Pier Fishermen's Thread

3/23/11 @ 10:22 AM
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addisonlee
addisonlee
USER since 8/1/06
For all you shorefishermen/pierfishermen and women, this threads for you! Feel free to share different techinques that have worked for you over the years from shore and/or on the piers. Whether its how you get bait, how you hook your bait to how you cook your catch. Pictures are welcome.
Edited on 3/24/11 12:03 PM
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10/2/15 @ 5:25 PM
frozentoo
frozentoo
USER since 7/27/12
Whistling Gull I'm the guy on the R! Email me at iceberg1914@gmail.com & we'll take it from there! Wink

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9/28/15 @ 2:00 AM
TigerMiller13
TigerMiller13
USER since 7/23/13
Sorry to hear about your misfortune Ready...Always gotta be some jerkoffs to ruin it for those of us who are still civilized..

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9/27/15 @ 9:44 AM
RUREADY4STORM
RUREADY4STORM
USER since 9/27/15
My landing net walked off the South Pier in Two Rivers WI on Labor Day weekend. Any info or help in finding my net would be greatly appreciated. Description: Sun faded olive drab green handle with black hoop and net. Handle is made out of octagonal shaped aluminum with a black end cap and extends from approx. 12-18 ft. Handle has my name and address engraved in it but the address is not current. Note: Also left info with Scott @ Seagull and some locals as well.

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8/25/15 @ 8:54 PM
mostlyfishing
mostlyfishing
USER since 6/7/13
anybody gettin anything yet, Ive been out on the piers lately, ive see a few fish, gotten a few hits but havent got anything hooked up yet. i know its kinda early yet but Just wondering whats going on around the rest of the lake?

Edited on 8/25/15 8:56 PM
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8/1/15 @ 8:58 AM
rippshad
rippshad
USER since 2/24/14
anything happening?would like to go at least once this year.but if shes a bust i will save the 2hr drive time each way. thanks much.

Edited on 8/1/15 8:58 AM
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7/2/15 @ 10:07 AM
machoprogrammer
machoprogrammer
USER since 1/19/07
Best time for us shore fishermen is usually fall through spring. In summer, the wind direction is everything. West wind for a few days typically brings the bait fish, and thus the salmon/trout, in. Once fall comes around, fish piers/harbors in early fall and then move to rivers for salmon through the end of fall. You can also fish for trout in the pier/harbors and rivers starting in mid-fall through spring. Usually harbors are best early, then rivers later on.

Each year is different, though. The past 3-4 summers have been just awful for us pier guys. Last fall was awful with the cold temps, but the fall before that was great. The past few springs were weird, too, with the weather and low-waters.

As for time of day, you can't fish the rivers from Sept 15-May 15th until a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset (DNR rules to prevent snagging), but typically I do best right around sunrise and sunset in the harbor/pier. But really, I have had success at all times of day. I have been skunked from 5 am until 1 pm, then done well at 1 pm. I have also done hot at 5 am, then skunked after. The fish bite when they are hungry.

For gear, it depends on river or harbor or pier. Harbor/pier cleos, champs and kastmasters being casted work well (1/3 to 3/4 oz usually). Spinners and cranks work, too. Spawn under a float or on bottom works. On a river, it's usually spinners or floating spawn. Wax worms, minnows, nightcrawlers are also used with success. I have heard of them caught on chicken liver, even. Longer poles (8'-12' are usually used) are better, but I have caught them on 6' walleye rods. I prefer 12 lb test for salmon and 8 for trout. Not a fireline guy, but a lot of people use it. I prefer mono, but hey, whatever works for ya.

And most importantly, be respectful to the resources and other fishermen. Lots of jerks out there, so please try to not be one of them. If you notice a guy not catching them, offer advice. Net fish for guys. Pick up after yourself and others. Don't snag fish and CPR what you won't eat. My greatest feeling fishing was teaching these kids (that reminded me of myself back in the day) my method for harbor fishing and then seeing them catch a 10 lb brown using my method; they were so excited they ran to me and showed me it, while telling me it was using my technique lol.

Edited on 7/2/15 10:16 AM
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7/2/15 @ 8:42 AM
Red Ratso
Red Ratso
USER since 1/12/08
Im just getting into salmon fishing and am limited to shore fishing. Im just looking for some general info on gear to use and best times to go after salmon. Thanks in advance for any knowledge provided.

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6/28/15 @ 7:44 PM
Fishing Dude!!
Fishing Dude!!
USER since 2/29/12
Is anyone have any luck? Or is it a bit early still.

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9/27/14 @ 9:09 PM
Mott Crue
Mott Crue
USER since 9/26/14
I just started fishing the peirs in Manitowoc, any advice would be helpful. Also is anyone catching any near me, if so what time of day and what are you using?? Any help would be great

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9/24/14 @ 5:55 PM
skamaniac
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USER since 6/15/05
Burnout Bash this weekend!! Can't wait

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