- Posted by Nick Honachefsky
- On August 15, 2017
Jersey’s bays and surf are loaded with baby bluefish right now, more commonly known as snapper blues.
While these snapper blues range from 3 to 6 inches long, they are an absolutely blast to catch to introduce somebody new to the sport of fishing, to get a kids juices flowing or to gather as prime fluke baits. All along the docks, bayside parks, bulkheads and piers of the back bays anglers are zappin’ snapper blues for maximum fun.
When the little 3 to 6-inch snappers roll through, a simple ¼-ounce Acme Kastmaster or Hopkins NoEQL will hang the diminutive demons, as will a Snapper Zapper float rig with a long whole spearing threaded on the long shanked hook. Simply cast out and pop the float back by twitching it. Snappers will strike the flailing spearing underneath. You’ll also find a lot of snake-like needlefish attracted to the surface activity, which really put a smile on a kid’s face when you hook up with one. For rod and reel, an ultralight to light set up is sufficient for dockside casting, such as a 5 to 6-foot spinning rod like a Shimano Stimula or old school Shakespeare Ugly Stik, matched with a 1500 to 2500 class reel like an Okuma Nitrix 25. Spool with 8-pound Trilene XL monofilament line. Some great snapper spots in Jersey to fish are Brick’s Bayside Park, Huddy Park in Toms River, The Longport and Ocean City Piers, Keansburg Pier, and any local gas or marina dock.
Fluke hounds know that live snapper blues are hands down one of the best baits to tempt doormat fluke. When you acquire a few, put them in a bubbling livewell bucket to bring to the boat. Rig a snapper blue on a fishfinder slide rig comprised of a 1-ounce egg sinker, 75-pound Spro barrel swivel, a 24-inch section of 25-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader to a size 3/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Hook. Hook the snapper through the lips or on larger snappers, through the nostrils.
Remember, Jersey law dictates that while there is no size limit for bluefish, you still have to abide by the 15 fish bag limit, even with snapper blues.
Kastmaster SW10 1/4oz Fishing Lure
Kastmaster’s balance produces wild action without line twist! Because of its aerodynamic design, it’s the master distance caster, and catches fish from pan-sized trout to bragging-size stripers – in fresh and salt water. The Kastmaster is machined from solid brass.
Hopkins NO=EQLLures are the original HOPKINS Lures. They resemble mullet, sardines, herring or any silver baitfish. NO=EQL Lures have relatively thick bodies. They are heavier then conventional spoons of the same length and can be cast much farther.
Lazer Sharp L927 Saltwater Snapper Popper 2″ Tube
Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Saltwater Snapper Rigs were designed with beginner, intermediate, and expert fishermen in mind. Perfect for saltwater snapper bluefish.
The monofilament Trilene XL line by Berkley is perfectly designed for smooth casting. This line resists twists and kinks and provides sensitive to feel structure and strikes. This Berkley line also has incredible strength for confidence and control.