Hey everyone I’ve been fishing for over 30 years but very new to surf fishing. I’m fishing on the beach in brigantine Nj and really struggling. Putting a lot of time in with 0 results. Any tips tricks or magic spells would be greatly appreciated hahaha
Do not try to use a large hook and a hunk of bait. Try about about a #6 circle hook and bait the size of the tip of your little finger. Guess you are using a carolina rig, do not know, anyway, this will see if the fish are out there for you. Sometimes, not often, smaller is better.
Visit with the guys at Riptide bait and tackle in Brigantine and they’ll steer you right. Right now fluke ( summer flounder) is the hot bite. There are also bluefish around and some small striper and (North American)
Kingfish. Around jetties and other structures people have caught sheepshead. For fluke you want a “high low “ bucktails on the bottom tipped with pink gulp alive grub or swimming mullet , about 12 inches above that on a dropper loop you want a teaser of gulp alive on a Gamakatsu bait keeper hook. Try different colors of gulp. Pink has been working lately. Cast out and jig the bait while retrieving. Early morning and sunset has been best but they’re around all day.For blues topwater plugs poppers and some metal lures work also if you want to bait and wait try soaking bunker chunks on a circle hook high low rig or fish finder rig . On the bay side there is fluke, weakfish, blues , striper, blowfish. It’s a great time to be fishing. There are some very nice head boats doing fluke trips in the bay out of brigantine. I’ll try to remember the name of one in particular that I used last year and post that if I can.
Loc: Florida central Gulf Coast Tampa to Veni
Definitely use a fish finder rig with appropriate weight sinker to hold the bottom. MR ILOVESICLAIR has given excellent advice about hook and bait size. If using more than one rod, throw different distances and sit back and relax.
When surf fishing a lot of guys sit and wait in one spot and that can be productive…. or not. You can increase your odds by moving a lot. Unless your catching, if so, stay put until you’re not catching any more. When using bait ( bunker or clam ) change it often fresh bait works better. The name of that head boat I mentioned earlier is Fish Finder 2. Very reasonable prices senior and children’s rates, rod rental $5. Bait included regardless if you rent rod or bring your own.
Miss Ilovesinclair.....just in case it matters
The headboat sounds like a winning idea, you can get a ton of local info from mates. I am from Georgia and I have not fished in NJ before, mine are just general tips. The best is like the guy said, ask the baitshops. good luck to you.
I use a pink gulp on top and strip of squid on bottom.
I will be in WWC/Cape May area in late August and want to take my 4 year old Granddaughter fishing. Prefer some ideas of where to go that are free or very inexpensive as I know she has a short attention span and will probably not want to stay for as long as it might take us to get there! Suggestions welcome!
This is s trial run, she has never fished before, and I don't know if she will like it or get bored quickly, so I am trying to limit the initial outlay for equipment, and the distance to walk from car to fishing spot, so I don't get too P.O.'d if she doesn't want to stay after 15 minutes.
I used to go fishing in the canal under the Parkway (Mile 1) bridge coming into Cape May (20 years ago!) and have no idea if I can park nearby. Also giving thought to the fishing pier above North Wildwood or the pier on the bay side (Sunset Lake) of WW Crest, if they allow fishing. I know they must have some flounder in there.
All I have now are a couple of light freshwater rods (think 1 step above a "Zebco"). Are they suitable?
What strength line and what kind of hooks or lures should I get? What else beside squid triangles will work?
Does the North Wildwood fishing pier rent equipment and sell bait if I need it?
Thanks for any suggestions
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