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Phil_Boston

I could hear them- Just could'nt catch them!

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My name is Phil and yes I am addicted to staying up till morning fishing. :D

I have'nt posted much but always view the site topics so I add a lot of "hits" for statistics when measuring the usage of the forum.

Well, I got a chance to fish a local river (South Shore - Quincy/Weymouth area) and tried just about everything to catch a fish.

I been fishing salt for quite a few years too! Back when Stripes were mystical and Pogies were plentiful.

In short I have tried a few times to fish a fast moving river and have had a few very nice strikes, last year I did get to pull a nice 23#er from the river.

But my effectiveness is very limited especially when I can hear many. many fish just slamming the top water.

I was going to get a needle/pencil fish lure 2 oz and maybe some worms but also could use some help.

I've tried Clams, Mackeral, Pogie and Hearing(sea run).... Batting (0 for 7) I know you have to put in the time and also "find the fish". But I think I found them.

Any advise would be great...

Thank You,

Phil :D

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If you are fishing at night in a river. Live eels is your best bet i would say.Rig it with a 3 ft. floro leader no weight. If the river/tide is running hard might need a rubber core sinker. Cast it up stream and a very slow crawl retrive is best. Try it let me know how you did.

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Try a popper or surface swimmer. Lots of people think that these things only work at dawn/dusk, wrong.

As for colors, dark colors are great for most nights, yellow seems to work well with a full or close to full moon. I have had success with all colors and sizes.

You could also toss an unweighted 9" black sluggo out and see what happens. :D

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Thanks for the tips but no luck. Refreshed my knowledge about eel technigues before heading out tonight. Still not even a bit. I think I figured out whats happeing. These fish must be scoolies (small time) and even a small eel, when there's plenty of (very small fish to be had) just are'nt interested. The occational runs I get once in a while are probably stray (keepa's ;-) . Oh well back to work till next week. Then I think I'll try on the low, ;-)

Any comments are certainly welcome, could always use some pointers...

Thanks,

Phil :D :surfing:

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:D Phil, Are you fishing the ROCK? I have the same problem up in Rock Village on the Merrimack earlier in the season. I am probably wrong about this but they probably are not stripers but hickory shads. Due to the flood this year hickory shads are really late. I caught couple of hickory shads up in Ipswich river last week. If they slapping at dark try using a chest wader and standing still and they'll will surround you. Using a high intensity flashlight you can see them. Hickory shads will almost be all silver in color with a black stripe on their backs. PM me what section of the ROCK or FORE are you seeing this? After the shipyard or way-up the river? :D :fish:

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Your making a lot of sense now. I bet they are the Hickory Shad, here I was doubting all my past knowledge! Wow... Even if there not I'll pretend they are.

I'm over in the Marsh grass by Lowes - Weymouth.

Phil

P.S. Plus years past I remember at the Marina being able to look at tons of stripers at night (small < 24") and see them stub there noses at just about everything.

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Now there's a great idea! My luck though --- I'd snag a herring and be up the creek ;-) But Charle your absolutely right. Next week I'll head over to the local bait store and make sure before go...

P.S. What makes you thing I did'nt break down and try snagging those stripers?

;-) lol... :banana:

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B) Phil, It just happened to me last week. Same thing. Something were blitzing the baby herring and bunker and I cannot catch them. I found out they were juvenile blues. These are the small 2"-5" baby bluefishes. I try to catch them using 1.5" bass popper. Down in RI they use herring rig to catch them. Just add a spoon as weight to the end of a subiski rig and you'll multi-hook them. :banana: :fish:

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