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#1 PaPaBear

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Posted October 24 2014 - 07:17 PM

I got out about 1 pm and in the frist hour I caught 2 blues and a skate
Hooked in to some thing big Hit like a Mack truck by the time I got the rod out of the pole holder it was gone along with my bait next trip Monday morning
Oh this is my friend Stumpy he was hanging by me all afternoon
All fished realest unharmed

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Posted October 24 2014 - 08:06 PM

Location? I was at Montauk on Sunday but I got skunked.

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Posted December 20 2014 - 05:50 PM

Last season, I was fishing Center Island, and think I should have been crowned king of the Sea Robbins, because that was was what I mostly caught there. I did catch a 29 inch striper, and 2 nice sized fluke, but that was it.
Next season, I have to find a new place to fish that will provide better results from the beach.

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Posted December 20 2014 - 07:51 PM

1st 2 weeks of June the is the best time to hit center island Sand eels
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Posted December 22 2014 - 05:41 PM

Sand eels for fluke and blues?

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Posted December 22 2014 - 06:40 PM

Sand eels for fluke and blues?


I've seen pics of very big bass supposedly take on sand eel baits.

Never tried it myself though.
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Posted December 22 2014 - 07:36 PM

Sand eels for fluke and blues?

Everything eats sand eels. I throw flies that imitate sand eels & have caught bass, blues, fluke, false albacore, bonito, weakfish, sea robins, etc. When the sand eels are in fish will chow down.
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Posted December 23 2014 - 04:36 PM

I've seen pics of very big bass supposedly take on sand eel baits.

Never tried it myself though.


I caught stripers with eels before.


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Posted December 28 2014 - 09:30 PM

I caught this guy on a live eel off block island.

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Posted December 28 2014 - 09:41 PM

Sand Eel baits are some of the best and most productive baits you can have but you have to make sure you're fishing them when sand eels are around. Tsunami sand eels are really good in the surf. Through them into a bar and just reel slow. The waves crashing on the bar knocks up the sand eels and the fish wait in front of the bar to eat them up. Tins also imitate sand eels and for decades Graves Tins were the only thing thrown from the beach. IMO a bucktail from the beach is the best way to go in most conditions because you can always match the bait patterns in the water. A bucktail could be retrieved to imitate a peanut bunker, mullet, sand eel, or whatever else is out there. It's the first thing I always through when I hit the beach. White with white pork (uncle josh #50) and at night it's white or wine color with matching pork.

Check out John Skinner on Youtube. He's from Long Island and has GREAT instructional videos on surf fishing.
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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:03 PM

Speaking of eels. Recently, something was explained to me. I don't know if it's true or not.
I was told when striped bass are born, they hang out in reel grass, and when they are newborns, the eels try to eat them.
As the bass mature, they look to kill the eels that fed on them when they were too small to fend for themselves.
Hense, when you go fishing for stripers with live eels, the stripers attack them, not because they love the taste of eels, but through their hatred and feeling of self preservation that kicks in from when they were young.
Any thoughts on that theory???

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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:08 PM

I had heard that eels eat the bass eggs and female bass instictively attack eels to protect eggs, even if they aren't spawning.

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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:29 PM

Speaking of eels. Recently, something was explained to me. I don't know if it's true or not.
I was told when striped bass are born, they hang out in reel grass, and when they are newborns, the eels try to eat them.
As the bass mature, they look to kill the eels that fed on them when they were too small to fend for themselves.
Hense, when you go fishing for stripers with live eels, the stripers attack them, not because they love the taste of eels, but through their hatred and feeling of self preservation that kicks in from when they were young.
Any thoughts on that theory???

I'd have to call BS on that. Bass are spawned up rivers. Where most of us fish eels is a long way from the spawning grounds. Bluefish also like to eat eels & they spawn off the continental shelf. Drifting eels at 3+ knots hardly would pose a threat to immature bass. Eels are just a perfect size snack for bass IMO.

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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:31 PM

I'd have to call BS on that. Bass are spawned up rivers. Where most of us fish eels is a long way from the spawning grounds. Bluefish also like to eat eels & they spawn off the continental shelf. Drifting eels at 3+ knots hardly would pose a threat to immature bass. Eels are just a perfect size snack for bass IMO.


Eels breed in freshwater/brackish water too. They are very common in lakes and rivers.

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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:41 PM

Eels breed in freshwater/brackish water too. They are very common in lakes and rivers.

Well aware of that. I still don't think their pea sized brain remembers & computes that 200+ miles from where they were spawned as an eel gets towed by at 3+knots. How do you explain catching male bass on eels if the females are protecting the eggs?
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Posted January 05 2015 - 08:43 PM

Well aware of that. I still don't think their pea sized brain remembers & computes that 200+ miles from where they were spawned as an eel gets towed by at 3+knots. How do you explain catching male bass on eels if the females are protecting the eggs?


It's instinctive.

For both sexes.

But next time I catch a big cow on an eel I'll be sure to ask just to be sure. B)
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Posted January 05 2015 - 09:19 PM

This one was caught off eels a few years ago on a cold November night.

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Posted January 05 2015 - 09:30 PM

This pair was taken on eels off Orient.

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Posted January 05 2015 - 09:33 PM

But this is my favorite.

Not just for the size (nearly 40) but on an unsual bait - live sundial! B)

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Posted January 06 2015 - 07:45 AM

I feel weird that I was the only one showing my face in my posted pics.
Don't look ok. lol
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