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Old 06-14-2010, 10:50 PM
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Hi i live near a pretty shallow bay in NJ sometimes 4 feet. The only time i caught a bluefish was with fresh caught bunker. I want to use fresh bunker but the crabs tear it apart to quickly, even with a bobber. I ve spent roughly 15 fishing hours using various lures with no luck. Frozen bunker hasnt worked either, Do bait shops sell live bunker? I also heard about using live eels?
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:04 AM
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Baitshops aren't going to carry live bunker... just can't keep em alive in a tank for long. Sounds like top water metal lip swimmer territory to me.

However, if there is little water movement in this bay, you're probably not going to see many decent stripers hanging out there, unless you happen to get lucky and be there if/when they chase a school of baitfish into it. You may be better off targeting a different/better/more dynamic location.

That said, 15 hours is not really much time in the grand scheme of things. There have been many times I've fished areas I KNOW hold fish for longer than that in a single outing without a hit (like this past weekend ) Look at a chart of the bay and see if you can find any deeper holes or submerged rocks within casting distance and target that structure at different tide stages, times of day/night, etc...

Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:35 PM
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the use of MENHADEN Bunker Brevoortia tyrannus
is because it leaves a scent trail right, since it's an oily fish...?? didnt use real bait yet only plastic ones lol
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