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finally broke down and tried some toggin along the sods. i have never caught these fish in my life and didnt kno what to expect. started out slow for first couple hours just a few hits. then the tide slacked up and bang started catchin shorts. then i stuck a nice 17 incher then a 18.def wont be the last time i fish for these gotta kill some time till the bass start anyways.
 

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I fish there just about every sunday. You wont be disapointed. My buddy pulled a nice 4-5lber outa there last weekend. Should hold up for a month or so.
 

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Can I ask what kind of bait/lures you are using? I just want to catch something this year. With the price of gas the way it is it would be nice to have something to show for it!

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Green crab Bob. As soon as it hit the bottom they were tearing it up. Its tricky to hook them, but ull catch on.
 

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Originally posted by BobLW:
Can I ask what kind of bait/lures you are using? I just want to catch something this year. With the price of gas the way it is it would be nice to have something to show for it!

Bob
Bob, the back bays & inlets are LOADED with cocktail blues (10 to 12" +). All you need is a line in the the water & some cut bait ;) . As for tog, fish close to structure, be it sod banks, rocks, jettys, pileings etc. Clams work should ya don't wanta do the stinky/expensive green crab thing ;) ...just keep close to STRUCTURE (too close is not close enough at times ;)
 

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I've always fished for the blackies with either green or fiddler crabs. How well do clams work for them? Do you see the same results, or is there a dropoff in action? I'm very interested to know as clams are a hell of a lot cheaper than crabs, and only a couple shops around here sell fiddlers and small greens. Thanks for the info in advance ;)
 

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Discovered clams for tog while fishin bass in the surf. Got a little too close to jettys at times & wa-la, tog
. Seems to take them more time to remove a clam from the hook ;) & you can target both species with one bait. As to "dropoff in action"....coulden't say but most toggers tend to use crustations for bait (tells something as to that question). Have read that below a certain water temp. (42 or so, guessing) tog have difficulties digesting crabs & actually "prefer" clams....go figgure. P S sand fleas shall work as well. Luck
 

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Different times of the yr call for differnt baits. In the spring when they mate their mouths get soft and they tend not to feed on crabs to much. This is when you use clam. This time of the year USE CRABS. Tried clam a few weeks ago nota touch, through on a crab and had a blackfish right away.
 

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Thanks guys. I appreciate the responses. I've just never heard of using clam for 'em, that's why I was wondering.
 

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I thought you guys were kidding about the cost of green crabs. Put ANY type of bait in in a crab trap, even an old sneeker, and you will catch green crabs. Clams are great tog bait, plus you could catch a striper when using clams.
 

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Originally posted by Esox1:
I thought you guys were kidding about the cost of green crabs. Put ANY type of bait in in a crab trap, even an old sneeker, and you will catch green crabs. Clams are great tog bait, plus you could catch a striper when using clams.
Pretty much 80% of the crabs that I catch near me (the bay in TR) are Blue Claws. I couldn't rely on a trap to get my bait. Not to mention I prefer using smaller crabs that don't have to be cut in half, and you wouldn't be getting many of those in a trap.

EDIT: Oh, and you can catch Stripers w/ crabs too :D

[ 10-13-2005, 12:03 PM: Message edited by: cam ]
 

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Right now in Sea Isle, the majority of crabs caught are blueclaws but when the tog limit increases to eight per man on Nov.15,most of the crabs caught are green crabs. I have caught stripers on shedders but never a green crab but I guess it is possible.
 

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Yeah Esox, a friend of mine uses both clams and 1/2 a green crab when he deadsticks a hi-lo on the beach. About 30-40% of his Stripers hit on the green crab :D
 

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I saw a guy in a boat using blue crabs about 20-30 feet away from me on a boat. They caught a ton of blackfish and one looked to be at least 6-7lbs. So im guessing regular crabs work just as good as the green crabs.
 

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Spring = clam/crabs both work

Summer = crabs (Calico's are best)

Fall = crabs (Rock/Jonah are best)

Winter = crabs/clams (Rock/Jonah are best)

clams work really well when it
is really cold because the other
reef fish are not around to steal
the bait. The best tog baits that
I have used are:

1) hermit crabs (best bait all year round)
2) Rock crabs/Jonah crabs
3) green crabs
4) conch
5) clams

I have never used fiddlers.

[ 10-13-2005, 04:41 PM: Message edited by: Talapia ]
 

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Fiddlers are easy to catch Talapia. Just stick a long screwdriver behind the hermit crab hole and grab them with a pair of tongs.
 

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Originally posted by LilFisherman:
I saw a guy in a boat using blue crabs about 20-30 feet away from me on a boat. They caught a ton of blackfish and one looked to be at least 6-7lbs. So im guessing regular crabs work just as good as the green crabs.
Using Blue

Nvm, I was misinformed :mad:

[ 10-13-2005, 09:09 PM: Message edited by: cam ]
 
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