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Byron Velvick's tips on bluefish and stripers

2/10/2009

"Going Coastal" airs every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

To read Byron Velvick's blog, "The Velvick Touch," click here.

This weekend on Going Coastal:

Byron travels to Block Island, Rhode Island to fish with local Captains Rich Tenreiro and Dave Cheiffo. After visiting the local tackle shop for some local knowledge, they drift live eels in hopes of catching some monster 30lbs. Striped Bass.

According to Velvick, this was a two-part show, where they targetted bluefish then went after stripers later. Fishing for bluefish starts with making bait with a cast net.

"We were using fresh menhaden and we put the hooks in the back," Velvick said. "For bluefish we cut the bait in half and doubled back on them."

Bluefish are very strong fish that, in Velvick's opinion are often overlooked by most anglers. The best tip he could give is for anglers to stay on top of them because they follow the bait and so the anglers need to move too.

"Fresh bait is key," Velvick said. "The fish wanted that bait in the school. We didn't really even pay attention to where other fishermen were, we just spent our time focused on the water to find the schools."

The stripers required a different approach.

"We used really slimy eels and heavy tackle that we drifted close to the bottom," Velvick said.

They were targetting hard, rocky ledges for numbers of fish, but Velvick said the biggest fish came on longer sloping rocky banks. The depths were anywhere between 30 and 60 feet where the reefs were located.

"That story was really about the ones that got away," Velvick said. "I broke off a fish between 35 and 40 pounds. Rock Island is a really rock area and those fish just swim down and saw you off on those rocks."

To read Byron Velvick's blog, "The Velvick Touch," click here.

"Going Coastal" airs every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. ET on ESPN2.