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Old 08-23-2011, 07:28 AM
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I will admit it publicly...I've never caught a weakfish. Not for want of trying mind you, but I always come up short when looking for them either surf or kayak.

Bait, rig, lure, and tactic suggestions would be appreciated.

I have a few hours tomorrow AM to burn and I want to chase weakies. My idea was to launch from GK and search around the harbor. I know Matt got into them good out front...but what about the NJ bays? Any suggestions? I'd love to get out front but I just don't think I have the time. It would be an on the water at sunrise off by 930 or so. I don't want to spend more time paddling than fishing.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:29 AM
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i get them down in the chesapeake with sting silvers, vertical jigging. I know guys throw soft plastics too, like zoom flukes (pink), on a jig head. Never caught one up here, but I bet they would hit those too.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:09 AM
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I've caught alot of them...mainly a dusk bite through the night til false dawn. Not that you can't catch them during the day, but they are typically very small during this time of the year.
I use 3/4 oz owner bullet head jigs with a 5"-7" FinS, pink or white...and work it slow, in current.
September through October has been particularly good to me in the past, always at night, current/moving water near structure where the fish can ambush prey caught in the current and work the jig slow...painfully slow at times and don't, I repeat don't set the hook like you would with a striper. Just lift and apply pressure. You can easily tear the hook out, especially if you dont' let the fish take in the jig.
It's the kind of fishing that requires a bit of guidance. I got Billdude hooked up with a 24"er his first day out weakie fishing in the sedges a couple years back. I just demonstrated and he did what I told him to do...proof is in the pic. This one took a 7" bubblegum FinS dead drifted in the current until it touched bottom and slowly retrieved on the swing...just after false dawn. We landed 2 @ 24" and one @ 28". Since the decline in the larger fish, I haven't targeted them for the last 2 years.

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Old 08-23-2011, 11:19 AM
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Years ago (10+) we fished them off the IBSP wall and around and in the sod grasses. They loved pink fin-s on a small red lead head and I have had luck with the rainbow trout color as well.
Some guys say live sand worms.
I think that is another fish that was killed off by over fishing.
They used to get the big tide runner breeders in the spring in SH bay but I have not herd of them in a while.
Last big one I saw was at J-Bay a few years ago when KFS was still hosting the event.
I did hear of them popping up in the ocean around the Reach and someone just said small ones were in the surf but expect them to be around 10-13 inches.
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September 2005 was the last time I had them in any size and numbers. These tasty boys were on peanuts near Belford.



Hope they reappear
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:43 PM
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FYI, If you do get into them and they are good size to keep they must be eaten fresh. DONT freeze them as they will turn to mush. Kind of like eating a rotten apple.
I sure hope they return.
Gut, gill and scale them. Salt, Pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil and put them on the grill.
Wash down with a cold beer.
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i feel the best way to find them when you know their in the area, but not sure where..is to chum and fish with grass shrimp. or drift sandworms.
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I caught this little guy 1 month after getting my first kayak in 2008. Caught on a tube and worm. I vacuum sealed some of him and ate him this year and was as delicious as the first piece I had back then.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:46 AM
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FYI, If you do get into them and they are good size to keep they must be eaten fresh. DONT freeze them as they will turn to mush. Kind of like eating a rotten apple.
I sure hope they return.
Gut, gill and scale them. Salt, Pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil and put them on the grill.
Wash down with a cold beer.
Yep, you're reading my mind... That's how I do them too. And I wouldn't freeze them either...they're a bit mushy to begin with for my liking.

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