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Old 04-02-2015, 09:56 PM
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Default Target smaller fish??

With the new regulation this year, I'm thinking of using smaller herring and targeting the bass in the 18" to 28" (closer to 28") range rather than trying for the 40" plus fish. My thinking is I'd like to put some fish in the freezer rather than trying for trophy bass which is not as likely to happen. If the fishing is good and I have some fish to eat, I would probably change tactics and try for that Kodak moment pig, but only after I have some fillets for the grill. Any one have any thoughts on this. I've never tried to catch smaller fish, I don't think it's in a fisherman's nature, but it only seems logical given the 18-28 over 40 reg. Thoughts?

not bait this small though!!
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:45 AM
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Smaller bait doesn't necessarily mean smaller bass.


What sections of the river do you fish ?
One of the regulars mentioned they fish down south (Newburgh area I believe ?) using blood/sand worms and they get lots of fish that will fit in the slot range.


It will be tougher for guys wanting to stock the freezer for sure.
Good luck out there.



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Old 04-03-2015, 09:31 AM
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This won't help you Dave (by the way Brian - Dave is Jimmys' neighbor from Snyders Lake) but i think if you want to target smaller fish the trick would be to troll stickbaits.

From what i have heard the smaller fish are more likely to be suspended or at least willing to expend the energy to go after a bait up in the water column.

I'm happy releasing 3 footers
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:15 AM
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When we fished out of Newburgh we did well in the smaller range with bloods. We kept them higher up in the water column to keep other species off them. Didn't seem to do as well with bloods higher up the river though. But we are not experts by any means, lol.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:48 AM
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I think earlier and later in the season are best for smaller fish. I have gotten some in the 20-24 inch range over the summer and fall using nightcrawlers and live and cut white perch.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:42 PM
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Smaller bait doesn't necessarily mean smaller bass.


What sections of the river do you fish ?
One of the regulars mentioned they fish down south (Newburgh area I believe ?) using blood/sand worms and they get lots of fish that will fit in the slot range.


It will be tougher for guys wanting to stock the freezer for sure.
Good luck out there.

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The vast majority of the fish from Newburgh are in the 18-28" range....probably more than 90% caught with sands/bloods.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:29 PM
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I'll be fishing from shore mostly Troy to Rensselaer, Unless somebody needs company on their boat!
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:47 PM
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Someone mentioned fish higher in the water column - I agree with this.

Gonna go outside the "box" with this (way outside) seeing your a shore fisherman. There is a in-line planner board made to do this ... forgot the name but I will look tomorrow. 3/4 to a 1oz. sinker - this will get ya higher in the water column for the schoolies.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:01 PM
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Sandworms work good north of Newburgh. I used them in Kingston and did well a few times.
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