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Date posted July 17, 2017 10:34 AM
Posted by ckopp
Report location North Shore > Port Jeff
Fishing method Boat
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Went out last night - perfect temp, light wind. Found bunker before sundown at buoy 11. Snagged a few, but nothing underneath them. Tried some trolling while the tide was strong, but only got a sea robin on the umbrella. Drifted a chunk and a live bunker for the last 2 hours of the tide. Nothing. Didn't mark anything on the fish finder either. Moved to Old Field for the start of the incoming. Didn't mark any fish there either. Got a large dogfish. Having felt a bend in the rod, decided to call it a night at 1 am. Best part of the night was the really cool moonrise with red and then orange.

Questions for the more experienced striper anglers out there:

1. Does trolling work at night?

2. If you aren't marking fish on the fishfinder, can you catch fish anyway? (Should you move immediately if you don't see any marks?)

3. When fishing with chunks, is being anchored more effective than drifting?

The water temp is 70 degrees - I'm wondering if it is necessary to go deeper.

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Joined: 11/29/2001
Posts: 248
 07/17/2017 11:42 AM  

#3....IMO, always better to anchor when chunking bunker. Anchor uptide of structure or a reef and send some chunks down. maybe soak a chum log of bunker OR cut up smaller, thumbnail pieces and throw them ahead of the boat every now and again.

Joined: 06/10/2008
Posts: 888
Location: E. Setauket, NY
 07/17/2017 11:56 AM  

Sounds like a good outing Ckopp. Some answers to your questions:
1) I've never personally done well trolling at night, but I know guys who do and guys who don't. I would think that the trolling most likely to be successful at night would be tubes in shallow boulders on a high tide.
2) Great question. If I am in an area of structure where I know there should be fish at a given stage of the tide, then I might try fishing for a few minutes even if I'm not marking fish. Sometimes they are just out of the field of view of my sonar. And especially with live bait, they can get drawn in. But I won't give it long before moving.
3) I agree with Tsnacks, because you have the ability to draw them in with the chum.
As for going deeper, there are still some fish in the 20-30' range, especially in low light conditions.

Joined: 07/29/2016
Posts: 24
Location: Port Jefferson
 07/17/2017 01:55 PM  

Thanks for the replies to the questions. Can't wait to get out there and try again.

Joined: 05/07/2007
Posts: 349
 07/17/2017 07:25 PM  

The night chunk hasn't been stellar by us so far. It should pick in the next few weeks, but will probably end as quick as it starts. Got to get on it while it's good. As far as the questions... pretty much what Josh said. A friend I have fishes out by orient regularly and he does well with tube and worm at night.
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