Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Local Knowledge

When: Saturday, May 23rd, from 7:30-8:30pm
Where: The Pier next to the Hyatt, Jersey City
What: Fishing for Striped Bass
Weather: 70's, a little breeze
Lindsay and I had a little time to kill before the sun went down, so we drove up to Moe's in the Heights, grabbed a couple of frozen bunker, and soon found ourselves at the end of the pier which the Hyatt calls home.

There was a crew of regulars on the pier, and at least 3 of them had ropes hanging in the water tied to large Stripers that they had caught in the preceding hours. One was over 30-inches, two were over 40...nice fish.

We had no intentions of staying very long, but moments after I gave my leftover bait to the locals as a peace offering, I got bit by what I expect was a Striped Bass. However, the fish was gone by the time I picked up my pole.

I'm still fairly new at city-living, therefore, I am still fairly new at city-fishing. Luckily, I can put my pride away when necessary and ask the locals how they fish.

I was curious to know why my fish had disappeared so fast, so on our way out, I used the best fishing technique I have ever learned........I asked someone how they were catching fish.

Apparently, when fishing off a pier for Stripers, the fish need to be able to run with the bait or else they will drop it as quick as they pick it up. My bail was closed and my drag was tight, so once the fish felt that he wasn't getting away with the meal, he let let it go.

Oh well, I live to learn.

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