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Can anyone help explain this herring thing to me. I understand they spawn in freshwater rivers and creeks and such and stripers love them. How do I catch them? When can I start fishing for them? I am a regualar at crowleys landing and batsto and chesnut neck can I catch these critters around here?
 

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Great question! Bent Rod, if you don't mind, can we expand this post to also ask what artificials are best to use during the herring run.

Mullica Bob, you out there?
 

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Don't think they have shown at Batsto good in a few years. Mays Landing is where I "usually" go. Late April, early May should be ok. Depends on moon and water temps. I bounce around till I find em. Sabiki rigs work great, if you don't mind a hook now and then. Also, most have 6 hooks. I'm not sure, but somewhere I think I read or heard only 3 hooks per line? I use gold jigs, chartruse, and white. Smallest you can get. 4 pound line is best, IMO. Can use 2, but a lot of break-offs when lifting fish. Hope this helps. There are a lot of other places too. Milville(brokeback village)near the dam, Menatico Creek 2 name a few.
 

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on the hook said the right thing, "bounce around till I find them". Don't waste time hanging around a spot that won't pay off. Mays Landind is VERY popular with fisherman and Rangers alike, so be prepared for an inspection. Regarding the Mullica areas, they see Herring every year to some degree, timing is everything here today gone tomorrow. I do well because I have the locations and time at hand. Dip nets and the occasional cast net are all I run to catch them. Cast nets have a tendency to spook them, but work when they are thick. The dip nets catch them and are a lot less invasive keeping the whole herd a bit calmer. Sometimes it can take a half days worth of wading and other times I can be back in an hour or less with a limit all depends. My favorite springtime Herring imitator is a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow in the 51/2" floating model, silver/black back or the silver/brown back. They troll great and cast well, by the way I've mentioned this before on another site, Herring are in the river(s) much earlier than most people would believe often weeks ahead of the "main" run. It can be worth some early investigation if your interested.


Just remember,"you can't polish a terd"
 

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My favorite for herring are the sabiki rigs. Deleware river is where I believe the limit is 3 hooks (trebel hooks count as 3 hooks )the rest of NJ is 9 hooks ( three trebels ).And remember you need a fresh water license to fish the rivers. The runs on the Atlantic side rivers has been spoty the last few years (IMO)I don't know how the runs on the Delaware Bay side compare with past years.
 

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Originally posted by Mullica Bob:
They troll great and cast well, by the way I've mentioned this before on another site, Herring are in the river(s) much earlier than most people would believe often weeks ahead of the "main" run. It can be worth some early investigation if your interested.


Just remember,"you can't polish a terd"
You said Mullica. I believe those Herring are in the river well before the main run. I also believe with these warm water temps as soon as March 1 rolls Bass will be caught
 

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They are in well before, like you guys said. I've heard from some old timers that early March will see small runs. I use a dip net. Make sure you check the regulations on dip net size. A long handle with a chicken wire basket attached will do it. You'll feel them bump the net when they swim in, then lift quickly. usually have more than one, since they travel so tight together.
If you've never done it I would suggest observing for a short time. I have a blast doing it. As fun as fishing for anything else.
Do some exploring, there's MANY places that herring run off the Egg harbor river that don't get the pressure that the train bridge does.
 

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Have seen em in early march. Not worth it for me though. One real neet way to catch em is decoy! Get a female and hook her on a line. Just send her out, and the males follow her right back. Stick a net out, and reel her right back into it. First time I saw this, couldn't believe it.

[ 02-13-2006, 08:03 PM: Message edited by: on the hook ]
 

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Millville has been pretty crappy over the last few years. THe dam and Main street bridge have produced some, but Menatico has been DEAD.

Craig, indepth, can vouch for this. he has made several trips down looking for alewife and has done nothing but burn gas.
 

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Bern,
We have had them in the haul seine in the Maurice river in January with ice still on the river.

They are alewife. I call them scouts. They are not biting at the bridge, but are the first ones that are congregating up there.
 

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on the hook: How do you tell the difference between a male and female? Are the females heavy with roe?

[ 02-13-2006, 11:26 PM: Message edited by: THe Dude ]
 

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Just like other fish, "usually" larger ones. Get a 10-12 inch, probably female. IMO If there are fish there, you will know if it is a female :D :D
 

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If you see white stuff coming out of the fish, it is a male.
I am being serious.

As on the hook mentioned, the males are smaller and during pre spawn, the females are much heavier.
 

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I've seen a few guys catch a female and put it on a "leash", so to speak, right inside there dip net to attract males. Some say it works others say not sure, I don't do it myself so I won't speculate.


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Originally posted by Mullica Bob:
I've seen a few guys catch a female and put it on a "leash", so to speak, right inside there dip net to attract males. Some say it works others say not sure, I don't do it myself so I won't speculate.


Just remember,"you can't polish a terd"
I've seen that method used and its very effective. I just don't think its ethical..poor dumb bastards chasing a female to their death.....it just ain't right.
 

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Caught a Herring and a Bunker Today :D



 
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