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jfishm

Joined: 10/07/2002
Posts: 167
 posted 09/04/2005 05:59 PM  

How long will weakfish stay in the south shore bay befoer migrate out of the area?


 
tiderunner70

Joined: 11/09/2003
Posts: 7171
Location: long island
 posted 09/06/2005 09:24 AM  

the run has started. and we do not have much time left. with cooler nights and if we any cold rains it will end even earlier.


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jfishm

Joined: 10/07/2002
Posts: 167
 posted 09/06/2005 02:43 PM  

The fish is keeper size. Using 1/2 ounce jig with 5 inches plastic lure, the hit to hookup ratio is 4 to 1. Is this because the jig to too big for the size of the fish? Do weakfishes hit the head or the tail of a lure?


 
Surfcaster

Joined: 11/14/2000
Posts: 521
 posted 09/06/2005 03:09 PM  

You may also want to give the Jones Inlet area a shot. Especially around the Point Lookout jetties. Use live snappers and fresh bunker chunks. Keep the chunks on the small side. The current record holder. A 19 pound and change Weakfish. Was caught on a live bunker inside Jones Inlet during the fall of 86.
Good Luck
 
9ftrbx

Joined: 07/15/2005
Posts: 101
Location: BX, NY
 posted 09/09/2005 03:19 PM  

Is is too late?

What kind and size hook is good for weak fish? I usually fish with bait. I know that weaks will bite bunker chunks, but it has to be small right? I am a surf fisher, but I use bait. I know weaks tend to hit soft, so if there out there I'm thinking that it's better to hold the pole. What do you think? I have never caught one before, and I am very fascinated by these fish. One night like three years ago, I was fishing in Battery Park....yes I said battery park. There was a guy a few feet aweay pulling in Weaks. He caught like 4. Before then I had only read or seen pictures of Weaks. Older guys would say how there used to be a lot more of them around, and now they're coming back.

I don't really know how to rig up for them. When I fish for blues or stripers I use the standard fish finder rig, with 4 or 5 ounce sinker, and blue fish or striper hook. And those hooks are like 5/0 and 6/0's. That night that I was down in the battery this guy used a very small like snaper hook.

Please help me!! I want to know how to catch them. I willing to try some lures if I have to. But, I have medium heavy surf casting poles. I don't fly fish. Any advice? Much appreciated!!!


9ftrbx
 
jfishm

Joined: 10/07/2002
Posts: 167
 posted 09/11/2005 10:46 PM  

If you catch one weakfish, it is likely to catch a bunch more weakfishs. The bite die as quick as it comes on. Bait fishing is too slow.


 
9ftrbx

Joined: 07/15/2005
Posts: 101
Location: BX, NY
 posted 09/12/2005 09:41 AM  

So, what's a good lure for Weaks? I have some rigs but not lures? I would greatly appreciate the advice. Thanks.


9ftrbx
 
tiderunner70

Joined: 11/09/2003
Posts: 7171
Location: long island
 posted 09/12/2005 11:20 AM  

gummy shads, diamond jigs with jelly worms or grubs, any lead head with worms and or grubs. pink storms wok pretty well.


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YAFLOUNDER


Joined: 10/03/2002
Posts: 2057
Location: Sayville
 posted 09/12/2005 11:23 AM  

Weaks hit soft???

You are surely mistaken.

Go out there and catch one, then tell me they hit soft.


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fabe76

Joined: 01/10/2002
Posts: 20
 posted 09/13/2005 07:41 AM  

Lately on Staten Island there have been a ton of spike sized weakfish around.I have been having the most sucess throwing a rattle trap 3/4 oz. size in chrome or red and white give them a try you might be surprised.
 
Surfcaster

Joined: 11/14/2000
Posts: 521
 posted 09/13/2005 11:02 AM  

I agree with Flounder. The first hit of a weakfish is HARD. And there first run is usually nice and long. However do not try and horse them in. The reason they are called weakfish is because of the tissue around there mouths. Which tends to tear easily creating holes. And if not worked carefully the hook will actually fall out. If you want to fish bait try a high/low rig. Baited with whole sandworms and fresh squid. Place the top hook about 18 inches above the bottom. And use a long leader. The top hook will get most of the weaks. The bottom hook will pick up porgies and kingfish. Weaks tend to cruise about 3 feet off the bottom. Local squid can be purchased at your local fish market. And is far superior to the frozen stuff. Just as fresh bunker is over frozen. Good Luck
 
bluedynamite

Joined: 09/02/2003
Posts: 98
Location: Great Kills SI NY
 posted 09/18/2005 05:21 PM  

weakies

lotsa weakies in Raritan bay right now
small to mediums
 
9ftrbx

Joined: 07/15/2005
Posts: 101
Location: BX, NY
 posted 09/19/2005 09:44 AM  

fall run

Their are lots of fish around SI. Weaks,and blues. Fishing inside Jamaica Bay is not good. I went out this Saturday evening. Then I went out to SI and things were hot. I caught 4 weaks but they were all shorts.

I'll try again next weekend.


9ftrbx
 
jfishm

Joined: 10/07/2002
Posts: 167
 posted 09/23/2005 05:38 PM  

Recently, I fished for weakfish. The 5 inches plastic lures received many small triangle biting marks. The biting marks were all over the lure from head to tail. I believe these were the result of weak biting. However I could not figure why I did not hook up one fish. Any idea? Did it happen to your weak fishing?


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tiderunner70

Joined: 11/09/2003
Posts: 7171
Location: long island
 posted 09/23/2005 05:44 PM  

you were probably geting hit by snappers.

i found weakies the other night deep in a creek near by along with an incredible amount of peanuts and mullet. they were a good mile 3/4 mile inside from the bay...


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