Lots of questions here. let me see if I can answer a few. The pier is Sharrotts road in tottenville? I think your referring too. Too shallow to be productive for stripers. Good for fluke and sea robbins maybe skate. Wrong place to put that pier, in my opinion. Midland beach pier. much better.
Read this https://www.stripers247.com/Statenisland.htm
Limited but of some help.
I grew up on Staten Island and I know it pretty well. Use 3 to 5 oz sinkers current not that strong along coastal places. If I was going to fish there now I would go to Great Kills and fish the beach. The harbor is also productive. (all of it is gateway) as is Fort Wadsworth. Another great place to fish. You dont need a gateway permit in the day time but at dusk you have to have a sticker for your car. One can be purchased for $50 bucks :evil: for the season at the ranger station at Miller field on New dorp Lane. (near the beach).
The pier at midland and the jetties and pilings at south beach are productive as well. Parks Department No permit required as is all the beaches east of Great kills to tottenville , all by the way productive for stripers. They just hold tight to structure and are deep during the hot weather.
Freds tackle shop use to be near sharrotts but he retired at nearly 90 years old. His wife had held some sort of an island record with a 64 pounder on live bunker a number of years bacxk. :D
Go to Michaels in Great kills. Mansion Marina. Across from the boat yard for bait. If he has eels use em. Otherwise use fresh bunker. I used to snag them in the harbor everyday at 5 or 6 oclock especially July and August. Remember the blue fish dominate so ask Joe or Carlos at Michaels whats on the beach. and what their feeding on. And you might want the pre packaged blue fish hooks or the already made striper rigs. Only 1.25 a piece. Use 3 ounce sinkers for the beach unless its strormy or choppy then go a little heavier with 4 or 5 oz. Guys use heavier when they fish off of a boat in the stronger currents.
Fish early morning and night time for stripers. Your 6 and 1/2 foot rod is ok from the pier but for casting distance you will want a longer rod. Maybe 9 feet. But the ugly stik is fine if your beginning from the pier. Aunt Phylis pet store also has fishing supplies and bait for the pier fisherman at midland beach. Shes on Midland Avenue 3 blocks from the beach. Those fishies you refer to are most likely spearing. I like to use big chunks of bunker rather than the smaller spearing. Although the stripers herd the spearing when their available. Clams also are excelent at certain times of the year. Depends on what their feeding on at the moment. But they always love bunker. Good luck
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