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September Kingfish by Tony Hong. September marks a change in season. For the fisherman, it may mean changing gears from targeting one species to the next. From Fluke to Stripers for most of us surfcasters. But between that transitional stage -depending on weather, water temp, baitfish, etc...there are other fish to target. Northern Kingfish. Small in stature, but big in fun factor. These little guys are under the radar to many of us, and are usually caught by accident.
The Jones Beach surf offers fishing all year round with the peak season starting in early spring to early winter. If your looking to catch fluke, bluefish, striped bass, blackfish, weakfish or anything else which inhabits its water's there’s a time and place at Jones Beach to spike up your rod and reel them in. From the fast crazy action of late spring to big striped bass feeding frenzy's of the fall, the Jones Beach surf offers opportunities all year round. Get out and fish all the seasons on the Jones Beach surf.
I like to throw bait at Jones Beach when the fishing is a tad slow. I have found there are times when that’s what all the fish will take, and some fish like blackfish, triggerfish, kingfish, porgies, flounder etc, will only take bait. I do love to throw chunks and strips at the bass, blues and fluke as well and there are many days when bait fishing will clean out fish any lure you can find. So if you want to catch fish this is the way to go. Successful bait fishing is a matter of paying attention to small detail of course in addition to where your fishing. If your looking for Jone's big three striped bass, bluefish and fluke you should find yourself catching a nice mix of these fellers. Then tend to cross each other paths and frequent the same habitats. Also don't pass a blind eye to some slip float fishing for weakfish. Its a very effective method for weakfish and fluke alike..
The type of surf or pier bag you carry to Jones Beach will depend on what type of fishing you generally do. I like to keep three different surf bags, one for the sandy beaches, one for the jetty and one for pier and bait fishing. If you are a new angler one main bag will suffice and you can carry all you need to fish any where on Jones Beach so we will start with an all in one bag. The main thing is you want to carry as much tackle as you will need but make it easy to carry because you may find yourself doing a lot of hiking. The basics will be your bag of course, hooks, weights, terminal tackle, lures, leader, and accessories. So think about what you will be cramming in your tackle bag before you purchase one because it will all have to fit. This article is geared on the wide range of items you will need to carry. We will get into specifics about fishing lures and bait in later articles.
In this series of articles we will start with one of the most versatile, effective, and deadly lures in the world, the bucktail. The bucktail is probably the most widely used lure in the world. There are many variations on the theme but it all comes down to deer hair tied to a hook with or without a lead head of all different shapes, colours and sizes. There are some fancy elaborate colourful ones, raggedy ugly ones and even slick flashy ones and they all work just as good as the other! They lend themselves nicely to the Jones Beach surf just as well as any other place you would fish them on earth and when fished proper, a .99 cents hand tied bucktail will out fish the most craft-fully made elaborate plugs. Toss them in the currents of the inlet, white wash of the surf, or deep holes of the coves, there will always be a bucktail for the job, so keep a nice variety in your bag. This article is focused on fishing them from the Jones Beach surf. Keep in mind there are many other ways to present them from boats and such as well.