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Old 02-23-2020, 04:55 PM
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as new to this, I am wondering when the tog show up and start to bite
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:01 PM
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With such a mild winter I don't think it stoped. Cold weather the fish go deeper. Last trip I did was 3rd week of Dec on the Mimi. Kept 3, one at 6 pounds and plenty of shorts.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:25 PM
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thanks for the info; what about inshore around the bridges and jettys
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:08 PM
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I don't do much shore-based fishing for them, usually come April they're fairly close within 100 + feet from the NJ beachs on structure. I Target them from my kayak in the Long Island Sound where I believe they are more plentiful if you could find a good piece of bottom. They will hang around for the spring and into the summer but once the water gets too warm I find they move back out offshore.
I know guys catch them consistently in The Point Pleasant canal from land, Island Beach State Park the farthest south jetty is it good and I've heard of people targeting them in the Manasquan Inlet from The Point Pleasant side but I think these fish are more the smaller-sized with keepers here and there but don't quote me on that.
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Bill,

Generally look for an ocean temp of 50F. If it gets near there or above, it’s time to try the shore structures, rocks/bridges, docks where they have 5 ft of water or more at low tide.

Same thing in the fall, as the temps drop the tog generally head deep when the ocean temps are around 50F.

As much as the tog prefer these temps, they also correspond to activity of tog’s preferred bait, crabs of any sort.
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Down here, shore fishing generally means we can get a short shot at tog 2nd half of April before the NJ season closes until summer. This year might be different.
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A Seaside website with auto daily refresh is showing a shore water temp of 46F.
That's pretty close to your 50F sweet spot, and we could see that level with only a few days of warm sunny weather. Of course, that weather will also begin warming up the RB flats...
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Belay that - 43F as of this morning.
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When I used to fish for tog from shore rocks I would get used spark plugs from the gas station and use them as weights. Tie them with 4#test on a 3 way and if it got caught in the rocks just pull so it breaks it and reel up the fish.
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A Seaside website with auto daily refresh is showing a shore water temp of 46F.
That's pretty close to your 50F sweet spot, and we could see that level with only a few days of warm sunny weather. Of course, that weather will also begin warming up the RB flats...
definitely keeping an eye on our ocean temps this year.

in my area, it's really key, since where I fish is flushed with relatively shallow back bay flats, which also factor in. Combine air temps, with ocean temps, and a *trend* for a few days in a row (stable weather/air mass), then we will splash and go (favorite pilings are only accessible by water, but they are shallow spots)

Bill,

A few other things, if you are not used to tog, then try an area with minimal wave action. The tog bite can be really really frustrating at first. After a few successful outings you will get more sensitive to the tug. Try different hook sizes. Bob's suggestion on spark plugs is good if you have an accessible stash (few folks that I know change their own plugs any longer)
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I'm using a few split shot and hang ups are reduced; does this mean that mid April is the start??
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check NYS regs.

For NJ there is a 1 month spring season

Jan. 1–Feb. 28 15" 4
April 1–April 30 15" 4
Aug. 1–Nov. 15 15" 1
Nov. 16–Dec. 31 15" 5
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