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Small white bucktails with pork strips in white or red&white. White rubber baits in 1\4 to 1\2 ounce sizes. Small bombers or redfins in chicken scratch or schoolbus during the day and black&purple at night. And on non-windy day small teasere like redgills.
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Well this spring I`m changin it up a bit, more big woodies(plugs that is)got some beachmasters an some of the new lex stuff these are gonna replace some of the mega baits I carried last year they worked ok but I wasn`t happy with the finish it came off to easy, always room for bombers in my bag and I never leave home without of a few of Jhabs` babies............John
 

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Mine's empty - maybe you can let me borrow some of the excess stuff you have?

Let me know if you need any of those plain white swimbaits. All the ones aound here in the tackle shops use cheap plastic. I have a spot that uses a tougher plastic. I've actually caught Bluefish and had Blues slash the tail without it tearing apart. Now, after 3 Blues slash the tail it tears, but its better than the plastic tearing on a cast, right?
 

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Eddie/P Wrote:
Alberto,over in Jersey still catching fish from last year.Bombers,teasers,it still hasen,t stopped.Some guys using small metals.Fish are not to big,all very fiesty though.
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Hello Eddie/P,
That?s the kind of report I've been getting?. It seems that a few bass never completed their migration and there are scattered schools chasing sandeels along the beach.

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9'6 all star breakaway rod with SS5500. 30lbs fireline. Bucktails , poppers,swimming plug.
This year will try using teasers with the bucktails & swimming plug (chicken scratch)!

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IBEW,
That?s a sweet springtime outfit! :) BTW: Chicken scratch bombers /teaser is a good combo! I had some great innings with the same set up!

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Small white bucktails with pork strips in white or red&white. White rubber baits in 1\4 to 1\2 ounce sizes. Small bombers or redfins in chicken scratch or schoolbus during the day and black&purple at night. And on non-windy day small teasere like redgills.
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Pipehooks,
I noticed you are using small offerings? Just wondering, are you fishing back-bays and open beaches?

JohnnySI wrote:
Well this spring I`m changin it up a bit, more big woodies(plugs that is)got some beachmasters an some of the new lex stuff these are gonna replace some of the mega baits I carried last year they worked ok but I wasn`t happy with the finish it came off to easy, always room for bombers in my bag and I never leave home without of a few of Jhabs` babies.
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Hi John,
From the looks of things, you are chasing BIG spring fish! Good going! :)
I also agree with your J.Habs lures? those are dynamite lures!

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Mine's empty - maybe you can let me borrow some of the excess stuff you have??
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When will you ever learn?. :)

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I call the north shore home, my usual stomping grounds are from crab meadow on east.
I hope we have a good run of sand-eels this year, i don't know if the water ever got cold enough.For the sand-eels to spawn.
But if history repeats itself the sping run will start out on white rubber baits, and then switch over to sand-eels. My surf bag reflects this past pattern.
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for the beach and jetties in NJ i got big swimmers wood and plastic...last year late april and early may teh smokey joe super shad rap worked pretty consistently as did a yellow surfster.
for the rivers it will be mostly jigs and i carry a bunch of different ones with me and usually let the fish dictate which ones they want that particular nite...some standards have been 6" shads in opalescent white , yellow and black and wine was a good color last year early on...alos a good producer for me last spring was an assassin type knock off in blue...teh name escapes me but they were about 6" long with a slim profile ;)
I plan on chunking a bit more than i did last spring...that is if I can consistently snag bunker
 

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What do you recommend for south shore in the spring? Pls briefly go over whats in the water "match the hatch" and why the correlates to your lure / plug recommendations.
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Hello Space,
The south shores of LI are not very different than the Montauk grounds. Also, each area shares big fish and baitfish throughout the season! Since you asked about the spring hatch?. Well, in the spring we have the standard early sandeel and spearing run?but if you want to seduce the elusive cow? Contrary to other spring beliefs, use bigger lures at a ?selective? feeding period and places!

What do I mean by this? Well, we have the early sea robin run (also a striper?s delicacy), the last of herrings & tinker mackerel run and the early flux of bunker! All these big fish candy needs a little more attention. ;) As the cows are coming out of their migration and lethargic mode, they start feeding on substantial offerings? That is why most spring runs? many early ?chunkers? seduces the biggest basses first.

OK, let?s get to the ?bottom? of this? providing that the normal spring lures are swimmers, small buckies and small plastics? I generally use bigger offering when I know the cows are around. Although most times you will get quantity on smaller lures? the bigger and wiser are on the bottom! I will try to use the biggest and slowest ?bottom? reaching lures such as big darters, bucktails, slow moving Charlie graves (bunker pattern), and big plastic bodies. The key is to work it slow around deep pockets near shallow banks (warm water) where the fish will be active during the ebb tide.

Think structure, bait and find a deep ambushing spot where you have a good idea where the bass are! Once you?ve got all that down? Present the offering right and you will be rewarded for your hard work!

Hope this helps.

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Bobw wrote:
I call the north shore home, my usual stomping grounds are from crab meadow on east.
I hope we have a good run of sand-eels this year, i don't know if the water ever got cold enough.For the sand-eels to spawn.

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Hello,
At this time the water is warmer than the usual and there are a few quality bass being caught near your area! I am also hopeful that the sand-eels will be there in big numbers! :)

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For the beach and jetties in NJ i got big swimmers wood and plastic...last year late april and early may teh smokey joe super shad rap worked pretty consistently as did a yellow surfster.
for the rivers it will be mostly jigs and i carry a bunch of different ones with me and usually let the fish dictate which ones they want that particular nite...some standards have been 6" shads in opalescent white , yellow and black and wine was a good color last year early on...alos a good producer for me last spring was an assassin type knock off in blue...teh name escapes me but they were about 6" long with a slim profile ?I plan on chunking a bit more than i did last spring...that is if I can consistently snag bunker.

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Hi BrianZ,

Thanks for chiming in and giving us the NJ scoop! Where are you planning to chunk this year? NJ or NY waters?

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Al,
i plan on chunking both NJ and LI adn mayeb even RI for good measure all of this is dependent on the amount of bunker i can snag :)
adn in the summer i am going to seriously consider soaking bloody parts for sharks...if they show up like last year it should be easy to hook em the rest will eb a mystery ;) talk to ya soon bud!!
 

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oman where to begin... in early spring I concentrate more on the back bays. To list just a few items I carry...smilin bills, rubber shads, finS fish, slugO's, 4 1/2" mega baits, bombers, darters and danny style plugs. Since twilight hangs longer I'll bring some small kastmasters, hopkins and deadly dicks as well. As the water temps increase I'll toss a few poppers into the pile. I always have teasers...red gills, epoxy sand eels and clousers. Although I strickly plug, I'm a firm believer that more quality bass fall to chunks in the spring.
 
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