Weakfish on Light Baitcasting Reel or Spinning Tackle
Weak fishing was surprisingly good last spring for those casting small soft lures on light spinning outfit and baitcasting reel. Such former hot spots such as Noyac, Peconic, and Shinnecock Bays really lit up with some consistent action, especially on strong tides that coincided at dawn and dusk. Whether this action repeats again this season is anyone’s guess. Weakfish are a naturally cyclic fish. It was once thought that every seven years a good year class of weaks would be spawned resulting in a few good years of exceptional weak fishing.
The hardest part of catching weakfish is finding them. But once you do,weakfish are normally very aggressive and will readily attack assorted well presented lures or baits.Weakfish spawn in Northeastern bays from April to June. At these times they bunch up together and become easier to find. Concentrate your efforts on channel edges, in 10 to 15-feet of water that are near shallow flats that host a concentration of bait. Once you find the weakfish cast small rubber swim baits such as a 4-inch MadBite Mad Shads or Flap Tail Jerk baits. The Mad Shad’s are weighted, but the Flap Tail Jerk’s should be attached to ½ to 1-ounce lead heads. Cast the lures on light spinning reel or baitcasting reels, loaded with 20pound braided line. Present the lures nice and slow, and watch the rod tip for any telltale indications of a bite.While retrieving, it’s a good idea to work the jigs with occasional small hops by twitching the rod tip with a flick of the wrist. If you prefer bait fishing you can’t beat whole sand worms, or squid strips presented on a 3-by-3 rig. Again, use either spinning or a baitcasting reel and drift the channel edges. If necessary use the boat engine to bump the boat along in order to keep the baits drifting along those edges.
By Captain Tom Mikoleski
Published on May 16, 2014
Weak fishing was surprisingly good last spring for those casting small soft lures on light spinning outfit and baitcasting reel. Such former...