I'm new to saltwater fishing I have the gear I was introduced to salt in texas in the gulf on vacation and want to try it in jersey but need to know some good spots to go and fish surf or rocks and jetties even piers
( I don't know what town you're on, but it doesn't matter)
1) Go into your local tackle shop and BUY SOMETHING
2) Now that you're a customer, explain just as you did here, that your saltwater experience is limited to the Gulf coast.
3) Ask where the locals have been catching fish, then shut up and listen.
4) When the proprieter is finished, ask if he was going fishing today, where HE would go.
5) Don't forget to THANK him, and promise to let him know how you do.
I suggest you take a few moments before asking, to determine who is the owner, and who is the "gopher".
Our Tackle shop owners are a vastly underutilized resource, they really WANT their customers to catch. They know their area well, but don't want to come off as a "know it all" so they don't give information unless asked BY A CUSTOMER.
Jersey look for "structure" . jettys, bridges, and sod banks (they are all over Jersey). find an area scout it at various times of the day, tides even weather conditions.
South Jersey hasn't seen the Big Line Siders yet this year? reports have em still pretty far north?
3 trips to the southern shore this season produced Nothing the first trip? a 28" fat Stripe the second trip and two weeks ago 4 shorts to 22" no keeps?
talked to a guy who picked up a 36" stripe two days prior to my trip?
Looking to go again this weekend or next?
Talk to the guys at the nearest bait shop to where your going? most guys will help? they want you to come back? Most times I get solid advice on what tackle is hot, but as for places? they'll get you to some water but nothing beats a good personal fishing log documenting time of day, water, temp, tides, wind, etc. and lots of time just getting familliar with an area?
hope this helps?
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