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xmenrsix
04-16-2009, 05:10 PM
Just wondering if anyone would share what color hardbaits they use for various conditions... Right now I'm using sardine or shad for anytime I fish...

thanks :)

Double_D
04-16-2009, 06:20 PM
At night and or overcast Sky's I go dark colors, Black/Gray/D.Purple during the day I go with Whites/Yellows ....if it's light out go bright...at night go dark.




Day time surface plug(Super Strike Little Neck
http://www.saltwateredge.com/miva/graphics/00000001/surfgear/superstrike/lnpwhite_redhead_t.jpg


Night time or dark overcast sky surface plug
http://www.saltwateredge.com/miva/graphics/00000001/SS-Little-Neck-Popper-Hunter-Express-T.jpg

Day time subsurface plug, I like metal (Charley Graves)

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3550/im000784d.jpg (http://img11.imageshack.us/my.php?image=im000784d.jpg)

Night time subsurface plug(Bomber A-Salts)

http://images.ebsco.com/lurenet/BSWW5312.jpg?w=500

Richard_Kwon
04-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Double_D

Thanks for the useful info and pics. Do you ever use these plugging from a pier where you're up above 6-9 feet from the water level? I find it more difficult to get good topwater action from my poppers and subsurface hardbaits from piers b/c of the high angle you're reeling them in at. Maybe special tuning them? Any advice is appreciated.

xmenrsix
04-17-2009, 06:04 PM
very thorough Double D... thanks!

ghostfish_slayer
04-18-2009, 07:55 PM
my all time favorite hard bait for stripers is a 3 oz crippled herring in Nickel/Neon Green with home made bucktail on siwash attached right to the wire loop on back pointed up..

Double_D
04-18-2009, 08:22 PM
Double_D

Thanks for the useful info and pics. Do you ever use these plugging from a pier where you're up above 6-9 feet from the water level? I find it more difficult to get good topwater action from my poppers and subsurface hardbaits from piers b/c of the high angle you're reeling them in at. Maybe special tuning them? Any advice is appreciated.

Never.....always from the beach 8-)

ghostfish_slayer
04-18-2009, 08:28 PM
remember the view of the sidewalk salmon we got from my pier DD??

Double_D
04-18-2009, 08:49 PM
remember the view of the sidewalk salmon we got from my pier DD??

Yup....remember that day like it was yesterdayhttp://www.animated-gifs.eu/cartoons-disney/0009.gif

ghostfish_slayer
04-18-2009, 09:59 PM
yeah well i seen a striper chasing my crippled herring there today.. it just missed it right under me..

isdaann
04-21-2009, 06:13 AM
Double D, thanks for sharing your expertise!

Golden bear, for topwatering from a pier, I never tried it but was thinking if you put a water filled bobber ahead of your plug, maybe you can get some action by jerking that above the water.

Richard_Kwon
04-21-2009, 10:52 AM
Isdaann,

That's a thought that I'll consider. Thanks

pinfish
04-21-2009, 11:47 AM
my arsenal is like double_D. I like white during the day. Yellow during dawn or dusk. Shiny in the sun. When in doubt use a redhead.

For piers its tough. I just use jigs, swimbaits or whatever is heavy. If my angle is right, I use a diving plug.

ghostfish_slayer
04-22-2009, 07:02 PM
i work my poppers from the wharfs all the time.. i have hooked a few fish doing it also.. i can cover a bunch of prime water with them.. the only ticky part is when they get about 35 yards from me. then i have to lower my rod over the rail and pull down to work them right to about 10 feet from the wharf.. i can usually get a good 150- 175 yard cast right behind the waves in the troff and follow it all the way in..

xmenrsix
04-23-2009, 07:58 PM
yeah well i seen a striper chasing my crippled herring there today.. it just missed it right under me..

I think its cool when u see them chase... btw how close has a striper hit your bait? for me about 5 feet out in like 2 feet of water

xmenrsix
04-23-2009, 08:01 PM
my arsenal is like double_D. I like white during the day. Yellow during dawn or dusk. Shiny in the sun. When in doubt use a redhead.

