A great way and time to introduce youngsters to fishing is in the spring with the arrival of good old Blue fishing! Some of my fondest early memories are of Snapper fishing, Oh what great fun my childhood friends and I had! We would seine (drag) with long nets in the shallows of the bay for shiners, toss them in a bucket of saltwater and presto we had live bait for the day. The fierce fighting Blue fish pound for pound are some the hardest fought species you will encounter; as when in a boil and up in a latter they will bite on near anything cast into the water. My personal favorite is a hammered metal spoon such as a Hopkins lure of 1 to 3 Oz’s. with a single hook. This heavy-duty lure cast very nicely and holds up to the Piranha like bite of blue fishing. However Bucktails with cut squid, Got-cha Plug, Clark spoons and Spec rigs work nicely also. The sharp teeth of the Blue fish will tear the soft-bodied lures to shreds. Many people turn their nose up to having Blue fish for a meal, not me as I prefer the small Blue fish as they produce a fine dinner!
The old adage that Blue fish appear one week either side of Mothers Day is called;”the Blues blitz the beach”. This adage is still true today and if they don’t “blitz” they will certainly be about. We have great success finding Blue fish in the Indian River Inlet and at great near shore locations such as Fenwick Shoals. If you observe diving birds (terns) during this time of year then the chances are you will have found surface feeding Blues. Simply cast away and have at them for some none stop fishing action!
At night under the lights of the Indian River Inlet Coast Guard station, anglers cast lures hooking up stripers. Stripers like soft bodies attached to a lead head. Soft bodies such as swimming shad lures including Tsunami and Storm Wild-eye are brands of swimming shad and work well. Other lures such as Fin-s-Fish, and plugs made by Rebel and Rapala have great success as the stripers are typically feeding on the surface at night. Many experienced anglers will bide their time waiting for slack tide. Nothing works better at this time than live bait. Spot is a great live bait. Attached to some fluorocarbon and a fish finder rig it will often establish a bite when nothing else will. Finding a piling, bridge abutment or pier to drift by at slack tide will produce amazing success for catching nice size stripers when none have been caught all day!