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Well went out to CBBT again this morning. Girlfriend wanted me to take along her teenage nephew, and this was the only day he wasn't busy on his summer brake(i didn't know kids were busy during the summer...). Now I'm still new to this fishing thing, but from what I have gathered outgoing tide is usually not the best time to go, but went any way. Got there about 8:30 looking forward to at least a relaxing day on the pier watching the boats. Caught 2 croaker and that is about all there was. Tossed one out on a Carolina rig in hopes of some flounder, no luck. Girlfriend and nephew got bored around 11:30 and we headed out.

 

I know other atmospheric and weather conditions play a part in if the fish are biting like wind speed and direction along with moon phase and barometric pressure. Any good resources to read up on this kinda stuff?

 

 

Now this next part kinda sounds like I'm bitching as I read thru it, but please don't take it that way. I would assume these piers have regulars that feel like the pier is their second home and I respect that and hope to glean some fishin know how from em and maybe get to know them .

 

As I'm walking out on the pier I don't see very many people. 2 by the chain link near the rocks, 5 or 6 spread out past half way to the end. As I'm walking past the rocks I counted 11 rods?! I'm pretty sure there is a sign that says 2 or 3 rods/crab pots max per person, and there were only 2 people within 50 ft of the rods. I'm not trying to call anyone out, heck that may just be custom to leave a pole there for the "big ones" as you head down to the end, Just curious if this is common practice? I have seen the two guys out there the last 3 times I was at the pier in the same exact spot. I can not confirm that the rods belonged to them.

 

Just looking for a little justification. I know if you want the prime spots on any pier you gotta get there early or late depending on how you look at it. 11 rods in a 25 foot span on one side of the pier doesn't seem beneficial to anyone. especially if some one gets a bite and it decides to run.

 

sorry just kinda confused, but as the saying goes a bad day fishing...

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I go to Seagull quite a bit and yes it is a luck of the draw everytime I go there. I would like to atleast catch something to justify my $12. ;) Anyway I know exactly what you are talking about with the one man and 10 rods each. I actually have walked up and asked them if they see the sign that says 2 rods max per person. I usually get "I don't understand english" or "my friends are inside in the restroom".... Rightttt all 5 went together? :)

 

It does get very upsetting because that one or 2 people do usually take the prime location of the pier. Unfortunately it is not regulated and they know it which is why they continue bringing so many rods. I guess the bitter side in me gets pretty content and happy watching them as some very pricy rigs get caught in the rocks and they eventually have to clip. I know, I know it's wrong to think that way and I usually would never want that to happen to a fellow fisherman, but I do secretly take joy in it when it happens. ;)

 

I do hope you got to atleast enjoy the view and relax a little. It's simply beautiful in the morning and even fun at night when it's busy.

 

~Sarah~

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Ok both of yall have a legit beef.... When I first started fishing the pier I had a problem with people taking up the fence with so many poles. As I learned why people fish this gate is when I begin to understand. The gate aint for no croaker or spot fishing. If croaker, spot and flounder are what you are looking for you dont fish the gate because they are all around the pier. I was actually one of the guys out there yesterday and I did have four rods on the gate with on the otherside of the gate where nobody fishes. 80 percent of the people that fish this pier fish more then 2 poles... As long as you know how to cast and stay out of peoples way it is not a prob. I have actually came out to the pier during prime season ...(Oct and Nov) and see 50 to 60 poles on the gate. u just have to get there early or do what i do stay the night and croaker fish and wait to till the morning to get my fiddlers wet lol... really I understand why yall are mad but it like a unwritten rule if fishing the gate expect more than to poles and know how to find the holes in the rocks... if you can do that u will find sheepshead triggers black drum red drum spadefish and tog.

 

 

P.S. I am the skinny tall black kid... next time you see me out there say hi and i will show where some of the holes are.... but not my Honey HOLE lol for the big sheepshead...

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Oh and another if someone ask me can they have some room or some space on the gate i always help out and move.... BECAUSE I DO UNDERSTAND THE 2 POLE MAX. LOL

 

TIGHT LINES GUYS TIGHT LINES

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last time i fished that pier i brought at least 10 rods with me, and i wasn't fishing the rocks :laughing-smiley-002:

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thanks for replying sutphinda. Like I said I'm still new to this and I hate to be the guy that gets in everyones way. i was just looking for exactly what you gave me the un written rules. i always feel like the old (and young) salts are staring me down cause im in their spot or im doing something so stupid they cant look away lol! I wasn't there for anything big so like I said I wasn't worried or angry just curious/confused. I'll definitely say hi next time I see ya there. Im the big tall guy reddish brown hair with a beard. I might go out tonight hope to see ya there!

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I ocasionally pin rig at the end of SeaGull Pier. If I observed the 2 rod limit, I would not have a rod to catch bait. I try to keep my arsenal to 4 rods. I met some great people on this pier, and most are willing to help others.

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i too fish the pier often and have seen a dozen or more fishermen working the fence line. in the fall you will see a rod every foot or so apart. have no fear putting yours in the mix. as for myself, i use one rod most of the time. i fished the fourth of july there and caught 15 flounders from one end of the pier to the other. i move often and work the edge of the rocks to the base of each piling. no keepers though.

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The two rod limit at that pier refers to how many rods you USE at a time, not how many you have. take your normal three rods and set up your anchor. Catch your bait, and put it out on your fighting rod. Chill, man. Nobody will complain if you do it that way. Now, if you have your pin-rin out with fighting rod baited, your bait rod in action catching spot and three boat rods on the chain-link-fence for sheepshead, you might hear some whining. But I don't think anyone will ticket you still.

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even though i havn't fished the pier in quite some time, when i used to go id bring all kinds of rods, but only use a few at a time. the few times i saw bridge police out on the pier was too 1: escort some idiot off the pier that was being an a$$hole, or 2: to enforce the alcohol rule. never once have i seen them check rods, licenses, fish catches, size limits, etc. i think your fine.

 

i also fished during the week so it wasn't as crowded.

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