For piers its tough. I just use jigs, swimbaits or whatever is heavy. If my angle is right, I use a diving plug.

think i'm gonna try a redhead if this overcast type weather holds up... was using a dark bait fish color today for 1 hit... a couple of guys near me said they hooked 1, from what I saw they were using a yellow hairraser (i still haven't gotten the hang of those, I keep snagging them)

xmenrsix
04-27-2009, 10:45 PM
what do you guys use when the water is stained? I've been trying to fish the chocolate milk looking water lately and zip.

Double_D
04-28-2009, 06:08 AM
what do you guys use when the water is stained? I've been trying to fish the chocolate milk looking water lately and zip.

I won't fish when the water is looking like that.....if I did, I would go with Bait.

xmenrsix
04-29-2009, 10:20 PM
what do you guys use when the water is stained? I've been trying to fish the chocolate milk looking water lately and zip.

I won't fish when the water is looking like that.....if I did, I would go with Bait.

ya, I had a feeling i might not have a chance plugging in those conditions...

xmenrsix
05-09-2009, 09:12 PM
fished today and the water was kinda ugly... started with a red head and nothing switched to a sardine looking one and got a nice 24 incher

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/9564/downsized0509091712.th.jpg (http://img135.imageshack.us/my.php?image=downsized0509091712.jpg)

was using a red head the past week or so for some small ones and what felt like a pretty good sized miss also got a 9 inch smelt on the bait that was about half its size lol

Double_D
05-10-2009, 07:03 AM
fished today and the water was kinda ugly... started with a red head and nothing switched to a sardine looking one and got a nice 24 incher

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/9564/downsized0509091712.th.jpg (http://img135.imageshack.us/my.php?image=downsized0509091712.jpg)

was using a red head the past week or so for some small ones and what felt like a pretty good sized miss also got a 9 inch smelt on the bait that was about half its size lol



That is how it's done [smiley=thumbsup.gif] a nice deatiled report with out blowing up a stop, with a photo that dosen't reveal the location, good job. ;)

tuna_head
05-10-2009, 12:48 PM
ha DD call ghost

FishinRaiders
05-12-2009, 05:30 AM
The water here looks narly..it should start to get good once this wind and weather system passes

Hey DD any word from the tall guy..heck I need to give him a call..Haven't talked to him in awhile

Double_D
05-12-2009, 05:51 AM
The water *here looks narly..it should start to get good once this wind and weather system passes

Hey DD any word from the tall guy..heck I need to give him a call..Haven't talked to him in awhile

Spent the last two days on a recon in your back yard,choked down a crabby sammywich and a couple of cold ones at Nicks :D saw some nice holes starting to forum, I'm going to be driving south about 50 to 75 miles for fish.......I talked to The Stork'' a week ago, he likes fishing under the radar.

xmenrsix
05-12-2009, 06:57 PM
caught a 20 incher today... water was ugly again and wind was blowin... started with a sardine hardbait and while casting got a wind knot and snap lost the lure *:'( ... tied on a shad looking one and an hour after top of tide got bit... my dad was with me soaking bait but no bites for him but did see a couple of big sturgeons jumping

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/359/downsized0512091901.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=downsized0512091901.jpg)

still on my quest for a hali

Richard_Kwon
05-13-2009, 03:59 PM
caught a 20 incher today... water was ugly again and wind was blowin... started with a sardine hardbait and while casting got a wind knot and snap lost the lure *:'( ... tied on a shad looking one and an hour after top of tide got bit... my dad was with me soaking bait but no bites for him but did see a couple of big sturgeons jumping

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/359/downsized0512091901.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=downsized0512091901.jpg)

still on my quest for a hali



Nice. You'll get your hali soon enough. If you're not already doing it, it might help yoru chances for one by getting lower in the water column with a swimbait or a hair-raiser, bouncing off the bottom.