Shelter Island Pier Fishing Tips?

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  1. John The Bass

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    I was wondering if anybody had some tips on how to catch fish at shelter island pier. I see some people catch fish after fish, yet others catch nothing. What are the best places to fish on the pier and what are the best baits?
     
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    I personally like the left side if you are facing the pier from the parking lot. Lots of mackerel. If you cast back towards the rocks you have a better chance at bass and halibut.

    Watch what the regulars do on that pier and follow suit.
     
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    If you're just after fish, period, then hang a sabiki rig over the rail tipped with shrimp, mackerel, or anchovy. Any side of the pier so long as you're in deeper water than 10ft or so.
     
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    Thanks. What kind of bait should I use? I've tried ghost shrimp with some success.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Ghost shrimp work there. Anything really shrimp, mackerel or squid.
     
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    Throw a crappie jig with a small piece of mackerel using a bobber or glow stick to keep it suspended. Cast as far as you can and remember, the mackerel move in a big school up and down the pier. The best spot for me is at the right side, straight out. Early morning and late evening is the best time. Other good baits would be a small laser minnow iron, color doesnt matter too much. For everything else, i would throw a gulp sandworm on a small dropshot. These techniques should get you a good head start on catching.
     
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    Macks will bite almost anything..as others have suggested, any shiny spoon/kroc/megabait/laserminnow will work, and squid/shrimp/mack tipped hooks. I like to either rig a bobber with a few hooks and split shot on bottom hook or a drop shot with 2 or 3 hooks with small pieces of mack. Macks love macks
     
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    If you just want to catch fish, honestly the best bait is squid. Everything bites squid and you can cut it in all sizes to target all different sized fish. Its cheap and not nearly as messy as other baits. If youre going to bother with ghost shrimps I think youll find squid will be more forgiving and cheaper.

    What I usually do though when looking to make bait/fill a cooler with mackerel, is show up and beg a piece/chunk of mack from one of the many helpful fisherman there. Then pretty much cut a small strip about 2-3 inch long and 1/2-1inch wide, place on size 6 mosquito hook and just cast it out and let it drift by and repeat (same idea with squid). If the tide is really fast, you can put a split shot or a small sinker. If you have a second rod, I toss out a 12'' piece or half a squid cut length ways with at least 3oz sinker if there is tidal movement.

    The fish will be there every day, the question is when... Look at tide charts and most days I would say youre looking to maximize your fishing 2 hours before and after the high tide mark.
     
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    This is great advice here
     
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    I'm surprised no one mentioned this but bring extra terminal gear. Shelter Island pier has some sort of line or pipe running parallel to it. Starting right before the little shop in the middle. I bet that cable/pipe holds thousands of dollars in lures and weights.
    My personal best fishing usually comes from pitching a small plastic lure under the pier. Some fat sculpin have been fished from under there.
     
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    Great advice on the structure in front of the baitshop ( middle ) of the pier.....lost two fish on that @#$##@+&* last week.....market shrimp or squid or small strips of mackeral all very productive...
     
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    A while ago I bought a 35lbs pull magnet. Took it to the pier by the convention center and pulled up an old lure. I'll need to try it at SI some day - OB pier too.
     
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    If your not into standing nut to butts on any SD pier. Just dropshot a gulp grub in any marina in SD and you will put Spotties, Calis, Hali, Bonito etc.
     
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    I know someone who pulled up a rusted revolver on a jig there. The ferry landing would probably be a killer magnet spot as well
     
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    I wonder what they did with it.
     
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    Turned it into the police trailer in the parking lot, this was years ago
     
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    I would’ve just kept it.
     
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    Great wall art.....or maybe a conversation piece for your coffee table..
     
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    Sadly if you haven't bought a license you are limited to piers.
     
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