rigs and where do you use them? Meaning main river, tributary at the river or just tributaries?
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:34 PM
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Here's a newbie question, do you guys use the Sabiki rigs and where do you use them? Meaning main river, tributary at the river or just tributaries?
Yup the majority of us do use them especially once the herring are abundant. Typically in the main river, they have a tendency to snag everything if you use them in real shallow water. And tributary's are off limits to everyone so at the mouth of a tributary in the main river will get you close to a lot of herring.
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Thanks for the input, nice to have a forum to help the new guys like me!
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Yup the majority of us do use them especially once the herring are abundant. Typically in the main river, they have a tendency to snag everything if you use them in real shallow water. And tributary's are off limits to everyone so at the mouth of a tributary in the main river will get you close to a lot of herring.
You CAN use sabiki rigs in the tributarys. Any hook up method. Just no netting.
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