Catching Blackfish?

Old 07-26-2009, 08:40 AM
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Default Catching Blackfish?

I'm hearing reports of blackfish being caught in Barnegat Inlet (the season is open). I have never caught a blackfish and have heard they can be tricky to catch. Anyone know how to catch these fish? Anchor? Drift? Technique?

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Old 07-26-2009, 09:53 AM
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Anchor on hard bottom or structure
green crabs or clams on the bottom
be prepared to get very frustrated, lose rigs and catch an addiction.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:17 PM
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When I worked on a party boat out of Belmar, many years ago, we would use fiddler crabs flown in from Florida. Also, I used dacron line but today use braided line with a stiff rod and set the hook. There mouths are tough but they taste great
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:56 PM
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They are doing well so far, my buddy goes daily but its best bite is mid-week. We fish for them on the rocks, never took the boat out for blackfish but that is on the agenda
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:12 PM
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Killed 'em today in LIS. Asians worked best but greenies were fine. Threw back the big females loaded with eggs, 8 - 9 lbs. Great table fare. Anchor up on reefs/structure. We catch 'em in 4 - 20 feet of water. Oct/Nov best.
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