1st Bugg off OB Pier

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  1. dlund82

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    When I used to live in a house, I would smoke cigars all the time because I had a place to do it. Now that I live in an apartment, I have no where to sit and enjoy a cigar to 1-2 hours. The other day I decided I missed smoking them, so I order a box online. Step 1, cigars purchase.

    Step 2.
    Decide on a place to enjoy them in the evenings. Somewhere with a nice view, so I decided on OB pier (I know there is no smoking, but it is OB, no one cares)

    My next thought was, if I am going to be sitting on the pier for a few hours each week, why not try to catch some dinner. I read Paul's how to hoop net article, bought the supplies and gave it a try last night.

    I didn't want to use the metal bait box, so I did a little search and made this bait holder below and it worked great:
    http://www.bigwatersedge.com/bwevb/showthread.php?t=15448

    I was out for a little over 2 hours after sunset with an outgoing tide. I only pulled up once without a bug in it. I pulled up frequently based on some articles. I ended getting about 20, mostly small but one keeper.

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    Sauteed the tail up with some butter and it was delicious. The cigar was good too in case anyone was wondering. I have found my new evening hobby, I just need to go during the day to catch bait, buying frozen macs will get pricey.
     
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    Pretty jealous! Just spent 3+ hours out there and only caught a couple tiny sand crabs. Are you fishing on the T or on the main pier?
     
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    Well done. One is a winner. I consider that a success.

    Good job. Nobody ever caught one sitting on their couch.
     
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    Thanks Paul. Mclanea, I am pretty sure it was beginners luck but I will keep going. I went out Saturday night for a few hours, and nothing. It was packed, there was a net down every 10-20 feet. I am going to stick to weekdays. I was in various places on the pier but always between the coast and the cafe. Around the cafe, the rocks disappear and it is just sand. I assume that you will have better luck near/on the rocks but I could be wrong.
     
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    Headed out tonight. Hoping to find spots short of the cafe. There's a drop off somewhere in there. That's what I'm looking for, right?

    (Trying a few different bait options, too... 5 nets... mixing things up after getting shut out.)
     
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    How did you do? I am not really sure of a drop off, I think it just gradually gets deeper as you go out. Somewhere around the cafe it turns from a rock bottom to Sand and I try to stay on/near the rocks.

    I am pretty sure that legally you can only have/use 2 nets at a time off piers, but I maybe wrong.
     
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    Yeah, corrected the net thing. It's 2 per angler. (Re-read the DFP regs on Sunday... 5 is on a boat w/max 10 per boat, 2 on a pier per angler.

    Sat night we were there 3 hours and landed just 4, no keepers.

    Sun night we were there 4.5 hours and landed nothing. Literally, same spot with the same setup. (less 1 net) The swell was a bit heavier and the tide was coming in vs. going out on Sat night.

    Still trying to sort it all out. But pretty discouraged last night. I didn't see anyone out there catching anything.
     
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    I think it is pretty hit or miss. So far, I found that the first 2 hours after sunset have been good for me. After that it pretty much dies. I will be out there again tomorrow night.

    I personally just like being out there and if I happen to catch dinner it is a bonus.
     
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