SI pier 11/12/19

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  1. HK_Supermarket

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    Went to pier in morning with fishB4work to test out new bait net I got. I had 0 luck with net. Don't think I was using it right. I'm going to try making dough ball next time to stick it on and try in shallower water. Current was just pulling my net around like a kite.
    It was weird day... caught a tiny smelt on sabiki and doubled up on rays. People were catching small perch and smelt but didn't see a mackerel at all. fishB4work caught a nice size guitarfish. Fillet him up and going to try cooking him up.

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    It's been slow put there for macks. At least for me. Did see a dude pull up a nice horn shark the other night.
     
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    nah I missed that. How big was it? Keeper size? I heard horn sharks and guitarfish are the better eating of the two. Some guys rolled up with like 3 coolers packed full of tuna though. So they were chucking the scraps in water and attracting all the birds and seals.
     
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    I went this weds 12pm to 2:30pm. No macs for me but saw 3 caught in that whole time by the older anglers at the end of the pier. Small tiny sabiki hooks with tiny scraps of macs is what they used. Tons of bait in the water. Threw some of my left over breakfast potato burrito in the water and saw the bait fish go crazy. They would even school up chasing behind my jig. If you are using the umbrella type bait net,get rid of it. Nothing but headaches with that. It also rust/gets stiff so fast even if you wash it off. Once the joints start sticking you end up bending the arms trying to fold it.
     
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    any suggestions for catching your own bait fish?
     
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    I like two or three trebles, around size ten or smaller, about a foot apart. Maybe a good size split shot a few inches from the end. Dribble chum in (I like bread for smelt) and drift back a tiny piece of fish skin on each hook, just barely skewered on one barb each, so small it won't interfere with the other parts of the treble. Can be deadly
     
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    do they just bite onto 1 hook of the treble or actually try to eat the whole thing?
     
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    Usually they grab the skin piece for a second and if you set often, just jerk it through there. The treble will turn and get em, usually in the mouth or cheek. You will snag some though too (still legal in salt water)... Split shot a foot from the hook, hook them in the anal fin with a size six or four single hook or circle and send them out downcurrent
     
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    This is what I used to do but with a weighted float. Would just hold the rod in my hand and feel the pecks and lift the rod up. Would also use the smallest sabiki available. Cut in half to reduce tangles and have some for the next trip.
     
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    Nice guitar off the pier. Usually see that size from the beach.
     
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    Just tried it today with some size 14 trebles and no luck. The smelt didn't want any mackerel today. Usually the moment i drop it in i feel them pecking away but they didn't want anything to do with it... not sure what happened. Maybe change of seasons?
     
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    If you want the macs you need to hit the pier at gray light or at dusk. Did well there earlier this week and OB pier too
     
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    Tie the treble into a drop shot rig with a dipsey sinker or equivalent that is just heavy enough to keep it vertical. Lower the hook into the water then chum bread around your hook to get a feeding frenzy going. When they are swarming around the treble, jig the rod quick to snag one. Chum under the pier or further out to create a trail to draw the smelt towards your hook. Sometimes they may be in one area of the pier and not the other, or not around at all.
     
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    Sabiki rigs under a slip bobber
    Various sm size hooks 10 - 14
    Adjust bobber to different depths accordingly
    Use bread crumbs to attract baitfish to your area
     
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