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Old 07-22-2018, 07:41 AM
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Sea robins are good. The big ones any way. Fillet n de skin and fry with corneal batter. I'm out of sandy hook porgy fishing is in full swing with a lot in the 16 inch range. My keeper fluke have all been on porgy high low rigs as crazy as that may sound
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Lt.mike View Post

No no, I’ll take dogfish over sea robin.
Dogfish over 3’ can give a good fight on a fluke rod. I don’t mind that as long as it’s not the whole days catch. The kids get a thrill out of landing a “shark” too.
If you ask me the last thing I want to catch is a damned skate. We go barefoot on our boat in the summer and those damned things shed clear thorns off their tails onto the deck that hurt like hell if stepped on.
That was the motivation for my adding a wash down pump and hose on my boat.
we spray the deck off if one of them comes aboard.
You’re either into sadomasochism or you don’t get the doggies like we do. When a swarm invades we are talking 3+ footers and at that point “catching” anything but dog fish is over. Most likely every dog fish that hooks up will destroy the rig you are using, if you’re very fortunate, the dog fish will only rap itself in the rig, chafing the shit out of the line and destroying your rubber squid but you can rebait it for the next dog fish who will then finish destroying it.

I guess if you have a boat load of kids with endless energy and you don’t mind destroying all your tackle while spending the entire day unwrapping dog fish and taking them off the hook there could be some enjoyment to spending every second of the fishing day reeling in dog fish but not me. If you get lucky one of the spiny bastards will even stab you with the razor blade on the end of his tail.

Sea Robbins can be irritating but once the drift picks up they tend to ease off and imo are no way near as destructive as the dog fish, IMO the only way to deal with a dog fish swarm is to leave wherever they are.
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:15 AM
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No we don’t get them like that. A lot of dogfish would be like 4. Enough to enjoy on light tackle without becoming a pain. Yes I wouldn’t want them all day either. For us lot of sea robins is “all day” keeping the fluke from seeing the bait. That happens on some days and it’s a royal PITA!
Ever get stuck by a sea robins gill spine?

Skates still suck. One skate is too many.
On the lighter fluke gear hooking a skate can be a headache. They dig into the sand like a danforth anchor and unless you want to break them off with the lighter line we’ve had to back the boat down on them.
Once your rod is directly above them you can break their suction on the bottom. I don’t bring them aboard anymore shaking them off the hook to prevent those damned thorns from littering the deck.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Lt.mike View Post
No we don’t get them like that. A lot of dogfish would be like 4. Enough to enjoy on light tackle without becoming a pain. Yes I wouldn’t want them all day either. For us lot of sea robins is “all day” keeping the fluke from seeing the bait. That happens on some days and it’s a royal PITA!
Ever get stuck by a sea robins gill spine?

Skates still suck. One skate is too many.
On the lighter fluke gear hooking a skate can be a headache. They dig into the sand like a danforth anchor and unless you want to break them off with the lighter line we’ve had to back the boat down on them.
Once your rod is directly above them you can break their suction on the bottom. I don’t bring them aboard anymore shaking them off the hook to prevent those damned thorns from littering the deck.
skates are a sure sign that your drift is too slow. Two years ago the dogs were so thick on the bank tuna fishing, we could not get bait below the boat. Every one would swallow even the circle hooks. An expensive day in gear.
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:17 PM
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skates are a sure sign that your drift is too slow. Two years ago the dogs were so thick on the bank tuna fishing, we could not get bait below the boat. Every one would swallow even the circle hooks. An expensive day in gear.
Good tip on drift speed. Last time I went out couldn’t keep a bait on the bottom without a window weight. I was wishing I had bought a drift sock I’m been procrastinating about.
raising the motor and canvas top does only so much to alter drift speed.
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