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I am planning to fish for schoolies at Sunken Meadow State Park/Nissequogue River. I have heard, amd I would guess that the best fishinig there would be the mouth of the river on a dropping tide. Is this true? And is parking at Sunken Meadow and walking east to the rivermouth the best bet? I have never fished there, and I am wondering what is the best approach, where should I fish, and where is the best place to park. Any and all info is greatly appreciated. THEO
 

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Hi,

I did a lot of surf fishing and this time of the year I did best there when there was a high tide around 4pm at sunken meadow. Park near the flag pole and walk along the boardwalk west till the end, hit the beach and keep walking till around 1/4 mile west of the jetti.

Use a med action spinning rod with 15-20lb test. My fav lures were a 007 or 017 diamond jig with a white tube till the sun set then the slow sinking bagleys finger mullet or a 5-1/4" rebell, black,gold or a white and red bomber. Never tried the new yozuries but they look good.

Let me know how you did. Don't forget you will need a night fishing permit after dark or they will ticket your car.

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Thanks Capt! Looks like the end of this weeks tides should be just right for there. I have most of the lures you mentioned. However, as far as set-ups, most of my surf-casting is done on the southshore and I am not sure if the rods in my quiver are suitable. Which of my rods would be most favorable for fishing Sunken Meadow? I have a 7 foot Med light spinnig rod with a reel that I can rig with either 12 or 15 lb-test, I could probably push it and go 17 also. I also have a 9ft Med-Hev. Spooled with 20lb, and an 11ft Med-Hev spooled with 20lb-test as well. My guess is that I can leave the 11 at home, and try either the 7 or 9. Which do you think is best of what I have? Should I go 12 or 15 on the 7 footer? Is the 9 footer too much? what is the absolute best set up an angler can have when fishing Sunken Meadow? Best of luck! Thank you for all the Info, and thanks in advance for any answers you can give me to these questions. THEO
 

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Hi,

I wouldn't go and respool from 12-15 unless it is old line since your not getting much as far as strength. When I fished there I had a 7' ugly stick and a penn 450ss reel. This was considered a little undersized by some but the chances of a 50lb cow are slim also (unless bunker schools are swiming by). You may want to consider bringing both rods and a sand spike, This way you can get the feel for what is best and use it. The 9' sounds like a good setup to start with. The key is you will not be casting heavy lures so what ever casts the lighest lure the furthest is probably the best.

As for the rig, a 2' length of 25-30lb mono leader attached to the main line by a barrel swilvel and at the other end, a plain snap for your lures is all you need. Some will put a teaser ahead of the plug like a red gill or feather since there may be schools of sandeels in the water.

If things are slow, consider tossing a bucktail for fluke. I have caught my share by accident on rebels early in the year up there at high tide.

Also if you bring the sand spike, I would toss a blackfish bait (sandworm) out there. Some big ones come in to the area in the early spring and are caught from shore. The further west you go the more rocks you will find underwater. I would start where the high bluff begins.

Good luck

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Ps don't bother if the wind is strong from the north. the water turns to coffee. also I caught most of the fluke on the rebel at low water (makes sense. Never targeted them with a bucktail but should work at high.

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Hey Capt. Marc, thank you so much for all the info. I plan to put 15 on the 7 footer because it needs to be spooled anyway. I am plannig to put on the mono leader as well. Bringing along the 9ft is also a great call i need to spool that reel also, so I will go 20 on that. Looks like my schedule will allow me to fish there sometime in the very near future. I guess I will walk west to about 1/4 mile west of the jetty, and take it from there, sounds like it is best to work my way west. Looks like I will fish plugs with the 7 footer first and toss out a sandworm on the 9. If I feel like I am not getting the desired distance, I'll switch it up. Thank you so much for all the info, you saved me alot of "figuring out" and possibly a "learning expiernce". It is always so much better when you know alittle about a place, from someone who has fished it, before you go. I am looking foward to fishing there and I will be sure to let you know how it goes via the forum or posted reports. Thanks again.
THEO
 
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