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Old 05-31-2012, 08:09 AM
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Default Few beginner questions

I've been wanting to start striper fishing and just had a few questions, I went a few times last year without much luck. Where few a few places to try where I would have the best luck and what should I use? If I was to go to some place like the jetty at camp Ellis and I was using plugs would it be fine to just. Set straight out and retrieve or do you cast to a specific spot?
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:16 PM
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Not familiar with the area you plan to fish but jetties often bring in tons of fish.

For casting try to "fan cast". Cast UP CURRENT first if possible (this is usually a cast to your 9-10 o'clock or 3-4 o'clock positions). Work your plug with the current to give the fish a natural presentation. After a few casts to the same spot make a few. Mastnore down current. Continue doing this until youve fan casted the entire area in front of you. If you havent had a bite either move, change lures, change colors or change your presentation. Hppe this hels to get you started.
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I've been wanting to start striper fishing and just had a few questions, I went a few times last year without much luck. Where few a few places to try where I would have the best luck and what should I use? If I was to go to some place like the jetty at camp Ellis and I was using plugs would it be fine to just. Set straight out and retrieve or do you cast to a specific spot?
Thank you, Jordan
The jetty at Camp Ellis has been producing macks/stripers sporadically of late, here one tide (day) gone the next. Plugs will produce but can be a bit overwhelming if you're new to the game. There's a lot that goes into it, but if you're already loaded with plugs and a plug rod, by all means, have at it. If you're looking for something a little easier, bring a larger rod in the 9-10' range and soak some bait, off the jetty, the docks, the boat launch or one of the beaches @ Camp Ellis. Bring a smaller rod with ya and fish of either side of the jetty for mackerel, a couple hours after low tide on the incoming up to high tide or an hour before high tide for the first couple hours of the outgoing. Take a live mackerel and throw it on a 5/0-6/0 J hook on your larger rod, cast out and let it swim around. Stripers have a way of finding bait, especially live bait, so make sure you hold on or are very close by. You can fan cast a couple plugs near by if you set your bait rod in a sand spike but keep your drag a little looser than normal or you'll be jumping in after it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:16 PM
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Do you think flukes, swimmin shad or poppers would work at all of fish were there?
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Do you think flukes, swimmin shad or poppers would work at all of fish were there?

Yes to all the above. Don't go crazy and buy a sh*t load of different lures because you're just gonna drive yourself nuts. Have the aforementioned lures as well as a couple sluggo's (unweighted or on a jig head), bucktails, needlefish/pencil poppers and Bomber-type lures and ya have ALL you need to get started and then some. Instead of figuring out the different lures ya might need, focus more on the different parts of the water colum (upper, middle and lower) and get something that will allow you to fish in each of them. See what works and what doesn't and keep an accurate log of your travels, making sure to note time, tide, weather, water conditions etc and you will soon see patterns develop. The most important piece of advice I can give ya is to just get out there and do it, trial and error is your best friend on the water. Nothing anyone says or does, what to use, where to fish or anything else is gonna come close to time actually spent on the water actually fishing. Good luck man, maybe I'll see ya out there one of these days. If ya ever see a beige Mercury Sable with Saco Bay and Chevy's B&T stickers on the back, fishing pole sticking out the window, come say hello. I'm always more than willing to pass along any knowledge to get someone started or help them get on fish.

P.S. MOST fisherman, to varying degrees, will assit you with generic questions such as the ones you're asking. Don't be afraid to pick their brains and make yourself known at the local B&T shops, you'll be amazed at the things you learn just talking to people. Good luck man!!!!
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Yes to all the above. Don't go crazy and buy a sh*t load of different lures because you're just gonna drive yourself nuts. Have the aforementioned lures as well as a couple sluggo's (unweighted or on a jig head), bucktails, needlefish/pencil poppers and Bomber-type lures and ya have ALL you need to get started and then some. Instead of figuring out the different lures ya might need, focus more on the different parts of the water colum (upper, middle and lower) and get something that will allow you to fish in each of them. See what works and what doesn't and keep an accurate log of your travels, making sure to note time, tide, weather, water conditions etc and you will soon see patterns develop. The most important piece of advice I can give ya is to just get out there and do it, trial and error is your best friend on the water. Nothing anyone says or does, what to use, where to fish or anything else is gonna come close to time actually spent on the water actually fishing. Good luck man, maybe I'll see ya out there one of these days. If ya ever see a beige Mercury Sable with Saco Bay and Chevy's B&T stickers on the back, fishing pole sticking out the window, come say hello. I'm always more than willing to pass along any knowledge to get someone started or help them get on fish.

P.S. MOST fisherman, to varying degrees, will assit you with generic questions such as the ones you're asking. Don't be afraid to pick their brains and make yourself known at the local B&T shops, you'll be amazed at the things you learn just talking to people. Good luck man!!!!
Thanks a ton for all the advice, going out to camp Ellis tonight so hopefully with some lucky I'll get my first striper.
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