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Old 02-20-2019, 07:31 AM
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I've been looking at White Perch videos (what passes for scratching my fishing itch these days) and intend to go target them for my first time next week if the weather is even a little cooperative. Here are some questions I've got for the gallery:


I plan to head to the Toms River area because I've read and heard of fish being caught there. I'm thinking of starting fairly far up toward the town end and trying a few places until I find fish or give up. Are there White Perch in the Bay proper, like around the Rte. 37 bridge? The water there is very fishable there and familiar to me.


Second, I would like to use jigs, spinners, and other sorts of lures rather than bobbers and bait. I might try dressing the hooks with little bits of Gulp or other artificial flavored baits. Do you all have any recommendations as far as lures or technique?


Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:04 AM
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No ideas on lures, everyone down here uses bloodworms or grass shrimp. And I mean everyone. That said, try jigs ( but have some bait with you )

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Old 02-20-2019, 03:04 PM
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Everyone I know who targets them uses bait. Might be old cold water sluggish fish story. Moving closely and digging for food
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Moving slowly and digging for food. Lures take too much effort on cold
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I've been looking at White Perch videos (what passes for scratching my fishing itch these days) and intend to go target them for my first time next week if the weather is even a little cooperative. Here are some questions I've got for the gallery:


I plan to head to the Toms River area because I've read and heard of fish being caught there. I'm thinking of starting fairly far up toward the town end and trying a few places until I find fish or give up. Are there White Perch in the Bay proper, like around the Rte. 37 bridge? The water there is very fishable there and familiar to me.


Second, I would like to use jigs, spinners, and other sorts of lures rather than bobbers and bait. I might try dressing the hooks with little bits of Gulp or other artificial flavored baits. Do you all have any recommendations as far as lures or technique?


Thanks for your thoughts!
Did someone say grass shrimp Joe, pm me your address, I?ll send you a few, they catch Fluke, why not perch
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:03 AM
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I have witnessed people floating bits of sand worms on a bobber along the Hackensack River and they seem to catch them regularly. it is heavily posted polluted Waters which fish should not be eaten from however the bucket brigades seem not to mind
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:36 PM
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I have been catching white perch all winter long on blade baits, like a 3/4 ounce Binsky on the Hackensack river targeting stripers.
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:34 PM
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I took a ride down to the Hackey for about an hour and threw a few lures in hope of a small bass but no one wanted to play except for the carp who were rolling about the grasses.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:18 PM
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Kinda breezy today. I'm still keen to get down to the Toms River to take my shot.
Just give me a little bit of a window and I'm gone.


Questions:

Does anyone know where a blood worm could be found down that way?
How do the Gulp Blood Worms perform (when there's no way to get live ones?)
...thanks!
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:41 PM
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No idea on how they would work on perch, but Gulp bloods never worked in place of real ones for Kingfish (for me or anyone I personally know.... internet reports are just that)


Down this way bloods are usually available from Absecon Bay sport shop, but that's a quite a bit out of the way for Toms River.
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Check with Dennis at the Hook House. He's on Rt 37 in Toms River.
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Check with Dennis at the Hook House. He's on Rt 37 in Toms River.
I called them right after I typed my last note. They've got a good supply in the pipe.
Now I just have to get myself to the water.
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...Now I just have to get myself to the water.
Best of luck!
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end of Feb....and so it begins. Good luck Joe
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Joe,


I would try fresh shrimp over gulp bloodworms, if left with no options for getting live bloods.
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