I'm a live bait newbie, but the three or four times I have tried, catching ales has been no problem. I just left the dock light on all night, came down at 5am and with one throw of the net had plenty of bait to go fishing. When I tried that this morning I had about a zillion inch-long or less ales, and not a single fishable one. About half of them were gill-netted in my little 1/4 in mesh alewife net, making a mess.
Why the difference? What do I need to do differently to get back to catching bait under the lights?
Well - the easy answer is to switch nets to a wider mesh so you let those babies pass through the netting material. For finding the bigger alewives - try throing to the outer edges of the light as the larger alewives will sometimes hold further out from the light.
Other than that it is just hit or miss with time of night....which dock you throw at etc.
Again yesterday morning, same thing. Babies, no fishable ones. Tried all around the light, no luck. Certainly could be stripers chasing them. Not sure what to try next; maybe try after the light has been on for an hour or so rather than all night?
Post by hilljack198 on Jul 3, 2017 12:36:26 GMT -5
Im no expert by no means but from my experience lights that are on consistently (on every night) seem to hold better bait and even those lights sometimes dont produce. Always have a second location to find bait... always sucks when you should be fishin but your still throwing the net