In late Sept./early October before the big flounder, move from the upper bay system, my sons and I caught fish up to six pounds on rod /reel.
All or the majority have all been on large baits,1/2oz. jig with a four or five inch plastic K-grub bait. tipped with a finger mullet ,croaker, menhaden, or lady fish belly strip.
The past two years have been really bad in regard to quality and quantity of fish with heavy rainfall flushing out the upper bay systems.
Outgoing tide? I was told years ago that outgoing tide washes the fish out and incoming tide washes them in. I know they didn't literally mean that but for some reason it always stuck. Do you have better luck on outgoing tide?
1. Like limit out said above (and like Craig Boutwell told me: fish, move, fish, move
2. Put a gig in a little kids hand. Beginners luck or whatever you want to call it That's when I see most of them. Never fails.