Sunday, April 18, 2010

Different Tactics at Ocean and Upper Bay

The two early spring schoolie hotspots for me are along the oceanfront and the upper Bay. Both offer good schoolie action, but both are fished very differently.

Along the oceanfront in spots like the breachways, Salt Pond, Matunuck and the West Wall, the combination of Cocahoe minnow and shrimp fly teaser is deadly for schoolies. It often accounts for double headers.

However, that combination does not work in the upper Bay along the rivers of the east side of the Bay, along the sandy beach areas and along the Bike Path. In those spots, a fork tailed Zoom fluke mounted on a quarter once jighead is the ticket (see photo at right). I like a three inch albino fluke, but any light color will work. And the teaser? Forget it. It is not effective in the upper Bay.