I have recently taken up fishing from a very long hiatus. I have been reading this forum trying to absorb all of your wisdom and tips. I was not going to post anything until I finally caught something. I have been fishing for about a month and have gone out at least once a week (sometimes two or three times) and have gone out in the morning, sunset, and midday... no luck at all until last Monday when I finally caught something... a small hali on Midway dock. I have been to the following places: Harbor Island (right side), Shelter Island (left side coming in - on the rocks), Midway (both sides), Fiesta Island (caught a lot of eel grass), Hospitality Point (from where the jetty starts all the way around to behind the lifeguard building and even a little on the river side). I have a baitcaster and and medium heavy ugly stik. I have been dropshotting with a 1/0 hook and a 3/4 oz weight. I started with 12 lb. mono then switched to 8 lb. fluorocarbon and just recently changed to #30 braid and use the either of the mono as my leader. I have been tossing 3 or 4 inch gulp shrimp, 3 in. gulp mullets, small 2 to 3 inch minnows and a couple of different sizes of big hammers. I have not tried frozen shrimp or squid but I may give it a try this weekend. I have been reading that is has been a little slow but I am hoping you guys can give me some tips on where to go and how to be more successful. Thanks in Advance!