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  1. Easiest way I catch shad is to use a Sabiki Rig or a Piscator Rig. Both can be found WalMart or a B&T. I usually throw a small Kastmaster with a white treble on for casting weight, but you'd be surprised how often I get one on that. If you have patience, cast and let sink then retrieve. When you hook one, wait and even jig a little. Chances are you will get 2-3-4 of them. Want real fun, keep them alive until after sunset and live line them back out. :mellow:
  2. You do nice work, man.
  3. It varies. I was not on the N.Shore, so I don't know where they are up there. I do know from Maine to VA people are reporting schools of adult and juvenile pogies. Only advice is to be prepared to find a school, so that when you do you have the gear to snag some. I look in "pockets" where they will school as they are chased by blues or bass. Tidal streams, harbors, "corners" where rock walls meet the beach, etc.
  4. Picked up a 41"/25# on a pogie this week. Invest in a snagger, and then liveline with a SHARP & strong circle hook (like Gamakatsu). I like to hook thru the dorsal fin area (in case of blues), but many simply hook thru the nose. Wait for the *bump*, then the steady pull and simply tighten the line and hold on. You will know the difference between the fish freaking that a bass is about to eat him, and a bass that has eaten him. Wait for the PULL, not the quick, frantic jerks. Best part was people were telling me up to the point I had a fish on that 1. There were no fish in the area 2. the Pogie was too big for a bass to swallow 3. I should be fishing in spot X Don't listen to googans who tell you BS like the above. If pogies are around, so are bass.
  5. :lol: That crunch is the secret fish call, Don't tell anyone. You hear if more often if you hold your reel the correct way, reel facing the sky - not down. And, make sure you use 50# mono for the whole reel. Good call on the plastic bags.
  6. White: Zoom Superfluke, 6" & 9" Sluggos, 4" & 6" Storm Pink: Zoom Superfluke, 9" Sluggos Atom Blue/White popper (And of course any live bait like Shad or Pogies I can get my hands on) If you haven't tried Zooms yet you are missing out. Oh, Sandspike, don't forget your stringer and some splitshot weights. :wacko:
  7. The plug in the picture is usually called a "Danny", which is fished completely different than a popper. Rather than splash, these plugs when fished will have a slow wobble back and forth on the surface. When I fish these I: 1. Cast, take up the slack, and wait. Wait for the commotion this thing causes when it hits the water to subside. 2. Slow retrieve. Not a slow as eels, but slower than you would retrieve a plastic shad. You want a slow wobble back and forth. I fish these at night, so I can't say if they would work during the day or sun-up/sun-down. Haven't fished them in a while, but I have landed some real nice 20#+ fish with Dannys.
  8. I was fishing yesterday having some decent results with a fish every 2 or 3 casts. Guy next to me was super frustrated getting the skunk tossing everything he had with nothing to show. What he didn't have was a popper. Poppers are a very effective way to catch bass, especially during low light or anytime you see fish busting the surface. And, there is nothing quite like the rush of watching a bass hit your bait. For those new to poppers, I'd recommend you start with a floating popper until you get the hang of it. Al Gags has a few at just about any Wal-Mart. To use is simple: 1. Cast. Watch where your plug is and just before it hits the water close your bail. This is not so important with a floating popper, but the practice will do you good when you get to heavier poppers. 2. Take up the slack quickly. Poppers don't work if there is slack. 3. Flick your rod tip quickly up, so the lure makes a splash and a "pop" noise. 4. Reel in the slack, pause and repeat. Tips: 1. Always watch your popper. You will see bass "swirl" near it, you will see them miss it. If a bass misses your popper, make a small twitch and pause. 2. Vary your speed, but remember to pause. many work poppers very quickly, but I get more fish between popps than I do while the popper is in motion. 3. Be ready on cast #1. If a bass is in the mood, you will get a hit right away. 4. When you get a hit, DON'T try and set the hook. Simply take up the slack quickly and resist hammering back on the rod until you feel the weight of the fish. Most poppers come with 2 sets of treble hooks - no set is necessary. If you hammer back on the fish, good chance you will pull the plug AWAY from the fish - or worse cause the plug to shoot in the air straight back at you. You will know if you got the fish, trust me. 5. Use pliers to get the hooks out of the fish. Be careful. You have a better chance at getting hurt taking trebles out of a bass than anything else I know. Once you get the hang of using a floating popper, branch out to larger plugs that will sink, pencil poppers, etc. There are many good anglers here who can probably add some more tips, but put a popper in your bag and try it out. You will be in for some good fishing. Very little beats the rush of catching stripers on poppers. Good luck
  9. Catch the shad, and then liveline it for striper.
  10. OK - Seems to me that all fishermen are liars, including myslef :D Kind #1 : The Upward Liar. Always adds fish, always adds size to the fish, never gets skunked. Kind #2: The Downward Liar. When asked how the fishing is, always replies "OK" if the fishing is hot, replies "slow" if the fishing is OK Are there other kinds? Me, I'm the Downward guy. Last thing I feel like dealing with is working an area to find the fish, and have a Johnny Come Lately crowd me. I've even gone as far as having a fish on, seeing someone coming, and slacking my line so the person keeps walking. Don't get me wrong, I've put lots of people on fish - and if I see a Dad with kid(s), I will try to help out. I've just found that telling folks the fishing is slow or OK keeps some elbow space between us. So what kind of liar are you? ;)
  11. Seems to me that the Cup is a good way to bring fishermen together to share their BS stories (kinda like this website). Kinda doubt that any more fish die because of the Cup than before the Cup, but I bet B&T's weigh in a lot more small keepers now than ever. Hmm, more people going to B&T's? I wonder if that was intentional? ;) I'm not registered, simply because I go fishing to be alone and the last thing I feel like doing after a night on the water is dragging my catch into a B&T for registration and enduring the "where did ya, what did ya?" questions. :D I hope someone from this site wins something to let those CC and RI guys know the North Shore holds big fish too. Now I need to prepare the fish I caught yesterday - 32" 14# (not on North Shore, sorry guys) Some butter, garlic, red pepper, and a nice hot grill. Weighed on my Boga, released on my grill. :blink:
  12. Try some surface plugs. For some reason they are preferring those to subsurface lures this year (down here in CT, anyway). Small poppers worked slowly. Good luck.
  13. I think it has more to do with bait than moon. Sure, darker nights bring bigger fish in shore; but this time of year they are all in chasing bait. Others may have different experiences, but the phase of the moon only tells me how often I will need to use my headlamp.